When people describe fashion as having “something for everyone” in terms of trend variety, a lot of the time they’re totally bluffing. Usually, it’s all about pastels and florals,orsolely focused on grungy, punk aesthetics—never both. It’s rare for there to be a balance of femme and masc trends in one year, but the 2021 runway fashion trendsdon’t lie, and this time around there really is something for everyone. TBH, we all deserve it.
What do I mean, exactly? Well, a lot of the 2021 trends appear to oppose one another, whereas in the past, trends have tended to work together—for example, it’s unlikely for florals to trend at the same time as edgy spikes, and more likely for them to trend when skirts are having a moment, orladylike handbagsare in. That said, in 2021, opposites attract.
Streamlined monochromatic neutrals are all the rage, and so are head-to-toe prints that make a major statement. Soft, frilly pieces with tons of ruffles are trending, but so are sharp, defined silhouettes and thereturn of the shoulder pad. Lastly, 2020’s suiting trend continues to thrive, but so does a more bohemian aesthetic, encouraging dreamy prairie vibes that are far less structured.
With so many opposing trends to consider, it can be hard to know how to shop, but in fact, having all these options is a good thing. You have the chance to experiment with hard and soft, edgy and sweet, and see which look you gravitate towards more. Or, you might end up combining them fora personalized flairthat’s all your own. Who says you can’t wear ruffles with shoulder pads? A boho dress with a suiting blazer? How you style these trends will tell the tale.
With that, read on for the top 2021 fashion trends fresh off the runway, and shop them for yourself, too.
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Courtesy of Cinq à Sept, Vivienne Hu and Ulla Johnson.
In 2020, we discovered thatwe enjoyed neutralslike tan, cream and camel as much as neons and tie-dye. Designers like Cinq á Sept, Vivienne Hu, Ulla Johnson, Adeam and Julia Jentzsch all showcased head-to-toe looks in monochrome neutrals, proving solids can certainly still make a statement.
If you’re stressed about matching your neutrals together, play it safe and get a jumpsuit. TheFree People Wayward Super Slouch Jumpsuitlooks straight off the Ulla Johnson runway, with just a little more utilitarian edge.
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Courtesy of Ulla Johnson and Cinq à Sept.
Ruffles + Tiers
If you’re into femme details, you’ll adore the ruffles spotted on runways like Ulla Johnson and Cinq á Sept. What can we say, after months trapped inside in sweats, it’s no wonder we want to dress up in fancy frills and look our best, whether that’s a with tiered skirt or floaty sleeves.
This gorgeoushigh-neck dress from ASOShas a ruffled tiered skirt and sheer floral fabric, perfect for styling from winter right into spring. What’s better than a dress that looks as good with tall black boots as it does with strappy sandals?
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Courtesy of Christian Siriano, Badgley Mischka and Cinq à Sept.
Designers like Christian Siriano, Fendi, Badgley Mischka and Cinq á Sept (they really do it all!) make a case for more tailored apparel in 2021, showcasing tons ofelevated suiting styles. Forget a boring blazer and slacks—think bold patterns, fresh materials and exciting new silhouettes to give an old staple new life.
If you’ve yet to find your dream blazer, now’s the time. Don’t be afraid to try a few and get a feel for what fit “suits” you best! If you’re plus and looking for a chic option, thisEloquii houndstooth pickis a dream, andthe matching pantwith a hit of faux leather really adds some modern flair.
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Courtesy of ARIAS, Anna Sui and Veronica Beard.
After seeing the looks presented by ARIAS, Anna Sui, Veronica Beard and Nicole Miller, I was ready to find the nearest field to frolic in. Boho girl vibes were all the rage, from tiered midi dresses to crochet details to blousy tops and sleeves, plus a neutral color palette and prairie aesthetic with some seriousLittle WomenmeetsSex & The Cityenergy.Cottagecore, but make it (high) fashion.
Courtesy of Claudia Li, Cinq à Sept and Alice + Olivia.
Shoulder pads really are back—we can’t say we saw this coming. Designers like Claudi Li, Cinq á Sept and Alice + Olivia created silhouettes with defined shoulders for their Spring/Summer 2021 collections, including sequined jackets, voluminous blazers andtees with padded necklines.
The easiest way to ease into this trend is with a padded tee a la Alice + Olivia’s. ThisEndless Rose Padded Shoulder T-Shirtcomes in eight different colors, but the sage green is definitely our fave.
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Courtesy of Ulla Johnson, Libertine and Alice + Olivia.
Last but not least, if you rolled your eyes at that streamlined neutrals bit, you’re more likely to enjoy 2021’s all-over print trend. Ulla Johnson, Libertine and Alice + Olivia all styled models in the same print from head to toe for a cohesive look that grabbed attention. Bonus points if, like the A+O look above, you can finda matching maskto finish your ‘fit.
If you’ve never played up patterns before, the time for feeling shy has passed—be bold! Go for something that makes a statement, and if you can’t find matching pieces you like, a jumpsuit gives the illusion in one easy pick. Free People are seriously nailing 2021’s trends; theHold Me Tight Jumpsuithas all-over print with a bustier-style top and super-wide leg bottom.