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What fashion will be hot in 2021?

2020 has not been the best year for fashion. With ongoing local and national lockdowns, most of us have switched out our usual wardrobes for activewear we're not all that active in. 

Matilda Davies
· 5 min read

2020 has not been the best year for fashion. With ongoing local and national lockdowns, most of us have switched out our usual wardrobes for activewear we're not all that active in. 

Despite all the obstacles, fashion weeks worldwide have continued to deliver new styles in the hopes that they might soon see the light of day. 

We've put together a list of the top fashion trends for 2021, so you can look fabulous while enjoying your newfound freedom.

Shoulder Pads

In true '80s style, shoulder pads are back, and they're bolder than ever. This trend is already hitting high-street stores across the globe, and it won't be going anywhere soon. They're getting a modern twist this year, with pointed shoulder pads as a clear SS21 favourite. 

But don't worry – if the sharp peaks feel too avant-garde for your next socially-distant picnic, opt for a flatter style or a puff sleeve for a more feminine look.

Tie-Dye

Tie-dye is another throwback trend that is back on the runway this season. Lockdown has made people get creative, and this trend is a clear reflection of that. This colourful style will definitely inject some colour and fun into your 2021 wardrobe. 

If you're feeling crafty, have a go at the DIY style on your Christmas break. It's effortless to create a unique t-shirt, jumper or pair of jeans from the comfort of your own home. Although you may need to take a few practice runs before you get the perfect tie-dye pattern. If DIY isn't your thing (or you want to leave it to the professionals), you can get your hands on anything from caftans to maxi dresses to midi skirts online.

Wide Legs

Our too-comfortable lockdown wardrobes definitely inspire this trend! However, it can still be a chic look. Wide leg jeans are both fashion-forward and casual. Choose a pair with a light wash or distressed details to give the trend a vintage edge. Add an oversized shirt and statement earrings for a look that is comfortable and effortlessly cool.

If you want to dress it up a little, look for a cotton or wool pair that are dramatic and elegant. The brighter the colour, the better. Match it with a fitted top and an oversized blazer for another comfortable yet bold look.

Boho Coats

This folk-inspired trend is usually a summer staple, but it's here to make a winter statement. The coats gracing the runway this season are '70s inspired yet modern. To work this look in 2021, find a tailored boho coat or jacket with intricate embroidery and gold detailing. Getting a tailored option will keep you looking chic, rather than shabby.

While classic boho sticks to browns and beiges, this modern update has more to offer. Be bold in bright blue or yellow or go for a more muted palette with maroon or mauve. 

Fringe

Another '70s staple back for 2021 is fringing. For Spring, look for a light jacket with fringe details on the lapels and hem. Leather and suede jackets match well with blue denim for a classic, casual look. You can also get vegan alternatives which are great for the planet, as well as your wardrobe.

For the colder months, try a fringed bag instead. You can rock this piece all year round. Go subtle for everyday wear or find a longer fringe for maximum impact. 

Oversized Button-Downs

Button-down shirts are always in style. This season, they're back with an XXL edge. Oversized is in, and shirts are an easy way to get the look. If you're worried about looking slobby, choose a formal fabric like silk or satin that will fall well around your figure, despite being oversized. 

An alternative is opting for a longline shirt. This will lengthen your proportions, making you look slimmer and taller. Pair it with a skinny trouser and a bulky boot to step into the trend.

Ruffles

If the '70s and '80s aren't your style, this romantic influenced trend might be the one for you. Ruffles are a beautiful detail sure to make you feel more dressed up than you have in 2020. On a stiffer shirt, ruffled bib details add a refined edge to a classic look. Or embrace a softer style with a chiffon or silk blouse with a waterfall ruffle.

In keeping with the romantic inspiration, pastel colours a perfect for this trend. Lilac, pale pink or champagne keep the look classic. Or give it a 21st-century twist in cobalt or mustard yellow.

Trench Coats

The classic trench coat is the ultimate transition coat, whether Autumn to Winter or Winter to Spring. So, unleash your inner Agatha Christie in this timeless piece. Trench coats can be dressed up or down, so you can really wear them anywhere. 

They're surprisingly versatile, so an excellent staple to invest in this year. Throw it over a t-shirt and jeans for a put together casual look. Or wear it over a tailored dress for a more business formal style. There are also lots of different iterations of the classic, so you can find one that suits your style. Single-breast or double-breast; wool or cotton; long or short. Your perfect trench coat is out there, and now is the time to find it.

Matilda Davies

Matilda Davies

Matilda is an experienced journalist and content creator who has written for local, national and global publications. She is passionate about culture and lifestyle content, and connecting with audiences through these topics.