After a year of mostly wearing sweats and loungewear at home, 2021 emerged with plenty of stylish trends that were meant to be shown off IRL. From chunky rings and cowboy boots to “It” designer bags and balaclavas, there were the fashion items that were everywhere in 2021.
After becoming popular from the Clueless-famed brand Pretties, baby tees have returned to our closets and our style moodboards, thanks to brands like Heaven by Marc Jacobs and Unif bringing back the ‘90s fashion staple.
The balaclava is here to stay as a winter essential. The knitted headwear has not only been seen on the runway and celebrities but it’s taken over fashion-forward Instagram and TikTok feeds, as well.
Westernwear suddenly took over our wardrobes in 2021, especially when it came to footwear. Cowboy boots were paired with everything, from slinky slip dresses to sporty bike shorts.
Bucket, crochet, and cowboy hats may have had a moment in 2021, but dad caps were the under-the-radar “It” accessory of the year. Celine and Balenciaga were must-have brands, but indie labels like Praying and R13 also dropped popular caps.
Long evening gloves aren’t only meant for the red carpet. The trend also made its way into our going-out ‘fits all year long, serving as a glammed-up touch to any party look.
Designer Nensi Dajoka had a breakout 2021 by garnering a major celebrity following — Zendaya, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna, to name a few — as well as winning the LVMH Prize and debuting her first solo show at London Fashion Week.
The New Balance 550s, specifically in collaboration with New York brand Aimé Leon Dore, are one of this year’s coveted sneakers. Those who have been lucky enough to cop the retro-inspired style have certainly showed it off across Instagram and TikTok.
Vivienne Westwood swept our feeds with 2021’s “It” girl accessory: the Mini Bas Relief pearl choker. The designer item’s high price tag inspired many dupes to dominate the internet, too.