Nobody could have expected what 2020 will hold for us last January. However, somehow, we got through it.
Between the incessant chaos and sportswear photos gracing the world around us, last year’s trends are lagging behind. With no expectations of exiting at all, there’s no need to keep up with the ups and downs of the fashion trends.
However, with a vaccine on the horizon and a newfound appreciation for events requiring real pants, the 2021 trend is more alive than ever.
Don’t know what to wear in the city after this pandemic is over? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. CR is breaking down all the surprising, yet promising trends you don’t see coming.
First worn by burlesque dancers in the 1930’s, then by Paris Hilton in the mid-2000s, the thong trend being exposed was always lewd. Named according to the T shape created by the underwear silhouette contrasting against the almost nude back, whale tail is the perfect way to spice up low-rise jeans.
Oversized Platform Shoes
Perfect to wear when stepping over your foes, the lug-soled shoe is a creeping trend in 2021. Gen-Z and millennials fashionable doll growing up may have paved the way for a recent awakening thick boots, loafers, and platforms.
While penny shoes and designer-driven boots can be found on the sole of nearly any influencer today, Baby Spice runs so Insta girls can walk.
In the 90’s, Spice Girls popularized the exaggerated sneakers when they wore the Buffalo London platform. The British footwear company has found its foothold in the 21st century with this generation of e-girls and e-boys, proving itself to be a staple among statement shoes.
What used to be considered bland and tacky are today’s hottest environmental trends.
Over the past decade, established designers have decided to abandon cruelty as a way to embrace sustainability and ethical practices in the world of fashion. While faux fur is not the most aware, often using hazardous production practices, the material provides a cruelty-free alternative to real fur.
Technicolor fur coats by Danish design duo Saks Potts are all popular thanks to starlets like Jessica Alba and Kendall Jenner. While not fakes, coats provide a springboard for a style that focuses on fun colors and textures. An alternative? Fake fur bucket hat. The eponymous Gen Z accessory is now the standard indy kid’s uniform thanks to funk fashion royalty like Tyler the Creator and FKA branch.
This gothic image of the hard-line motto has become a fan favorite among the hype beast and off-duty models. Brand likes Chrome Hearts and Ed Hardy recently bounced back in recent months with ornate details and hard-line leather making a comeback. Home recently unveiled their iconic Lowrider goggles that double as chic displays and functional motorcycle eyewear, a nod to founder Richard Stark’s love of motorbikes. Sophisticated jewelry, very tacky truck driver hat and easy rock-and-roll i don’t know what is is on our cards for 2021.
Your wallet is getting cold too.
After exploding on TikTok in the middle of last year, it looks like the furry bag is here to stay.
Similar to a tote bag, this fuzzy wallet is a simple throw-and-go bag, endless old receipts, melting gum sticks, and a few hair ties. Like 2020, this coming year is all about functionality (with a few exceptions) so why not have a bag that reflects that?
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Fuzzy bags are seen all over the runways of past Fall / Winter collections, proving a trend came long before e-girls. For a subtle look, neutral colors and a touch of style are the way to go.
Meanwhile, in the 2020s opera gloves the trend may be living on the catwalks, arm warmers live on in the hearts of 2005 Myspace girls.
In an era of nostalgia fueled by lockdowns yearning for thousands of years, 2021 is proving to be the year of scene style. Socks with sleeves, similar to leg warmers, are a cute accessory to enhance any outfit. Maybe your wrists are cold? Maybe you covered the burns from your hair clips? Maybe you just want to feel 13 again? After all, this cozy and cool trend is sure to make its rounds among the girls wearing babydoll T-shirts in the industry.
Rope cheese, but make it fashion.
Inspired by the fringe-filled 20s, wrapping has become a massive statement technique that dominates footwear and clothing. A few years ago, tying strappy heels over your trousers was popular. The look, worn by the likes of Emily Ratajkowski and Kylie Jenner, has now developed into a look that’s completely draped. By biting the waist and giving the illusion of length, labels like TLZ L’Femme and Hyein Seo have experimented with exaggerated fringe accents.
At this point, the younger generation of fashion-obsessed internet kids will stumble Jean Paul Gaultier and the archives.
Fashion though terrible enfant retired from fashion exactly a year ago, it hasn’t prevented its signature pieces from returning in recent months.
Supermodel Kendall Jenner has been seen wearing the iconic 90s mesh of Gaultier – a staple among his signature collections. Striking patterns and abstract photos make up designs printed on designer clothing. If Depop, the internet’s trendiest used clothing sales platform, is any indication, the revival of the archives will remain.