Trends these days seem to fly at the speed of light with new styles popping up in the blink of an eye and beloved favorites falling on "outdated" lists before you can really get your money's worth out of them. It can be exhausting trying to keep up. While we make it our duty to report on the very latest trends we're spotting, not all of the trends on deck for fall 2021 are brand-new. In fact, we've noticed nine themes in particular that were a thing last year and are bubbling up again now.
I'd be lying if I said that I didn't breathe a huge sigh of relief to see that plenty of last year's fall styles are popping up again this year. If you invested in them then, consider this your green light to hit the gas. But if you haven't tapped into any of these yet, then I have a feeling you'll want to this time around.
Ahead, find out which styles are back again this season see how we plan on styling them in fresh new ways.
1. Knit Sets
Three words: Big Knit Energy. If all of 2020 was defined by knit loungewear sets, 2021 will be defined by similar duos, only a touch more elevated and made to be worn out of the house. The ribbed pants and cardigan sets of yore (which are still a thing BTW) are giving way to an updated knit set: ribbed skirts sets. Oh, and we were so excited about this one that we went ahead and made our own version.
Who What Wear Collection Cassandra Herringbone Bustier ($115)
Who What Wear Collection Lulu Midi Herringbone Skirt ($155)
The Drop Roni V-Neck Cropped Sweater Tank ($19)
The Drop Vera Slim Side Slit Midi Sweater Skirt ($45)
2. Lug-Sole Loafers
Loafers are so ubiquitous with fall style nowadays that I'm ready to move them from the trend category into the basics realm. More specifically, chunky loafers with a thick lug sole are, yet again, one of fall's biggest shoe trends.
Vagabond Shoemakers Cosmo 2.0 Penny Loafer ($160)
Koio Bari Ivory ($298)
Proenza Schouler Lug Sole Loafers ($825)
3. Relaxed Suiting
The absolute grip that suiting has on the fashion world right now cannot be understated. To be clear, not do I want it to. Right now, look to relaxed and slightly oversized '80s style blazers and trousers for a cool girl-approved uniform.
4th & Reckless Adelaide Oversize Blazer ($85)
4th & Reckless Adelaide High Waist Pants ($60)
Frankie Shop Bea Oversized Single-Breasted Blazer ($405)
Frankie Shop Bea High-Waisted Tapered Trousers ($286)
4. Slouchy Bags
Slouchy bags started to percolate last fall but this time around I've noticed how they're coming back even stronger. Watch out, structured baguettes, you might have a handbag competitor.
Wandler Lois Bag ($954)
Edas Cynthia Bucket Bag ($485)
Who What Wear Mallory Leather Shoulder Bag ($150)
5. Sweater Vests
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a sweater vest is one of our favorite easy wardrobe updates you can make this fall. Layer one over a boxy tee or button-down or wear it solo with everything from jeans to skirts.
Madewell Cropped Sweater Vest ($68)
H&M Ribbed Sweater Vest ($13)
Topshop Shrunken Cable Knit Sweater Vest ($45)
Zara Whip Stitch Knit Vest ($50)
Shackets are another fall trend that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Seeing how wearable, versatile, and cool they are, I only see them becoming more popular.
Who What Wear Collection Lennox Shacket ($255)
The Drop Oversized Shirt Jacket ($70)
H&M Oversized Shirt Jacket ($50)
7. Retro Sneakers
I'll just say it: if you're going to wear sneakers right now, make them retro (or retro-inspired). There are so many cool options to choose from but overall, sleek and '80s-inspired shapes are what's trending hard again this fall.
Zara Leather High Top Sneakers ($90)
Adidas Forum Low Sneakers ($90)
Mango Leather Mixed Sneakers ($80)
8. Cool Cardigans
Nope, the cardigan craze has yet to cool off. Designers are continuing to take the humble knit to the next level and this fall and between the highlighter hues, graphic checkerboard, and fun-loving color combos, these might just be my favorite assortment of cardigans to date. (Don't worry, basic styles are still all over the market if that's more your speed.)
Stine Goya Harry Cardigan in Check Black ($420)
Lisa Says Gah Battenberg Cardi ($139)
Zara Striped Rib Knit Cardigan ($46)
9. Chunky Pearls
Baroque pearls are hardly a new trend. We first reported on the jewelry movement back in 2018 but variations have only flourished since which brings me to the latest installment: chunky pearls that combine a variety of shapes for a very "more is more" appeal.
Muddpearl Kitchen Sink ($360)
Cult Gaia Nora Pearl Choker ($250)
Stone and Strand Genuine Baroque Pearl Bracelet ($75)
Adina's Jewels Cultured Pearl Beaded Necklace ($60)
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