Welcome to Your 2021 Aesthetic—7 Epic Trends I Found For Under $96

Kristen Nichols
·3 min read

It’s a brand new year, which means I’m thinking all about what cool fashion trends are ahead of us. Yep, the pieces from the S/S 21 runways are about to drop but if you want to get an early start wearing them like I do, now is the time to start updating your closet.

From the second-skin tops Who What Wear editors can’t stop talking about to the anti-neutral color that’s about to take over to the ‘90s-inspired jeans I can't get enough of, there are plenty of cool ways to update your 2021 aesthetic right now. If you’re sticking to a budget you’re in luck because I hunted the internet for the best finds that ring in under $96 but look just as cool as more expensive buys. Ready to try out some of the coolest pieces for the new year? Here, discover 7 affordable fashion trends to wear in 2021.

Checkerboard Prints

Fun checkerboard prints instantly bring an element of cool punk into any outfit you're wearing. In past seasons, we've seen plaids everywhere, so this feels like a fresh take on checks.

Shop the trend:

The Ragged Priest Checkerboard Dad Jean ($90)

Vans Low-Top Sneakers ($50)

Noisy May Sweater ($57)

Bubblegum Pink

Neutrals have reigned supreme for many seasons now. While they'll still be sticking around, expect to see bold pops of bubblegum pink everywhere in 2021.

Shop the trend:

Chelsea Peers Heavyweight Lounge Sweatpants ($48)

Violeta Belt Miniskirt ($80)

H&M Mock-Turtleneck Top ($12.99)

Second-Skin Tops

I love a versatile basic and for the season ahead the #1 closet staple is anything but boring. Second-skin tops with cool patterns will be the piece to own.

Shop the trend:

& Other Stories Long Sleeve Turtleneck ($39)

Kai Collective Gaia Top Purple ($80)

H&M Mock-Turtleneck Top ($13)

'90s Throwback Bags

Those cool baguettes that were a defining silhouette in the '90s are back in a major way, thanks to brands like Prada who have reissued the originals. Consider this to be the bag you can wear with just about anything.

Shop the trend:

Yikoee Nylon Shoulder Bag ($20)

Barabum Classic Shoulder Tote ($25)

Mango Nylon Baguette Bag ($40)

Baggy Jeans

Buh-bye skinny jeans. In 2021, it will be all about the looser, baggier silhouette. Good news to someone like me who lives for pieces that are comfortable.

Shop the trend:

Zara Wide Leg Ripped Jeans ($50)

Mango Relaxed Ely Jeans ($60)

BDG High-Waisted Baggy Jean ($69)

House Shoes

One of the biggest shoe trends in the S/S 21 collections? Cool, cozy house shoes. These reinvented slippers are finished with everything from plush shearling to buckled straps.

Shop the trend:

Mango Faux Fur Clog ($40)

Zara Flat Faux Fur Buckle Sandals ($60)

Mango Faux Fur Felt Sandals ($40)

Knit Polos

The knit polo is a trend I'm very behind. A bit preppy but with a dose of cool, it's a great alternative to your basic T-shirt or button-down top.

Shop the trend:

Mango Polo Style Sweater ($60)

H&M Collared Knit Sweater ($30)

Mango Ribbed Metal Polo Shirt ($60)

Next, shop 25 cool fashion finds I’m obsessing over right now.

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