2021 fashion trends

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By Helena Reeds, Third year Neuroscience

The Croft Magazine // Now that we've started a brand new year, Helena rounds up the most exciting trends to look forward to in 2021.

Goodbye 2020 – you will not be missed. 2021 has arrived and we are one step closer to leaving the mess of last year behind... This year, trends have got increasingly bright and playful in preparation for the world getting back to normal. Expect bright hues of pinks and orange in the summer months and every pattern imaginable - all mixed together. But whilst we wait patiently for normality to resume, here are some of the most accessible 2021 trends to try at the moment.

Sparkly Trousers

Caramel Pants, £71.10 | Baun Studio

This trend emerged a little bit last year with the hype around the beautiful Saks Potts metallic trousers *chefs kiss*. Well, prepare for the metallic craze to blow up even more as we dive into 2021. If you think about it, coronavirus is our equivalent to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic (stay with me here…) and what came after that pandemic?? The roaring 20s! The catwalks have already prepared us for the very moment that we can all go out and party again with a multitude of metallic looks. Go all out in a head-to-toe diamanté suit or tone the trend down with a sparkly top or trousers like these. Whichever way you try this trend, it’s about time – I’ve started to get withdrawals from my sequins.

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Colourful rings

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Playful accessories have been on the rise and I’m so here for it! These chunky, resin style rings that we have been seeing all over Instagram are very in at the moment. If you want to get the original statement ring that started this comeback, have a look at the La Manso collections. Or, if you’re like me and can’t afford to take out a small mortgage for a ring… have a look at sellers on Depop who are making them at home during Lockdown.

GAP hoodies

GAP Arch Logo Hoodie, £33.99 | GAP

2020 saw the comeback of iconic 00s brands Von Dutch and Juicy Couture, but this year we are taking it back to our secondary school days with GAP hoodies. This trend stemmed from fashion queen, Emma Chamberlain, who posted an Instagram in a GAP hoodie this Summer. And we can’t forget about this year's upcoming Yeezy x GAP collaboration. Maybe GAP really is cool again? If you want to hop on this trend, then have a look at these hoodies in the GAP sale – or just check the back of your mum’s closet, I’m sure she has one!

Chocolate Browns

35mm Denim, £54 | House of Sunny

Brown is the new black. Earthy tones were all over the AW20 catwalks and this trend is spilling over into 2021 as it's just so chic! If you’re feeling bold, go for a full monochromatic brown look, but if you just want to dip your toes into the trend, treat the brown as if it were a black. Where you would usually pair a bright top with a black jean, opt for a softer brown trouser instead. This kind of ‘new neutral’ styling will follow into SS21 as our browns lighten to a softer beige.

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Second Skin and Mesh Tops

Long Sleeve Mixed Print Mesh Top, £22 | ASOS

This trend also started in 2020 when the Marine Serre moon-print fitted top went viral, and this trend is here to stay. Body-hugging mesh and jersey tops were seen all over the SS21 catwalks either used as a layering piece or as a contrast to the high waisted baggy silhouettes we saw. If you want to really be ahead of the curve, mix this trend with the new cyberpunk style we are seeing at the moment for a vintage Jean Paul Gautier look. How about this one to get the designer look on a budget?

Midriff Flossing

Low Rise Flare with Strap Detail, £18 | ASOS

Sounds weird, I know… but you’ve probably already come across this trend. I’m talking about wraparound and criss-cross details on tops and skirts that envelop our midriff. Charlotte Knowles and Versace dominated the SS21 shows with this trend, and luckily for us, it’s already been dialled down to the high-street so we can have a play around without the price tag. These flares with a tie waist detail are super flattering and are a great variation on your basic black legging.

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