5 Biggest Fashion Trends in 2021

2020 saw many planned outfits that people weren’t able to wear due to the pandemic. Even the biggest events in the industry, such as New York Fashion Week, have turned to the virtual space for the second year in a row. And the fashion world is slowly getting accustomed to this arrangement.

Moreover, the pandemic has also pushed designers’ creativity, bringing some bold and stylish trends – from sleek head scarfs to statement fringe bags. Here’s a look back at some of the fashionable items that dominated 2021.

Head scarves

Head scarfs were a big trend in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and they made a huge comeback this year. The first thing you might think of when using this swath of fabric is styling it on your head, making it a quick fix for a bad hair day. Aside from that, head scarfs made of silk or satin give you the extra benefit of protecting your hair from tangles and frizz.

Still want to cop this look? Instead of just letting the scarf hang off the back of your head or wrapping it under your chin in a loose knot, Allure lists some more creative ways of tying your hair back. You can also mix things up by wrapping a headscarf around your neck or arm or letting it dangle from your bag.

Faux leather

From the streets to the runway and even the red carpet, faux leather has been the definitive look of the year. Gigi Hadid wore faux leather gloves to the 2021 Met Gala, while Spanx’s faux leather leggings made their way onto the hips of everyone from Lizzo to Kris Jenner.

It’s pretty easy to style faux leather items into your outfits. Dress down by pairing some faux leather pants with a cardigan. To dress up, try a snappy faux leather blazer with a black turtleneck and slim-fit pants. Now that the weather is chilly, you can even try going all-out with faux leather trench coats.

Chic face masks

2020 cemented face masks as fashion staples, and this trend only continued into 2021. That being said, you might as well pick out ones that go with your outfits. As an added bonus, opting for reusable masks makes more surgical face masks available to healthcare workers.

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Reusable masks are also able to filter out droplets, while still giving good coverage for your nose and mouth. What’s also great about reusable face masks is that many styling opportunities can come with them, from patterned to solid-colored designs. Though black is the most popular color, face masks now come in so many colors that they’re incredibly easy to coordinate with any outfit.

Knits and ribbed fabric

Knits and ribbed fabric can make even the simplest designs look dressier, and they’re very comfortable, too. Cardigans and sweaters ruled colder months this year, while lighter ribbed clothes reigned on warmer days. Even midriff flossing, which involves wearing crop tops with strips of fabric crossing the abdomen, made its way to the knitted and ribbed category.

All of these looks can be rocked on any occasion. You can midriff floss items ranging from shirts to skirts. If you’re gearing up for colder weather, you can even embellish knit sets with heels and accessories like belts. This way, you can look classy while still being comfortable.


If you want to switch up your look a bit, try to let some fabric fringes do the talking. This ’70s trend made a huge comeback this year, with one of the biggest looks being fringe bags with an over-the-top design that will surely add some oomph to your outfit.

You can go low-key and choose fringed clothing items with short fringes, or choose dark colors like brown or black. But if you really want to stand out, bold shades like yellow and orange or a fringe that almost reaches the floor will be perfect. With the many designs to choose from, you can use it anytime and anywhere.

Though it was over in a flash, 2021 was an exciting year in the world of fashion. From knits to faux leather and even midriff flossing, each trend is worth looking back on. We at Stylin’ with Sarah can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2022!

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