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2020 fashion was all about mixing style with comfort. With hopes of the COVID-19 pandemic coming to end in 2021, fashion designers and influencers have elevated these styles of comfort to be more fresh and fun. Here are twelve fashion trends to try in 2021:


Yoga Pants… or Flared Leggings?

That’s right, Emma Chamberlain brought the back yoga pants in a singular Instagram post. The early’s 2000s trend has been revived and this time, teens on social media are calling them “flared leggings.” It is a comfy, casual look for 2021 that you wear when out running errands, getting coffee or lounging around the house. 


The Netflix show, “Bridgerton,” has caused corsets to sell out everywhere from stores. The fashion trend is a classy, yet sexy look that has everyone feeling as if they, too, are attending a ball in England during the Victorian era. 

The “Bracket”

Celebrities have been sporting this trend all over Instagram lately. The classic bralette – normally worn as an undergarment – is now being worn as a top underneath cardigans, blazers, trench coats and other jackets. The look is an unexpected combination of business and intimate wear. 

Sweater Vests

2021 has everyone feeling preppy. Sweater vests are in and for spring and summer, you can simply wear them as a top without any layering. You can also pair sweaters vests over a collared top (also very in style) to exaggerate the look- they are so versatile

Matching Sets

Loungewear has become all the rage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and matching sets will help you feel put together while staying comfy during quarantine. 


From open-back tops to shoulder and side cutouts, this look is all the rage as it can be styled to be cute or edgy. Cinched cutouts are especially in and you can try this look out while wearing some of the hottest colors of 2021: camel, marigold yellow, sky blue, and hot pink and neutral tones.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses will be especially popular in spring and summer 2021. You can relax by the pool or take a stroll outside in style with a stunning dress that sweeps down to the floor. Pair this with sunglasses and a tan or black wide-brimmed hat and you are set.

Wide Leg Denim

If you still have skinny jeans, I hate to break it to you but they are no longer in style! Tightly fitted pants are long gone and have been replaced with more loose-fitting denim. Go for some wide-legged flare jeans or some baggy loose fitted pants in 2021.


This is a more edgy, funky look to try in 2021. This look is a bit scandalous and is usually styled with a  bralette underneath a see-through mesh patterned top or by itself for the more brave. Patterns are very “in” this year and a uniquely designed see-through top is the perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone.

Exaggerated Sleeves

From puff sleeves to shoulder pads, the more exaggerated the better. This trend will be around for a long time and is predicted to be one of the most popular looks of 2021 as people just can’t get enough of this style. 

Camel & Neutrals

The color camel along with other neutrals such as peach, light pink, and brown are so in style for 2021! Try out this color and you will surely be a fashionista.

Statement Earrings


The more noticeable earrings, the better for 2021. Earrings that are “in” include ones that are geometrical shaped, long and dangly, sparkly, and large in size. No matter if your hair is up or down, these earrings will be a statement. 

So, there you have it fashionistas! If you want to stay up to date with the trend this year then be sure to follow this guideline. Of course, always wear what you feel confident in and what makes you happy. While it is fun to be trendy, make sure you are genuinely expressing yourself and dressing for YOU!

My name is Emily Quesada and I am a junior at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. I am a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and I have a passion for writing, playing guitar, singing, reading, and working out. I am a Political Science major with a concentration in Pre-Law and Journalism and my dream is to become a lawyer in the future and defend women's rights. In my free time, I love to play softball and tennis, blog, go hiking, surf, listen to Taylor Swift songs, go to the beach, and hang out with my friends. I am also a proud Starbucks barista with a strong addiction to coffee. My catch phrase: "Everything happens for a reason!"
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