Bold Fashion Predictions for 2021

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Fashion comes in cycles. The early 2000s saw a resurgence of bohemian trends from the 60s like yoga pants, capris, peasant tops and paisley, as well as recovering from its glittery late 90s hangover. The early 2010s even took inspiration from 90s grunge.

When predicting what’s gonna come in regards to fashion, we should also look back instead of only looking ahead, and what’s to come might include some very bold choices…

Flared Pants

The flared pants trend has already started in some countries in Europe and is seeping its way into American pop culture too. The slick silhouette is reminiscent of the 70s and is very flattering to most body types. 

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Try it: Of course, you don’t have to go as bold and bright as Kendall did, but try pairing black flared pants with a black t-shirt or a loose-fitting sweater for a modern yet nostalgic look. Alternatively, try wearing flare pants on a night on the town to capture all the attention.

(VERY) Chunky Shoes

Cute to some, awful to others, the rise of chunky shoes is definitely imminent. Chunky sneakers, boots and even sandals are finding their way into designer collections more and more. In fact, the trend has already been around for a year or so. The chunky shoe idea derives inspiration from the 60s all through to the 80s when platform shoes were very big. 

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Try it: Try a pair of thick sneakers or boots with an oversized sweatshirt. Or dress them up with straight-leg jeans and a cute-casual sweater.


Lacking any functional purpose whatsoever and acting as a garment with the sole purpose of being pleasing to the eye, netting could definitely become a thing in 2021! Seen in various S/S 21 runways including Dries Van Noten, Burberry, Fendi and Balenciaga, netting fulfills the need for edgy and cute aesthetics. 

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Crazy Cutouts

Cutouts in clothing are nothing new as they’ve been trendy for around two years. However, they haven’t been taken to the extreme just yet. Cutouts evoke a bit of nostalgia for the late 90s and their “Y2K futurism”. It feels futuristic and fun, yet it’s kind of drawing on old trends. 

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The cutouts in places like the underarms or torso may seem strange, but at the same time, they play into our generation’s craving for a Y2K comeback.

Try it: Perfect for a night out, try wearing a top or bodysuit with cutouts at the waist for a super chic look!

“G-String” Pants

Prevalent on I.Am.Gia and slowly taking over going-out wear, these pants take heavy inspiration from the early ‘00s G-String look where low rise jeans would be paired with exposed G-Strings. The look has now been adapted into one item of clothing: pants with cutouts near the waist to emulate the silhouette of lowrise jeans and a g-string.

Influencer Fatherkels in’s Lucid pant.
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Try it: Dare to wear a pair of “G-String” pants with a matching top (matching sets are often sold) or even with a white top!

For now, it’s pretty clear that 2021 is going to be a crazy year for fashion but at least it’ll bring us something fun to look back on.

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