TOP 10 FASHION TRENDS FROM AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 FASHION WEEKS

Fashion is back in a big way. After several months inside, the world of haute couture and ready-to-wear is ready to put bright colors, patterns, and exaggerated pieces into action. An accumulation of nostalgia, expression of vibrancy, body positivity, and a touch of glitter, this season is embracing the maximalist aesthetic. Essentially, more is more this fall. As we were all itching to go out and showcase our clothes last year, 2021 is about embracing the fun side of fashion and having a genuinely great time. Shake off the days of sweatpants and activewear and slip on a sparkling suit or cut-out dress. Whether you love the Y2K style, go wild for mini dresses or dabble in over-the-top silhouettes, here are the top fashion trends for AW21 that are so hot right now.

 

Dark Double Denim

Start the season right in a series of dark denim. This outfit ensemble combines the effortless chic styling of monochrome denim with a subtle laidback feel for a fun day out or an evening at the hottest bar. With retro stylings back in full force, try a ’70s inspired jumpsuit – cinched in at the waist and ballooning from the knee, giving an elongated silhouette. Mix and match with cutouts, skin-tight silhouettes, and everything in between. This trend gives you a lot of room to play around with, so have some fun.

Capes and Ponchos

This iconic item is here to stay. Ponchos and capes are great items to layer for fluctuating temperatures. While they’ve been around for centuries, the outerwear has come and gone in fashion recently, but we’re glad it’s back. Its beauty lies in its versatility – wear it with a monochrome ensemble with knee boots in a brown tone. Thanks to its baggy shape, you can cinch in your waist with a belt, let it hang loose, and add a bold accessory, such as a wide-brimmed hat or statement handb

Mini Dresses

When Mary Quant first made the mini skirt mainstream in the 1960s, the trend was cemented. Over the years, love for the short hemlines has risen and fallen, with labels like Chanel, Versace, and Roberto Cavalli in the ’90s and ’00s. Now it’s all about thigh-skimming dresses. Celebrating the drift towards maximalism this season, now is the perfect opportunity to go all out with this trend. Think bold colors, loud prints, skin-tight, or fit-and-flare – there’s something for everyone. Add knee-high boots and an oversized blazer for a casual off-duty model feel, or slinky heeled sandals and a micro bag for a chic

Ski Holidays

Calling all snow bunnies! The weather may be cold, but you’ll turn up the heat in one of these are ski looks. Whether you’re lounging by the fire or hitting the slopes, it’s all about staying cozy. Due to halted travel plans last year, the world is embracing trips to the ski lodges and locations like Aspin and the Swiss Alps Dress up in knitted loungewear, padded ski suits, and lots of layers – this is sure to keep you snuggly while you soak up the winter sun. This season we’ve seen Chanel, Balenciaga, and Eduon Choi embracing the chill on the runway, keeping it effortlessly cool.

Faux Fur

Coming off the back of the après-ski trend, keeping warm doesn’t have to cost more than the price tag. Oversized coats look great with columnlike pieces, such as a tube dress, catsuit, or a midi skirt with stockings, making it one of the hottest outerwear pieces this season. The technology behind vegan alternatives has come so far; these feel just as (if not more) amazing than the real thing. Be it a teddy texture, leopard print, or shag – this runway-approved item will instantly elevate your overall ensemble this fall.

Knit Maxi Dresses

Knitwear is having a moment – it’s a staple on and off the runway that is proving to have real staying power. Maxi dresses in this body-skimming, and warming texture will ensure a snug body frame, but it also makes for a great casual or semi-formal attire. The chic design envelopes your figure, creating a sultry and sophisticated silhouette, à la Chloe, The Row, or Max Mara. You’ll mostly see these dresses in neutral tones, which is great if you enjoy layering similar shades or minimalist hues. Work them with strappy sandals, sneakers, or knee boots for a chic Autumn style.

Cut-Outs

From the runways, red carpets to the Instagram grid, cut-outs have exploded in popularity. From up-and-coming designers such as Nensi Dojaka to established names like Dion Lee, MGSM, and Mugler – all have embraced this body positivity piece of clothing and worked in their own ways. Showing a little bit of skin is fun, fresh, and flirty, and it doesn’t have to be left behind when summer closes out. Try it with coats, midi dresses, or minis, paired with print tights or knee boots this autumn. Popular pieces feature shapes across the torso, shoulder, chest, and arms, but also feature creative patterns for a stand-out look.

Pop Colors All Over

We collectively gasped when Versace premiered its color-pop FW21 collection – the bright and youthful interpretation of the iconi Gianni Versace neckline is the perfect adaptation for today. Briefly popularized in the early 2000s, bright hues are back in full swing. Since the world has been inside for months on end, this season is aching for a burst of color. In fact, it’s an instant mood-booster. Designers have embraced the palette on the runway, including Moschino, Rodarte, Prada, and many others.

 

Shades of Green

Speaking of bold pops of color, a favorite from the runways this season is green. Reflective of nature and the outdoor elements, this color was highlighted by Pantone for London Fashion Week. Its playful tones make for a great monochrome ensemble, like Kenzo and Salvatore Ferragamo on the runway. Be it a Grassy Green, mint, neon, or olive – add a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe. If you need an easy way to brighten up your day, let this combination do the trick.

Extra Long Sleeves

The fall and winter seasons have a few tricks up its sleeves, and we mean that literally. Extra by name and nature, these exceptionally long sleeves are the best way to ensure uninterrupted warmth and sophistication. Cuffed knitwear can be unrolled to cascade past your fingertips, or try a Y2K-inspired shirt skimming across the knuckles. Although sometimes not the most practical, this trend will easily extend the length of your limbs and create a streamlined silhouette. When the time comes where you actually need to use your hands, roll up the sleeves, or find something with a slit down the side for optimum movement.

Bright Colored Leather

In cold weather, it’s best to wear leather. But an even greater way to brighten up your day is with a pop of color, so why not combine the two? This bold and edgy interpretation of the classic go-to solidifies the trend of saturation this year. Fashion is all about having fun and expressing yourself, and you couldn’t do it better this autumn than in green, lilac, or red leather ensemble. Skirts, coats, dresses, and trousers make for fantastic options, plus they look amazing with similar hues for added depth and dimension. This is an excellent choice for anyone who likes to think outside the box but keep it sophisticated.

Metallics and Sequin

The ’70s are back in a big way, but with a 2021 twist – bell-bottoms, patterned sequins and sparkles, and exaggerated silhouettes are all the rage. To channel our Studio 54, metallics and sequins can bring the disco ball to you. For a historic and iconic reference, a statement Paco Rabanne shift dress is sure to impress, but a modern Stella McCartney bodysuit is the best way to make an entrance. Of course, you can be subtle with your choices, with a gold-knit sweater or metallic touches to an outfit. As mentioned earlier, the maximalist trend is in full force, so embrace the sparkle and shine.

Tartan

Escape to the hills in the countryside or deviate from the status quo with a punk edge, and let a touch of tartan help you along the way. With a deep history in Scotland, it has evolved over hundreds of years and has become an intrinsic part of punk, ’70s fashion, across the UK, largely in London. Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen’s use of this fabric have become staples in fashion history and continue to make waves today. With a promising feel of warmth and comfort, the classic fabric comes back every season with a slightly new take. This year, it’s not just about the clothes; it’s about the attitude. Layered, vintage, mismatched, or monochrome are some of the ways we’ve seen it on the runway – it’s a versatile autumn and winter favorite that stood the teCrop Jackets

Another throwback from the iconic ’90s collection by Gianni Versace – cropped jackets could be the next statement piece this winter. In rotation with oversized suiting, this twist on the tailored silhouettes has taken runways by storm. The likes of Peter Do, Chanel, and Fendi incorporate them into coordinates, with matching pants to create a streamlined silhouette. The shapes of this outerwear emphasize your waist but will still feel elevated enough to dress up or down. In a casual setting, swap out trousers for wide-leg jeans, complimented with a white t-shirt and sneakers for a relaxed feel

Statement Puffers

Not even a cold snap could prevent you from turning looks this winter. Puffer jackets have returned to the streets, thanks to their warmth and oversized silhouette, but this season, we’re taking it one step further. While neutral and black options are great for everyday, statement prints and colors are all the rage on the runway. Louis Vuitton, Raf Simons, Balenciaga, and Prada featured the loud pieces, each with vibrant hues, bold patterns, exaggerated shapes, and variations in length. Remember, this chilly season, more is

This trend has been slowly edging its way back into the mainstream, starting with butterfly clips, baguette bags, and high-cut bikinis. With a history spanning back to the late ’90s, it romanticizes the advancement of technology and futuristic styles. The Y2K aesthetic is becoming widely adopted by high fashion labels on the runway and across cities worldwide. It’s bringing back the fun in fashion, with bright colors, experimental silhouettes, embellished fabrics, and skin-exposing cutouts. The nostalgic feeling gained momentum on TikTok but has been brought back into the fashion cycle by designers including Blumarine and Laquan Smith. This season, some of the most prominent pieces are fur-trimmed cardigans, bustier tops, flared jeans, and micro mini skirts.

 

Lady Boss Suiting

Put your best foot forward and show them who’s boss in these strong suits. The two-piece ensemble has transformed into an essential wardrobe item this autumn. Effortlessly cool and timeless, the tailored approach works well for layering throughout the chilly months. Some could speculate that it is a romanticized nostalgia of the power suit era of the ’80s when pop culture celebrated corporate life with films like Working Girl. Given that many have worked from home for several months, you can reclaim officewear with a high fashion twist on a night out.

 

Shades of Brown

What may come as no surprise, brown is the perfect dark shade for the upcoming autumn and winter seasons. This trend has come in many variations, from chocolate activewear to chunky knits and suits in a warm tone. While it may appear unassuming at first, this color has enormous potential, thanks to its versatility. Wear it with pieces within the same shade spectrum but with various textures. For instance, a suede aviator jacket with a knit rollneck dress and leather knee boots, all in the same tone, creates a multi-dimensional outfit for a day in the city. Alternatively, you can elevate the throwback brown suits from the ’70s with an asymmetrical blazer and flared trousers – add some platform shoes fo

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