There's nothing we love more than a strong assortment of trends here at Who What Wear, but what we love even more are trends that have longevity. Some trends truly come and go, but others originate as a trend and end up sticking around for the long haul. In other words, they age really well. Since it feels as though this year has flown by (just me?), I went through and listed all the 2021 trends that we are confident will age well over the course of this year and beyond.
The below assortment of 2021 trends we're predicting will become timeless staples is guaranteed to enhance your wardrobe and make you feel like you are buying into something that, for once, isn't fleeting. Could you ask for a better dynamic? I think not.
Relaxed suiting started trending before the pandemic, and now, it officially feels more relevant than ever. Slightly oversized and slouchy tailored separates will make for a comfortable yet polished look now and forever.
Shop relaxed suits:
H&M Oversized Linen-Blend Jacket (£35)
Jacquemus D'Homme Hemp-Blend Blazer (£650)
& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blend Tailored Blazer (£134)
Zara Full Length Pants (£30)
Loulou Studio Tatakoto Double-Breasted Wool Blazer (£370)
The S/S 21 collections displayed more mini hemlines than any season yet. From micro miniskirts to festive minidresses, the more leg the better. Come autumn, short hemlines will be trending just as hard, which tells us the longevity of exposed limbs is inevitable.
Shop mini hemlines:
Givenchy Wool-Blend Guipure Lace Mini Dress (£1735)
& Other Stories Linen Blend Cut Out Mini Skirt (£65)
Envelope1976 View Ruched Silk-Satin Mini Skirt (£215)
Gauge81 Nagato Black Silk-Satin Mini Skirt (£290)
Reformation Maly Dress Es ($98)
Strappy sandals will always be a thing, but this year, ones with tricky and more complicated placements have taken the cake. We imagined this trend fizzling out, but what we've noticed is that basic straps are feeling more like a thing of the past, and interesting ones like the below are the newest "trendy" basic that will be sticking around, without a doubt.
Shop tricky-strap sandals:
Christian Louboutin Taralita 85 Patent-Leather Slingback Sandals (£545)
& Other Stories Square Toe Leather Strappy Heeled Sandals (£72)
René Caovilla Cleo Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals (£790)
Zara Leather Strappy Heeled Sandals With Buckle (£50)
Mango Straps Heel Leather Sandals (£60)
If you ask me, open-back dresses were never not trending. They just more recently stepped into the limelight. The key is to look for silhouettes that read more timeless but still have that wow factor thanks to the exposed back.
Shop open-back dresses:
Musier Paris Dress Mimi (£189)
Savannah Morrow the Label + Net Sustain Mina Open-Back Crinkled Organic Cotton-Gauze Maxi Dress (£371)
Savannah Morrow the Label Harmony Open-Back Silk and Organic Cotton-Blend Midi Dress (£388)
& Other Stories Ribbed Cut Out Midi Dress (£75)
Ioannes Open-Back Paneled Stretch-Jersey Maxi Dress (£535)
After over a year of sweatpants and leggings, the thought of wearing tight denim ever again feels scary. With that in mind, looser, more relaxed denim seems to have no end in sight, and honestly, thank goodness.
Shop relaxed denim:
Frame Le Baggy High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans (£285)
Gucci Distressed Organic Boyfriend Jeans (£580)
H&M Wide High Ankle Jeans (£20)
Agolde Criss Cross Light Blue Straight-Leg Jeans (£240)
Agolde Parker Blue Straight-Leg Jeans (£220)
Pairing knee-high boots with bare legs has been a popular styling technique this entire year, and the F/W 21 collections proved that look is going absolutely nowhere. The boots this time around read sleeker than fully slouchy, so keep that in mind as you shop for your perfect pair.
Mango High Heel Boots (£30)
Shop sleek knee-high boots:
Jimmy Choo Mavis 85 Croc-Effect Leather Knee Boots (£1050)
Manolo Blahnik Khomobi 90 Black Leather Knee-High Boots (£995)
Paris Texas 85 Python-Effect Leather Knee-High Boots (£530)
Gianvito Rossi 85 Leather Knee Boots (£1195)
Just because button-downs are a wardrobe staple doesn't mean they have to be boring. This year, colourful versions started trending, and we hope it's a movement that never tires.
Shop colorful button-downs:
Rika Studios Blaze Shirt in Viola (£249)
Mango Oversize Poplin Shirt (£30)
Monki Oversized Cotton Shirt (£30)
Zara Oversized Shirt (£28)
Mango 100% Cotton Shirt (£30)
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn winter 2021.
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