It truly has been a year like no other. But as the world makes sense of the maelstrom, one thing remains the same: fashion always finds a way. Across the industry, creatives, consumers and cultural curators are finding uplifting and radical new ways for us to express ourselves. So, as we round the bend into 2021, we consulted our trusty crystal ball to find out what trends we’re likely to see in the new year.
Share Your Baggage with the World!
Tucked away in closets and under beds for much of this year, it’s time to reopen our bags and start filling them with travel plans again.
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Reinforcing the recent shift in the fashion industry, look for more androgynous baggage options to further break down any archaic gender binaries. From the faux-fetish harness options worn by the likes of Michael B. Jordan and Timothée Chalamet, to Tyler, The Creator’s obsession with purses, those at fashion’s vanguard continue to help us establish fresh and innovative ways to carry our baggage – is anyone else still daydreaming about Frank Ocean’s Celine bag at Paris Fashion Week?
Yes, it’s time to let your baggage game do much of your sartorial heavy-lifting in 2021. Don’t expect to be limited for options.
Fashion will always mean more than just the sum of its materials. Case in point: knitwear. Reminiscent of a radically different, hands-on ethos, knitwear has ridden the indie wave of more niche trends like #cottagecore and 90s Seattle grunge, whilst also enjoying transcendental relevance thanks to Harry Styles’ Internet-breaking cardigan challenge.
Revered by cardigan connoisseurs such as Jaden Smith and Ty Dolla $ign (special mention goes to Smith’s recent candy-coloured cardigan), knitwear has surged again this year.
Symbolic of a slower, more considered approach to fashion, don’t be afraid to raid your grandparents’ closet for trans-generational style – they’ve probably got some nice loafers in there too!
It’s time to ditch your dependable hoodie and sweatpants cocoon and start embracing new iterations of streetwear. Look for vintage principles and careful tailoring to start informing more of your sartorial choices in 2021, as soothsayers like Off-White’s Virgil Abloh and A-COLD-WALL*’s Samuel Ross predict a shift to increasingly formal options.
And, really, what better time to suit up?
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Expect logos to become more muted (logos are, of course, one of the hallmarks of legacy streetwear brands), while lynchpins such as the blazer and loafer will undoubtedly become more ubiquitous weekend-wear.
No, we’re not ringing streetwear’s death knell just yet, but expect both universes to collide even more obviously moving forward. After all, have you not seen Miguel in the high-stakes blazer and shorts combo?
Sneakers, Sneakers and More Sneakers
The sneaker phenomenon continued its meteoric impact in 2020, with high-profile collaborations, hype drops, and luxury interpretations appearing to satisfy every appetite on earth. Seemingly impervious to any external factors, don’t expect the hype train to slow down next year.
There’ll be plenty more neck-craning Nike SB collaborations as the Dunk resurgence hits its apex, while classic silhouettes like the Air Jordan 6 and Nike Air Huarache launch yet again as both silhouettes celebrate significant anniversaries.
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