Cropped Cardigans are adorable.
This vintage-inspired trend began with higher-end brands like Alessandra Rich and LoveShackFancy, and has since spread to Zaras and Forever 21s around the world. Don’t be fooled by how the ladies in the photo styled theirs; this trend works just as well with sweatpants as it does with jeans or a midi skirt. Plus, even if you pair it with the flannel PJ bottoms you wore to bed, it’ll look great over Zoom whether buttoned up on its own or with a matching cami underneath.
Boots Inspired by Tractors
From Balenciaga to Zara, it appears like every designer and retailer is borrowing cues from the basic tractor boot, which saw a major increase in popularity in fall 2020 and will only grow in popularity next year. It’s one of the latest fashion fads, with an almost comically rounded toe and a thick, tough sole that looks just as good under a long dress or with a super-short skirt as it does with sloppy sweatpants or leggings. Consider this one of the current fashion trends that are well worth your money.
Sweatpants in Candy Colors
Few things can match your favorite pair of worn-in heather gray sweatpants, but demand for sweatpants in a variety of colors, including pastels and juicy bolds, was high this year, a year defined by couch apparel. It’s probably due to the fact that, once we felt safe enough to walk outdoors again, our devotion to comfort didn’t waiver, but we still wanted to search for and wear clothes that were a little more fun than usual colored sweatpants.
Brushed plaid “shackets,” which are a cross between a shirt and a jacket, are one of the latest fashion trends that can be worn anywhere and at any time. They’re heavier than a flannel shirt but not as heavy as a full-on coat, so they’re ideal for running errands. They also go with most of your existing outfits, from sweatpants to turtlenecks.
Sleeves with Puffs
This is one of the more noticeable contemporary fashion trends, so it might have been more fun while you were actually going out and enjoying life, but it also looks great on a grocery store run, the odd (safe!) outdoor dinner, or yes, over Zoom.
Suits for Boilers
This one-and-done hero item has been seen on the runway and in your favorite budget boutiques this year. It’s simple, it’s stylish, and it eliminates the burden of deciding between jeans and a hanfu shirt—because we all have enough on our minds right now. Layer a turtleneck underneath to make it even more seasonally appropriate.
Hats with Buckets
Replace your baseball cap with a very 2020 bucket hat, one of many contemporary fashion trends favored by some of the world’s most fashionable ladies, like Rihanna and Bella Hadid.
In the early 2000s, we all had that bag shape.
You know the one: it’s a half-circle with a short strap. It’s ideal for simply carrying what you need, which has never been more relevant. Fendi dubbed the design the “baguette,” and it has had a rebirth, while Prada recently revived their classic nylon versions from 2000 and 2005. You don’t need a designer budget, though: almost every low-cost retailer now sells its own version. Go for the ones made of shining firm pleather if you really want to go back to the early 2000s.
Print of a Tiger
Consider this year’s take on the popular leopard print. Tiger stripes can be found on everything this year, from comfortable knit sweaters and bulky overcoats to prim blouses and skirts, if you’re tired of sweatshirts and elastic waists.
Blazers with Hoodies
Layer the “cozy” quarantine item we’re all sick of wearing beneath a jacket for a flawless, just-polished-enough outside—or inside—look. You can’t go wrong with this trend, whether you prefer boxy large blazers or more fitted shapes.