These 2020 Trends Are Running Out of Steam, so I’m Replacing Them With These 8

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At the top of the year, I like to do a deep dive into what I'm wearing. Organizing and consolidating my wardrobe surely helps, but there's nothing like a bit of trend predicting to figure out which pieces make for a worthy investment. 2020 has been a lot of things–some of which include a few trends and styles I'd like to put on the backburner for now.

"Real" pants–you know, the ones with actual waistlines and buttons–are making a comeback in high waist silhouettes and tapered shapes. But don't be so eager to toss aside your sweatpants just yet; 2020's reigning trend is still here to stay, but instead of the traditional jogger shape, I'm replacing them with sweatpants that incorporate an air of formality with tailored details.

There are a lot more trends I’m placing on the chopping block for 2021, so read on to see which styles I’m ditching and which trends I’m welcoming with open arms.

Ditching: Skinny, Straight Trousers

Replacing With: Tapered Pants

In a traditional office environment, skinny trousers are essential, but now that working from home has become more commonplace, relaxed silhouettes reign supreme. Tapered pants offer up a cool shape that packs a punch even when paired with a simple white tee. 


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Ditching: Sheath Dresses

Replacing With: Puff-Sleeve Dresses

Fashion has had a well-documented love affair with dramatic sleeves for seasons now, but for 2021, they feel exceptionally right on dresses. Puff-sleeves are the right amount of experimental sophistication without looking like a fashion victim.


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Ditching: Humdrum Mid-Rise Waistlines

Replacing With: Paperbag Pants

In terms of waistlines, 2021 is all about extreme opposites. Since low-rise jeans have proverbially entered the chat, dull mid-rise waistlines feel a little less exciting these days. We completely understand that low-rise pants are a bit controversial, so why not try the opposite extreme with high-rise pants? A paper bag waist adds an additional hint of fun.


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Ditching: Big Fluffy Layers

Replacing With: Sleek Leather Separates

Not sure about you, but I've had my fill of extreme coziness. It seemed like every piece of clothing in 2020 was constructed to be soft, fluffy, and stretchy. Well this year give me rigid shapes! Hard fabrics! Real waistlines! I'm down to embrace opposites this go around.


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Ditching: Plunge Necklines

Replacing With: Thigh High Slits

Here's a trend that proves you don't need a revealing neckline in order to feel sexy. Instead, go for the unexpected with a high neckline and a daring thigh-high slit; it's the perfect detail to showcase a pair of striking tall boots. 


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Ditching: Joggers 

Replacing With: Tailored Sweatpants

I love sweatpants just like anyone else, but I'm a bit fatigued over the classic jogger style we've seen everywhere in 2020. To reinvent my casual style, I'm replacing them with sweatpants that add more tailored details like exaggerated elastic cuffs or waistbands. That way, they don't look out of place whether dressed up or down.


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Ditching: Floral Mini Dresses

Replacing With: Goth Babydoll Dresses

With spring just around the corner it's pretty instinctual to add an influx of delicate florals, but here's the chance to do something more unexpected. Designers like Molly Goddard and Cecile Bahnsen do dark moody, voluminous dresses quite well, and their pieces have been a cult item among the fashion set. If you want to soften up the look add pearl earrings or a Tudor-style headband.


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Ditching: Hoodies

Replacing With: Roomy Cardigans

I know I gave fluffy layers the cold shoulder, but a bit of softness is still very much needed in the era of WFH life. Roomy, fuzzy cardigans not only look great on Zoom calls, but they're also probably as close as one can get to pajamas without actually being pajamas. Juxtapose its softness with leather pants or rigid jeans.


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Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.