I'm a 55-Year-Old Former Nordstrom Buyer—I'm Excited for These 2021 Trends

Susie Wright is always an excellent source for shopping and styling inspiration. After all, she has an impressive breadth of sartorial knowledge as a former Nordstrom buyer and a current stylist. And while age clearly has nothing to do with what you should or shouldn't wear, Wright does happen to be 55. and that more experienced fashion POV is also often intriguing.

We recently asked her to showcase the pieces she thinks can help make a perfect outfit. Next up, given that we're now in 2021, we thought there could be interest in learning about the specific trends she's excited to wear this year. You know, to perhaps inspire your 2021 wardrobe. The pieces in question are all forward and also highly versatile to easily mix and match with other basics.

With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out the trends Wright is currently wearing and/or can't wait to wear more of in 2021, complete with a range of visual and shopping inspiration as well.

"Second-Skin" Tops


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"These are going to be everywhere, so I thought I'd give one a try. It's surprisingly flattering, and the bold styles and patterns are super fun! It's also the perfect layering piece under any jacket."—Wright



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"Shackets have been very popular this fall and winter, and this trend isn't going away anytime soon. I'm excited to add pretty colors and lightweight versions as we move into 2021."

Knit Polos


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"Just loving this sweater trend, and moving forward, I'll look for a short-sleeved version in cashmere or cotton. I'm excited to see the summer versions!" 

Knit Skirts


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"I've started noticing knit skirts lately, and I'm excited to wear this one for the months to come. It's nice having a change and it's so versatile."

Pink Pieces


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"I definitely scored with this comfy sweaterdress, but the color is what really caught my eye! Worn with booties and a coat now, I'll still be loving pink as we head into the new year." 

Cozy Sets


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"These cozy matching sets are the stay-at-home look right now! The cardigan and matching pants are super soft, and they're the perfect outfit to wear when working from home this winter." 

Knit Dresses


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"A great style to wear with boots in the winter, knit dresses are a trend that will transition easily into the new year. For spring, pair with sneakers."

Next, check out the winter items Wright is loving.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.