5 Really Great Ideas for Looking Chic in 2021

The trend cycle used to last six months to a year but now looks go in and out of style in weeks. While the temptation to buy into each passing trend is very real, we suggest putting your hard-earned money towards timeless basics and styling them out with a selection of on-trend pieces and accessories. These subtle details and "microtrends" can breathe new life into your wardrobe for a fraction of the price. 

For example, picking up a chocolate brown slip skirt or a sweater vest for the winter season will add a trendy element to your existing outfits into 2021. In addition to '70s-inspired browns and layered sweaters, read up on the easy, chic ways to style an outfit in the new year below. 

Embrace Brown

'70s-inspired brown was on our list of the top fall 2020 trends, and if Instagram is any indication, our prediction was accurate. Adding a touch of chocolate brown to your outfit—whether in the form of a slip skirt, jacket, or top—will make your ensemble feel infinitely more fashion-forward. 

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Check print has exploded among the fashion set in the last few months, and we think this look will stick around well into 2021. Add a touch of this kitschy print to your outfits for a chic yet punchy look; if you're not ready to go full-on checkered pants, test the waters with a turtleneck, scarf, or slip-on Vans sneakers. 

Sweaters and Button-Downs

Every fashion influencer under the sun has sported some version of the sweater and button-down look this fall, and we expect this trend to continue into 2021. While sweater-vests are certainly making a comeback, you can even layer an old V-neck sweater or baggy cardigan over your go-to white button-down for a slightly toned-down take on the look. Add an edge to the preppy ensemble with knee-high black boots and an oversize blazer.

Shackets

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The "shacket" has been deemed the outerwear trend of fall 2020, and we expect these practical pieces to continue trending into the new year. Invest in a palatable neutral or check print, and layer it over every outfit for a chic touch. 

Of course, accessories always take an outfit to the next level. On-trend pieces like square frame sunglasses, shoulder bags, and chunky chain necklaces can make an otherwise simple outfit feel brand-new. Invest in these essentials now, and your outfits will feel elevated and stylish for the foreseeable future. 

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