Trends these days seem to fly at the speed of light, with new styles popping up in the blink of an eye and beloved favorites falling on "outdated" lists before you can really get your money's worth out of them. It can be exhausting trying to keep up. While we make it our duty to report on the very latest trends we're spotting, not all of the trends on deck for fall 2021 are brand-new. In fact, we've noticed nine themes, in particular, that were a thing last year and are bubbling up again now.
We'd be lying if we said that we didn't breathe a huge sigh of relief to see that plenty of last year's fall styles are popular again this year. If you invested in them then, consider this your green light to hit the gas. But if you haven't tapped into any of these yet, then we have a feeling you'll want to this time around.
Ahead, find out which styles are back again this season and see how we plan on styling them in fresh, new ways.
1. Knit Sets
Three words: big knit energy. If all of 2020 was defined by knit loungewear sets, 2021 will be defined by similar duos—only a touch more elevated and made to be worn out of the house. The ribbed pants and cardigans of yore (which are still a thing, BTW) are giving way to an updated knit set: ribbed skirts sets. Oh, and we were so excited about this one that we went ahead and made our own version.
2. Lug-Sole Loafers
Loafers are so ubiquitous with fall style nowadays that we're ready to move them from the trend category into the basics realm. More specifically, chunky loafers with thick lug soles are, yet again, one of fall's biggest shoe trends.
4. Slouchy Bags
Slouchy bags started to percolate last fall, but this time around, we've noticed how they're coming back even stronger. Watch out, structured baguettes—you might have a handbag competitor.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a sweater-vest is one of our favorite easy wardrobe updates you can make this fall. Layer one over a boxy tee or button-down, or wear it solo with everything from jeans to skirts.
7. Retro Sneakers
We'll just say it: If you're going to wear sneakers right now, make them retro (or retro inspired). There are so many cool options to choose from, but overall, sleek and '80s-inspired shapes are what's trending hard again this fall.
Nope, the cardigan craze has yet to cool off. Designers are continuing to take the humble knit to the next level, and this fall, between the highlighter hues, graphic checkerboard, and fun-loving color combos, these just might be our favorite assortment of cardigans to date. (Don't worry. Basic styles are still all over the market if that's more your speed.)
9. Chunky Pearls