These Are the 5 Biggest Trends From the 2021 Met Gala, Period

One of the major red carpet events of the year has arrived with the 2021 Met Gala. After a year without the iconic event, it's been more anticipated than ever. We saw plenty of noteworthy Met Gala red carpet looks that we'll be talking about for years, including Timothée Chalamet's outfit pairing of sweatpants and Converse sneakers and the crystal-embellished "naked" G-string dress spotted on Kendall Jenner.

Beyond just standout looks, I was curious to see which major trends would unfold on the red carpet, and there were definitely some worth diving into. I saw some trends such as saturated shades and bare midriffs borrowed from the recent runways. Others, like "naked" dresses, are designer favorites that seem to be reimagined for every red carpet. Ahead, see the five biggest trends from the 2021 Met Gala.

"Naked" Dresses

At this point, "naked" dresses are a mainstay on red carpets, and the 2021 Met Gala was no exception. This time around, we saw everything from crystal-embellished styles to netted versions.


See the trend:
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WHO: Kendall Jenner

WEAR: Givenchy dress


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WHO: Zoë Kravitz

WEAR: Saint Laurent dress


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WHO: Julia Garner

WEAR: Stella McCartney dress

Bare Midriffs

Exposed midriff is another skin-baring trend that has been gaining traction among the fashion set on the street style scene. Now, it's proving to be popular on red carpets as well.


See the trend:
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WHO: Lorde

WEAR: Bode outfit


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WHO: Taraji P. Henson

WEAR: Moschino outfit; Stuart Weitzman shoes


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WHO: Lily-Rose Depp

WEAR: Chanel outfit

Saturated Shades

For fall 2021, designers ushered joyful saturated shades into their collections. Tonight on the red carpet, the bold colors are adding a dose of fun to the celebrity looks.


See the trend:
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WHO: Normani

WEAR: Valentino dress; Lorraine Schwartz jewelry


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WHO: Karlie Kloss

WEAR: Carolina Herrera dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; De Beers jewelry


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WHO: Ciara

WEAR: Dundas dress; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Super Bowl ring

High Shine

From metallics to crystal embellishments, there was a big emphasis on dresses with shiny finishes. These looks feel ready for a party, and I'm here for it.


See the trend:
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WHO: Emma Chamberlain

WEAR: Louis Vuitton dress


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WHO: Precious Lee

WEAR: Area dress


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WHO: Emily Blunt

WEAR: Miu Miu dress

Long Trains

Designers brought some drama to the 2021 Met Gala red carpet with extra-long trains. It's no surprise since the stairway is practically designed for a dramatic entrance.


See the trend:
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WHO: Emily Ratajkowski

WEAR: Vera Wang dress


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WHO: Diane Kruger

WEAR: Prabal Gurung dress; Jimmy Choo shoes; Tasaki jewelry


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WHO: Amanda Gorman

WEAR: Vera Wang dress; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Chopard jewelry

Next, these are the best red carpet looks from the 2021 Met Gala.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.