I've Worked in Fashion My Entire Career—I Predict These Will Be 2021's Top Items

Even though I never studied fashion, I landed a job in the industry after college and I’ve been working in fashion ever since. From my beginnings at a brand to a shift into my current role as an editor I’ve seen many sides of the industry that have shaped my perspective on all things fashion. But if there’s one thing that has been consistent, it’s my love of studying what’s on the runway and the cool trends people are wearing. That couldn’t be more true today, even though I’ve been watching runway shows on my laptop and seeing trends unfold on Instagram instead of in person with the recent shifts this year.

After logging hours combing through the coolest runway trends for spring and seeing the latest product drops, I have some predictions to make about the popular fashion items designed to be big in 2021. Ahead, I’m highlighting some of my favorite trends and an edit of the must-buy items if you don’t want to wait until next year to start wearing them.

Hip Cutout Pieces

Popular fashion items 2021: hip cutout pieces


@pernilleteisbaek; Pictured: Aeron top

For spring, we're seeing cool cutout details on pieces across the board but these cool exposed hips might be my favorite take on the trend. From high-cut bodysuits to pants with holes on the sides, these pieces are just beyond cool.

'90s-Inspired Bags

Popular fashion items 2021: '90s-inspired bags


@aimeesong; Pictured: Prada Cleo bag

I'll admit that the '90s hobo has been making a comeback for some time, but with the launch of Prada's Cleo bag, the trend is again standing out as a must-own piece. If you make an investment in one bag for 2021, this should be it.

Louis Vuitton's pillow boots just launched this week and I can already tell that they're going to be one of the biggest It-shoes in recent memory. Who doesn't want to slip into comfortable quilted boots like these?

Elevated Loungewear

While I'm not ready to part ways with my sweatpants, I have been thinking a lot about all of the elevated loungewear sets spotted in the S/S 21 collections from brands like Proenza Schouler and Totême. With everything from ribbed pants to sleek vests, these are a sophisticated take on at-home dressing.

Second-Skin Tops

Second-skin tops are one of the pieces our editors can't stop talking about. The trend has been on the rise for some time now but after spotting it on the S/S 21 runways from brands including Miu Miu and Prada, you just know it will be an essential for the year ahead.

Popular fashion items 2021: checkerboard prints


@camillecharriere; Pictured: Gimaguas top and cardigan

Checkerboard prints everywhere for spring, but I'm falling ever harder for the pattern after my recent obsession with The Queen's Gambit. Unlike some other prints, this is one you can wear and re-wear without getting tired of it.

Utility Vests

Popular fashion items 2021: utility vests



The puffer jacket has had a long run and while it still feels cool, it's the utility vest that especially relevant. Plus, it's perfect for someone like me who lives in L.A. and doesn't need true winter outerwear.

Relaxed Jeans

Popular fashion items 2021: relaxed jeans



Just like the rest of our wardrobes, jeans are getting a more relaxed makeover. Designed with looser legs, these are the ultimate way to wear denim that's comfortable but also very fashion-forward.

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