I Wear Streetwear Every Dang Day—I'm All About These 6 Trends Right Now

The streets have always been my fashion magazines, aka where I look for style inspiration and hints on what trends are about to blow up. Pre-2020 me was very much inspired by what I saw strangers wearing on the subway, to the farmers market, or even to the bodega. I recall doing double takes often to mentally process the new trends or outfit ideas I'd seen so I could later take a crack at them myself. Who knows—I may have even gone on to influence someone else when I put some of those streetwear trends to the test.

I usually look to fashion on the streets in big cities like New York and Paris, but since the streets have been closed for the past year, I've now turned to Instagram to fill the void Union Square once filled. Turns out Instagram 'fits are big predictors of the cool trends to come. Below are the streetwear trends I can't wait to try once the world opens up again and my favorite picks to shop for each one.

Velour Tracksuits

I recently read that the '70s were as far away in the mid-'90s as the '90s are now. After taking a moment to digest what that means for me, I was able to understand why Gen Z is having a heyday with everything '90s. Baby Phat and Juicy Couture had a hold on us back then, and cool girls continue to wear velour tracksuits today.

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Jaded London has been coming out with heaters recently.

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The cozy factor is on 10.

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Crochet Pants

Crochet is making a huge comeback this spring, appearing everywhere from pants and tops to swimwear and bags. I've got my eyes on the granny square crochet pants. The color schemes always go crazy and will be so fun to pair with other pops of color. 

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Don't these granny squares almost look like flowers? I'd wear them with a baggy crop top or a bralette.

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Varsity Jackets

The varsity jacket trend is as "borrowed from the boys" as it gets. It looks best slightly oversize, so don't fear the men's section! 

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We may have Princess Diana to thank for the resurgence of this '90s trend among fashion girls. Her masterful ability to weave together different aesthetics makes her a forever streetwear icon.

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"They're playing bas-ket-baaaaaall." Sorry, I had to. Wear this trend with a miniskirt or cropped tee to balance out the bagginess.

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Pleats

Pleats have a remarkable ability to feel bougie. I don't know exactly why. Because they are so comfortable? Maybe I've stumbled on a cheat code…

Like nail polish, pleats add an instantly elevated and put-together quality to your look. I'm leaning into this trend for its lazy-girl appeal.

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This combination of prints sparks joy.

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Printed Denim

Denim has arrived in every color and pattern to wake us up from a daze induced by a year in sweats. My favorite thing about this trend is its ability to give rise to new color and pattern combinations that may surprise you. 

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Abstract denim prints like this are super popular right now. I see deconstructed yin-and-yang signs and/or ghosts.

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Cheetah print might as well be a color already. Its versatility in an outfit is unmatched.

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Harrington Jackets

This spring, the Harrington jacket is going to give the leather jacket a run for its money. It's appearing in interesting prints and pastels that make it perfect for layering and adding dimension to your outfit.

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I love a bold print on a jacket because it gives you two looks in one—one with it on, and a completely different vibe with it off.

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