Fashion is cyclical. What was once in will surely be back again in the future, and that's just the way the sartorial world works. I tend to hold on to certain pieces because A) I wear what I love, and B) I know things will come back in style eventually. While trends come and go, there's a select bunch that has staying power. From the '50s to the '80s, pieces from past decades sneak their way into designer collections and our Instagram feeds.
Fortunately, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing seem to be the phrases of the year, with both sartorial and sustainable trends moving in the same direction. We've rounded up the top vintage trends for 2021 so you can get to hunting or grab a modern, updated version if you prefer. Whether it's by raiding a parent's closet, scouring resale sites (where I just found a $3000 Gucci bag for $200—score!), or purchasing a new version, the sky's the limit for your 2021 wardrobe.
1. Printed Silk Scarves
If your Instagram isn't already flooded with fashion people tying printed silk scarves around their hair, necks, and torsos, it soon will be. Draw inspiration from the '70s (the decade in which the silk scarf ruled) and wear a headband like Goldie Hawn or a loose hair wrap like Bianca Jagger.
4. Funky Prints
I remember being amazed by Emilio Pucci's prints and wanting more of the crazy colors on the market. I clearly got what I wished for because there's no shortage of funky printed pieces in 2021.
If it looks like a grandma's couch, it's perfect. I've always been a fan of grandma trends, but this one is a top contender. I'm not sure if it's just my period-drama obsession kicking in, but anything in vintage floral looks so good for the warmer months.
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6. Prairie Dresses