‘Tis the season for fresh starts and, therefore, fresh fashion. But before you go purging everything in your closet in an effort to reinvent yourself for what is sure to be your best year to date, take a deep breath and relax knowing that the fashion industry isn’t pushing everything from 2021 out the door. In other words, “new year, new me” doesn’t have to mean an entirely new wardrobe—many of our favorite fashion trends of 2021 are sticking around.
2021 was a year of bold trends as we saw people migrating from the confines of their home and making the conscious decision to go big with their reentrance to society post-isolation. We’re personally glad that a number of these pronounced styles will continue to be trendy well after the ball drops.
These are the pieces we’ve worn constantly this year—and that we’ll keep wearing in 2022.
1. Chunky boots
Chunky boots saw a major popularity spike in 2021. And considering they are both statement-making and practical, what’s not to love? If you hopped on the trend in fall 2021, you’re ahead of the game—these babies are sure to stay stylish through the winter.
2. Puffer jackets
Puffer jackets had a moment in 2021 and we’re continuing to cozy up in them all through the winter. We personally love how versatile they are and enjoy taking our outerwear to a new level.
3. Relaxed denim
This year, we traded our skinny jeans for more relaxed styles. Grab your mom jeans, straight jeans, dad jeans, and all your other relaxed varieties and give them prime real estate in your closet—you’ll be reaching for them constantly in the new year.
4. All things plaid
The bright red tartan of the holidays may be gone for another year, but the prep, academia revival lives on. Tops, shoes, skirts, and more—no wardrobe piece is off limits, so continue zesting up your OOTD with this favorite woven style.
5. Bright colors & bold prints
Post-quarantine living saw a huge surge in bright colors and prints as fashionistas looked to make a grand reentrance to life outside the home. This trend is carrying through to the new year, so we’re holding onto all of our funkiest, eye-catching, color-popped pieces.
6. Lavender, “very peri,” and everything in-between
Remember how lavender was super trendy for fall 2021? Well, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Additionally, Pantone recently named the color of the year a mid-shade of purple dubbed “Very Peri.”
Truly, does knitwear ever go out of style? Aside from classic knit sweaters, knit pants and sets will continue to be fan favorites in 2022. Cozy up!
8. Statement collars
Stylized, statement pieces became a staple in 2021, and it’s a trend we anticipate staying popular in the new year. One bold iteration we love in particular is the statement collar. Keep these tops on hand and be the best dressed in the Zoom meeting room.