The trend cycle used to last six months to a year but now looks go in and out of style in weeks. While the temptation to buy into each passing trend is very real, we suggest putting your hard-earned money towards timeless basics and styling them out with a selection of on-trend pieces and accessories. These subtle details and “microtrends” can breathe new life into your wardrobe for a fraction of the price.
For example, picking up a chocolate brown slip skirt or a sweater vest for the winter season will add a trendy element to your existing outfits into 2021. In addition to ’70s-inspired browns and layered sweaters, read up on the easy, chic ways to style an outfit in the new year below.
’70s-inspired brown was on our list of the top fall 2020 trends, and if Instagram is any indication, our prediction was accurate. Adding a touch of chocolate brown to your outfit—whether in the form of a slip skirt, jacket, or top—will make your ensemble feel infinitely more fashion-forward. Check print has exploded among the fashion set in the last few months, and we think this look will stick around well into 2021. Add a touch of this kitschy print to your outfits for a chic yet punchy look; if you’re not ready to go full-on checkered pants, test the waters with a turtleneck, scarf, or slip-on Vans sneakers. Every fashion influencer under the sun has sported some version of the sweater and button-down look this fall, and we expect this trend to continue into 2021. While sweater-vests are certainly making a comeback, you can even layer an old V-neck sweater or baggy cardigan over your go-to white button-down for a slightly toned-down take on the look. Add an edge to the preppy ensemble with knee-high black boots and an oversize blazer. The “shacket” has been deemed the outerwear trend of fall 2020, and we expect these practical pieces to continue trending into the new year. Invest in a palatable neutral or check print, and layer it over every outfit for a chic touch. Of course, accessories always take an outfit to the next level. On-trend pieces like square frame sunglasses, shoulder bags, and chunky chain necklaces can make an otherwise simple outfit feel brand-new. Invest in these essentials now, and your outfits will feel elevated and stylish for the foreseeable future.