If you’re ever wondering what the next big fashion trend is going to be, you can always look to the runways and your favourite celebrities. Often, the two work hand-in-hand, as stars are the first to get their hands on new designer pieces. Whether they were wearing a fresh new coat, jeans, or footwear silhouette, stars set the sartorial standards. This year, it was all about chic comfort.
Celebrities like Rihanna and Billie Eilish rocked elevated puffer coats seen on the runways at Balmain and Rick Owens, while Katie Holmes and Hailey Bieber were on board with baggy jeans similar to those from Balenciaga and Chanel (goodbye, pin-thin denim). For accessories, it was all about making a statement and dressing up. Pop mavens like Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo loved sky-high platforms for their performances (Saint Laurent, Versace, and Marc Jacobs have shown similar styles), while Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union rebuked practicality in favour of small, shapely bags from labels like Gucci and Valentino.
The most unexpected trends of the year were Y2K-inspired shades (Kylie Jenner’s a fan), itty-bitty vests (Bella Hadid loves them), and even dad caps (it may be time to raid dad’s closet, says EmRata). Below, read on for the eight celebrity fashion trends that took over 2021.
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Small, shapely bags
Forget a tote and go for a bag that only fits your phone, lip gloss, and keys. Kim Kardashian opted for a smaller shape that packed a punch, via an angular and boxy silhouette. Designer styles by Valentino, Balenciaga, and Gucci were a particular hit, too.
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It was all about the humble dad cap this year. Stars like Dua Lipa finished off their looks with a colourful topper.
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Celebrities like Cardi B stomped around town in boots with hefty lug soles. Many of them offset the clunky shape with more minimal clothing—a smart move, given that heavy footwear adds an instant edge to any ensemble.
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Big, baggy jeans
Goodbye, skinny jeans. This year, it was all about the big, baggy fit. Lisa from Blackpink is on board with the looser fit. Pair them with a tighter-fitting top, or a more streamlined coat or blazer.
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The higher the heel, the closer to… breaking an ankle? Whatever, it looks good. Olivia Rodrigo embraced towering platforms that will quite literally elevate any going-out look.
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Yes, puffers can be dressy. Celebrities like Billie Eilish have elevated winter’s snuggliest coat by opting for styles in fun colours and voluminous silhouettes. Just pair it with more sleek, understated clothing.
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As it turns out, a sweater vest and suit vest can be cool. Kendall Jenner, Rosalía, and Bella Hadid have all styled cropped vests in an effortless, casual way—with jeans, shoulder bags, and combat boots.
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The breakout sunglasses trend looked back to the noughties. Tinted (or clear) shades reigned supreme on stars like Bella Hadid. Pair them with your best Juicy Couture sweats.
This article was originally published on Vogue.com.