Fashion trends 2021: The looks you’ll want to wear all fall/winter season The edit.

FashionOutfit ideasSeptember 02, 2021

Designers present an endless amount of looks at the several Fashion Week shows worldwide for each new season. So we understand you might feel it’s impossible to keep up with all the new trends. And although gorgeous, many of the outfits we see on the catwalk are not easy to wear in the real world. This is why we have gone through all the fall/winter 2021 runway shows to handpick the most wearable trends and looks for the next season.

The fall/winter 2021 mood

After such a long period of social isolation in comfortable clothes, we are ready to dress up and meet friends again. Consequently, luxury fashion houses have just what you’ll want to wear in fall/winter 2021 to celebrate life joyfully. The 2021 trends and glamorous looks are as optimistic and vibrant as our mood, and I doubt any of us will want to stay home under the blankets this fall/winter season. Our editors select independently all products featured on Notorious-mag. However, when you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Celebratory bright colours

From Bottega Veneta and Ferragamo to Prada, Roksanda, and Versace, fashion designers have chosen the saturated bright colour trend instead of the usual dark looks for fall/winter 2021. Hello, colour therapy!

Bright coloured runway looks for fall/winter 2021.
Photos courtesy of Sacai and Raf Simons.
  • How to wear it

Although we saw on the runways bright colours from head-to-toe or combined and we loved it, consider wearing only one bright item at a time. For example, pair your basic black trousers with a saturated yellow top to update your fall/winter looks. In this manner, you can follow the 2021 uplifting colour trend and still make it more wearable. And if you’re not ready to give up your comfy tracksuits pants yet, just throw a bright pullover over them, and you’ll look fab.

It’s party time: sparkling sequins, feathers and ruffles

We’re in celebration mode; no wonder the 1920s fashion is back in style this year. Consequently, metallic fabrics, ruffles, glam feathers and sparkling embellishments are in most fall/winter 2021 looks. From Valentino and Erdem to Dries Van Noten and Halpern, all designers added sparkle into their collections. The Roaring Twenties are back, so, next season, it’s time to put on the glitz!

Two glamorous looks setting the sparkling and feathers trend for 2021.
Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans, courtesy of Erdem, and courtesy of Dries Van Noten.
  • How to wear it

There are plenty of simple silhouette pieces with crystal or sequin embellishments that are wearable enough even for daytime. For example, pair Ganni’s feather and sequined top with jeans. Or dress down a feather-trimmed top with a timeless white shirt underneath or a cool slogan t-shirt with a taffeta ruffled skirt. You can also update your fall/winter wardrobe by adding sparkling brooches or shimmering ribbons to your looks.

Power suits

Fall/winter 2021 won’t only be about party looks; we’ll be happy to go back to the office too. Hence, the power suit trend that comes with loose-fitting, slouchy jackets in 2021. As for the trousers, you can choose anything, from flares to straight-legged or fitted ones, as long as they look elevated.

Chic suits for fall/winter.
Photos courtesy of Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham.
  • How to wear it

Sophisticated tailored suits are the heroes of the office wardrobe. But if you want a more easy-to-wear look, consider getting luxurious-looking blazers and pair them with knitted turtlenecks like Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham did.

Nostalgic Noughties trend

Y2K has been trending this year. We’ve seen colourful bead necklaces in summer and for fall/winter 2021, prepare to wear crop tops, flared trousers, and distressed jeans. Additionally, we’ll see plenty of bold silhouettes, bustier tops, and bright colours. The revisited essential looks of the 2000s are relaxed and fun to wear and an absolute hit on TikTok.

Cropped tops and bright colour looks for fall/winter 2021.
Photo courtesy of Celine, and courtesy of Rodarte, credit Todd Cole Collection.
  • How to wear it

Again, chose to add only one or two Y2K items to your look, don’t overdo it unless you’re going to a costume party. For example, a cropped top under a classic blazer, jeans and boots is a winner fall/winter outfit. Also, you can brighten up your winter wardrobe by adding bright coloured accessories like an oversized bag or jewellery.

Artisanal knitwear

Après-ski looks were definitely an inspiration for the fall/winter 2021 collections. Fair-Isle knitwear and artisanal knits are a must next season. We saw them at Miu Miu, Paco Rabanne, Pucci, and DSquared, among many other fashion houses. Cable knit sweaters and dresses with an artisanal feel relate to our much-needed escapism. Proenza Schouler, Chloé, Altuzarra, Khaite, and Fendi presented head-to-toe knit looks for fall/winter.

Two runway looks with the 2021 knitwear trend
Photo courtesy of Miu Miu, and photo by Greg Kessler, courtesy of Gabriela Hearst.
  • How to wear it

Pair your Fair-Isle knit with stirrup pants (yes, they’re back too) for a retro ski look. Also, choose knits with a hand-crafted look for extra fashion points in fall/summer—for example, Gabriella Hearst’s floral knits. Finally, invest in neutral colours; they are more wearable and timeless.

Florals past springtime?

In 2021, the floral trend won’t be only for springtime, and you will wear elevated, Liberty-style florals throughout fall/winter too. Designer brands like Ulla Johnson, Y/Project, Yuhan Wang, and Acne Studios presented looks in floral chintz that will make you feel you’re in the British countryside.

Dresses, outwear and trousers in floral chintz.
Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans, courtesy of Erdem, and courtesy of Victoria Beckham.
  • How to wear it

The 2021 chintzy floral trend is quite easy to wear; just choose pieces in muted colours for fall/winter that you can mix and match. Think ’70s Liberty prints and chic vintage countryside upholstery.

Extra wide-legged denim

Jeans are a universal staple and the most versatile item in your wardrobe. In 2021, denim trousers come with extra-wide legs, looking like Palazzo Pajamas, and you’ll wear them with cowboy boots, as we saw at Celine, or with classic loafers, like Ganni’s fall/winter looks.

Extra wide-leg trend for denim trousers in 2021.
Photos courtesy of Celine and Petar Petrov.
  • How to wear it

The baggy jeans go perfectly well with the slouchy blazer trend. Add artisanal knitwear, and you’re ready to rock next season in style. Remember, layering is the key styling for fall/winter 2021, so don’t be afraid to combine several layers.

Cut out trend

The cut-outs appeared in the debut joint collection of Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, and this trend will keep going strong in fall/winter 2021. Cecilie Bahnsen, Johnathan Simkhai, Emilia Whickstead and several other fashion names presented fall/winter looks embellished with cut-out details. From party dresses to cosy knitwear, everything will come with cheeky holes next season.

Cut-out dresses on the fall/winter runway.
Photos courtesy of Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham.
  • How to wear it

We like the idea of subtle sexiness, and the cutout trend can add a touch of sassiness to minimalist looks in 2021. Cut-out tops are perfect for Zoom meetings, and we especially like knits showing just a little flesh here and there.

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Title image by Notorious-Mag with photos courtesy of Victoria Beckham and Raf Simons.