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The Must-Try Fashion Trends for Fall 2021

September 6, 2021

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The Must-Try Fashion Trends for Fall 2021

Fall is our favourite season of the year. It’s a time when you can have fun with your closet, as you’re getting ready for the holiday season. Whether there’s an unexpected heatwave in September or the classic autumnal glow, fall is a time to be creative with your closet and try something new.


While we usually go to the likes of TikTok and celebrities for our fall 2021 inspiration and trends, we thought it would be interesting to change it up and look at the trends directly from the runway.


What makes the Fall 2021 collections so unique is that designers were creating them during an odd period of time during the pandemic, when our lives were changing forever. Most of them had to change their show styles, relying heavily on digital presentations or an intimate presentation with only a few models and guest (if any) in attendance.

Even in the face of adversity, these designers took their creativity and made something beauty. Fall 2021 collections captured the idea of embracing outdoor living, while taking inspiration from the era of the Roaring ‘20s, with the presence of the always timeless little black dress. For fall 2021, designers look at putting comfort first with elevated and effortlessly chic knitwear.


We’re giving you the ultimate guide for the trends of fall 2021 with eleven different trends that designers have incorporated into their collections. You don’t need to have a Bottega Veneta budget to be able to experience and experiment with these trends. When you know what you’re looking for, you can find more attainable dupes from your favourite brand.
Here are the eleven different trends that you can expect to see everywhere in fall 2021:

Crop jackets and tops


One unexpected trend for fall 2021 is crop silhouettes. While we usually think of these as being a spring or summer look, they’ve made a comeback for fall 2021. You’ll spot everything from cropped tops to jackets on the runway. They have a more elegant silhouette, while keeping the midriff-baring shape to the top. Chanel took a chic and sophisticated fuchsia pantsuit down the runway, while Emilia Wickstead took a two-piece set and gave it a ladylike feel.

Comfortable and hygge fashion


If there’s one word that we can use to describe fall 2021 trends, it’s ‘cosy’ or ‘hygge’. You need to remember what the world was like when designers were coming up with the concepts for these collections. What is different about the runway is that these are elevated without a single sweatpant in sight.

Fashion designers have gone out of their way to incorporate an extra layer of comfort into their designs, whether it’s with shearling-lined coats at Chloe or fuzzy hoodies from Dior. You’ll notice fabric that is plush and oversized, with silhouettes that are tapered while being universally flattering. Comfortable clothing never looked so good.

Midi dresses and silhouettes

Another trend that has made a reappearance for fall 2021 is midi dresses and skirts. This silhouette has been gaining momentum over recent years as a longer hemline that is more universally flattering. Midi skirts were everywhere we looked during fall 2021 shows, with each designer putting their own twist on the look.

Dior used a box-pleat for their midi skirts, while Erdem opened for a knife pleat, as The Tow went for a classic a-line silhouette, whereas Partow kept their skirts flowy and feminine.

1920s glamour


Embrace the glamour of the 1920s and channel your inner Daisy Buchanan with this trend. It’s all about layers upon layers of sequins. You can think of this trend as 1920s meets the opulence of the 1980s. If you’ve ever wanted to dance the night away at a jazz bar, this trend is for you. What is unique about it is that the silhouettes are modest and covered up, while incorporating glimmering and sparkling textures into the pieces.


Some of the signature pieces for this trend are high neck jumpers, structured jackets, voluminous dresses, and long trousers. We saw this trend across the board with brands like Loewe, Valentino, Dries Van Noten, and Paco Rabanne. These brands each choose to skip the minimalistic aesthetic in favour for a more optimistic and opulent look.
Ladies, the roaring ‘20s are back again. It’s time to get your outfit ready for it.

Saturated colours


One trend that you’ll see everywhere on the runway – and TikTok – is saturated colours. Colours are making a comeback and we couldn’t be more excited. You want to play with colour that is unexpected and off the beating track. Jil Sander experimented with a mustard hue with a lemon twist, while Miu Miu stuck with a feminine colour palette of bubblegum pink with marigold. At Patou, you’ll see rust and lavender hues.


These colours will turn heads and make you the centre of attention for any event.

It’s all about tailoring


Let’s just be blunt. Tailoring is back and you need to get it in your life. Designers are no longer just adding a few tailored elements to their pieces. It’s all about tailoring. On the runway, we saw tailored pieces paired and layered over other tailored pieces. It’s clear that the industry is all for tailoring for fall 2021.


Instead of pairing these tailored outfits with on-trend sneakers or even sophisticated pumps, brands are choosing to wear them with loafers and oxford shoes for a masculine twist. If you’re a fan of layering tailored pieces for a smart look, check out the collections of The Row, Tory Burch, Prada, and Peter Do.

Knitwear


Is it even fall if there isn’t knitwear on the runway? One of the biggest fashion lessons from the pandemic is that people want comfortable clothing – without compromising on style. We saw the rise of luxury loungewear with pieces that are equal-parts comfortable and polish. You can bring the aesthetic through to fall 2021 with elevated luxury knitwear. Look out for cashmere and wool two-piece sets and comfortable silhouettes that you can cuddle up with during cold evenings.


We saw this trend at brands like Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, and Prozena Schouler.  If you’re going to invest in anything for fall 2021, let it be luxury knitwear. Trust us. You’ll thank us later.

Apres-Ski Trips


It’s not unusual for fashion brands to look to the world’s most luxurious ski resorts for inspiration for their fall collections. Fall 2021 was no exception with Aspres-Ski inspired pieces appearing across almost every runway show. You want to look out for modern classics like a cropped cardigan in a bright hue or a cosy knitwear set that has a statement colour. You want to close your eyes and imagine that you’re about to go out onto the slopes. That’s the style aesthetic that you’re going for.


Classic brands like Balenciaga, Chanel, Miu Miu, and Junya Watanabe have all put comfortable ski sweaters and loungewear at the heart of their fall 2021 collections.

Puffer coat


The puffer coat is one trend that seems to come back every fall and winter, only gaining more momentum every year. You want to look for a puffer coat in a bold colour – like Dolce & Gabbana’s red leopard – to make a statement with your coat. Most of the puffer coats that you’ll find on the runway are high-fashion pieces that are designed to make a statement, while keeping you warm as the temperatures drop.

Back to Black


No matter what happens in the world, you can always rely on a little black dress appearing on the runway. These dresses will never go out of style, even when we hear things like ‘pink is the new black’. If you’re looking to invest in your fall 2021 closet, look no further than a little black dress.

You’ll often find that the little black dress is given an update and a new look every season. For fall 2021, the little black dress was kept short and fitted with a sultry look. At Dior, they focused on the babydoll look, while Fashion Eat incorporated tuxedo dresses. Whatever LDB you’re wearing, make sure you’re showing off your legs.

Which of these fall 2021 trends will you be recreating? Let us know in the comments below!

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