Must have fashion trends for fall 2021
By Jazmine Canfield, Contributor
Fall is the perfect time to explore new fashion trends. You can start layering with the weather, exploring bold colours and have opportunities for discovering new styles. From new trends that are show-stopping to the classic renewals, we have put together a list of clothing items that are a must have to upgrade your fall wardrobe.
- Leather Jackets
A leather jacket is a timeless piece that is definitely a must have. This year, leather blazers are a great option that you can find at Dynamite — a good biker jacket will do too! Don’t feel shy to grab a different colour than black. There are some great leather jackets in maroon, brown and off-white that would be fantastic for fall.
Don’t be afraid to take a risk. If you’re a leather jacket veteran, maybe it’s time to try a leather trench coat this year. Pair it with a nice turtle neck and some trousers and you will definitely be show-stopping everywhere you go. You can find some great options at Simons or ASOS. But don’t forget to look at your local thrift store first, you may get lucky and find a hidden gem there!
- Sweater Vests
Sweater vests were popular in previous years and they are back to slay once again! Whether you’re wanting the academia look or just love to be warm and comfy, sweater vests are perfect for looking all-done-up without much effort. Try a vest layered under a white button-up blouse for a preppy feel, or for a more laid-back piece, try a ribbed sweater vest.
If you love to layer, try a white dickey, the top half of a button-up shirt without the sleeves, under a sweater vest. It looks like you are wearing a white button-up shirt without feeling like you have too many layers on. This is a perfect option if you want that layered style on a hotter day.
Athleisure has been a popular trend for years, but it’s still worthwhile. It offers the ultimate comfy look with minimal effort. Simply grab an oversized sweater or graphic tee, throw on a baseball cap with any bottoms and you’re ready to go! This year’s athleisure is heavy on zip-up hoodies with matching colour sweatshirts and bottoms. Puffer jackets, tracksuits, bomber jackets and sneakers are also all great additions to your athleisure look.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try a matching colour set like a light blue sweatsuit with a long jacket over top. Don’t be afraid of colours. This fall, any colour goes!
The shirt-jacket style has taken over fashion retailers, influencing how they make their jackets. This style is basically having a jacket that looks like a long-sleeve shirt, but it will also keep you warm during those colder days. You can find shirt-jackets almost anywhere, Jack & Jones has a good shirt-jacket for men and H&M makes a good one for women.
Try taking a risk by layering a button-up shirt on top of your outfit as a jacket. Whether you’re into a satin shirt or a comfy plaid, throw it on top of your outfit to complete a layered look without the hassle of having to buy anything new. It’s also perfect for those days that are cold in the morning but hot in the afternoon.
- Retro Pieces
In a nod to previous eras, the past has influenced this year’s clothing patterns. Retro pieces are gaining popularity with their bold colours and fun style. Whether it’s styles from the ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s, retro patterned clothing is definitely a must have this year.
Be bold and try a pattern-on-pattern outfit! You can stand out from the crowd on a budget by heading to your nearest thrift store. Thrift stores have so many options when it comes to patterned clothing and any style can pull it off. Find a fun checkered shirt or pants and match it with a solid piece and you are all set!
The most important tip in fashion is to remember that your opinion is the only one that matters, and if you like it then wear it with confidence!