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The trends that are coming back in style for 2021

Trends never disappear for long.

Last Updated on March 18, 2021

The funny thing about trends is that they’re never far away for long.

Whether it’s sweater vests, mini skirts, or checkerboard printed pieces, the trends are circular, which is exactly why we encourage you to buy to last and to keep hold of the pieces you love.

As expected, this season’s most noteworthy trends are those which have come back around from past eras. Take one look in your favourite vintage store and chances are you’ll find them amongst the rails.

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So we’re taking you through the looks you once swore you’d never wear again that are in style this year.

Head Scarves

While scarves are obviously timeless, it’s all about the way you wear them in 2021.

Babushka scarves, tied under the chin, are everywhere we look right now, while the 90s trend of scarves worn as tops or bandanas has also returned for 2021.

Striped Twill Scarf and other stories

Striped Twill Scarf, £29, & Other Stories – buy now


Monochrome is another look that’s well and truly back this year and we’re here for it.

The look was spotted on the Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna and Gabriela Hearst SS21 runways, and as we all have black and white items in our wardrobes, it’s one of the easiest to bring to life.

While it can be worn in a variety of ways, checkerboard is also trending for SS21 so it’s worth wearing the sixties print.

Oversized Colour Block Cardigan & other stories

Oversized Colour Block Cardigan, £120, & Other Stories – buy now

Voluminous Sleeves and Shoulders

Voluminous sleeves and shoulders were huge in the 80s and they’re set to be bigger and better in 2021.

Anything goes when it comes to this trend, so have fun and be bold.

Cornflour Meadow Jacquard Mini Dress sister jane

Cornflour Meadow Jacquard Mini Dress, £105, Sister Jane – buy now

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Pretty Prints

Gingham, oversized florals and checkerboard are just some of the pretty prints that will be back for SS21.

Wear yours in pastels and pinks, both of which are also trending this year.


Gingham Mini Flared Trousers, £27.99, Zara – buy now

Mini Skirts

Anyone who’s anyone wore a mini skirt in the 60s, and this summer the micro mini is set to make its return.

While the trend seems scary, it’s much more wearable than you might think. Take a look at 11 of our favourites here.


Double Face Mini Skirt, £79, Cos – buy now

Chunky Flats

Loafers first became popular way back in the 1950s, and 70 years on we’re still enamoured with them.

Prada’s chunky brushed loafers started this year’s obsession with the shoe and now the high street is following suit. If the shoe fits…

Chunky-soled loafers h&m

Chunky-soled Loafers, £24.99, H&M – buy now

Oversized Totes

Practical and stylish, the macro tote bag never strays far from our shoulders.

The trending tote comes as a welcome change from the micro bags that have been trending of late, including the 90s styles once popular with Sarah Jessica-Parker.

Pleated bucket bag - mango

Pleated bucket bag, £49.99, Mango – buy now

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