There are a lot of ways to think about fashion. Some say trends come and go, while others will tell you it’s all cyclical. Still, more think you should never follow the pack and, above all else, only stick with your own personal style.

Your personal philosophy is likely what matters most at the end of the day. But no matter whether you choose to go along with the tide of the seasons or blaze your own path, it’s key to actually know all about the current trends. Only then can you pick and choose what works for you and what is best left on the shelf.

Things can get even more complicated when you think about everything that’s happened in 2020. In a year like this, does fashion just go on pause? Do we just skip a few seasons? Are the pajama pants and slippers we’ve all been wearing around the house an actual trend?

It may be hard to say. Still, there are a few clear trends that we’re already seeing take shape — some ongoing, some brand new — that you need to know about heading into the new year.

1. Bold and Beautiful

It’s hard to know exactly when we’ll all be back outside. However, it will likely depend on where you live, your health and well-being, and how things progress over the next few months. With any luck, though, there will be some time to show off — and show off you must! More than anything else, 2021 will be a year for peacocking.

It’s time to get loud with colors and statement items that tell the world you’re out, about and ready to be seen. Pastels, in particular, seem to be emerging as a top look, perhaps because it projects optimism, along with various shades of yellow accessories. Nothing is too flashy right now.

2. Bodysuits and Comfort Reign

Bodysuits have been gaining traction for several seasons, so it should come as no surprise that this trend has only been accelerated during a year in which comfort reigned supreme. Function over form is the new norm — and it’s time to embrace the great fit and feel of a bodysuit.

Best of all, bodysuits aren’t just for lounging around. You can dress it up with a skirt or designer pants or just use one underneath jeans or even athleisure outerwear. Truthfully, there’s no way to go wrong with such a versatile option fit for any occasion.

3. Big Ol’ Coats

Big and baggy fits into both the concepts already mentioned. It’s bold and demands to be seen while maintaining comfort. It probably doesn’t hurt that an oversized jacket might just also help clock a few of the quarantine pounds that so many of us have put on in 2020. Win-win!

There are several ways to go here. Some are looking for oversized menswear dubbed “boyfriend jackets” complete with shoulder pads. Meantime, some trendsetters are opting for heavy, urban winter wear. The choice is yours, depending on climate, but don’t be afraid to go up a size — or three.

2021 Fashion Trends to Watch for in the New Year

As we turn the calendar to 2021, we’ll all be hoping for better days ahead. Optimism is the new path to head down, and if there has ever been a time for a “new year, new me” proclamation, now is it.

Embrace the moment and get out there with your best foot forward by investing in your wardrobe. From bold and loud to comfortable, versatile bodysuits to big baggy jackets, find something that suits you best.

Then, wear it with confidence as you incorporate the best new styles and trends that express your personality.

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