What’s Trending in 2021

Well folks, 2020 is finally a thing of the past. While the first week of January was definitely not what anyone was expecting (though, at this point, nothing should really surprise us anymore), I am remaining positive that 2021 will bring us closer to “normal” than anything we’ve felt this past year. With thousands of Covid-19 vaccines distributed daily, states loosening up restrictions, and people starting to feel optimistic again, I have begun embracing what I hope will turn out to be a good year for all of us.

So, what does 2021 have on the horizon in terms of fashion? A whole lot, actually. Because the entire world was stuck inside for months on end, we saw a rise in bold makeup and funky styles that don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Frankly, I’m here for it. Check out these 5 fashion trends that are plowing proudly into the new year.

1. Pink is the New Black

On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” The color pink is everywhere you turn these days: pink sweat suits, pink jackets, pink pants, pink pink pink. Designers like Valentino and Chanel have popped their models into bubblegum pink everything (pun intended), making it the color of 2021. It’s the perfect playful color to offset the intense year we’ve just had. Flaunt your pink just in time for Valentine’s day in this oversized jacket, these comfy sweatpants (cuz we’re not out of quarantine just yet), or this vegan shoulder bag.

2. Wide Leg Pants

If we learned anything from quarantine, it was how to rock a comfortable look all day every day. Cue: return of the wide leg boyfriend jeans. High-waisted, loose-fitting, wide leg pants are back in action and I for one am excited about it. This is the perfect trend to help hide any extra quarantine weight we may have gained (I’m speaking for myself here), and these pants pair perfectly with cropped sweaters or oversized jackets. Check out these corduroys from Madewell or these ultra wide jeans from Levi’s.

3. Bright eyes

Since we can’t hang up our masks just yet, bright bold eyeshadows (think return of the 80’s) and full eyebrows (think Zendaya in Euphoria) are two trends making a comeback in 2021. Eyes are our most expressive feature, and since they’re the only part of the face we’re seeing right now due to the mask mandate, people are drawing more attention to their eyes with colorful eyeshadows and full brows. Get the same bright look with this 16 color palette by BH Cosmetics or our Shared Planet Sea Turtle Highlighting Palette. Accentuate your new bold eyes with this brow shade, which, along with the eyeshadows, is vegan and cruelty-free.

4. The Fresh Face

A clean, fresh baby face is another look that’s coming out of quarantine. It’s the perfect trend for days when you just don’t have the energy for your makeup routine. Lather on this Hydrate and Glow Oil Free Moisturizer from BABYFACE cosmetics or this Hydro Grip Primer from Milk Makeup, then top with this Pretty Fresh Foundation from Ulta. Head out the door with a healthy glow, ready to tackle the day.

5. Bags

I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many bags, purses, or totes. Rattan bags, woven purses, and water bottle holders are all the rage right now, and as a big bag lady myself, I can’t wait to hop on this trend. Check out the many colors, sizes, and styles of rattan bags from Amerii that will complete your casual daytime look. Sift through these crossbody purses that are all hand woven in Guatemala and come in any color you could want. Or pop over to etsy’s website, which is coming through with lightweight, handmade water bottle holders for when you’re just running to the store for a few things.


Maggie Blehar is a Philadelphia based writer/educator with a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Education. She has been plant-based since 2011 and is always in search of ethical companies to support. She loves traveling, walking her dog, painting, meditation, working for social justice, digging deeper into her zodiac sign, and exploring the Philly vegan scene with friends. Some of her favorite organizations are: Don’t Eat the Homies, Farm Sanctuary, CHNGE, Gentle Barn, and the Equal Justice Initiative.