If you’re ever wondering what the next big fashion trend is going to be, you can always look to the runways and your favorite celebrities. Often, the two work hand-in-hand, as stars are often the first to get their hands on new designer pieces. Whether they were wearing a fresh new coat, jean, or footwear silhouette, stars set the sartorial standard this year. This year, it was all about chic comfort.
Stars like Rihanna and Billie Eilish rocked elevated puffer coats seen on the runways at Balmain and Rick Owens, while Katie Holmes and Hailey Bieber were on board with baggy jeans similar to those from Balenciaga and Chanel (goodbye, pin-thin denim!). For accessories, it was all about making a statement and dressing up. Pop stars like Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo loved sky-high platforms for their performances (Saint Laurent, Versace, and Marc Jacobs have shown similar styles), while Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union rebuked practicality in favor of small, shapely bags from labels like Gucci and Valentino.
The most unexpected trends of the year were Y2K-inspired shades (Kylie Jenner’s a fan), itty-bitty vests (Bella Hadid loves them), and even dad caps (it may be time to raid dad’s closet, says EmRata). Below, read on for the eight celebrity fashion trends that took over 2021.