7 Fashion Girl-Approved Trends That Will Earn You Major Compliments

Kristen Nichols
·4 min read

Taking a look at the fashion unfolding on Instagram at the moment, there’s no doubt that a number of micro-trends are bubbling up. And let me just saw that all of the cool pieces I’ve spotted recently are those perfect compliment-earning items that I want in my closet immediately. From eye-catching shrug sets every early trend-adopter is wearing to Prada’s iconic logo pieces to the accessory I’m a huge personal fan of, there are plenty of fresh items that will have your wardrobe updated for the new year.

Ahead, see the 7 Instagram fashion trends that are popping up just about everywhere in 2021. These have all landed on my personal wish list and are sitting in my cart at the moment. Here, see the looks that are inspiring all of my outfits right now and shop my edit—from affordable finds to investment buys.


Designers seem to be reinventing knits in the coolest possible ways at the moment. Right now, two-piece shrug sets are the way fashion people are wearing them and I couldn't love these versatile pieces more.

Pictured: Chelmak Shrug Set ($272); Wolf Circus necklace

Pictured: Chelmak Shrug Set ($272)

Shop the trend:

Frankie Shop Knitted Cardigan and Tank Set ($175)

& Other Stories Ribbed Turtleneck Cut Out Top ($89)

The Frankie Shop Knit Shrug Set ($175)

Stirrup Leggings

Yep, leggings are officially are core part of wardrobes everywhere these days but we're seeing them take on a high-fashion spin like never before. Whether styled underneath dresses or with a crisp button-down, stirrup leggings, in particular, are now an essential part of a cool, polished wardrobe.

Pictured: Prada dress, leggings, and heels

Pictured: Prada top, leggings, and shoes

Shop the trend:

Leset Rio Stretch-Ponte Stirrup Leggings ($150)

Universal Standard Ronda Stirrup Legging ($94)

Plush Fleece Lined Tights With Stirrups ($37)

Keyhole Pieces

As my fellow editor, Lauren Eggertsen recently pointed out, risqué keyhole pieces are popping up everywhere. While it may not be the most practical trend, it sure is fun.

Pictured: With Jéan Carie Cardi ($189)

Pictured: Marcia dress

Shop the trend:

With Jéan Carie Cardi ($189)

Marcia Tchikiboum Dress ($246)

Reformation Calle Cropped Ribbed Stretch Organic Cotton and Tencel Lyocell-Blend Top ($88)

Prada Logo Items

Suddenly, Prada's iconic logo pieces have entered wardrobes of the fashion set in a big way. From the chunky loafers that were everywhere last fall to the Cleo bag that is selling out everywhere, these are the ultimate investment items to add to your wadrobe.

Pictured: Prada coat and bag

Pictured: Prada bag, heels, and socks

Shop the trend:

Prada Cleo Shoulder Bag ($1990)

Prada Appliquéd Patent Leather Sandals ($850)

Prada Silver-Tone Logo Barrette ($415)

Baseball Hats

Baseball hats are one of the trends we spotted everywhere on the S/S 21 runways, with brands like Celine styling them in nearly every look from their show. While I'm typically not a hat person, this is one trend I'm already on-board with.

Pictured: Sporty & Rich hat; Loewe shoes; Hermès bag

Shop the trend:

Sporty & Rich Rizzoli Embroidered Cotton-Twill Baseball Cap ($60)

Adidas Originals Adidas Trefoil Baseball Cap ($26)

American Needle American Needle Tad Davis Kings of the Court Baseball Hat ($29)

Structured Bags

Recently, retailers have been reporting higher sales of investment bags, which is something translating to looks we're seeing on the fashion set. Timeless, structured bags have been replacing trendier styles. There are lots of great vintage finds if you search for them.

Pictured: Jil Sander coat; Sporty & Rich hat; New Balance sneakers; Hermès bag

Pictured: Khaite jeans; Hermès bag

Shop the trend:

Hermès Taurillon Clemence Kelly Retourne 32 ($6895)

Saint Laurent Grained Calfskin Small Sac De Jour ($2010)

Louis Vuitton Epi Alma Pm ($670)

The North Face Layers

When I first bought a winter coat, it was one from The North Face. Now, the practical cold-weather staple is back and a favorite among celebs and fashion insiders.

Pictured: The North Face jacket

Pictured: The North Face x MM6 Maison Margiela vest

Shop the trend:

The North Face Women’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Vest ($199)

MMm6 Maison Margiela X The North Face Side-Zip Jacket ($590)

The North Face Eco Nuptse Puffer Vest ($199)

Next, shop 25 cool fashion finds I’m obsessing over right now.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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