While it’s been a quiet year for the fashion world, this season has unveiled seriously bold and stylish designs. Large and in-charge blazers, bold blue bags, and sleek face masks dominated Fashion Weeks over the last few weeks. This year, some of the most influential decades have played a huge role in this season’s looks. We’re loving every single one of them, and you can see why. From Paris to Milan, find serious style inspiration with the top fashion trends spotted at SS21 Fashion Weeks.


1. Oversized Shoulderpad Boyfriend Jackets

Create a long line silhouette and play with shapes with an 80s-inspired oversized boyfriend blazer. With the help of shoulder pads, this outerwear cinches in your waist and elongates your legs. Rock this look with a pair of straight-leg trousers or leather shorts for an ultra-modern style – colors that suit this trend are powder blue, charcoal, and neutrals. You can easily dress this up or down for an effortlessly chic aesthetic.

Oversized Shoulderpad Boyfriend Jackets

2. Black Face Masks

When it comes to protecting yourself, you may as well do it beautifully. These sleek black face masks match almost any outfit you wear, and they offer great coverage for your nose and mouth. Opt for a silky fabric for easier breathing or choose something with embellishments if you’re feeling fancy. The beauty behind this face-covering is the limitless styling opportunities that come along with it. Wear anything from a red trench coat to a color-blocking suit and look exceptionally stylish. From an accordion-style to a traditional shape, there are so many choices that will keep you and others safe.


Black Face Masks

3. Head Scarfs

Taking inspiration from the 50s and the 60s, this sleek fashion trend is coming back in a big way. Headscarves protect your hair and add a finishing touch to your outfit without overdoing it. Choose from a silky design with floral motifs or intricate patterns, or keep it simple with bold colors and block letters. When styling this accessory, you can wrap the fabric under your chin in a loose knot, or have it hanging off the back of your head – mix things up by wrapping it around your neck or let it dangle from your bag. Channeling your inner Grace Kelly has never been easier with this classic go-to item.

Head Scarfs

4. Sorbet Pastel Tones

Another trend that has continued to dominate this year has been pastel tones. These sorbet-inspired colors are the perfect option for summer and they suit a wide variety of skin tones. Choose from a boiler suit in cool mint green or an oversized trench coat in soft lavender – better yet, try them both simultaneously. Suits and separates in the soft and buttery hues elevate your overall aesthetic and will remain one of the chicest styles for seasons to come.


Sorbet Pastel Tones

5. Yellow Bags

This season yellow bags have taken over the runways and the streets. This trend is easy to replicate and it is timeless – choose a small clutch to spice up an outfit or find a mustard tote for your daily needs. There are so many shades to choose from that suit your taste, and they look incredible when paired with other vibrant hues or a monochromatic ensemble. Opt for an amber structured handbag with an all-white get-up, or a sleek canary baguette for a night out.

6. Folk Inspired Coats

Go all out this season with these beautiful and intricate folk-inspired coats. When the temperature starts to drop, add some layers of delicate embroidery and lace to keep your outfit hot. The intricate tapestry on each piece of outerwear looks great with a monochrome black or brown ensemble, or choose it in a series of other colors for a bright and interesting choice. This trend is easy to style and looks fantastic on every body type.

7. White Knee High Boots

Swing it back to the ’60s with this classic gogo dancers inspired item of footwear – white knee-high boots. Taking its inspiration from the Youth Revolution in the mid-century, this Nancy Sinatra-approved look is a chic way to elevate your outfit. Wear it with a patterned mini dress or skirt, a rollneck, or a funky pair of leggings. This season, opt for a slouchy style for an effortless feel or keep it sleek and tight for a sexy touch.


White Knee High Boots

8. Yellow and Camel Color Styling

Keep it neutral with yellow and camel color styling – the trend taken from the 70s has gotten a serious facelift. Mixing and matching these shades adds dimension and depth to your ensembles, no matter the clothes you prefer to wear. Try a light brown suit or coat with a mustard turtleneck for the cooler months or a sleek tan T-shirt and camel pair of flare pants. This subtle yet flattering combination is the hottest look to try this season.


Yellow And Camel Color Styling

9. Pop Blue Accessories

Why blend in when you were born to stand out? Add a pop of blue to your monochrome outfit to update your go-to outfits. The beauty behind this trend is the unlimited amount of options you can try throughout the season – from a duck egg blue handbag from Dior to a chic Marine Serre bucket hat, you can try it all. When styling these items, opt for all black or grey outfits. The bright hue will stand out amongst the deeper shades. Mix and match your accessories and discover a new favorite way to rock your key pieces.


Pop Blue Accessories

10. Fringing on the Bags

When it’s time to make a statement, let your handbag do the talking. This season, one of the biggest looks we’ve seen is the fringing on the bags. Let the tassels dangle close to the fabric or watch them almost hit the floor for maximum impact – the over-the-top design is sure to turn some heads and keep you feeling chic. Choose from a leather fringe or shearling – you can rock this piece any season, and make it work for almost any event. For a classic feel, choose dark hues like brown or black, but if you want to stand out from the others, take a dip into bold shades like red or green. If you’re ready to shake up your go-to style, this is the item to pick!


Fringing On The Bags
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Whether it’s a fashion trend on TikTok or a certain style taking over Instagram, internet aesthetics are always changing online. Our new series ‘Core Club breaks down the looks that you’re starting to see a lot on social media and highlights the people and brands channeling it best. Next up: lovecore.

Valentine’s Day feels like it was decades ago, but one internet aesthetic is keeping the holiday’s spirit in style all year long. Lovecore, which has developed a cult following on Tumblr and TikTok, celebrates love through fashion, blending feminine aesthetics, such as cottagecore and the soft girl (think Lirika Matoshi’s viral Strawberry Dress), with V-Day motifs like hearts and lace.


“Lovecore represents nostalgia and romance,” says 20-year-old Sabrina, who runs Polymorphshop, a Depop store of curated thrifts alongside handcrafted jewelry, bags, and pins. Though she dreams of adding a few vintage Betsey Johnson pieces, the Massachusetts native’s current favorite piece is a pink heart-printed Fiorucci trench coat. Some of her more eclectic finds include a hot pink, studded fringe top and a pattern-blocked red silk button-up. For her and many others in the lovecore community, what makes a piece fit the aesthetic’s vibe is as much about the emotion it sparks as it is about its appearance. “It’s about feeling the love from the pieces you wear,” she says.

Having run the shop for just over a year, Sabrina noticed an increase in her sales since the start of the pandemic. “With people not being able to physically go thrifting, they’re resorting to Depop,” she explains, adding that the increase in active browsing has been beneficial for lovecore’s rise from a niche keyword to a widely-used tag on the platform.

On TikTok, #lovecore has received more than 4 million views and counting, in large part to lovecore content creators making it one of the most positive spaces on the platform. Gwyn Pass, 21, from Eugene, Oregon, is one such creator. The fashion influencer, who uses the handle @verydumblonde, found out about the aesthetic a few weeks into quarantine. “Before I saw it [on TikTok], I thought my ‘dream aesthetic’ was just called Valentine’s Day aesthetic,” she tells NYLON. Matching her wardrobe to the aesthetic has required her to implement a system while shopping.

“My personal rule of thumb for clothing I buy now is if it isn’t white, red, or pink, then it has to have a heart on it,” she says, adding that her Lazy Oaf heart dress is a prime example. Pass’ account is filled with videos showing off feminine ‘fits in her ultra-pink room, where she talks about misadventures in law class, gives style advice, and covers all things Hello Kitty. It also turns out the lovecore community has a surprising amount of crossover with Sanrio’s famous cutesy characters.

Sanriocore is a budding trend in its own right, influencing a number of larger communities, such as the kidcore and soft girl aesthetics. Polymorphshop offers a slew of Hello Kitty necklaces and bracelets, while the lovecore tag on Instagram brings up image after image of plush Sanrio characters with captions encouraging self-love and positivity, as well as sarcastic humor. Sanrio’s newfound popularity stems from millennials’ nostalgia for childhood characters and a new generation rediscovering the irresistible cuteness.

Of course, the dreamy jewelry of the lovecore aesthetic isn’t all Hello Kitty-themed. Melissa from Los Angeles runs Luvkid, the preeminent Depop shop for ethereal, romantic accessories. The pieces feature cherubs, miniature roses, and plenty of pink bows. One particular standout — a pair of acrylic statement earrings — is made to look like the heart-shaped lollipops you probably received during your elementary school Valentine’s Day card exchange. Melissa has been making jewelry since 2016, and the aesthetic has changed how they approach their creative process.

“From a design aspect, lovecore has me choosing heart shapes for every project imaginable, as well as staying within the red, pink, white color palette,” they tell NYLON. “I’m trying to have each piece look like a literal Valentine’s card.” The ethos of lovecore extends to their personal philosophy, too. In Melissa’s own words, “I will not sell a piece I don’t enjoy. If no one else loves it, at least I do.”


The pandemic has resulted in a dip in sales for Luvkid, though Melissa notes that the orders they have received are from customers “looking to indulge their romantic side” amidst the distance and isolation that have defined this year. Google Trends data for searches of “lovecore aesthetic” shows an all-time peak in interest in July of this year. That’s part of the beauty of lovecore: In celebrating the energy and feeling of love well past Feb. 14, the aesthetic brings cheer to otherwise tumultuous times.

The appeal of lovecore isn’t limited to its fashion. The aesthetic has found particular popularity among LGBTQ+ users on TikTok and Tumblr. “I spent my entire youth hating myself and the concept of hetero romance didn’t interest me at all,” shares 24-year-old Tumblr user femmesweetheart, who runs a blog dedicated to the aesthetic. “But after finding out I was a lesbian, I became obsessed with love in all of its forms.” For her, that means baking heart-shaped cookies, listening to “La Vie En Rose,” and wishing the best for others. Fellow user Sterling from Nova Scotia, Canada, echoes this sentiment. “Lovecore is about expressing who I am and reminding myself to try to spread love to those I cross paths with,” he says.

Whether you decide to deck yourself out in red and pink every day, or simply adorn a regular outfit with some heart-shaped earrings, embracing lovecore is guaranteed to brighten up your wardrobe and your day. What’s not to love about that?

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Nostalgia is currency at this point. Hollywood is constantly churning out remakes and reboots. Fashion designers are tapping into their archives. Bands are reuniting to pay homage to their throwback hits. Everything that happened before — specifically in the ’90s and early ’00s — is happening again, to the point where it feels like we’re living in a constant state of deja vu. And nothing has helped push this obsession with the past to the forefront more than social media.

There are hundreds of nostalgia-driven accounts on Instagram today — some being as niche as tracking down the outfits on Living Single or documenting Princess Diana’s most memorable fashion moments. “I think it’s a trend now,” Brooklyn White says of their popularity. “People know that it’ll get engagement.” White started archiving images on Tumblr back in 2014. Her first post, she recalls, was a still from Missy Elliott’s “Beep Me 911” music video, which premiered in 1998. “I wasn’t trying to make a huge statement, I just wanted to share some visual inspiration,” she explains. Now, she posts throwback images on her personal Instagram account, in between selfies and photos of her baby girl.

Missy Elliott
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It’s not that hard to become a digital archivist these days; almost anyone can throw their Von Dutch hat into the ring. “You used to have to buy magazines and books,” White says. “Now there’s so much online.” And perhaps because of that, these accounts can feel repetitive after a while, like you’re seeing the same posts — and the same people — over and over again. What tends to stand out, though, is the fashion of the ’90s and early ’00s; perhaps because it’s the most daring (or some might say the most divisive), and much of it was ushered in by the popular musical artists at the time.

Take the looks from Elliott’s “Beep Me 911” video, which includes a divine gold robe moment, as well as pink patent leather bustier tops and dresses. There’s also the iconic color-coordinated outfits from Lil Kim’s “Crush on You” video that have, in recent years, become popular Halloween costumes. Outside of the small screen, red carpet fashion was just as memorable. From Aaliyah’s crop tops and baggy jeans to the constant presence of rhinestones and mini skirts worn by the likes of Beyoncé during her Destiny’s Child days and a young Mariah Carey. Their style set a precedent worth marveling over, and many looks have received modern-day updates across Gen-Z-friendly retailers and brands.

Destiny's Child
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When Sharifa Wilson started bringing her archived content from Tumblr to Twitter, she didn’t do it for clout or likes. Instead, she did it to highlight celebrities who are often forgotten by history or overlooked by other nostalgia accounts. She mostly archives anything that centers black women, be it in TV shows, movies, or music videos. “You either get to remind people of an unappreciated moment in pop culture or introduce a younger generation to something they didn’t know about before,” she says. “The posts are like quick little history lessons for the moments of the past that were not highlighted the way they should have been and, at the same time, you’re able to pay tribute to those overlooked pioneers.”

While most accounts might use Google or Getty Images for their content, there are a handful of accounts that still do their image sourcing the old school way. Rashida Reneé of @howtobeafuckinglady, for instance, started posting on Tumblr in 2011 before switching over to Instagram. She’s been saving every inspiring photo or video she’s come across over the past 12 years. “A lot of it is either photos from now-inactive forums or scans from a magazine I’ve bought from eBay,” she says. “If I can’t find something of good quality online, I will try to buy it from eBay.” Mecca of @hiphopurbanpop has a similar method. She’ll post things she finds online from time to time, but for the most part, she’s diving into her own trove for nostalgic gems to post. “I have a very extensive archive of images, video clips, and magazine scans that I’ve gathered over the past 10-plus years,” she says. Her digging brings us gems like Foxy Brown in a quintessential early ’00s all-blue number and a barely recognizable Jhené Aiko.

As far as which celebrities tend to be the most popular, Wilson says fashion looks from the ’90s and early ’00s get the most engagement, “especially when it comes to video vixens and actresses in popular sitcoms.” Mecca says the Smith family, 3LW, Raven-Symoné, and Lil’ Bow Wow get the most likes. Everyone “eats up” any Naomi Campbell content, as well as looks from “dramatic French couturiers” like Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, and Jean Paul Gaultier, according to Reneé. Bri Malandro of @theyeehawagenda posts everyone from Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and a very young, very smiley Zoë Kravitz and notes that Kelis is a favorite among her followers. “I think everyone knows how ahead her style and artistry was and will never get tired of looking at her,” she says.

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Speaking of style, the trends that were popular during the ’90s and early ’00s — even the questionable ones — have also seen a resurgence. Both Baby Phat and FUBU have staged comebacks within the last year, and there were even rumors of a low-rise jeans return. “Fashion is recycled and always comes back around,” says Mecca, who also runs an e-commerce site selling vintage T-shirts emblazoned with celebrities like Lil’ Kim, Sade, and Brandy. Reneé says she’s noticed celebrities and stylists using her archival finds as a resource for their own fashion looks, which, she says, can be frustrating. “Sometimes I’ll buy something vintage and post a runway picture or video of the same look and I’ll see it on a celebrity days later,” she says. “They don’t even give me a chance to be inspired by my own mood board.”

But, at the same time, she understands the societal obsession. “It’s just human nature to cling to nostalgia, especially in chaotic times like these; the past is comforting for people.” As Wilson adds, “Nostalgia usually tugs on people’s heartstrings.”

That’s not to say everything that happened before today was perfect. I often think of the way the internet reacted to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s brief (staged?) exchange that happened backstage at the 2020 SAG Awards. Rooting them on, hoping for a reunion, while at the same time forgetting that this is the same man who publicly broke her heart. So, no, the past isn’t perfect, but moments like these act as a temporary salve from the unending news cycle; reminding us of everything else that happened around that time.

It’s hard to imagine looking back on the past couple of weeks (and years), when anxiety and uncertainty permeates most people’s everyday existence, with any kind of longing. So, instead, we look behind, rather than ahead, at what has already happened, at what now appears to be simpler, easier times — Steve Madden shoes, belly button piercings, velour tracksuits, and all.







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From bold prints to monochromatic ensembles, Paris Fashion Week was unlike any other. The fashion goers donned plenty of patterned pants, elegant knitwear and the occasional sprinkle of jewels – decadence was on every corner. There was a myriad of stripes, checks, and plaid – solid colored suits were also popular. Quilted handbags and clutches were large and in charge, and cute belt bags made an appearance throughout the city. Find your new favorite outfit and get inspired for your next shopping trip with the hottest street style looks from Paris Fashion Week AW20.

















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