All the clothes and accessories that went out of style in 2021


  • Insider spoke with stylists about fashion trends they say have gone out of fashion this year.
  • 90s-inspired trends like bobs and checkerboard prints are fading.
  • Chunky sneakers are out and thinner shoes are back.

Fashion works in cycles and some trends of recent years have already started to fade.

Insider asked professional stylists what trendy items won’t stay in 2022.

From basic black leggings to stiletto heels, here are the clothes and accessories you should be thinking about getting rid of next year:

Plain leggings will be replaced by unitards

Personal and fashion stylist Lana Blanc told Insider that plain leggings will be eclipsed by more interesting stretchy clothing in 2022.

“Plain leggings are on the decline,” she said. “If you’re heading for brunch rather than yoga, I recommend going for a unitard or split-seam leggings instead.”

Rather than throwing away your plain leggings, you might want to relegate them to your workout wardrobe or loungewear drawer.

People aren’t quite ready to go back to wearing stilettos

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Platforms and wedges are just more comfortable than thin stilettos.

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While many people are spending even more time at home, it’s no surprise that high heels aren’t a trend for 2022.

“After more than a year of wearing loungewear in and out of the home, stilettos are still not set to make a comeback in 2022,” Blanc told Insider.

She recommended Chelsea boots, platform boots, and block heels as stylish and comfortable alternatives to sky-high stiletto heels.

Loose and loose outfits are less and less popular

Fashion stylist and model Tara Dupuis told Insider that loose outfits and oversized clothing in 2021 will give way to more fitted silhouettes in 2022.

“As many of us start to spend more time out of the house, the trend for loose, comfort-oriented outfits will be replaced by more structured and fitted styles,” she said.

If you’re not quite ready to ditch your comfy clothes, pairing looser clothes with fitted clothes (like wide leg pants with a tight sweater) can be balanced and chic.

But skinny jeans are out and looser fits are in order

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Loose fit denim outperforms skinny jeans.

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White has called skinny jeans as the best item to exclude from your 2021 wardrobe.

“Skinny jeans are definitely dead,” she said. “But on the bright side, there is now a wide range of looser, more on-trend denim styles to choose from. “

If you’re looking to switch to a different fit, Blanc suggested trying a straight leg before diving into the wide leg trend.

It’s probably time to trade in your micro bag for a real handbag

Micro bags – tiny handbags that can only hold a cell phone or set of keys – had a fashion moment in 2021, but the trend is fading.

“People are finally tired of these impractical bags, and I’m happy to see this trend go away,” Blanc said. “Invest in a real handbag that can hold your personal belongings. ”

There’s a difference between a micro bag and a small purse, so don’t be afraid to keep things to a minimum while opting for something that can hold all of your essentials.

Off-shoulder tops are already dated

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Style has had its day, but the trend will not continue in 2022.

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Tops with shoulder seams are losing ground in favor of cooler styles.

“While these are still a lot of women’s favorites, this trend has been around for a while and is just starting to feel a bit tired,” Dupuis said.

Instead of showing off your shoulders, the stylist recommended choosing tops with other fun details on the arms, like puffed sleeves or trendy cuffs.

Replace uncomfortable shrug sweaters with easier layering pieces

Personal stylist Leigh Williams told Insider people realize that shrug sweaters – cropped knit pieces that cover the arms and shoulders – are difficult to wear.

“People understand that this style can be restrictive and really limit the movement of your arms,” she said. “We now see more loose cardigans than shrug sweaters.”

For a light top layer, you can also go for an oversized shawl or scarf.

Consider replacing your big sneakers with thinner models

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Chunky, neutral-colored sneakers have been in fashion for some time.

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Chunky platform sneakers have been very popular on the catwalks and on Instagram, but the trend for “daddy sneakers” may finally be fading away.

“I’ve never been crazy about this shoe trend, so I’m glad chunky sneakers are now replaced with chic mules or more stylish leather sneakers in 2022,” Dupuis told Insider.

If you lack sneaker support, try slipping an orthopedic insert into a slimmer shoe set for the best of both worlds.

Bike shorts should be a permanent fixture in your workout wardrobe

Stretch bike shorts will again officially be considered sportswear.

“Now that we dress again for work, dinner and events, the trend for athletic bike shorts as everyday wear is definitely on the decline,” said Dupuis.

She suggested finding a more dressy and easy-to-wear alternative, such as paper shorts or pants.

Tie and dye clothing can be replaced with more adult models

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The style can look quite young.

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One of the most popular DIY fashion trends of 2021 was tie-dyeing. But this fashion can fade in favor of more refined colored items.

“The tie-dye trend was young and playful, but this style is already fading as we start to go back to work and be in more formal settings again,” Dupuis told Insider.

But there is no need to dump the color of your wardrobe. Opt for items in contrasting colors or bold patterns to keep the fun going.

Retro bobs are back

The early 2020s saw the return of bobs, a staple in ’90s fashion. But this trend is once again fading into fashion history.

“The truth is, bucket hats can look too casual or even a little silly,” Williams said. “In 2022, you better put on a classic baseball cap if you want to accessorize with hats.”

Knit cups paired with oversized buttons can give you a similar casual cold weather look with retro vibes.

Switch to checkerboard prints in 2022

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The retro pattern is fading again.

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Bold checkerboard prints can be eye-catching, but Williams said she’s happy to quit the dizzying trend in 2021.

“Checkerboard prints are visually shocking and incredibly difficult to wear in real-life situations like work or on dates,” she told Insider. “Now that we are spending less time at home, this print trend is disappearing. “

If you still love the look, try adding it to your outfits in small doses, like a checkerboard scarf or a soft-hued handbag.


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