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

  • Insider spoke with stylists about what fashion trends they think have gone out of fashion this year.
  • They said some ’90s-inspired trends, like bucket hats and checkerboard prints, are fading out.
  • They said chunky sneakers are out, and slimmer shoes are back again.

Fashion runs in cycles, and certain trends from the past few years have already begun to fade.

Insider asked professional designers what trendy items won’t be a constant in 2022.

From a basic black dress to high-heeled shoes, here are the clothes and accessories you should consider ditching next year.

Plain leggings will be replaced by new ones

Lana Blanc, personal stylist, told Insider that simple leggings will be outdone by more interesting stretch wear in 2022.

“Normal leggings are getting worse,” she said. “If you’re heading to brunch instead of yoga, I recommend choosing a t-shirt or split leggings instead.”

Instead of tossing your regular leggings on, you may want to stow them into your workout wardrobe or loungewear drawer.

People are not quite ready to go back to wearing daggers

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Insoles and wedges are more comfortable than high-heeled shoes.

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With so many people still spending more time at home, it should come as no surprise that high heels won’t be in vogue in 2022.

“After more than a year of wearing underwear indoors and out, high heels still aren’t ready for a comeback in 2022,” Blanc told Insider.

She recommended chelsea boots, platform shoes and block heels as stylish and comfortable alternatives to high heels.

Full baggy clothes are waning in popularity

Tara Dupuis, stylist and model, told Insider that the baggy and oversized outfits of 2021 will give way to more custom designs in 2022.

“As many of us start spending more time outside the home again, the trend toward loose-fitting, first-person clothing will be replaced by more structured and fitted shapes,” she said.

If you’re not quite ready to ditch your comfy clothes, pairing loose-fitting items with well-fitting clothing (like wide-legged pants with a body scrub jacket) can be balanced and elegant.

Skinny jeans on the outside, wider cutouts on the inside

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Skinny jeans sparkle.

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Plank described skinny jeans as the number one item in your wardrobe for 2021.

“Tight jeans are definitely dead,” she said. “But on the bright side, there is now a wide variety of looser denim styles to choose from.”

If you’re looking to transition to a different cut, Blanc suggested trying a straight leg before diving in toward the wide leg.

Maybe it’s time to replace your small bag with a real wallet

Mini bags — small bags that can only hold a cell phone or a set of keys — had a moment in 2021, but the trend is starting to fade.

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

There is a difference between a briefcase and a small purse – so you can still keep things to a minimum while choosing something that can hold all of your essentials.

Cold shoulder tops are already dated

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The designers said cool-shouldered shirts were having a moment, but it wouldn’t last until 2022.

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Tops with shoulder openings lose steam for newer styles.

“While these are still a favorite of many women, this trend has been around for a while and I’m simply starting to feel a little tired,” Dupuy said.

She recommended choosing tops with other fun arm details, like puffed sleeves or cuffs.

Replace uncomfortable jackets with easier layering

Lee Williams, personal stylist, told Insider that people were aware that jackets—the knitted pieces that cover the arms and shoulders—are hard to wear.

“People are realizing that this technique can be restrictive and really limit the movement of your arms,” ​​she said. “We now see slouchy woolen jackets more than bulletproof vests.”

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

Consider replacing your bulky sneakers with slimmer styles

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Chunky, neutral-colored sneakers have been trendy for a while.

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Platform sneakers have always been popular on the catwalks and on Instagram, but the “sneakers for daddy” trend may finally be on the way.

“I’ve never been wild about this shoe trend, so I’m glad thicker sneakers are now being replaced by sleeker mules or sleeker leather sneakers in 2022,” Dupuy told Insider.

If you miss athletic shoe support, try incorporating an orthopedic accessory into your slimmer shoe collection to get the best of both worlds.

Bike shorts are a must always move into your workout wardrobe

The rubber bike shorts will be considered sportswear again.

“Now that we’re dressing for work, dinner, and occasions again, the trend toward biker shorts as everyday wear is definitely on the decline,” Dupuy said.

She suggested finding an easy-to-wear alternative such as paper bag shorts or pants.

Tie-dyed clothes can be replaced with more patterns than adults

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Tie dye can appear as a kind of youth.

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One of the most popular DIY fashion trends in 2021 has been tie-dye. But this fad may fade in favor of more polished, colorful items.

“The tie-dye trend was young and fun, but that style was really being phased out as we started getting back into the business and being in more formal settings again,” Dupuy told Insider.

But there’s no need to drain color from your wardrobe: opt for block-colored or brightly-patterned items to keep the fun going.

Retro bucket hats are on their way out again

Bucket hats, a staple of ’90s fashion, made a comeback in the early 2000s. But this trend began to fade into the history of fashion again.

“The truth is that bucket hats can seem overly casual or even silly,” Williams said. “In 2022, you’d better wear a classic baseball cap if you want to accessorize with hats.”

Knit berets paired with oversized buttons can give you a casual, cold-weather look with vibes.

Skip the chessboard prints in 2022

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The retro chessboard pattern is fading away again.

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Bold checkerboard prints can be eye-catching, but Williams said she’s happy to leave this striking trend in 2021.

“Chessboard prints are visually disturbing and difficult to wear in real-life situations like work or dates,” she told Insider. “Now that we spend less time at home, this print trend is on the wane.”

If you still like the look, try adding it to your look in small doses, such as a checkerboard scarf or a muted handbag.

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