2021 was truly an epochal year in fashion


A cheerful, trippy mishmash of vogue developments of previous a long time, however with 2020’s consolation notes, discovered agency footing this yr

“Style,” my extremely astute and opinionated sociology professor in school as soon as declared, “very similar to love, is blind, deaf, dumb and, often, cross-eyed.” An adjective she most likely ought to have additionally added to the fray is ‘epochal’.

The verisimilitude of her fairly prophetic assertion struck residence like by no means earlier than a couple of weeks in the past when I discovered myself island-hopping my means by means of Lakshadweep. It was a pre-wedding stag journey with a motley crew of 30-something male buddies — every of us in various levels of midlife crises, with receding hairlines and stomach protrusions besides!

Our host, the groom-to-be, determined that it might be “epic” if all of us turned up one afternoon for lunch in matching blue and orange tie-dye shorts and t-shirts. Co-ord units that he had gotten particularly customised, with the clichéd #groomsquad emblazoned on the entrance of the embarrassingly quick tank tops.

Blast from the 60s

And whereas virtually all of us cringed on the very concept of grown males togged out in what one among us known as the “80s-inspired baba fits” that our mother and father dressed us up in as toddlers, we gave in. And we did so solely as a result of we had been instructed that each 60s-inspired psychedelic tie-dye print and co-ord units had been fashionably “in” this yr.

A flamboyant Ranveer Singh

An ideal instance of the Abilene paradox, the place a gaggle of individuals collectively resolve to do one thing, regardless of it being counter to the preferences of particular person members. And, light readers, that’s precisely how the tenets of vogue within the pedestrian sense of the time period have at all times performed out. Monkey see, monkey do! Consolation, practicality and, usually, frequent sense be damned.

How else can one clarify the meme fest that’s Harry Kinds and, nearer residence, Ranveer Singh? Each channelling one other 2021 vogue pattern of what I name ‘gender agnostic’ dressing, with their 70s-inspired, puff-sleeved satin shirts with pussycat bows and pearl necklaces pat in place. Thus, reaffirming the zeitgeist of non-binary costume codes that first emerged within the new decade and went one step forward this yr.

It’s protected to say that 2021 as a yr in vogue has been an epochal one. A gutsy pastiche of every part from 1920s model fringes and tassels — seen on flapper-inspired shift attire and purses from vogue homes like Chanel, Fendi and Hermes — to the lurid, pop artwork attraction of daring neon colors and bucket hats. Each of which I may have sworn we had left again within the 90s for unhealthy… er, I imply good!

One other instance is the return of the 80s model outsized jacket with distinguished shoulder pads and chunky Tractor Trek-Sole boots and loafers that top vogue manufacturers like Prada and Balenciaga have revived this yr.

Consolation guidelines

Maximalism acquired some critical avenue cred another time with daring, in-your-face animal prints and florals seeing an enormous comeback this yr. Together with feather trimmings on every part from saree borders to the hems and necklines of cocktail attire.

Style diva Priyanka Chopra

Fashion diva Priyanka Chopra
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Whereas 2020 whizzed by in a blur, leaving us cocooned within the slouchy consolation of our WFH-friendly, normcore-saturated athleisure staples of roomy pants and hulking sweatshirts, consolation dominated this yr too. Albeit with just a little extra construction introduced again to our uncared for wardrobes.

Which is why, for all you dishevelled denims lovers on the market, it’s time to rejoice. Banished is the waist-hip-thigh cinched-in discomfort of these skinnier than skinny denims. As a substitute has returned the high-waisted, wide-legged mushy denim pant. However with a twist. The zipper fly that had, for many years, sat comfortably within the center has migrated a bit, because of the very au courant diagonal fly pattern, as seen on each males’s and girls’s denims, trousers and shorts.

Nonetheless on the subject of denims, guess who’s left having the final snigger? Shamed and known as a hoarder by family and friends, I can now fortunately air and put on my vacuum-packed stash of bootcut denims from the noughties as they return to take pleasure in a renaissance of types.

So, right here’s you, 2022, with all of the trendy surprises you might have up your tie-dye, puff sleeves.

The Mumbai-based author and restaurant reviewer is obsessed with meals, journey and luxurious, not essentially in that order.