From the return of certain forgotten footwear to the unexpected hobby sweeping the country, 2021 brings us a lot of hope and some extra-cool new trends. We looked backward, forward, and to the statistics to predict 10 lifestyle trends we’re likely to see in 2021.
BEAUTY & FASHION
Lounge. Wear. Loungewear.
2020 can keep a lot of things, but loungewear isn’t one of them. We’re just getting started. You’ve likely seen these sets everywhere … you know, the cute matching top and bottoms that look a lot like PJs but could absolutely pass for a trip to Trader Joe’s!? This comfy-chic trend will likely just get hotter this year as so many more favorite brands and small businesses are beginning to carry options. The latest Pinterest Predicts Report says searches for “soft outfits” are up 185%, and “cotton jumpsuits for women” are up 160%.
I remember secretly envying my fifth-grade teacher’s rotating collection of Dansko clogs. They just looked so comfortable, and I loved the heel height. A longtime favorite of artsy types and healthcare workers, clogs aren’t just for those creating or on their feet all day anymore. The Wall Street Journal‘s “How Clogs Clomped Back Into Style (Seriously)” cites that many luxury labels are making high-fashion, high-price tag versions of the clog. This new revival is related to a decline in formalwear and a desire for ease and comfort. You can slip them on and off, and they trudge through a lot, just like us.
back-to-basicNatural, everyday makeup is back. From the thick of 2020 and into this new year, we’ll see less and less of the full-face, 100-step makeup routine, and more of an emphasis on skincare that lovingly treats what’s underneath the makeup more than the makeup itself. 2021 will likely bring more socializing, but this “less is more” approach we’re applying to our social circles and outings applies to our makeup, too. Breathable, natural, back-to-basics makeup will outshine the full-fledged night-on-the-town-proof look.
Car = Third Space
As many car owners are driving less for work and more for pleasure, the domestic road trip is having a major moment, and some are opting for some very high-mileage routes. A recent survey by Reviews.com found that more than 81% of people who plan on some type of leisure travel this summer, plan to travel by car. Viewing our cars as an extension of the home will bring some meaningful changes this year.
Latest-model cars are adding full massage seats for the driver and front passenger, high-tech surround sound, and even car-to-car communication. Plus, expect a rise in gadgets for any car ready for the long haul — in-car coolers and warmers, auto coffee makers, car-specific air purifiers, and a vehicle desk for that person who can’t stop working! Pinterest, again, cites a 200% increase in searches for “car date night” and a 115% increase in “car man cave”!
Find Your Park
According to National Park Service data, Yellowstone National Park saw a 21% increase in visits in September 2020 compared to 2019, and park visitorship across the country is expected to continue to rise this year as Americans flock to wide open spaces and, perhaps, finally explore the treasures in our own darn country. An Airbnb trends survey says, “Looking back at September 2019 for trip planning in 2020, for U.S. guests, cities like Paris, London and Rome were all top destinations. Next year, a range of domestic locations in national parks, winter ski, and beach towns are becoming the most popular.”