With the coming of the pandemic, the world we once knew was turned upside down. In light of this, all sorts of trends arose, shaking the foundations of what many trend predictions thought.

Going into this year, we’re going to continue dealing with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, meaning trends will be a bit easier to predict.

Here are what trends I think will happen in 2021:

Netting: In Fashion, we saw netting grace many of the spring 2021 fashion shows. Coming from high prestige brands like Balenciaga, it is likely we will see netting in many new clothing pieces, including bags and tops alike.

Olivia Rodrigo: The 17-year-old Disney star went viral earlier this month. Known for her work on Disney’s “High School Musical: The Series,” her recent hit, “drivers license” blew up thanks to TikTok. Her debut single also garnered much media attention and critical acclaim — including praise from one Taylor Swift. If her debut is anything to go off of, she might just be the best debut artist this year.

Vibey Lighting: Have you ever passed a dorm and noticed the pretty lighting in the window? According to Pinterest Predicts 2021, searches for “neon room” have increased eight times since the past year, trending most in the UK, Canada and Australia. Aesthetic lighting continues to grow in popularity across the world. 

Manifestation and Crystals: Superstition has always been quite trendy, but we’ve recently seen a growing interest in healing crystals. Citrine, quartz, malachite and tiger’s eye are all among the most popular minerals. Manifestation is making a splash too. The idea of thinking aspirational thoughts with the purpose of them coming true gained great popularity towards the end of 2020, and given its current popularity, it looks like it might be 2021’s defining philosophy.

Mullets: The nostalgia cycle has brought the ‘80s into the forefront of our cultural lexicon once again. From the runaway hit show “Stranger Things” to Dua Lipa’s album “Future Nostalgia,”                                                                                                                                  the retro vibe is back. In hair, mullets are becoming one of the most trendy hairstyles of our day, and will probably continue to be so in 2021. Business in the front, party in the back.

Streaming Service Supremacy: With the COVID-19 regulations in play, theaters aren’t going to open anytime soon. That being said, streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Max have reached a sort of golden age. Where we once depended on cable networks for our newest, hottest shows, we now look to giants like Amazon Prime Video to produce the most popular hits. Given the current environment, the popularity of streaming services will most likely reach a new high in 2021, potentially replacing theater entertainment altogether.

Skinimalism: James Charles and other beauty gurus pioneered the high-color, multilayer makeup looks of the late 2010s. However, many users on social media platforms are ditching those looks and going for a more natural looking approach to their makeup looks.

Globe Crafting: Since most traveling has shut down for the time being, people are looking for new ways to stay culturally savvy. “Globe Crafting” is the practice of global-inspired hobbies such as Persian calligraphy or Japanese carpentry. It seems crafty people are looking for innovative ways to bring the world to their homes in lockdown times.

Nomadding: Speaking of travel, people are picking up their belongings and downsizing to life on the road. As a COVID-friendly-ish way of travel, individuals are leaving the settled life behind in favor of exploration, sight-seeing and romantic getaways under the stars...in a yellow Volkswagen van.

Athflow: Wrapping up this list, we’ve got another fashion trend. Recently, the term “athflow” has been coined for this all-purpose style. Combining flowing pants, oversized sweaters and the like, athleisure has evolved into something a bit more stylish and professional — though still retaining its quintessential comfortable aspect.

Alexander Prevost is a staff writer. Follow him on Twitter: @alexanderprvst.

Alexander Prevost is a staff writer for the Gonzaga Bulletin. He is passionate about writing, politics, and music.

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