2021’s fashion trends began with Zoom-ready outfits that took us from the chaise lounge to our home desks (Read: casual, stay-home outfits.) Now, we’re ready to step out in dressier pieces that’ll put us in the mood for brighter, bolder and more exciting times ahead.
Ready to elevate your ensembles? From pretty-meets-punk and polished prep to shapewear and elevated loungewear, read on as we round up four major fashion trends that you can re-create now, with each look featuring statement bags and footwear from the highly sought-after Gabine collection by CHARLES & KEITH.
Pretty in punk
Punk fashion in the age of 2021 is given the pretty-meets-powerful treatment — thanks to Kourtney Kardashian. To complement her Blink-182 drummer beau Travis Barker, the reality star has since been spotted in a variety of all-black outfits that featured attention-grabbing details, such as a metal necklace and a fringed leather jacket. Yet, with her glossy tresses, subtle smoky eye makeup and collection of covetable purses, she was able to bring a touch of femininity to her ensembles and thus, make her outfits fun and fashion-forward for daily wear.
Own this trend: Follow Creative Manager Audrey’s lead, where she brought the trend to life with the help of the Gabine Quilted Saddle Bag, Micro Gabine Quilted Saddle Bag and a pair of Gabine Buckled Leather Ankle Boots from CHARLES & KEITH. Audrey reached for her sleek leather-effect blazer and layered it over a bustier top and a short skirt. She also slipped into a pair of sheer black stockings to play up the punk-meets-pretty effect.
The Gabine Quilted Saddle Bag boasts a criss-cross padded body — all while retaining its chic gold buckle and curved-bottom silhouette that fans of CHARLES & KEITH know and love. Meanwhile, the Micro Gabine Quilted Saddle Bag is a welcome addition to the Gabine family with its trendy, petite size, and the Gabine Buckled Leather Ankle Boots do a brilliant job in toughening up a look.
Polished and proper
The late Diana, Princess of Wales became a fashion icon in her own right during the ‘90s and even till today, her timeless, casual-cool looks continue to resonate with style seekers everywhere. When she’s not dressed in fancy ballgowns for formal affairs, Diana would often be photographed in a relaxed button-down shirt, high-waisted trousers and her trusty loafers. Her quiet confidence and signature coiffed tresses further added to the effortlessly polished yet charming appeal of her outfits too.
Own this trend: Bookmark Editor Becks’ outfit above, which stars the Gabine Leather Saddle Bag and Gabine Buckled Leather Loafers from CHARLES & KEITH. You can personalise the Gabine Leather Saddle Bag with your preferred initials too — simply purchase the bag online and opt for the complimentary hot-stamping service.
A polished look made for coffee runs, quick errands and everything else in between, Becks went with a crisp white shirt, a pair of cheery green trousers and tucked her tresses in a trendy hair claw clip. The Gabine Leather Saddle Bag in the chalk-white colourway is an instant classic that’s versatile for day or night occasions, while the Gabine Buckled Leather Loafers put a pep in its wearer’s step with its low 2CM block heel and preppy, slip-on design.
Stretch with shapewear
Shapeshifters? More like shaped sisters. There’s no need to shy away from showing off your shapewear — at least according to celebrities including Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski. This trend is fairly easy to re-create: Simply swap out your regular tees and shorts with body-skimming pieces, such as a corset-style top or a pair of bicycle shorts, and style them with other staples in your wardrobe.
Own this trend: Check out Creative Manager Audrey’s outfit, which is made complete with the Gabine Two-Tone Saddle Bag and Gabine Buckled Leather Mule Pumps from CHARLES & KEITH. For her attire, Audrey went with a body-hugging top and bicycle shorts and styled them with an oversized dark grey blazer.
The Gabine Two-Tone Saddle Bag’s olive-and-mint colourway brings a bright dose of colour to an otherwise neutral outfit, while its gilded gold buckle keeps things chic and classic. Provide an elongating effect to your outfit’s silhouette with the Gabine Buckled Leather Mule Pumps, which feature a pointed toe design and 7CM stiletto heels.
Lounge and repeat
Hybrid work arrangements are a part of the new norm. Build a wardrobe of effortlessly stylish essentials that will make one look right at home in various settings — be it in a cool co-working space or in a creative workplace. Embrace elevated loungewear items, such as knit co-ordinates, sports-inspired track pants and cropped hoodies, and pair them with elegant accessories.
Own this trend: Stay comfortable and cosy just like Editor Becks, who gave her fashionable take on the loungewear trend with a Mini Gabine Quilted Saddle Bag and a pair of Gabine Buckled Leather Loafer Mules from CHARLES & KEITH. She opted for an oatmeal-coloured knit set and accessorised with a pair of sunnies.
Apart from its mini silhouette, the Mini Gabine Quilted Saddle Bag has a quilted body that adds a little more texture and volume to your ensembles. Its steel blue hue looks great against cool-toned clothing too, such as a slouchy grey blazer or a lilac skirt. The Gabine Buckled Leather Loafer Mules are a must-have when creating loungewear outfits too, seeing how they are a dressier version of the house slipper.
So, which of these four fashion trends will you be re-creating for your next style outing?
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