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Three trends that are back and better than ever

Grandpa’s sweater vest has never looked this chic.
October 19, 2021 9:15 a.m. EST

Nothing ever goes out of style forever. To prove that, stylist Erica Wark highlights three trends that are back and shares tips on how to style them. 

Mom jeans 

The mom jean is back in a big way! It's totally normal to be a little apprehensive to try this look because they don't often look like they'll be flattering, but these days they're done in a high-rise cut, which is universally flattering. The modern mom jean is cut a little more slim and has a bit more stretch compared to the baggier version that rocked the '80s. Erica suggests the best way to modernize this trend is to opt for a classic black denim.

Shop the Joana High Waist. Fit Jeans, $55 at Vero Moda

Shop the Pleated Satin Blue Blouse, $49.90 at Zara  

Shop the Mai Double Face Wool Coat with Waterfall Collar, $890 at Mackage

Shop the Ankle Boots, $39 at H&M

Shop the Crossbody Bag with Buckle, $79.90 at Zara

Bold shoulders

If you were a fan of shoulder pads, we don't blame you! They can add so much fun to an outfit. This season, we'll be seeing more of a subtle version of the classic shoulder pad look. Erica's tip with this trend: don't feel like you can't wear something on top, like a cute shacket. Since the shoulder pads are so subtle, you can easily wear a jacket on top without feeling like a football player.

Shop the Shoulder-pad Sweatshirt, $19 at H&M  

Shop the Wedge Sneakers, $49.90 at Zara

Shop the Shoulder Bag, $29.99 at H&M

Sweater vests

The day has come where sweater vests are no longer a Steve Urkel specialty—they're a fashion-forward fall trend.. Erica loves this trend because there's so many ways to style a vest, you can layer underneath, layer on top. 

Shop the Herringone Sweater Vest, $48 at Oak + Fort

Shop the Wilfred Cyprie Dress, $178 at Aritzia

Shop the Oluria Boots in Dark Brown, $200 at ALDO

Shop the Chain Handled Quilted Leather Bag, $159 at Zara

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