PrettyLittleThing share top fashion trends making the biggest comeback in 2021

With lockdown restrictions set to ease over the next couple of months, most of us are preoccupied stocking up on our summer fits, and after being cooped up for a year – there's a lot of styling to make up for.

In February, we saw a rise in demand for corset-style outfits thanks to the hit Netflix show Bridgerton. But now we're seeing other nostalgic trends coming back into fashion, with early noughties trends taking centre stage on Instagram and TikTok.

Fashion retailer, PrettyLittleThing has revealed all of the old school trends that are set to make their big comeback in 2021.

The report, based on search data from the fashion giant, shows shoppers just can't get enough of retro Ugg boots and Ed hardy tops loved by noughties stars like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. While 80s inspired leg and arm warmers also made the list, along with demand for glitter tights that has searches up a whopping 1588%, as Brits look to stay cosy and comfy during lockdown.

Other noted reemerging trends include tie dye everything, comfortable joggers (perfect for lounging around during lockdown) and preppy knitted vest (Think Cher from Clueless). Check out some of our favourite comeback trends below and how you can recreate the look with PrettyLittleThing's latest ranges.

Top fashion trends making a comeback in 2021


As you’d expect, jeans were not as popular in 2020 as we all got cosy at home. Between June and October searches for jeans and denim were down more than 50% than the previous year.

But as the second lockdown hit in November, winter rolled in with split hems and a 70’s flared jeans trend which brought a 115% increase in searches across the PLT site for denim.

  • Washed Black Frayed Hem Wide Leg Jeans – £28

  • Mid Wash Open Knee Turnup Baggy Boyfriend Jeans – £30

  • Mid Blue Wash Split Hem Straight Leg Jeans – £28

Tie Dye

A hit of nostalgia saw a summer of tie dye, from runways to living rooms. With searches for tie dye on PLT up by 356% in May and June 2020, the colour pop and colourful vibes of tie dye make it the perfect print for a world in need of a pick up.

  • Multi Ribbed Tie Dye Ruched Sleeveless Bodycon Dress – £18

  • PrettyLittleThing Embroidered Tie Dye Boyfriend T-Shirt Dress – £18

  • PrettyLittleThing Pink Oversized Tie Dye Hoodie – £25

Knitted Vests

Knitted vests are massively popular too. They saw a 30,000% increase thanks to the layering trend that took over autumn and winter, with nerdy chic styling videos taking over Instagram and TikTok.

  • Plus Stone High Neck Knitted Vest – £18

  • Tall Monochrome Crop V-Neck Knitted Vest – £15

  • Petite Pink Diamond Knit Sleeveless Vest – £20


Loungewear ruled 2020 with searches on the PLT website for joggers, overtaking leggings by 100%. With just a casual 822% increase in searches on from 2019 joggers are the most searched for product of 2020.

  • Charcoal Ultimate Jogger – £12

  • PrettyLittleThing Charcoal Badge Detail Sport Jogger – £22

  • Mint Drawstring Slouch Wide Leg Trousers – £20

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