Two street stylers strut in a maxi dress and fitted black capri pants

SS21 fashion trends: Capri pants are back and better than ever

Key takeaways

  • Capri pants were a popular 2000s trend, and they're back in full swing in 2021.
  • Among US womenswear collections this Fall 2021, capri pants can best designed in form-fitting, legging-like silhouettes.
  • Consumers are playing around with the capris trend, dressing the garment up and down between sportswear and chic.

Capri pants have made a major comeback in the past year. These pants bring to mind a sense of nostalgia for many, as it lives in memory as a popular children’s garment during the late 90s and early 2000s. In the past, capris were often word loose, in near-gaucho fashion, but in 2021, trendsetters are opting for form-fitting, legging silhouettes. 

Influencer styles capri pants with heeled sandals and a leather blazer
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SS21 putting a modern twist on the capri pant

And a few inches can make all the difference in silhouette. Capris seem to be the lovechild of the popular cycling shorts and the beloved leggings: they’re just right. An outfit can be made fresh and surprising with a slightly shorter hem, and we noticed a range of styling methods with capris over the past year. 

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Independent designers such as Helena Manzano, Charlotte Knowles, Gauntlett Cheng, and DAISY played around with capris in their recent Spring/Summer collections, experimenting with different fabrics and outfit pairings to breathe new life in the 2000s trend. Even major designers tested the trend: Chanel presented a digital version of the garment in their Chanel 2021 Resort collection. So this Fall 2021, we can be sure to see capris on the runways and streets, particularly among North American women.

The trend to include in 2021 collections

But how can collection planners be sure to appease their customers’ style tastes for this garment? The favorite capri-style will be similar to the popular cycling short trend, which is predicted to rise +6% in visibility among US women in Fall 2021. Cycling shorts’ universal appeal is good news for the legging version cut directly below the knee for capris: we can consider this as the base for many outfits to come. Capris can be paired with strappy sandals and a ribbed-knit tank for a summer look, with a hoodie and sneakers to go sporty, or even with a heeled shoe and a blazer to create a chic yet casual look.

This Fall 2021, we can expect to see capris on the streets and the screens. Trend forecasting allows brands and retailers to gain a macro perspective of trend behavior months in advance, to be sure to give their customers what they want. 

About the writer: Mélanie Mollard, Fashion Content Manager at Heuritech

Mélanie writes about the fashion industry and its many features through the lens of applied data and trend forecasting technology.

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