The 23 Most Shopped Fashion Items Our Readers Loved in 2021

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If there is one skill that I’ve perfected in the last few years, it’s online shopping. Not only do I online shop for my job, but I also fill much of my free time by browsing the Internet in search of the latest and trendiest pieces. Please note that although I definitely have purchased my fair share, I don’t actually buy everything I see—I just enjoy virtual window shopping.

And it appears you do as well, lovely readers of The Everymom. Each week, when I write a new fashion article for you to enjoy, I can’t wait to see which items you love the most. I love taking personal mental bets on which outfit will be a best-seller, and some items that we have shared in 2021 have definitely stood out among the rest.

It’s no surprise to me that H&M sweaters, Old Navy jeans, the famous Spanx faux leather leggings, and affordable Target shoes reign supreme—because really, who could get enough of those things?!

Here are 23 fashion items that our readers couldn’t get enough of this year, along with some of our most popular ways to style them:

most popular fashion items

Shop this look:

cardigan / leggings / jacket / Uggs / beanie




Oversized Cardigan

This boxy, button-up cardigan is made of a soft, knit fabric and has ribbed sections on the sides, sleeves, and hems. We love this piece for wearing around the house or on errands.

2 colors available


Cable-Knit Sweater

Cable knit sweaters are an everyday essential, and this one from J.Crew is made from a cozy wool blend to keep you warm all year long.

5 colors available

jcrew sweater

Rollneck Sweater

Another wardrobe stable from J.Crew you'll wear all the time.

multiple colors available



Shackets are our favorite 2020 coat trend that carried into 2021. This longline one from Nordstrom is perfect for layering over sweaters and knits during the colder months.

American Eagle

Waffle Crewneck Sweatshirt

Waffle knits are wardrobe essentials, so it's no surprise that this waffle crewneck sweatshirt was one of the most well-loved items of 2021.

8 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Queen Band T-Shirt

Subtle yet extremely cool, this Queen band T-shirt features a printed picture of Freddy Mercury on the front. Plus, the relaxed fit makes this top easy to dress up or down.


Lively Lace Bralette

Supportive, comfortable, and stunning—what more could you ask for from a bralette? This one features scalloped-edge triangular cups.

2 colors available

most popular fashion items

Shop this look:

cardiganjeans / mules (similar)bag (budget option) / hoops



Old Navy

Straight Leg Jeans

The year 2021 marked the time when we all kissed our skinny jeans goodbye and bought comfy, relaxed-fit straight leg jeans, like this high-waisted pair from Old Navy.


Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

A fan-favorite this year and every year, these Spanx faux leather leggings are our most important wardrobe staple. Perfect for any occasion, we just can't get enough of these pants.


Pull-On Slip Skirt

Satin skirts were all the rage this year, and this mid-length one is amazing for transitioning between seasons. Plus, the camel color is absolutely gorgeous.

5 colors available



A good jogger will take you from yoga to the grocery store to the couch, and this pair from J.Crew does just that with soft, drapey fabric.

4 colors available

most popular fashion items

Shop this look:

crewneck / leggings / puffer (similar) / beanie / sneakers (similar)


Dresses & Swimsuits

Old Navy

Rib-Knit Midi Dress

With a mockneck, a defined elasticized waist, side splits at the hem of the skirt, and a ribbed material, this dress has everything it takes to be an instant wardrobe staple.

3 colors available


Rib T-Shirt Dress

T-shirt dresses are amazing for dressing up or down in the spring and summer, and we're obsessed with the ribbed material of this staple piece from Madewell.

4 colors available

Hill House

Nap Dress

True to its name, this gorgeous dress is comfortable enough to wear at any hour of the day. With elastic smocking and ruffled shoulders, it's impossible not to love the nap dress.

11 colors available


Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

A great swimsuit is an absolute essential, and this ruched one-piece from J.Crew never disappoints with its shelf bra and machine-washable fabric. The one-shoulder ruched option was popular too and oh-so-flattering!

11 colors available

most popular fashion items

Shop this look:

tee / skirt / jacket / sneakers / bag / bag (budget)


Shoes & Accessories



Old-school sneakers like this pair have been super in this year. These ones are made from sustainable leather and come with an ultra-cushy sole.


Classic Mini Boot

In a truly impressive comeback, UGG boots took center stage this winter as a trendy yet comfortable staple. This mini pair is great for pairing with jeans, leggings, or joggers.

9 colors available

Sam Edelman

Chelsea Boot

With a utilitarian lug sole and stretchy insets on the sides, these updated Chelsea boots are an instant classic and can be easily incorporated into every wardrobe.

6 colors available

suede mules

Suede Mules

Cool, classic, and easily dressed up or down, these loafer-style suede mules are perfect for sliding on and getting out the door no matter the season.



An upgrade of the classic Birkenstock sandal, this pair incorporates a chic, white, leather-like fabric with its comfortable sole that molds to the shape of your foot.


Everywhere Belt Bag

For those days when your outfit frustratingly does not have pockets, this belt bag is amazing for keeping your phone, keys, wallet, and more close.

11 colors available


Belt Bag

Keeping with the belt bag trend but upgraded for moms, this minimal diaper bag is designed to hold all of your little one's essentials right at your fingertips.

Etsy | BaubleSky

Layered Gold Necklace

No doubt a reader favorite for its classic style and versatility, this gold layered necklace can instantly upgrade any outfit.

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