It may seem like a funny time to be planning your spring wardrobe, but with the catwalk shows long finished, we already have a pretty strong idea of the looks that will be dominating the first half of 2020
Plenty of designer garments for the next season are already available to purchase online, but more than that, lots of the trends are re-imaginations of looks gone before, or even current-stock high street items that may soon be winging their way into the New Year sale…
If you’re looking to get ahead of the game and make your purchases count, here are five of the trends set to endure in 2020…
Seen across a variety of shows, the 70s collared blouse is an easy one to integrate into both your casual and office wardrobe.
With this trend, bigger is definitely better—look for shirts with an exaggerated “dagger” point, or foppish piped and frilled edges. Team with a pair of flared corduroys and heeled loafers for spring, and then sport with a pinafore or A-line skirt in summer.
Models: Louis Vuitton (left), Paco Rabana (right)
Pink Blouse: La Redoute, £44.80 | Trousers: Joseph, £132 | Shoes: Marks & Spencer, £29.50 | Hairclips: Cos, £10 | Earrings: Oliver Bonas, £18 | Dress: Oliver Bonas, £19 | Eyeshadow Palette: Elf Cosmetics, £12.50 | Dagger Collar Blouse: Victoria Beckham, £550
Hot pants are out, and knee-skimmers are in. Bermuda Shorts have been elevated to high fashion by a simple switch-up in fabric—think leather, tweed and heavy cotton, softened with fluffy jumpers in neutral tones and bookish, librarian-worthy shoes.
Come summer, swap for an oversized band t-shirt, or tuck in a bodysuit for a streamlined silhouette.
Models: Givenchy (left), Tom Ford (right)
Lipgloss: Kiko Milano, £7 | Jumper: H&M, £29.99 | Brown Tweed Shorts: Chloe, £750 | Shoes: Dr Martens, £119 | Necklace: And Other Stories, £17 | Houndstooth Shorts: Zara, £25.99 | Rust Shorts: Vicolo, £59 | Red Leather Shorts: River Island, £35
If you bought lots of items to suit 2019’s prairie trend, you’ll be pleased to hear that you’ll still be getting your money’s worth trend-wise in 2020.
Skirts and dresses with tiered layers provide a romantic counterpart to the cowboy-esque styles that have gone before, and are great for adding the illusion of curves to slimmer figures.
Once again, earthy, outdoorsy tones reign supreme—pair your statement garment with a tight-fitted top, pointed boots and “belle-of-the-ball” hair accessories.
Models: Christopher Kane (left), Mui Mui (right)
Yellow Pattern Dress: Toast, £95 | Boots: The Kooples, £208 | Boat Neck Top: Intimissi, £36 | Brown Tiered Skirt: Phoebe Grace, £350 | Navy Spot Skirt: DVF, £276.50 | Headband: ASOS, £12 | Curling Wand: John Lewis, £20
The layered bralette
Doing the weekly food shop in your bra won’t be for everyone, but high-fashion has devised a clever way to pay homage to the structural integrity of a well-fitted bustier, layering it with other items to create a renaissance-aping sexiness that can (with a little know-how) be worn with subtlety.
The answer lies in the crisp white shirt—layer your strapless corset or cropped bra over the top, and team with razor-sharp cigarette trousers, heels and slicked back hair.
If you’re still unsure, think of the bralette the way you would a traditional suit waistcoat— there’s plenty of fun to be had with colours, shapes and patterns.
Models: Dion Lee (left), Jason Wu (right)
White Shirt: Cos, £45 | Eyeshadow: Chanel, £22.10 | Hair Gel: Boots, 99p | Floral Top: Attico, £395 | Cigarette Trousers: Jaeger, £89 | Heels: ASOS, £30 | Polka Dot Top: H&M, £14 | Feather Top: BooHoo, £25 | Stripe Top: Rosie Assoulin, £412 | Purple Top: Topshop, £7
Fetch your sunglasses—your wardrobe just got a whole lot brighter with ss20’s enthusiasm for neon shades. It isn’t all 80s power day-glo though—richly pigmented pastels are also included in this look, as well as high contrast black and white, shot through with just a hint of electric colour.
Start simple by swapping out your usual black eyeliner for a coloured one, or hunt out a bright sweater in the winter sales. Once you’re feeling confident, there’s all manner of striking looks to be achieved through colour clashing or wearing a single neon shade from head to toe.
Yellow Top: Pringle X H&M, £17.99 | Blue Sheer Blazer: Rejina Pyo, £345 | Lightning Heels: ASOS, £35 | Layered Jumper: Sies Marjan, £497.50 | Animal Print Blouse: New Look, £5 | Pink Suit: And Other Stories, £195 (available as seperates) | Trainers: Both, £190 | Eyeliner: Fenty Beauty, £18.90 for three | Mint Boots: ASOS, £70
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