It might not be spring outside but that doesn't mean the new season trends are completely out of reach...
As I laid out today's outfit which consisted of yet another jumper, jeans and boots combo, I was met with the harsh realisation that I'm stuck in a winter dressing rut. And while usually, that would lead to me being depressed and eating my weight in chocolate to compensate for the fact that I've lost all my ability to dress well, I was delightfully reminded by the cherry blossoms outside my window that Spring is here.
Before I know it, my predictable obsession with floral tent dresses (groundbreaking, I know), strappy sandals, and oversized sunglasses will have settled in for the coming months. And with those seasonal favourites will be a fleet of spring/summer trends that I’ll bravely buy and perhaps master before the first heatwave (wishful thinking).
The spring/summer 2020 fashions are, to say the least, varied, vast and very much going to suit your style, whatever that may be.
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From vibrant leather to the new little black dress, this season's trends are for everybody. But with so much choice and the fact we're not quite ready for bare leg season (it is still freezing) - figuring out what to wear can be overwhelming.
The trick here is to embrace the notoriously tricky transitional period and invest in spring/summer trends that will work both now and as the hot summer sun begins to shine. It's also the perfect time to experiment with what trends will and will not work for you.
Keep on scrolling to see the 9 key trends to take for a test drive ahead of the new season.
what's dot to like?
You likely have a polka dot dress hanging in your wardrobe right now, but next spring is the season to wear it on the daily. We spotted the trend at Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, and Altuzarra, where they all refreshed the classic print in new shapes and sizes.
Long Printed Jumpsuit, €59.99, Mango
From sage to lime, this spring/summer it's easy being green in these pretty hues.
Collared Wool Blend Ribbed Sweater, €69, & Other Stories
SEE MY VEST
When it comes to waistcoats, think Glastonbury, not barbershop quartet - specifically, think Kate Moss at Glastonbury in 2005. Cut tight to the body and worn with micro shorts, billowing shirts and occasionally with nothing underneath at all, a black tailored waistcoat was central to Moss’s Noughties look - and the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2020 version (worn by Kaia Gerber) was a clear throwback.
Round Neck Waistcoat, €29.95, Zara
We typically reach for basic black or brown when it comes to leather goods, but Rochas and others are encouraging you to get colourful. Designers offered a rainbow's worth of buttery leather in hot pinks, kelly greens, and more bright ideas.
Dark Green Leather Midi Skirt, €170, Topshop
Crop tops are no longer cutting it—the bra top has officially entered the party. From crochet iterations at Dior and Giambattista Valli to a more daring sheer number at Loewe, bikini dressing comes in all textures and styles. Just add a high-waisted skirt or layer over a shirt and jeans and you've got the perfect look.
Dotted Mesh Bralette, €12.99, Stradivarius
fair and square
Thanks to the Bottega effect, square shoes are certified as the shape of choice for another season. Sometimes a small wardrobe tweak can make a big difference to your look. Case in point: this season's square-toed shoes, the easy way to take 2019 pieces bang into 2020.
Padded Leather High Heel Shoes, €59.95, Zara
Dress for your multi-tasking best in a safari jacket. Pocketed and belted (read: flattering), this is your ultimate do-it-all, work to play staple. Whether you’re pairing it with your on-repeat jeans or dressing it up for work. This one has real wardrobe mileage.
Utility Jacket, €49.99, H&M
As the Pantone shade of the season is named classic blue, we reckon it's a good opportunity to hark back to old school true blue hues.
Asymmetric Mini Shirt Dress, €79, & Other Stories
HOOKED ON CROCHET
Crochet is getting a cool update come spring. Think ultra-feminine dresses, polished suiting, and eveningwear that feels modern with a special touch of Grandma’s handmade crochet. As the fashion industry looks for ways to become more sustainable, there’s something special about a “trend” that embraces a slow, handmade technique that can be passed down generation after generation—à la that treasured family heirloom that lasts forever.
Cropped crocheted jumper, €89.99, H&M
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