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9 Summer Trends To Wear When This Is All Over


Staring at these to remind ourselves what "fashion" is.

We're patiently awaiting summer and all it has to offer: no makeup (although we're doing that already), a healthy diet of watermelon and wine, and the end-of-quarantine dream of being on the beach with, gasp, people

It may be another few weeks, or months before we can say goodbye to our tie-dyed loungewear, elasticated waists and pasta-stained hoodies for good but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to what our summer wardrobes will consist of.  

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The summer trends for 2020 are, to say the least, varied, vast and very much going to suit your style, whatever that may be. From the new little black dress to torso ruching, this season's trends are for everybody. But with so much choice and the fact we've got nowhere to go to show off our new season buys - figuring out what to wear can be overwhelming. 

The trick here is to embrace the notoriously tricky transitional period and invest in summer trends that will work both now, as you lounge at home and as soon as we're all allowed back outside again. 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.

white on time

Fashion decrees that everyone should own at least one little black dress, but there's an equally viable case to be made for the little white dress. Not that it has to be little (especially if you're wearing your LWD in the city rather than at the beach), but as long as it's crisp and bright white, then you're good to go.


At face value, a dress might look and feel fancy — and that's the ultimate con that dress-wearers have pulled. In fact, it's one of the easiest things in the world to wear and requires the least amount of effort. In short: throw it on and go. It's that simple.

Puff Sleeved White Dress, €22.99, H&M

welcome to the jungle

We have Jennifer Lopez to thank for this one, thanks to her plunging Versace dress. But that wasn't the only jungle-leaf print to make an impact for Summer 2020. From Fendi's and Dolce & Gabbana's luxuriant green leaves to Marni's abstract blooms, tropical prints have been flowering during SS20, with palm trees and vivid colours invading dresses, jackets and even footwear.


What better way to master the jungle print trend this spring than in a pair of silk pyjamas? Perfect for lounging about the house in and when this is all over, simply pair the shirt with mom jeans and loafers you're ready for work. 

Printed Pyjama Style Shirt, €25.95, Zara

The Clash

Power-prints are back in a huge way this summer, with giant florals, clashing hues, and oversized polka dots taking over this season's runways. Remember, there's no such thing as too much, so go forth and be brave. 


Pattern clashing can be hard. That's why buying a 'here's one I made earlier' version is the best and easiest way to nail trend. Wear at home for 'Dress Up Fridays' or once this is all over, wedding season will be back in full swing making it the perfect wedding guest attire. 

Cozi Dress, €385, RIXO available at Brown Thomas

all night thong

You'll be happy to hear that this isn't an underwear trend as thong sandals are set to be the key shoe for summer. They're anticipated to be just as popular as barely-there strappy sandals. These are essentially heeled flip flops, with a strap falling in between the toes and a thin stiletto heel. The trend falls under the umbrella of '90s minimalism and is one of the most bought-into accessories by fashion buyers for summer 2020.


 If, like us, you miss the feeling of being tall - allow us to introduce you to your new slippers. The small kitten heel means they're comfy enough to wear around the house while the open-toes will let your feet breathe and give you an excuse to give yourself an at-home pedicure. 

Heel Leather Sandal, €39.99, Mango

What's The Ruch?

Ruching is often found at wrists or necks, but the SS20 runways predict that it'll be all over our torsos come summer. A great way to add texture and shape to an otherwise simple dress, it immediately makes any piece look high-end.


 By now, you've successfully mastered the art of the pyjamas and a nice top outfit formula. Well, here's another for your collection. This strappy cropped top will not only go perfectly with your grey tracksuit bottoms but you'll be on-trend thanks to its ruching. 

Ruched Top, €9.99, Stradivarius

down to the wire

While bras are officially cancelled during lockdown, soon as we're all allowed back outside - bras will be staging their comeback. 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. We'll see you and your undies on the flip side. 


 We get it, the very last thing you want to do right now is wear a bra. But, as you work from home longer you may want to get back to normality, get out of your pyjamas for the first time in weeks and get dressed in your WFH outfit. This is seamless triangle bra from & Other Stories has no underwire meaning you'll be both comfortable and supported. Oh, and it'll go perfectly with high waisted jeans, grey tracksuit bottoms and cardigans. 

Seamless Triangle Soft Bra, €25, & Other Stories

button uP

The preppy polo shirt is going to be a hero buy for 2020, with designers like Albus Lumen, Prada and Gabriella Hearst creating chic, minimal knitted polos that you could wear to work or at the weekend. Net-a-Porter is so convinced that this is going to be a new wardrobe staple—so much so that it has bought over 1100 units.


There's a reason your go-to outfit formula is jeans and a nice top: it's comfy. This polo shirt is no exception. Wear it with your finest pyjama bottoms or with jeans and a blazer for pub nights out. 

Polo Collar Sweater, €19.95, Zara

so long

While the Bermuda short resurfaced in our wardrobes two seasons back with accompanying surfer vibes, we saw mostly denim styles in 2019 and now, the new Bermuda short has finally come full circle. Whether you prefer them with a matching blazer as part of a tailored suit (like they were at Veronica Beard, Tanya Taylor, Valentino, and Saint Laurent), or as a glamorous going-out option in leather (thanks, Tom Ford), you won't be able to resist these knee-length slacks for much longer.


There's been a lot of perks from our new 'WFH' lifestyle. You no longer have to settle for meal deal lunches, you don't have to have awkward interactions with Sandra from accounts at the watercooler and you also don't have to sit in the pressure-cooker that is your poorly air-conditioned office. When life resumes and you go back to work, you're going to be wondering what it is you wear to a hot, sweaty office...well Bermuda shorts are your answer. 

Bermuda Shorts, €39.99, H&M

You'd be forgiven for shuttering at the idea of wearing a sheer blouse or dress. But 2020's take on sheer is less Regina George's bra top and more subtle like the number above. Just be sure to wear a nude bra underneath. 

Printed Blouse, €15.99, Stradivarius 

Main image by @meganellaby on Instagram

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