By Catherine Taylor
“Another year over, a new one just begun,” as the classic Christmas song goes. 2020 brings with it more than just a new decade; a host of classic fashion trends are scheduled to receive some serious time in the spotlight this new year. From polka dots to crochet, to suiting and shirts, some sartorial choices just never die – even in a new decade. If there’s one thing we’re looking forward to seeing less of, however, it’s athleisure. Gym gear as everyday wear has had its heyday. Let’s put it to bed, and make more of an effort to dress like we’re going to meet our worst enemies, shall we?
So, what’s hot for Spring 2020? It appears that the Zara dress of 2019 has left a circle-shaped imprint on our wardrobes for the foreseeable future; their hit polka-dot dress has totally revived the spotty trend. If you’re not too hot for the spot, try incorporating the trend in small ways: perhaps with a dotty headband or handbag.
Unsurprisingly, the power suit is here to stay as we welcome the new decade. Given a Spring update in pastel shades of pink, purple and blue; let your suit do the talking, no matter the occasion. If a two-piece isn’t to your taste, the classic trench coat has been revitalised with pleats, prints and interesting details. Pair your trench with casual jeans and your favourite trainers for a modern take.
In terms of colour, it’s clear that in 2019, shades of pink reigned supreme. From the softer, millennial pink that dominated 2018 to the hot magenta shades of 2019; pink had its moment towards the end of the decade. Now, it’s time to move over for marigold! The sunny yellow shade is set to make an impression both on the catwalks and in our wardrobes. It’s not quite mustard and not quite gold; the easiest way to add some much-needed colour to a dull Winter wardrobe. We especially love marigold occasion wear, with yellow dresses expected to take over this Summer 2020.
Speaking of colour, remember the neon craze of 2019? It’s back, but better. 2020 is set to be the year of fluorescents. Think neon, but even brighter. Fluorescent shades are more intense than their neon counterparts – you know that your item is fluorescent if a mere glance in its direction causes physical pain to your retinas. Because any fluorescent piece counts a statement, we recommend pairing your highlighter-green/yellow/pink piece with neutrals: think cream, beige or pure white for a fresh look.
Leaning into Summer 2020, crochet is set to become as ubiquitous as ever. A festival staple, this fabric just screams warm weather revival. Crochet dresses were promised across fashion week catwalks in anticipation of the new season. At Kate Spade, the dresses were colourful; adorned with adorable flower patterns, in shades of lilac, green and baby pink. We reckon you’ll be seeing budget-friendly reiterations of the crochet dress in Penneys before long!
Finally, coloured leather has returned as the chicest way to update a classic fabric. Bored of your old black leather jacket? Consider giving your January wardrobe a new lease of life with a leather jacket in pastel tones. We particularly love this icy mint version from ASOS. And don’t forget to take advantage of their year-round 10% discount for students!
With these Spring/Summer 2020 trends, you’ll be guaranteed to start off the new decade in style. Now go forth, young fashionistas, and blind mere mortals with your fabulous fluorescence!