Ask and you shall receive! Not to totally play into the blogger stereotype but, like, everyone has been asking me about the 2020 spring and summer trends so I just had to oblige. OK, so the truth is that maybe only like five people requested it, but—spoiler alert—I’m kind of an easy sell. Real talk though? I’m just stoked for another season of amazing fashion, and these next six months or so are going. to. deliver. What really got me jazzed as I was putting this list together is how much overlap these trends allow for. Take, for example, flare jeans, which are continuing their 2019 reign as THE denim trend to rock. Not only are they a V obvious nod to the Seventies but they also play into this season’s obsession with voluminous silhouettes. Speaking of volume, balloon-sleeves blouses and dresses are everywhere right now. Snatch yourself up one in a polka dot print—which will not be hard to come by based on my internet window shopping experiences—and bam, consider two trends nailed with one piece. The same can be said for a crochet bra top, tropical print wide-leg trouser, or tangerine short suit. The opportunities this spring and summer are fun, flirty, and lucky for us fashion lovers, endless.
The Look: Seventies
I’m sure this comes as no surprise based on the plethora of tie-dye we saw explode on our feeds toward the end of January, but elements of Seventies fashion are everywhere this spring. From the patterns (like the previously mentioned tie-dye and paisley), to the silhouettes (tie necks, bell sleeves, and disco collars), to the standout pieces (denim dresses and rompers, flare jeans, peasant-inspired tops, and waistcoast vests), this vibe is a perfect way to channel the carefree spirit of summer. Chunky leather waist belts and floppy hats provide great finishing touches to really take your look to the next level.
The Color: Lime Green
Neon is always, as the Hubs would say, “the play” as the weather gets warmer. Not only does it embody that whistlin’, toe tappin’, can’t keep my feet on the ground good mood that goes hand-in-hand with long, sunshine-soaked days, but let’s be real, is there literally anything better for setting off a great (hopefully faux) tan?! While any neon hue is always in fashion as the weather turns warmer, if you really want to be on trend, get your next piece in lime green. It’s youthful and fresh, especially in the form of a flirty, floral sundress or an ankle-skimming trouser. Rock some espadrilles or classic white sneakers to keep it trendy, but otherwise let the color speak for itself.
The Print: Polka Dots
Let’s be real…while polka dots—like animal print—can’t ever really be “out of style,” they certainly can be “in.” And these next few months? They are in like Cady Heron after her first lunch with the Plastics. What’s great about polka dots is (1) you probs already have them in your closet and (2) there’s really no wrong way to wear them. I’ve especially been loving all the long, flutter sleeve maxi dresses and feminine blouses retailers are dropping— and as I touched upon in the intro, a beautiful peplum or puff-sleeved top in a polka-dot print is a great way to nail two or three trends in one look. Polka dots not really your vibe? “Toughen them up” with pieces like a leather jacket, graphic tee, or combat boots, or just add a touch by way of a scrunchie, headband, or hair scarf.
The Piece: Bra Top
OK, so this one might seem “less wearable” right off the bat, but just hear me out. While you may see street style stars, off-duty models, and influencers sashaying the NYC streets this summer rocking a Fendi bralette and well, nothing else, that is (understandably) not in the cards for most of us. To make this work for us “normal” folk, I recommend putting this under a great jacket or blazer or over a fitted tee. Finish either option off with a pair of high-waisted pants, and I promise you’ll feel considerably more covered up—and dare I say, chic—then you ever would’ve thought when you first heard the word “bra top.”
The Silhouette: Volume
This trend began last fall, continued through winter, and is charging full-speed ahead into summer. What’s so great about silhouette-based trends is that you can totally incorporate them in whatever way feels best for you. Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe opt for a puff shoulder as opposed to a full poet sleeve, or aim for flares and looser-fitting “mom” jeans instead of a tummy-to-toe wide-leg cut. A word of advice: no matter how you choose to “take up space” if you will, be sure to contrast it by streamlining or cinching somewhere to avoid getting lost in all the fabric. A good rule of thumb is to balance width on top with slim bottoms or vice versa. Keeping it oversized from head to toe? Make sure to nip in the waist with either a great belt or a structured jacket to give you some shape.
The Look: Romantic
While this look is similar to the Seventies trend in that it plays into the whimsical nature of balmy midsummer night dreams, it does so with a bit more structure that lends it a modern feel. Expect peplum silhouettes; Victorian-inspired blouses and dresses complete with high necks and poet sleeves; and delicate lace, crochet, and eyelet detailing sprinkled throughout. Again, don’t read “romantic” and scoff! The versatility is there, I promise! You can rock darker pieces with leather for a vampy edge; pair ivory and cream pieces with denim for a prairie-chic Americana vibe; or take a floral print either bohemian or feminine depending on your complementing accessories.
The Color: Orange
While orange isn’t exactly a color I’m normally drawn to for myself, there is something about a sunny shade of tangerine that instantly lifts my spirits. Similar to lime green, it appears designers wanted to keep this season’s palette bold, fresh, and invigorating, just like your favorite citrus fruits. Personally, I love the idea of adding a colorful pop to your normal office attire by swiping up classic workwear-inspired pieces such as blazers, tailored sheath dresses, and pencil skirts in this punchy color. Feeling extra bold? Try color blocking bright orange with neon pink for an attention-grabbing look that still manages to be wearable.
The Piece: Short Suits
Now I don’t want to play favorites here, but this is probably (i.e., definitely) the trend I’m most looking forward to getting my hands on in the coming weeks. Why so smitten? One, this look is equal parts classic and cool, which in my book equates to 100% chic—always the goal. Two, it is versatile as fu*k. You can dress this up or down and use it as the foundation to channel any vibe. Three, two pieces means double the wear options. While you should obviously rock the two together, a matching set by nature means you also have two great pieces that can be worked into other outfits individually as well. Did someone say “bang for your buck?” Oh wait, that was me. Get on it y’all.
The Print: Tropical
Tropical prints for summer? Groundbreaking, I know. Look, I don’t make the trends, I just report on them. But I mean when else are you going to get away with wearing a big ole palm tree on your person. December? I think not. This year, the trend extends beyond just coconut-bearing trees and palm leaves as tropical bird and jungle cat motifs showed up all over this season’s designs alongside their leafy counterparts. Basically any flora or fauna of the rainforest is fair game, my friends. Not sure how to style? I love the idea of mixing tropical flowers with the season’s other hottest print, polka dots, for a funky, retro vibe. Exotic tropical prints are also perfect for pairing with your favorite bold lip color. Swipe on a beautiful fuchsia or coral shade, toss on some gold hoops, and you have yourself a lewk, honey!
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What are you most excited about?! I know it’s probably difficult to think ahead with everything going on, but eventually life will settle back down. While it might seem silly, sometimes things as simple as being stoked about a new trend or purchasing something fun to wear for our first night back out are just what need to stay positive and get through the insanity. Keep looking forward, chickies…we’ll be back to making the sidewalk our catwalk in no time.