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Remember when we couldn’t wait for cooler temps so we could wear our jeans, boots, and scarves? Well, now that we have been cold and drizzly, I have to be honest and admit that I miss the flowy dresses and breezy tank tops of spring and summer! If you are feeling me on that, you’ll love today’s post. To get you in the mood for spring and summer fashion, I am sharing the key fashion trends for you to watch and start adding to your wardrobe for SS20. I am also previewing some great examples of these trends from SHEIN’s new SS20 collection. Click any of the links throughout the post to shop these pieces, and make sure you use code 63SS20 to SAVE AN EXTRA 15% off your entire order at SHEIN (whether you’re shopping from the spring/summer collection or not)! Coupon valid through 2/23/20.
Frills, enormous dramatic ruffles, and peplums. I am 100% about this trend. I never met a ruffle I didn’t like, so I love seeing that not only are they in for the seasons ahead, but the bigger and more dramatic the ruffle detail the better!
Clashing and psychedelic patterns. SS20 has us borrowing trends from several eras of the past. In a callback to the 1970s, psychedellic patterns, especially when clashing with different patterns, were all over the runways for the spring/summer 2020 fashion shows.
Power suits and bold shoulders. In a reference from 1980s fashion, you’ll be seeing a trend in power dressing in pantsuits, skirts, and and other office-ready pieces like blazers. Look for bold, padded shoulders, and be prepared to show off your boss babe vibes in the new roaring 20s.
Tie dye. The VSCO girls have no idea that we did this trend first in the 90s. You’ll see tie dye in over-sized shirts and sweatshirts in the seasons ahead.
Faux leather. From the early 2000s (and in a trend that’s carrying over from FW19), faux leather is still very much a thing for SS20. This season the trend evolves from leggings to lighter pieces, like skirts. You’ll also see light and bright colored leather making an appearance. The edgy and fashion forward will be rocking all-leather looks, like dresses, or faux leather tops and skirts together.
Large Victorian sleeves. Another trend that I am always here for is dramatic sleeves. Throwing it back about 100 years for this trend, you’ll see Victorian-style puff shoulders, and also puff and volume in other parts of sleeves (the elbow, forearm, or wrist). However you choose to do it, a voluminous sleeve will help you stand at the forefront of this trend.
Sculptural silhouettes. Along these same lines, the SS20 runways featured dramatic sculptural and voluminous silhouettes (think of the way Cate Blanchett and Beyonce’s dresses were shaped at the Golden Globes). To translate this to real life, seek out peplums, big shoulders and sleeves, and unique flares on your skirts.
Minimalist. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, minimalist pieces, shapes, and colors also have a place in SS20 fashion. I am seeing sleek, straight neutrals and lots of simple floral dresses with high necklines and long sleeves.
Grecian draping. For formalwear, look for drapy, flowing fabrics in light colors like white, cream, and peach, or go more modern with neon-colored fabrics.
Bralettes and unique necklines. Perhaps in another nod to feminism this new roaring 20s, women are showing off their assets for fashion and owning their bodies. You’ll see lots of bralettes, either worn as tops or peeking out from behind sheer layers, as well as plunging and framing necklines that accentuate the ladies. This is more about celebrating our bodies than being seductive. We wear these styles for ourselves.
Sheer layers. Sheer dresses and blouses over slips and bralettes has been a trend the very fashion-forward have been flirting with since last year, but it is becoming more mainstream with the runway trends this season (not to mention Gwyneth Paltrow’s Golden Globe dress).
Lacework and crochet. Calling on fashion design and trends of the past, you’ll see intricate lace and crochet that looks and feels artisanal and handmade. Make it modern by pairing these delicate, feminine pieces with edgy faux leather or boxy suit pants.
Black summer dresses. In an edgier direction, summer dresses in black, black florals, or accessorized with edgy black jewelry bring a unique take to summer floral dresses this year. Black florals for spring? Yeah, that actually is groundbreaking…
Get pieces in these trendy colors for spring/summer 2020: Metallic gold and bronze, classic blue (the Pantone color of the year), tangerine, and white (especially for power suits) are the hot colors to look out for this season. For patterns, in addition to psychedelic prints, polka dots are continuing to have a moment.
I hope this helped you visualize your wardrobe for the seasons ahead. Happy shopping, and don’t forget to use promo code 63SS20 to save an extra 15% on your order at SHEIN!