Need a closet upgrade? Here’s our list of the 11 trending clothing styles and hot fashion trends for Spring Summer 2020 that are totally Shilpa-approved.
Hey gorgeous! Spring is already here and I know you all must be wanting to update your wardrobes. Or at least looking to know about what’s new this season. So I’m bringing to you our spring fashion trend analysis. If you wanna shop for some new items for your closet, take a look at these 11 new fashion trends before you go shopping.
Discover what to buy and what to definitely avoid this season with our roundup of women’s fashion trends for SS 2020.
Hot Fashion Trends for Spring Summer 2020
Like always, I wanna start off by talking about how we forecast trends and how we researched for this article. We looked through more than fifty runway collections, including SS20 RTW shows from New York, Milan, Paris, and London fashion weeks.
Moreover, I also analyzed the latest celebrity looks, couture and other non-runway designer collections when compiling this fashion trend report. Then we shortlisted around 30-40 trending clothes, accessories, colors and silhouettes for this list, which I scored (yes, we actually score them) and ranked so that we could select the best and must-have 11 trends only. Like who wants to buy everything – even if you could afford it?!
So from Chanel to Gucci, from must-have fashion clothes to new colors, here’s our list of the latest fashion forecast 2020 for spring/ summer that every fashionista needs to know about!
This year’s trends are kind of a continuation of where the last season left off. Efficiency over extravagance – and we’re loving it.
1. Scarved Looks
Spring-summer seasons always have popular fashion styles that are all about the ease of movement. And this year, there’s a focus on the movement of the garment itself. We’ve always loved summery scarves that can be tied in different ways. And for Spring Summer 2020, the scarf becomes a part of the garments themselves.
We’re seeing the scarf sewn onto the neckline, worked into the garment as a knotted sash, or draped to create the top or dress with wondrous detailing. Scarved looks are the #1 hot fashion trends for Spring Summer 2020. This season is all about the fluidity of the fabric.
We spotted this trend in many major designers’ collections, and the looks are all very feminine. Personally, I’m loving this style, since it’s very wearable – it’ll help me hide my tummy fat in an elegant and modest way! Muhahaha!
I wrote in my 2010’s decade fashion analysis that fashion as a whole is moving towards efficiency and utility, as opposed to discomfort. And while we’ve been seeing bar jackets, women’s tuxedos and loose trousers in the previous years’ trend reports, this year, suiting has taken a big leap ahead.
With the number of suits we saw in Spring Summer 2020 collections, it seems like anyyone who’s fashionable has to be wearing wearing one! Designers are really getting behind this wardrobe basic ensemble, and suits are not just a must-have but also a trend. How? Lemme explain!
First of, as of this season, suits are not just for the corporate boardrooms. We’re already spotting all celebrities working suits and suit jackets into their street style looks. And the designers, too, introduced many casual suits this season. Casual suits are totes one of the hot fashion trends for Spring 2020.
Secondly, suits are not even looking all alike now. We saw leather and even denim suit jackets, paired with shorts, silver leggings and skin-tight trousers. And lastly, the suits have a new avatar in terms of being a party ensemble, too. We spotted so many cute silhouettes – suits with poufy sleeves, mid-section cut-outs, statement belts and more.
3. Earthy Organic Look
Social media and style blogging have been creating a culture of fashion that’s kind of styled just for Instagram pictures. And it seemed, in the last few years, that fashion – just like everything else – was losing its focus. It’s been becoming more and more to please others, rather than to showcase a reality of ourselves.
However, there’s a new fashion trend I spotted in Spring Summer 2020 runway collections – earthy tones, simplistic silhouettes and raw textures. It’s not a simple coincidence that major fashion houses like Dior, Chanel, ODLR, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino all have looks that feel so ‘unluxurious’ at first sight.
This is in stark contrast to the recent years, which saw flashy fashion trends like large logo tees, all-over sequins and bright metallic looks. It seems that the 2020s can bring about the movement of going back to the basics. Now you can wear a Chanel dress that doesn’t scream C-h-a-n-e-l and fashion can finally be about bringing inner-happiness, rather than being a status symbol. Can it? Time will tell.
4. Nano Bags
Wow, just as I talk about fashion becoming more practical, we see a trend that is so stupid and so consumerism-focused! Forget micro bags (which were already ill-equipped to hold our hairbrushes and iPhones), behold the nano bags (which are small enough to not even hold your lipstick). They’re one of the latest fashion trends, and some collections, like Versace, even had looks with two nano bags (in the same look).
Gah, fashion designers – what are you thinking, guys?! What are these for? Holding coins? Coins are so 1998 – who uses them anymore? Why do you think we’d want to carry these miniscule purses, which we’ll just lose – just like we lose our ear pods. Why do you think it’s a good idea to create teensie-meensie bags instead of – uh – you know – actually giving us some pockets?
No, no, no, no – I can’t get behind this trend. In fact – you know what, I’m going to renounce handbags altogether, just like Audrey O.
5. Short Suits
Well, it’s the warm weather season, and suiting is one of the decade’s biggest trends – so what d’ya expect. Boom – short suits. They’re cool, sexy and among the hot fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2020.
I don’t mind this trend actually – only I do also feel hot in the upper half. So, uh, I don’t know why I wouldn’t just wear, like, tank tops with shorts – like old times!
Anyway, some of the short suit looks we saw in SS20 collections were actually very pretty, and I think they deserve to be one of the new fashion trends for girls in their own right. They’d work for a multitude of occasions, like office or traveling. Although who’s traveling these days – other than Coronavirus, that is!
6. Dull Metallics
Here’s yet another wearable trend for summer parties. Up until 2019, we were seeing flashy metallics like silver, gold and copper top the fashion color charts, but this year is all about subtlety when it comes to the metallic shades.
In our Spring Summer 2020 trend forecast, we’re including dull metallics as one of the popular styles we’ll be seeing all year. The shades we’re seeing are pale gold, whitish silver, dull bronze and dark black-ish copper. Every shade has been sobered up. You can go for full dresses in these shades, or just accents of dull metallics on neutral-colored outfits.
Dull metallic shades are a far cry from the gawdy shades we’ve been seeing in previous seasons, and they’re much more practical. They actually look fun and glam, instead of looking like disco costumes. And we can see how people will want to include them in their wardrobes this year for night-outs, weddings or galas.
7. Kimono Redefined
This oriental garment has been a part of international fashion for many decades. And designers keep finding new ways to reinvent it. This year, it’s made a comeback as one of Spring Summer 2020’s hot fashion trends in vogue. The designers are redefining the kimono with subtle details and new ways to wear it. We mostly saw kimono-inspired dresses, although tops and coats are also on the menu.
Kimonos can be very comfy in this sweltering weather, and I don’t mind this trend one bit! I like myself some airy clothes any day! We saw kimono style long-dresses with rope belts and flounce sleeves. We also saw a kimono style robe with a high-low silhouette. Pair them with long, drop earrings, gold eyeshadow and strappy sandals for a glam, summery look.
8. Layering Tops & Dresses
Layering is a fun yet complicated thing to do in fashion. Some people love it and others avoid it. We’ve already seen layered tops and dresses in our fashion trend forecasts of previous years. However, they haven’t caught up much in terms of day-to-day fashion for women.
Anyway, this year, layered tops and dresses are among our hot fashion trends for SS 2020. Wear lace tops under sleeveless tank tops, or over white button-up shirts. Or go for a statement top with poufy sleeves under a tunic. Another major pairing we saw as one of the fashion trends for 2020 spring summer was strapless dresses worn over button-up shirts. Bold yet cute.
Some of these layering ideas seem pointless. Like, why wouldn’t I wanna wear a white shirt on its own, rather than add a lace top over it? However, others seem like great ways to re-use some of the existing items in our wardrobe, or to be able to wear more revealing dresses in a modest way.
9. Forest Green
Forget summer nudes and cool blues, the calming shade of forest green is among the popular and hot fashion trends for Spring Summer 2020. This shade is very pretty, and typically I’d put it in a list of winter colors. However, it was all over the runways and what can I do about it.
We spotted full ensembles in bright forest greens, as well as it being used in separates. We also saw different shades of forest green, like deep forest, forest with fluorescent specks, mixed with lighter olive tones, etc. It’s quite a nice color in terms of wearability. It can lend itself to work environments as well as casual street style looks. And I think it can brighten up any wardrobe.
10. Fringe/ Feather Dress
Fringes and feathers – neither are anything new in the world of fashion. And yet, dresses fully covered in either took over the runways this season. They’re back in the list of hot fashion trends 2020. If you wanna make an impact, fringe/ feather dresses are the item du jour. We spotted these in single solid colors, as well as multi-colored.
I loved the white feather shirt-dress look, which somehow we spotted both in Dior and Valentino. We also saw simple flapper-like fringe dresses and fringe trimmings on dresses. And if you want statement dresses, go for something with fluffy feathers. We hope they’re faux.
11. Neons & Fluorescents
While metallics are getting the sober treatment, other colors are all at their highest points in terms of vibrance. We saw so many designer collections with saturated color palettes in the SS20 fashion weeks. These included technicolor, fluorescents and majorly neons.
Designers are definitely not shying away from making their dresses very vibrant. We also saw many neutral looks with bright-colored accents. The top shades we spotted as Spring 2020 fashion colors include fuchsia, hot pink, fluorescent green, sunflower yellow, neon red, and bright orange.
I’m personally not all over this trend, as neons are a bit much for my personal taste. But yes, I’d love to wear them once in a while, maybe in separates or accents.
So how did you like these new & hot fashion trends for spring/summer? What are you gonna be wearing this season? Lemme know below what your fave and least fave trends are! You can show off your outfits to me by tagging me on Instagram @shilpaahujadotcom! And as always, #KeepItStylish.
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]