Spring Trends 2020

Written by May Doherty, Owner

With the start of a new decade, it appears that the designers are more in tune with what women really want to wear. The big buzzwords in the fashion world this season are wearability and sustainability; which is great news for us and for some of our classic wardrobe staples like denim, trench coats and shirting. There are some fresh interpretations and more nostalgic influences but the result is a kind of modern minimalism which I think most of us can wrap our heads around and put on our bodies. With spring only a week away, I am excited to share some of the trends that I think are impactful and more importantly, wearable.

Here are my 5 favorite trends:

1. Well Suited

Yes, suits are still a thing. The modern way to wear a suit is less boardroom and more relaxed. Leave it to the suit to encompass laid back luxe with minimal effort. This is one trend that should be in every woman's closet.

Key looks for this trend include:

  • shorts suits; specifically Bermuda shorts which are a trend in themselves.

  • 3-pc suits; the addition of the Vest adds a relaxed 70's vibe. Vests are also a trend unto themselves and the ultimate layering piece.  They look great over a shirt or top but can easily be the top in warmer weather.

  • boxy, oversized fits with slouchy, pleated pants

  • no-button jackets with crisp cuts and sharp lines in unexpected fabrics like satin and sequins

  • monochromatic (one color) head-to-toe statement looks

  • pinstripes, a classic borrowed-from-the-boys print

From right to left: Pinstripe & Oversized fit, Shorts Suit, Monochromatic

2. Denim Gets Dressed Up

It's been coming since last spring; head-to-toe denim. It's now a thing. This season it's getting dressed up, luxed-up and reimagined in lots of different ways.  It's time for all of us to start thinking of denim as a fabric that looks great in many silhouettes and goes way beyond jeans. Bonus: classic blue is the Pantone color of the year!

Key looks for this trend include:

  • tailored dresses and coats

  • Bermuda denim shorts, wide-leg denim pants, and jumpsuits

  • denim blazers

3.  The '70's

A little disco and a little boho, this trend can be adopted by many different style types.  It's a kind of eclectic chic that works easily for wherever the day takes you.

From right to left: Retro look, Scarves as clothing, Flowy Dresses

Key looks for this trend include:

  • Retro prints.  From vintage wallpaper to psychedelic colors and graphic prints.  Bold tropical prints are the new florals.

  • The flowy dress. With vibrant colors, airy fabrics and bohemian vibes, these '70s-inspired dresses are fresh and easy.

  • Disco collars.  Big, exposed, pointy collars.  Wear outside your blazer for a very Saturday Night Fever look.

  • Scarves as clothing. This look has been building since last spring and is a great way to utilize beautifully patterned scarves. A classic scarf like a Hermes 35"x35" makes a great halter top (you can wear it over a t-shirt too), and an oversized 72"x72" makes a fab skirt or beach coverup

  • Crochet.  Crochet is getting a cool update this spring. Think ultra-feminine dresses or detachable peter pan collars that feel modern but with a special touch of Grandma's handiwork. Perfect for beachwear and evening wear this trend embraces a slow, handmade technique that can be passed down to generations as a family heirloom.  This just may be the fashion industry's attempt at finding ways to become more sustainable.

  • Accessories are a big deal in this trend and can be a way to test the waters.

- Shoes: block heel loafers, big platform sandals, clogs, thong sandals with heels and extra points if they wrap around your ankles.

- Handbags: large totes (big bags in general), croissant bags (literally shaped like the French pastry; either clutch style or short-handle shoulder style bags).

- Giant sunglasses will keep your eyes safe while looking cool.

4. Natural Women

Artisanal meets luxe in the form of raw, organic details inspired by nature. These elements make you feel like you traveled the globe and brought a piece home.

Key looks for this trend include:

  • intricate lace trim/detail on garments

  • extensive and creative use of raffia (a product of palm plants). Typically seen in handbags, hats, and footwear, this season it's being used for clothing too.

  • utilitarian details on clothing; think safari jackets and cargo pants in soft flowy silks.

5. Spring Leather

Once reserved strictly for fall and winter, leather is ready to have its moment during spring too. The fall 2019 runways gave us head-to-toe leather, but for Spring 2020, the luxe look is easing up.  While it's true that leather pieces will always feel stand out and special, this season, the styling approach is more casual with a sense of nonchalance.  Example: team leather trousers with a simple tank top and sandals, or a leather dress with sneakers.

Key looks for this trend include:

  • oversized silhouettes

  • feminine cuts

  • cool, unexpected colors (not black)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Polka dots: Our love for the almighty dot is showing no signs of slowing down.  This perennial spring print gets a grown-up twist this season with structured silhouettes and modern details.  Freshen up the trend by opting for an enlarged or oversized polka-dot print and don't be afraid to double down on the dot!

  • Show-stopping sleeves.  Channel Princess Diana and try big puff sleeves on tops and dresses.

  • Lingerie looks.  The slip dress remains a popular and easy-to-wear silhouette. This season look for more boudoir looks like satin and lots of lace trim details.  For most women, this is a somewhat limited "going out" look but remains relevant nonetheless.

Must try:

  • Bermuda shorts

  • Vests

Now that you know the trends it's time to review your closet, edit out what you aren't wearing and start shopping for your new seasonal updates.

Stay Chic,




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