2020 Here We Come!
We’ve all seen fashion trend news in magazines and online countless times. “Bucket hats are in! Shoulder pads are back!” – no thank you, this is not that kind of trend report. THESE are meaningful suggestions to make your wardrobe feel current, modern and stylish in a realistic way. It doesn’t need to break the bank and it doesn’t need a huge wardrobe overhaul. Add one or two of these pieces into your wardrobe now and enjoy wearing them for years to come.
1. Colourful Leather
This is a trend that I have seen come around a few times. I myself have a green pleather biker jacket and a mustard leather boxy jacket. I’ll level with you, I have found that the bold colour of the green one means it goes in and out of style – it has something reminiscent of the Michael Jackson Thriller video styling about it.
However, the mustard jacket being a slightly calmer shade has been my British Spring/Summer/Autumn time jacket for two years now and when it gets warmer I’m gonna be rocking it again! Although leather is traditionally in a darker colour reserved for winter wear, I find the shade of yellow easy to wear with light, summery colours and the fabric is so luxurious on chillier days.
The Spring/Summer ‘20 runways including Coach, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta showed colourful leather (faux and real) in several forms including jackets, skirts and trousers. You can get in on the action too…
2. Tropical Florals
Ditsy floral prints are always cute on summer dresses but there is no denying the powerful effect of ‘the JLO moment’ at Versace’s fashion show. For those who missed it, Jennifer Lopez made waves in September when she closed the Versace fashion show wearing a version of the deep plunge tropical print green gown she first wore at the Grammys in 2000, before she was the epic mega-celeb she is today. JLO credits this dress with accelerating her fame trajectory because it caused so many internet searches that it actually prompted the creation of the Google Image search function. Such is the power of fashion!!
This culture bomb has inspired a new green floral trend that I think, if done right, is timeless, beautiful and elegant. Print-wise, try and avoid the hawaii look. It works for pretty floaty dresses and for more functional daytime dresses too like these…
3. The Pastel Ombre
The stylish cousin of tie-dye, ombre has descended from hairstyles to clothing. I have a fab black-to-silver pleated ombre skirt that I love to rock during the festive period, you may have caught it on my insta grid this year and last!
I am totally smitten with the pastel hues I’ve seen at the Vetments and Olivia Ruben fashion week shows. Feminie but kinda off-beat the styles feel modern yet very wearable. Keep eyes peeled for highstreet copycat skirts, shirts and cardigans to update your spring look for 2020.
4. Suit Up
As I demonstrated in a recent video on IGTV, the suit is having a moment….at the moment. The cut of a suit can definitely date it and age the wearer so I would advise steering clear of suit fads such as the recent incarnation of short suits (unless in a grown-up, elegant, safari way).
Opt instead for timeless and figure flattering styles in a subtle colour that suits you, it doesn’t have to be black.
Wear the suit as separates to reduce the cost-per-wear. I recently added a gold patterned suit to my collection from Florence & Fred at Tesco! Here I’m wearing the jacket in a pattern clash with a gorgeous checked dress.
5. Chained up by the ankle
A really cool detail some designers and highstreet stores are rocking for 2020 is ankle chains on shoes. It’s a quirky addition that I predict few will embrace so the ones that do will have the edgy, cool vibes whatever their age. Keep the bling on the rest of your look minimal to let the shoes do the talking.
6. Brightly Blocking
There is never just one colour trend of the season anymore – which I know can make shopping and personal style really hard to navigate. The upside is that there’s plenty of room to express yourself, whoever you are! And if you are bold, brash, bright and powerful you may feel that head to toe neon tangerine is the look for you (as seen at Moschino). Jokes aside, wearing all one shade of a colour is a really easy way of looking more polished and expensive. We call it colour blocking. Cult British designer Christopher Kane turned out bright yellow, orange and pink looks for 2020 to inspire you while Boss showed this fabulous blue outfit. Giving this a go in your favourite colour will shake up your style with minimal effort and maximal matching.
7. The humble shirt dress
The shirt dress has been a wardrobe staple for 10,000 years because it is one of the most versatile items a woman can own. The style possibilities of the shirt dress are a whole blog post of their own, but I want to reiterate to you that if you don’t own one, it is way overdue and you may as well buy a gorgeous 2020 design now. Available on any budget and wearable to everything from a board meeting, to a wedding, to a beach trip. Get two; a classic pale one and a more funky pastel coloured one, pinstripes optional!
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