The beginning of a new decade is upon us, and the styles and tastes of the current generation have ushered in a new wave of fresh pastiches based on nostalgic revivals. The style forecast is so unique that the year may become identifiable in future recreations by the media. A buttercup yellow leather jumper dress paired with a dotted, puff-sleeved top and accessorized with ’70s glasses? That’s so 2020.
Surprising Fashion Trends to Expect in 2020
’60s and ’70s revival
If 2018 and the first half of 2019 loved the ’90s, fashion will go back in time further this year. The even more nostalgic ’70s have slowly creeped into the music industry, much to the delight of the current generation. Late last year, this fondness translated itself into a fashion revolution, with the sartorial lot sporting corduroy clothing, large warm-tinted sunglasses, huge florals, psychedelic prints, bell-bottom pants, disco collars, and double-breasted blazers.
Today’s stylists all agree that leather will invade all colors and forms of apparel this year, and that includes coats, blazers, dresses, jumpers, suits, pants, and shorts. Peach leather? Lavender leather? Olive leather? Orange leather? Mustard leather? Aqua leather? 2020 will have all of that.
Voluminous, dramatic sleeves dominated the runways of Carolina Herrera, Brock Collection, Emilia Wickstead, Simone Rocha, and many more. This puff-sleeve trend has been growing for the past few seasons, and there seems to be no signs of it going away anytime soon. Expect to see even more types and sizes of puff sleeves this year.
Buttercup versus marigold
Mustard was the thing back in 2018 and 2019. Stylists aren’t tired of yellow yet, but the shades they’re eyeing are buttercup and marigold. Found on the Jacquemus, Nina Ricci, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and Victoria Beckham runways, buttercup is the kind of color that can brighten up and sweeten any day. Marigold, on the other hand, is set to hit the shelves over the next few months, particularly in the spring.
Dresses, blouses, bralettes, and skirts were notably dotted in various Spring and Summer 2020 runways, so ready your wardrobes. Balenciaga, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten are currently loving this classic print.
Fashion Weeks last September saw several designers play on neon themes. “What’s fluoro pink, orange, blue, green, and yellow, and refuses to blend in with the crowd? All the highlighter-inspired neons gracing your favourite catwalks,” said Kerry Pieri and Lauren Alexis Fisher of Harper’s Bazaar.
“Call it neon, tennis ball yellow, or highlighter green, the acid hue took form in structured separates and fluid dresses,” noted Mario Abad of Paper magazine.
Neon showed up in collections from the likes of Christopher Kane, Caroline Herrera and Valentino, and are already filtering through to the shops.
Style Forecast: Possible Fashion Trends to Emerge in 2020 by George