Summer 2020 Trend Report: Apparel

Clothing stores are FINALLY open again and have been overflowing with unsold merchandise, which means…sales! Even if you’re working from home or summer plans have been canceled, there will come a time when outings won’t be shrouded in the shadow of the pandemic. I admit I’ve gotten comfortable with my old t-shirt and fuzzy slippers everyday ensemble (the height of fashion let me tell you) or occasionally throwing on a button-down for a half-dressed Zoom conference look. Getting dressed to go somewhere may seem like a foreign concept now, but these trends are seriously exciting. You can still find occasions to dress up, whether it’s a brunch with friends or at the very least taking your trash cans to the end of your driveway (lol just kidding). But seriously, look forward to having fun with fashion again by planning your summer outfits with this guide straight from the runways and street style. Take inspiration from the ‘80s with the revival of puffed sleeves or experiment with accentuated bras like the Givenchy runway. Keep scrolling for nine key pieces and styles you need this summer to shop with the latest trends in mind.

Bra Tops

Spotted at: Giambattista Valli, Givenchy

If you take nothing else away from this guide, bra tops are the most important trend of the summer. Underwear as outerwear has been in Vogue for years, but now we see a renewed interest. It was one of the biggest trends seen on the Spring/Summer 2020 Runways from the crochet styles of Giambattista Valli and Dior to Givenchy’s luxurious satin designs. Coordinate with bottoms for a matchy-matchy set, wear over a top for a more casual appearance, or pair with a blazer for a sartorial take straight from the streets of Fashion Week.

Bermuda Shorts

Spotted at: Tom Ford, Chloé

Hemlines have lengthened, and long shorts are here. Bermuda shorts hit just above, below, or at the knee and are perfect for those of us who shy away from short shorts. All your favorite luxury brands featured this key piece on their runways in the form of a luxe Bermuda shorts suit. For shorties like me, a good styling tip would be to wear flat shoes, so the trouser length doesn’t stunt your height.

Crochet Dresses

Spotted at: Jonathan Simkhai and Salvatore Ferragamo

This material isn’t just for beach coverups. Crochet sweaters and bra tops were spotted on the S/S ‘20 runways, but crochet dresses, in particular, were consistently seen across collections, especially in maxi lengths. These dresses are very feminine and give off a handmade quality, sure to keep you cool this summer.

‘80s-Inspired Giant Puff Sleeves

Spotted at: Zimmermann, Sharon Wauchob

Pump up the volume with puff sleeves. A versatile trend wore on everything from dresses and tops to jackets and coats, elevating a look to a “lewk.” This doesn’t just mean a simple puff shoulder, either balloon sleeves, leg-of-mutton, etc. Get ready, because this super-cute trend is here to stay.

Sheer Fabrics

Spotted at: Sally LaPointe, House of Holland

Part romantic, part ultra-sexy, sheer fabric is a great way to incorporate various trends on this list into your look, including the bra top and puff sleeves. Sheer dressing has a range of applications: layer a sheer top under a flowy dress or expose your bra top underneath and play with different textures and prints.

Leather

Spotted at: Kate Spade

Leather isn’t just for fall and winter; leather pieces can be as airy and soft as your favorite cotton blouse. Designers from New York to Paris were featuring modern iterations in color palettes that make designs feel fresh. Buttery leather dresses are everything, and supple leather jackets are perfect for a breezy summer day. What’s more, sustainable and vegan options look good and make you a part of doing good.

Chartreuse

Spotted at: Molly Goddard

A color smack dab in between yellow and green, chartreuse has been dubbed the “Color of the Year” by Etsy. It’s completely unexpected but dominated on the catwalk in a big way. Jump on this trend by coordinating with purples or blues. Keep the attention on this bold hue with neutral accessories for a statement-making look.

Neon colors

Spotted at: Valentino

Another season, another obsession with neon…and we still love it! This may be a trend many are hesitant to try for fear of looking like a highlighter. There’s no need to worry, start with a neon accessory like an earring or shoes or pair your neon piece with neutral tones to dip your toes into this not-so-subtle trend.

Drawstrings

Spotted at: Supriya Lele, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Drawstrings aren’t just for sweats; they can add an athleisure vibe to an elevated look and make for interesting details. Designers, including Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney, and Bottega Veneta, added this key detail to anoraks, dresses, shorts and everything in between.

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