2020 fashion trends for the grown-ups | Style & Decor

For me, nothing brightens a grey January day faster than browsing the forthcoming fashion trends. By now, I am always bored with the colour black, boots and big chunky sweaters. And, instead, I long for bright colours, bare legs, fewer bulky layers and, of course, warmer weather. So, this is why I’ve got so excited about 2020 fashion trends. In fact, I’ve tracked down some gorgeous pieces for spring/summer I know you’ll just love! I have to say all of which are bang on trend, but still totally wearable. So, if you don’t know where to start with the new season collections, read on. My fashion round-up combines new wardrobe essentials with fun fashion pieces. I hope you enjoy my magnificent seven!

Fashion trends 2020 Anthropologie disco collar

The disco collar

Disco divas rejoice as, you heard it here first, wide collars are back with a bang in 2020 fashion trends. Remember the glory days of Studio 54 (whippersnappers, try Wikipedia)? Those oversized disco collars will be A Thing in 2020, so get on board early and think big. This cult classic is surprisingly versatile. I’ve noted modernised versions on shirts, coats and jackets, in dark, bright and patterned formats. In fact, contrasting colours are popular, too.

Now, if you’re reluctant to embrace full Saturday Night Fever mode, there are pared-back options. Behold Anthropologie’s cosy knitwear wrap (£98), complete with statement triangular collar. This is an ideal transition piece for late spring/early summer, that can be dressed up or down as required. I think you’ll find the neutral colour will go with everything you already possess and the length’s uber flattering.

2020 fashion trends polka dots from Boden

Polka dots

Yes, the 2020 fashion trends tell me the world is still potty about polka. Remember THAT Zara maxi dress that spawned its own Insta handle last summer? Well, you can prepare for more of the same in 2020. In some shape or form, I think the polka dot print resurfaces almost every year. In fact, it’s so versatile, it’s an instant way to access effortless chic. Depending on size and colour, polka dots can make a statement without being too stand-out. What’s more, they suit all sizes, shapes and ages so what’s not to like? I find black and white polkas are timeless, and work well worn alone or teamed with contrasting brights.

If your budget won’t stretch to designer versions by Gucci and Marc Jacobs (swoon), head to Boden. Their bow neck shirt (£55) is a spotty, sophisticated day-to-night staple – and looks fabulous with a pop of pink! If you’re after a little luxe, check out their silk version (£110). It’s super soft and semi-fitted for maximum versatility. In fact, I love it so much, I’ve snapped one up for myself!

fashion trends 2020 The Outnet crochet skirt (and top)

The crochet trend

No article on 2020 fashion trends would be complete without a little crochet. I know, I know, I too was unconvinced at first for a woman in her 40s, but stay with me: crochet is now officially cool. (Of course, it helps if you firmly banish all thoughts of doilies.) Crochet has been completely reinvented for 2020 fashion trends by designers, such as Marni, Fendi, Kate Spade and Stella McCartney. There are crochet crop tops and mini skirts for the youngsters, and ultra-feminine dresses (including evening wear) for the rest of us.

On reflection, I think this is one trend that actually makes perfect sense. After all, the industry in general is under pressure to improve its sustainability. So, crochet is perhaps the perfect riposte to fast fashion. It is created using a slow, centuries-old, handmade technique. However, the emphasis is on craftsmanship and quality – values that discerning customers are keen to pay a premium for.

That said, we all love a bargain, so if you’re keen to trial this 2020 fashion trend, head over to The Outnet. The brand might be better known for its iconic wrap dresses, but I LOVE Diane von Furstenberg’s take on crochet. This metallic striped crochet-knit pencil skirt £157, and matching top are chic, stylish and so comfortable to wear. They can be worn together or separately to maximise your outfit choices, so this is sensible investment dressing.

Fashion trends 2020 Harvey Nichols MM6 by Maison Margiela

Colourful leather

If you’re still unconvinced that crochet is for you, let’s hear it for leather. I realise it’s more commonly associated with cold-weather clothes, but trust me, it was EVERYWHERE on the spring 2020 runways.

However, you need to forget neutral shades of black, grey or taupe. For 2020 fashion trends for spring/summer, expect to see leather separates in a whole host of sunshine shades. Colourful leather skirts, shirts, jackets and trousers add instant pizzazz, and they’re a practical way to brave the UK’s seasonal chill. So be brave, be bold – but put the black back!

Of course, these days leather is a catch-all term that also encompasses faux/vegan-friendly versions. So, I’d say this trend is wearable on so many levels. Leading the way is Maison Margiela’s pink vinyl midi skirt (£360). Well, it certainly looks like leather, but with a more affordable price tag. If leather evokes images of tight, spray-on trousers, this is the antidote. Soft, flowing, and universally flattering, team with a crisp white shirt or some slouchy knitwear.

fashion trends 2020 Ted Baker neon brights skirt and jacket

Neon is news

Fluoro is having a serious moment this season. The spring 2020 runways were positively awash with it, with the likes of Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera and Valentino leading the way.

Shrinking violets may baulk at the brightness, but there is something so uplifting about these shades of hot pink and highlighter green. So, I urge you to be brave and experiment. I find colour can be such a confidence boost. Even if you don’t feel ready to don top-to-toe fluorescent orange, trial the trend with some easy separates.

I love this neon slip skirt by Ted Baker – perfect for adding a pop of colour to any outfit (£99). It pairs especially well with both navy and black if you really can’t bear to be parted from your staple basics. Or how about this Ted Baker padded jacket (£139)? Bright, stylish and practical, it even packs away for that weekend trip away!

fashion trends 2020 Selfridges 60s wallpaper retro style dress

2020 fashion trends with florals

It’s practically the law that florals feature in spring fashion trends but, for 2020, there’s a twist. Forget soft pastels and delicate designs. This season, florals are bold, bright and unmissable. Retro prints in statement patterns were the name of the game at Prada, Marc Jacobs and Christopher Kane. I have my beady eye on this gorgeous floral-print crepe midi dress from Ghost (£170). I love the colour combinations, the sleeve length, the gathered top and flattering flared hemline.

Fashion trends 2020 Net a Porter Bermuda suit

Short suits

And so to tailoring. Short suits – and by that I mean Bermuda short suits – seem set to be a key fashion trend for 2020. Shorts don’t have to be, well, too short… So, don’t let a fear of flashing too much flesh put you off. Tailored shorts that finish just above the knee are a practical and stylish alternative to a skirt. I love this high-rise pleated version from Frankie Shop (£130). Team with a matching blazer (£260) and you have an instant workwear update! Choose muted colours for office wear – khaki is a great, grown-up alternative to navy or black.

Want to know more about sustainable fashion? Then head on over to my exclusive interview with budding fashion designer Flo Bolton-Smith!