2020 is bringing us more clarity than ever and we are seeing these fashion trends clearly. No matter what your intentions are for the new year, we want to make sure you know about the trends that have the seal of approval to carry over from 2019.
Like all trends, there is history attached. Trends are cyclical and it's our job to make sure you know which ones are here to stay. Time to toss out the clothes that no longer serve your 2020 aesthetic and be sure to include these six trends that will continue to elevate your outfit inspo for the year ahead.
We have seen many iterations of the puffed sleeve up and down the runways. The fashion gods believe that this trend will get more structured and full of whimsy this year. The exaggerated shoulder has been a thing ever since the days of Princess Diana and still remain popular in the days of Lizzo. From dresses to tops, you can don this trend in various ways. xoNecole approves this message because it asserts the perfect amount of feminine masculinity.
Challenge: Try pairing a puffed sleeve top with cigarette pants and loafers for a chic career look.
Leather in All Forms
Word on the street: if it's leather, buy it. It will take on more buttery colors of the rainbow wheel in more forms than you can handle. Designers like Coach 1941, Bottega Veneta, Marni and Alexander McQueen created everything from skirts to pants to dresses in this luxurious texture. Though leather was once only deemed suitable for fall and winter, we have some intel that you should keep that same energy for spring. This means you will have to be more creative while taking more risks.
Challenge: Don a leather dress with matching leather boots for Sunday Funday.
Polka dots are my favorite print with its fanciful features. Back in September, we spotted tons of dots of all types on the runways from designers who had previously fawned over the likes of stripes and lines. This is one of the most wearable trends because the pattern lends itself to all shapes, sizes, colors and dimensions.
Challenge: Mix it up by wearing two different sets of polka dots; try a top and midi skirt with a pair of solid colored pumps.
Big Ass Bags
If you're going to secure the bag, you might as well make sure it's a big one! Micro-mini bags have become extremely prominent on some of our street style stars but never forget the importance of a big ass bag. The storage and practicality of a large handbag is unsurpassed.
Challenge: Wear your larger than life handbag with a monochrome outfit.
Whether classic or deconstructed, make sure you have some suits in your arsenal for this new year. Going for the deconstructed route, your options vary as you can opt for no pants with your blazer or replace the classic button down with a lacy or netted bralette. Bold prints and colors are your friend, so don't be afraid to do the most.
Challenge: Style a classic suit with a different print coat but with similar color to drape over your shoulders.
You probably thought that the neon days were gone... you thought wrong! Specifically, bright green neon is one to watch in 2020. Mario Abad of Paper Magazine said, "Call it neon, tennis ball yellow, or highlighter green, the acid hue took form in structured separates and fluid dresses."
Challenge: Couple bright hues with equally vibrant hues or demure neutrals for a light contrast. For example, you could style a neon sweater with khaki cargo pants and printed booties.
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