The days of sundresses, shorts, and dreamy beachwear may seem like a distant friend at this point in the year, but the truth is we’re only months away from our first glimpses of t-shirt weather. Luckily for us, our wardrobes won’t have to step into this new season unprepared; the SS20 catwalks have provided endless inspiration for all of the trends we’ll be wearing in the warmer months. We’ve done all of the work for you and narrowed down the best of the bunch, you’re welcome
Aseasonal spin on the winter leather trend, we can expect to see leather sticking around for SS20 in lighter, more playful tones and textures. Leather was spotted on some of the most influential designer’s collections including Balenciaga and Givenchy in cheerful blue and teal tones. The rule is simple when shopping for your warm-weather leather, just avoid black.
With noticeably shorter hemlines and sheer fabrics, it seems like the SS20 catwalks are encouraging us not to leave much to the imagination. Romantic and sexy dressing was apparent as being big news for our wardrobes next season, most obviously in the designer’s use of more revealing necklines. Saint Laurent and Versace put a modern twist on their take on the trend, sending more risqué and sci-fi inspired necklines down their runways, while Khaite revived the retro sweetheart neckline.
As something that is most likely already a staple in your summer wardrobe, it’s no surprise that the bralet is a huge trend for SS20. Once again, fashion is dressing down and baring all, seen on the catwalks of Givenchy, Lanvin, Loewe, and Mugler (to name a few), where they were paired mainly with midi-length skirts.
Balenciaga’s golden bow-embellished evening gown was the talking point of their Paris fashion week show, and it seemed that other designers followed suit. Celine and Rochas among others, showcased bronzed metallic dresses, giving SS20 evening wear a total overhaul. Why should the fun of metallic party dresses be reserved strictly for Christmas party season? Ferrero Rocher chic in summer is the only way to do it in 2020.
Sit back and let your shoulders do the talking next season, the ’80s are back in full force and blazers with big shoulders are leading the way. Ditch the black and invest in a more playful colour palette, Balmain sent a yellow sequin jacket down the runway while Mugler and Balenciaga went for shades of cobalt and teal.
Dreamy and seemingly effortless, draped evening dresses were in abundance at some of the major shows. Burberry, JW Anderson, and Richard Malone carried the revival of draping in utterly elegant and stunning dresses, while Supriya Lele had a more modern take on the trend with a two-piece set.
DECONSTRUCTED TRENCH COATS
It’s difficult to imagine spring without a trench coat in sight, and this take on a classic trend is an easy way to update a firm staple in your wardrobe. It’s no surprise that Burberry were the ones to jump on this retake, being the go-to brand for a trench coat, and although it may have been anticipated by their fans, it’s not to say that it made the moment any less spectacular. Slashed at the hips to reveal bare legs and a mini dress, Burberry’s new trench coat focused on showcasing the female form. JW Anderson had a similar take on the coat, instead showing the arms.
REBELLIOUS POLKA DOTS
Traditionally feminine and romantic, the polka dot took on a whole new meaning at the London Fashion Week shows. Richard Quinn’s sequined polka dot dress was a talking piece of his show, mixing 1950’s movie star glamour with fresh, wearable modern appeal. Meanwhile, at JW Anderson mint green polka dot dress with mismatching shapes bought a kind of playful chaos to the catwalk, complete with a sparkle-encrusted belt.
It’s official: boilersuits are sticking around for another season. Sundresses, step aside, your easy all-in-one outfit option has been updated for the warmer months with boxy sleeves, looser legs, and a range of neutral shades. Pair with a trench for spring, or with sandals and a straw bag for summer, the boilersuit has timeless, easy-going appeal for your SS20 wardrobe. Seen at House of Holland in dusty pink, Roksanda in lilac, and Rejina Pyo in wear-with-anything sand, there’s a range of colours and styles to choose from.
It’s finally time to say farewell to 2019’s ridiculous teeny tiny bags that couldn’t even fit our phones in. Extra-large bags are back and have been seen everywhere from coveted accessories brand Bottega Veneta, to Off-White. There’s never been a better time to think big…