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Summer fashion trends to try in 2020

The biggest trends for spring/summer 2020 may surprise you; these are the new styles and looks you should try this coming season.

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With the warm weather hitting our shores, along comes a whole new season of fashion and a stack of new trends to try.

This year there are a few expected looks in vogue but there are a whole bunch of trends that have caught us completely by surprise. From matching sets to slip skirts, we’ve scoured the runways, designers, high street stores, Pinterest and Instagram to find the biggest and hottest trends for the spring/summer season.

If you’re looking to add something extra to your collection of summer-ready casual dresses, read on to see the trends and trending colours you should try this season. And of course, don’t miss our guide on where to shop and the best deals and sales.


Black Woven Metallic Puff Long Sleeve Square Hem Crop Top
Black Woven Metallic Puff Long Sleeve Square Hem Crop Top

PrettyLittleThing

Milkmaid tops and dresses

The milkmaid look is in retailers everywhere and is one of this season’s hottest trends. Putting an old-school twist on your favourite summer looks, the adorable tops and dresses have features like puff sleeves, bow ties and square necks. They also tend to be incredibly versatile, with the dresses able to be dressed up with heels or paired with sneakers for a casual look. The tops can meanwhile be worn with everything from a slip skirt to your favourite pair of jeans.

Where to shop the trend:

Cream Floral Print Puff Sleeve Milkmaid Dress
Cream Floral Print Puff Sleeve Milkmaid Dress

Missguided

Pink Polka Dot Milkmaid Frill Cup Bodysuit
Pink Polka Dot Milkmaid Frill Cup Bodysuit

PrettyLittleThing


Slip skirts

If you’re a fan of slip dresses then you’ll love this trend. This season, your 90s slip dress has a little sister, the slip skirt. A little less revealing than the ultra-tight midi skirt trends from the last few years, this skirt skims your figure in a flattering way, showing just enough. Team it with a cool-girl T-shirt and boots to grunge it up or look poised and pair it with an oversized blazer and heels.

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Matching sets

One of the biggest trends from winter, the matching set, is carrying over into summer. It’s never been cooler to be matchy-matchy. This summer will see pencil skirts with matching crops and cute pants and top sets. There are still a few printed sets floating around but we’re mostly seeing brightly coloured co-ords emerge as the warmer weather rolls in.

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Two-piece dresses

Show some skin this summer with gorgeous two-piece dresses. These are popular in white lace, as well as halter necks, slinky numbers and beautiful bardots.

Where to shop the trend:

White Second Skin Long Sleeve V Neck Crop Top
White Second Skin Long Sleeve V Neck Crop Top

PrettyLittleThing

Orange Tie Dye Ruched Side Midi Skirt
Orange Tie Dye Ruched Side Midi Skirt

PrettyLittleThing


Playsets

Playsets, or romper sets, are fun and comfy to wear. They are super cool this summer. Pair them with canvas sneakers or sandals for a casual look, or dress them up with heels.

Where to shop the trend:

Tan Floral Long Sleeve Plunge Neck Playsuit
Tan Floral Long Sleeve Plunge Neck Playsuit

Missguided

White Tropical Tie Back Playsuit
White Tropical Tie Back Playsuit

PrettyLittleThing


Backless jumpsuits

Jumpsuits that show off your back are in and the look is easy to achieve. Pair yours with low boots or slides and add some bling like long, sparkling earrings or a brooch and you are ready to go.

Where to shop the trend:

Multi Floral Print Halterneck Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Multi Floral Print Halterneck Wide Leg Jumpsuit

PrettyLittleThing


Off-the-shoulder numbers

Show some skin with off-the-shoulder crop tops, long sleeve dresses, maxis and minis. Off-the-shoulder pieces are not going away any time soon.

Where to shop the trend:

White Hook & Eye Bardot Long Sleeve Bodysuit
White Hook & Eye Bardot Long Sleeve Bodysuit

PrettyLittleThing

Maternity Off Shoulder Polka Dot Midi Dress
Maternity Off Shoulder Polka Dot Midi Dress

boohoo


The little white dress

A white dress is an essential wardrobe piece this year. Choose from beautiful boho styles, two-piece dresses, lace, mini or maxi. There are soft, romantic styles and super sexy numbers.

Where to shop the trend:

White Cup Detail Racer Split Midi Dress
White Cup Detail Racer Split Midi Dress

PrettyLittleThing


Quilted bags

Quilted bags in crossbody styles, messenger styles, tote bags and more are in vogue this summer. Neutral tones as well as super brights are all in.

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Printed maxi skirts

Midi and maxi skirts have come and gone over the years, but this year the midi is fading to make way for the maxi skirt. It is definitely something that you want to have in your summer wardrobe in 2020. Not only can you pair a printed maxi with a plain singlet top or bodysuit for simple feminine style, but you can also don a blouse for a cool and breezy work outfit. Bohemian looks and feminine country styles are in vogue.

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Short jeans skirt

A short denim skirt matched with an interesting top and heels will give you a look that is perfect for a casual evening beach party. It is great for day wear and casual wear too. For a more dressed up look, match with a navy blue double blazer. The mini jeans skirt never goes out of style and it is as popular in the summer of 2020 as ever.

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Crop tops

Many of our favourite online retailers have crop tops in stock this year in cute designs and patterns. With everything from off-the-shoulder to long sleeve styles, it’s easy to find a crop top for every occasion. If you’re not feeling brave enough to bare so much skin, you can always wear one with high-waisted skirts or shorts.

Where to shop the trend:

Black Crepe Cut Out Side Bodysuit
Black Crepe Cut Out Side Bodysuit

PrettyLittleThing

Star Fall Shirred Crop Top White
Star Fall Shirred Crop Top White

Beginning Boutique


Anything rust coloured

Rust would be typically more of an autumn or winter colour, but it’s made its entrance early this year. Most complexions can do well in one shade or another of this burnt orange look, with all kinds of tops, dresses, skirts and pants to choose from and add to your summer wardrobe.

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Espadrille sandals

You can embrace endless summer style with a pair of espadrille sandals. This trend seems to be here to stay for a while so it’s a no-brainer when looking for casual footwear or sandals that you can match with dresses, skirts, shorts and pants. As well as flat styles, espadrilles come in platform and heeled varieties so you’re covered if you’re looking for a bit of height.

Where to shop the trend:

Black Faux Suede Lace Up Flatform Sandals
Black Faux Suede Lace Up Flatform Sandals

Missguided


Sweat shorts

It may be too warm to wear the sweat pants you’ve been in this winter, so trade them in for a pair of sweat shorts. Stay comfy with no sweat! They are ideal for lounging around at home or for casual wear when out and about.

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Dressy bermudas

These fancy long shorts are in and here to stay. The look is just above the knee or right at the knee.

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Sporty drawstrings

Ruffled tops, dresses, pants tees and dresses with drawstrings are all super cool this summer.

Where to shop the trend:

Charcoal Missguided Drawstring Washed Hoodie
Charcoal Missguided Drawstring Washed Hoodie

Missguided

Sage Drop Shoulder Drawstring Jogger Jumpsuit
Sage Drop Shoulder Drawstring Jogger Jumpsuit

Missguided


Oversized shirts

On those hot summer days, an oversized shirt not only helps to keep you feeling cool, but it’s also a look that can be taken from day into night. There are many ways to wear an oversized shirt, but one look that we like is with a couple of buttons done up in the middle and one side tucked into your denim shorts or jeans.
Oversized tees are in for men.

Where to shop the trend:

Wednesday's Girl Curve oversized shirt with pocket in abstract animal print
Wednesday's Girl Curve oversized shirt with pocket in abstract animal print

ASOS


Trending colours

These are some of the trending colours in fashion right now: gold, fiery red, brights and muted pastels like pale yellow or soft pistachio greens. Neutral tones like cinnamon rose brown and mushroom, as well as brilliant white, are also making an impact.

Full-on gold in the form of long jackets and elaborate dresses, beetroot purple dresses, pants and tops, yellow everything and coral green dresses and two pieces are all in; ruffled dresses, two-piece sets of all types. Wear them with strappy sandals or a cool pair of ankle boots.

Puff Sleeve Ruffle Hem Floral Tea Dress
Puff Sleeve Ruffle Hem Floral Tea Dress

THE ICONIC

Gold Stretch Satin Ruched Detail Long Sleeve Bodysuit
Gold Stretch Satin Ruched Detail Long Sleeve Bodysuit

PrettyLittleThing


The trends in accessories

Seashell jewellery has been in for past seasons but in 2020 size matters. Large seashells are seen on necklaces and earrings. Bucket hats are in, and so are floral jewels and floral clothing and other accessories. Animal jewellery and designs inspired by nature in the way of jewellery and accessories are all in vogue.
Chain necklaces are back – they can be thick and bold or fine and delicate. Links are made in acetate of different shades and can also be touched with gold. And finally, avant-garde and vintage pearls are one of the accessories to have at the moment.

Shop the trends

Chain necklace

Bucket hat

Pearls

Accessorize Exclusive chain and pendant necklace multi-pack in gold
Accessorize Exclusive chain and pendant necklace multi-pack in gold

ASOS

Gold Look Circle Mock Pearl Stud Earrings
Gold Look Circle Mock Pearl Stud Earrings

Missguided

Headband

Quilted handbag

Animal jewellery

ASOS DESIGN articulated ring with animal design in burnished silver tone
ASOS DESIGN articulated ring with animal design in burnished silver tone

ASOS

Bucket hat

Seashell jewellery

Ornate necklace

ASOS DESIGN necklace with green enamel curb chain in gold tone
ASOS DESIGN necklace with green enamel curb chain in gold tone

ASOS

Chunky gold jewellery

70s and 80s sunglasses

Watches of all types


The smaller trends that are still here from last season

Last season some of the biggest trends were linen, white on white and polka dots, and these favourites haven’t gone anywhere. This season we’re seeing linen pants and lots of linen dresses in stores for summer. Halter necklines have returned. Bloggers and influencers everywhere are pairing white with white for an outfit that looks classy and enhances those summer tans. And we’re still seeing spots everywhere! Think spotted scarves, spotted blouses and spotted skirts.

Tall White Polka Dot Tie Strap Frill Maxi Dress
Tall White Polka Dot Tie Strap Frill Maxi Dress

Missguided

Purple Tie Dye Halterneck Cowl Back Bodycon Dress
Purple Tie Dye Halterneck Cowl Back Bodycon Dress

PrettyLittleThing


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