Summer fashion trends to try in 2020

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

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With the warm weather hitting our shores 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.


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 a plain bandeau and heels.

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Bike shorts

The last few years of fashion have blurred the lines between streetwear and activewear. Labels like Yeezy have made athleisure a style in its own right. Off the back of this shift, bike shorts have been the surprisingly wearable trend making their way into the mainstream. Try on a pair this summer. They are insanely comfortable!

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Chaya High Waisted Boned Bike Short - Black
Chaya High Waisted Boned Bike Short - Black

Meshki


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.

Where to shop the trend:

Pink Satin High Waisted Mini Skirt
Pink Satin High Waisted Mini Skirt

PrettyLittleThing


Belt bags

Belt bags (or bum bags) are a surprising trend that just keeps getting bigger. Whether you love or hate this look, you can’t deny that these are actually pretty darn convenient. Especially if you get sick of carrying around a handbag. For any haters out there, why not give this trend a try ahead of a festival or concert? Not having to worry about where you put your shoulder bag is a nice break.

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Printed midi and maxi skirts

Longer skirts have come and gone over the years, but they are definitely something that you want to have in your summer wardrobe this year. Not only can you pair a printed maxi or midi skirt 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.

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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 too much skin, you can always wear one with high-waisted skirts or shorts.

Where to shop the trend:

White Puff Sleeve Corset Detail Crop Top
White Puff Sleeve Corset Detail Crop Top

PrettyLittleThing


Anything rust coloured

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

Where to shop the trend:

Akasa Exclusive wrap side beach skirt in rust
Akasa Exclusive wrap side beach skirt in rust

ASOS


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:

Junction woven espadrille flat sandals in white
Junction woven espadrille flat sandals in white

ASOS


Oversized shirts

On those hot summer days, an oversized shirt not only helps to keep you feeling cool, but its 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.

Where to shop the trend:

Petite Green Extreme Oversized Satin Shirt
Petite Green Extreme Oversized Satin Shirt

Missguided

Stone Super Oversized Woven Blazer
Stone Super Oversized Woven Blazer

PrettyLittleThing


Trending colours

These are some of the trending colours in fashion right now: khaki, nude and yellow are everywhere. Try adding a bodysuit or even a pair of wide-leg pants in one of these colours to elevate your existing wardrobe.

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Plus Khaki Bardot Button Front Shift Dress
Plus Khaki Bardot Button Front Shift Dress

PrettyLittleThing

Boohoo off shoulder bodycon midi dress in yellow
Boohoo off shoulder bodycon midi dress in yellow

ASOS


The trends in accessories

What is an outfit without accessories? Following on from the big earring trend of the last few seasons, this summer it’s all about tortoiseshell styles. Scrunchies are back, particularly velvet styles. Scarves are also big at the moment, you can wear these in your hair or tie them onto your wicker bags – yes, wicker and rattan bags are still trending. Layered gold necklaces are another big trend that can jazz up any outfit. And finally, glasses chains seem to be the accessory of the moment.

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Black Leopard Scarf Print Hair Tie
Black Leopard Scarf Print Hair Tie

PrettyLittleThing

Mango wooden basket bag with detachable strap in natural
Mango wooden basket bag with detachable strap in natural

ASOS


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. 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! Spotted scarves, spotted blouses and spotted skirts.

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Frilled Trim Polka Dot Vintage One-piece Swimsuit
Frilled Trim Polka Dot Vintage One-piece Swimsuit

Zaful

Warehouse linen dress with puff sleeves in cream
Warehouse linen dress with puff sleeves in cream

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