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Your Ultimate 2020 Trend Guide

7 trends straight from fashion week that we’ll be wearing in 2020.

The whirlwind that is fashion month is over, which means it’s time to take stock of what the new season will bring us. What do the world’s top designers think we should be wearing in the coming months? The good news is, the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris showcased wearable, accessible clothing, with plenty of bright colours, interesting textures and easy-to-wear shapes and silhouettes. Sustainability and timelessness were also core trends, with many designers opting for classic lines and quality craftsmanship that will last years. Volume is also still going strong, with oversized bags, shoulders and ruffles leading the charge.

So how do you know something might become a trend? If more than one designer or more than one fashion week showcases the same theme, you can be pretty sure the mass market brands will be following suit very quickly. Expect to see more tailoring and less athleisure – yes, it would appear the era of hoodies and leggings is coming to an end, ushered in by a renewed seriousness and sense of formality to reflect the current global climate. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Many designers showed beautiful colours and patterns and detailing, keeping the fun in fashion.

While a lot of trends are continuations of what we’ve been seeing (sustainability again), some will only start trickling into our shops later in the year. Here’s what to look out for when shopping for FW2020:

TREND 1: Colourful leather

Seen at: Givenchy, Rochas, Louis Vuitton

With the latest faux leathers looking even better than the real thing, there’s finally no excuse not to jump on the super cool leather bandwagon. For FW2020, leather is moving beyond black and tan and into all the colours of the rainbow. It’s also changing shape from just jackets to include dresses, shirts and suits.

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Shop the trend now:
Zara Faux Leather Belted Dress
Ghospell Oversized Shirt Dress in Faux Leather


TREND 2: Waistcoats

Seen at: Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Celine

Think of this as a nod to suits – you don’t have to go full boardroom, but you can pull on a waistcoat over your favourite white button-down to look instantly pulled together. It’s also an excellent layering piece. Wear with a clashing print jacket for serious cred.

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Shop the trend now:
Mango Double-Breasted Gilet
Zara Two-Tone Check Waistcoat


TREND 3: Bermuda shorts

Seen at: Max Mara, Givenchy

Yes, we still love a midi skirt and a culotte, but if you want to update your bottom options, get a pair of Bermudas. So easy to wear to the office (with kitten heels and a jacket) or lunch (white T and sneakers), this will become your go-to summer piece in no time. Extra points for pastel colours.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9HisaGgW0A/

Shop the trend now:
H&M Wide Shorts – Use code MK77 for upto 15% off
Tommy Hilfiger Self-Tie Details Bermuda Shorts


TREND 4: Loafers and brogues

Seen at: Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Prada

Who doesn’t love a comfy shoe? And when it’s style-checked by Miuccia Prada and Nicolas Ghesquière, well, who are we to argue? You don’t have to pack away your flat army boots either – sturdy, masculine shoes are going nowhere.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9U6CxwgU4I/

Shop the trend now:
Aqua Women’s Kim Loafers
Asos Design More Flat Lace Up Shoes


TREND 5: Polka dots

Seen at: Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Marc Jacobs

Injecting some fun into proceedings, polka dots came in all shapes and sizes on the runway, proving to be one of the most enduring patterns in fashion.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8ESt96nJIX/

Shop the trend now:
H&M Spotted Earrings – Use code MK77 for upto 15% off
Vero Moda Ibbi Polka Dot Top – Use code MK77 for upto 15% off


TREND 6: Massive bags

Seen at: Bottega Veneta, Marni, Rochas

Goodbye, impractical teeny tiny bags that barely fit a credit card and hello, roomy, soft bags you can carry your entire life in. Wear folded under your arm like a street style star.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B89Eqdiog6l/

Shop the trend now:
Mango Oversized Volume Purse Bag
Zara Tote Bag with Braided Openings


TREND 7: Ruffles

Seen at: Roksanda, Celine, Carolina Herrera

Gigantic ruffles on all manner of dresses, shirts and skirts were still paraded down the catwalk, proving that this trend still has staying power. Perhaps not ideal for the office, splash out on this look-at-me trend for a night out.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8tgXYIhXUz/

Shop the trend now:
Gap Ruffle Sleeve Top – Use code MK77 for upto 15% off
Zara Printed Dress with Frills

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