The overarching theme of 2020, as manifested on a plethora of this year’s runway shows, is a return to wearable and simple clothing. The spring/summer 2020 catwalks were distinctly more commercial than usual, with a clear focus on classic silhouettes and throwback styles, rather than the eccentric and artistically-oriented pieces we’re used to seeing, which inevitably fall into the fad category, destined to be discarded due to sheer impractically or eventual lack of interest. It goes without saying that behind this evident desire for more classic, timeless pieces is the topic that’s on the forefront of everyone’s minds these days: sustainability.
Some of the biggest names in the game took the lead; Gucci announced a goal of net carbon neutrality, Dior surrounded its runway with trees set for replanting in Paris, Louis Vuitton’s seating was sourced from sustainably managed forests, Roland Mouret created clothes hangers made from recycled marine plastic, and the list goes on and on. Ultimately, it’s still important to remember that the fashion industry, which is said to be the most polluting industry on the planet, is a lucrative business, and at the forefront of any brand’s driving force is still the need for consumers to spend their money. But even then, with the birth of a new decade and a heightened awareness of many real environmental concerns, ephemeral trends are becoming increasingly outdated, as most of us gradually become more interested in looking for clothes that will have a lasting impact within a utilitarian capsule wardrobe.
As you’ll see from this year’s roundup, the featured trends will all have the ability to seamlessly transition into many of our existing wardrobes and stay there for the foreseeable future. It’s also evident that the boundaries between the seasons themselves are becoming much less clear-cut. After all, the concept of building a capsule closet is that you’re able to wear those same pieces throughout the entire year, with minor tweaks as and when needed. As a result, these days it’s much more common to see jackets and knitwear alongside swimwear and shorts within the same collection.
INSPIRED BY THE 90s
We may have just entered a new decade, but 90s minimalism continues to be a key influence and source of inspiration, as it has been for the past several seasons. Instead of crazy prints and tiny sunglasses, however, 2020 is all about clean lines, stripped-back tailoring and simple staples. From silks and slip dresses, to fitted polo shirts and knitwear, there’s a real return to minimalist dressing this year, even in colour palette.
Something particularly notable about the spring/summer 2020 collections was just how much knitwear featured throughout, once again highlighting the concept of blurred seasonal lines. Above all, it seems that the sleeveless ribbed knit is going to be a key basic this year, and I have to say I’m absolutely loving it.
This is definitely not the first trend I’d usually jump at the chance to try, but I have a feeling that they’re going to become increasingly convincing as summer draws closer. Worn with blazers, bodies and tank tops, there are infinite ways to make them feel seasonally appropriate whether you’re sporting them in April or August.
One of the leading shoe trends of the year is thong sandals, which of course come under the umbrella of 90s minimalism. A big appetite has already been building for some time now, with a great number of luxury retailers having long-pegged these sandals as the biggest sellers of 2020. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of affordable options on the high street, or maybe even in the depths of your mum’s wardrobe.
A true classic; polka dots may come and go in terms of their trendiness, but they will never fail to remain firmly settled in our sartorial consciences as a tried and true wardrobe staple! Besides, they have an unparalleled ability to inject an effortless level of polish to any outfit.
NATURAL FIBRE BAGS
Basket and rattan bags are hardly a surprising addition to this year’s roundup, especially considering their meteoric rise last year. Not only do they look awesomely chic, but the best part is that linen and raffia fabrics are better for the environment, so it’s a win-win.
Chain necklaces have been a micro-trend for several seasons, but they’re set to become even more popular this year. Propelled forward by the likes of Billie Eilish and Miley Cyrus, chain necklaces have a way of keeping an outfit refined and sleek, while giving it an extra edge.