The Trends: Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Trends

Spring is almost upon us, and it’s time to look to the new season’s fashions. While the weather might not have caught up with the new season yet, we can look to the spring/summer trends for what lies ahead of us. 

While there was a lot of continuity between some of the biggest trends from autumn/winter and what will be big for spring/ summer, in many ways it has changed quite dramatically. While you’ll still get season staples such as white, crochet and bright tangerine hues, new trends have also emerged. The last few years have tended towards minimalism with muted block colours, so it’s refreshing to have bold prints such as tropical prints come back into fashion. 

Come read on for a curated list of the top 12 fashion trends for spring/summer and find something exactly for you. 


All White – Clean white is back as a colour for spring/summer. While that is not unusual since the lighter shades were always popular for the summer months, what makes it interesting this season is how the brands have created multiple all-white layers in one outfit.  Whether the trend comes in all-white dresses or white trouser-suits, there’s something for everyone with this trend.

Found at Ann-Demeulemeester, Brandon Maxwell, Loewe, Max Mara, Molly Goddard and Victoria Beckham.


Bralettes – Less is more when it comes to clothing this season. Crop tops just aren’t enough to be risque anymore; this season it’s all about showing off your bras or bralettes. Show your sensual side with these peekaboo bralettes, worn under blazers, or with skirts as going-out wear. 

Found at Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane, Givenchy, Jacquemus, J.W. Anderson and Lanvin.


Crochet – Weaving, stitching, appliqués; whatever your craft choice there’s something for you, because crochet is getting a cool update. We are taking Grandma’s favourite hobby, and adding structure, layering and well-draped slouching for this unusual trend. There is something quite wonderful about taking such an old-fashioned craft and building new clothes out of it. 

Found at Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Jonathan Simkhai, Kate Spade New York, Missoni and Ulla Johnson.


Neon – You thought you were done with neon, then think again. While this trend may have taken a season off for autumn/winter, it is coming back with a bang for spring/summer 2020. What makes this trend different to the one from last year, is the athleisure that was a big component of the neon trend for spring/summer 2019 has been removed and we are more about structure, floaty dresses and two-piece suits this time around. 

Found at Christopher Kane, Courrèges, Jacquemus, Koche, Valentino and Victoria Beckham.


Polka Dots – For those people who thought polka dots might just be a fad, and a flash in the pan, must be sorely disappointed. The designers don’t seem to want to give up on the trend anytime soon. Shown off to their best in voluminous dresses and dramatic coats, this trend is not for the faint of heart. 

Found at Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Moschino and Richard Quinn.


Sheer – This trend in many ways goes hand-in-hand with the bralette trend for spring/summer. It’s risqué and perfect for layering to create a truly dramatic way to play with silhouettes and textures. 

Found at Ann Demeulemeester, Gucci, Marques Almeida, Molly Goddard, Mugler and No. 21. 


Shorts Suit – Bermuda shorts, worn as part of a two-piece suit is all the rage for spring/summer 2020, and definitely one of the key trends for this season. Whether it’s structured, loose draping, or slouched style, they are the perfect trans-seasonal item that will take you from January right into the summer. Wear with a matching blazer or without, but you won’t go wrong with this trend.

Found at Altuzzara, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Max Mara, Tod’s and Valentino.


Spring Leather – Leather has moved from being an autumn/winter fabric, showcased almost exclusively in dark colours, to something perfect for spring. And all it took was adding bright colours to the leather and interesting cuts. Never thought you could have a slate grey leather crop top, then you’re in for a surprise. The same with a bright green leather shirt, or a two-piece in various hues. There’s something for everyone with this leather trend, so go experiment. 

Found at Coach 1941, Givenchy, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Marni and Rochas. 


Tangerine – For spring/summer, all the shades of the sunset were represented on the catwalk. Whether it’s a dark ochre, or a bright neon hue, orange is going to be one of the dominant colours for the entire season. Wear only as accessories, or go for a full-tonal outfit; this shade is warm enough to suit all shades. 

Found at Christian Siriano, Emilia Wickstead, Prada, Rejina Pyo, Sally LaPointe and Stella McCartney.


Trenchcoats – the designers on the catwalk haven’t finished updating the classic trenchcoat just yet. This classic British staple to ward off the bad weather, has been through quite a transformation over the last few years. Spearheaded  by J W Anderson, and picked up others, they have added new cuts, fabrics and mixture of textures for trenchcoats for spring/summer.

Found at Alberta Ferretti, Balenciaga, Burberry, Fendi, Junya Watanabe and J.W. Anderson. 


Tropical Prints – Spearheaded by Versace and the iconic Jennifer Lopez Grammys dress, tropical prints are back with a vengeance. Having been largely absent from the spring/summer catwalks for several seasons now, brands are embracing the maximalist print in their designs. But tropical prints aren’t just confined to dresses; we have the likes of Fendi and Marni who are embracing two-piece suits in the bold prints. 

Found at Fendi, Marni, Missoni, Peter Pilotto, Valentino and Versace. 


Waitcoats – We have some noughties flashback appearing on the catwalks for spring/summer. As a consequence of all the tailoring and suiting being offered, it was almost inevitable that the humble waistcoat would come back too. Whether it is part of a three-piece suit, or worn over a blouse and a pair of jeans, this trend has a surprisingly large amount of versatility for both styles and looks. 

Found at Acne Studios, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, Saint Laurent and Sportmax. 


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  1. There is so much fashion inspiration in this post ! I will definitely give short suits a try once the weather will be more spring/summer 🙂

    1. thefashionnomad says:

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you liked the post! 🙂 Oh do; once you find the right pair that fit your figure they ended up being so versatile for me! And also work for office-wear.

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