7 Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Trends To Start Thinking About Now


It doesn't matter if you're the type to stay up until 2 a.m. to watch the livestream of Prada's latest runway, or you're more likely to latently acknowledge what's "in" when it's time to finally plan a seasonal shopping trip. Either way, trends matter. Now that fashion month has wrapped, it's time to take a step back and reassess the bigger picture of which of the fashion trends from the Spring/Summer 2020 runways will actually make their way into your closet six months down the line.

It's worth noting that many looks that appear on the catwalk aren't necessarily meant for consumption. Instead, they suggest a certain energy and direction, which makes its way into the commercial pieces you actually end up adding to your virtual cart or lugging into a dressing room. A ballooning ball gown becomes a bubble-hemmed black-tie look. A tropical print suit on the runway reappears as a blouse or blazer IRL. But, that doesn't take any gravity away from these runway designs. They're the harbingers of the trends that will soon sweep every corner of the industry, from fast fashion retailers all the way to purveyors of haute couture.

Below you'll find seven of these trickle-down trends that you'll want to put on your radar now, and keep your eye on for months to come. Whether you choose to lean into them full-on, or test out pared-down iterations is entirely up to you. Find your Spring/Summer 2020 trend guide below.

All About Orange

Rejina Pyo Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: WWD/Shutterstock
Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Spring is always the prime time to incorporate bold colors into your wardrobe, and while 2019's pistachios, slimes, and mint greens will continue to be a popular sartorial choice, orange is resoundingly 2020's color du jour. Between the soft creamsicle hue and the traffic-cone colors spotted at Bottega Veneta and Prada, you may want to consider embracing a jolt of color into your wardrobe — whether it be head-to-toe tangerine or a more subtle integration.

Emilia Wickstead Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: WWD/Shutterstock
Prada Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Bad Romance

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock
Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: George Chinsee/WWD/Shutterstock

Elegant, Victorian details take a darker spin for spring. While puffed sleeves and lacy collars remain, floaty, elegant dresses are styled alongside edgy leather and stiff corseting. Sheer lace took a subversive see-through twist at Loewe, and Mugler's cut-out bodysuits balanced tailoring with a certain sensuality.

Mugler Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/Shutterstock
Loewe Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Short Suit

Brandon Maxwell Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Pixelformula/SIPA/Shutterstock
Givenchy Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Already itching to invest in a new suit for spring? The latest iterations swap your standard trousers for shorts instead, offering a sophisticated, yet temperature-friendly alternative heading into next summer. Whether your take leans more toward the Bermuda lengths of Givenchy or short shorts spotted at Michael Kors, one thing is for sure: You'll have ample room to show off your shoes.

MIchael Kors Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock
Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/Shutterstock

Outdoor Voices

Versace Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/Shutterstock
Burberry Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Florals for spring are a given, and while this year ushered in 3-D daisies, and painterly roses, it also embraced an outdoorsy alternative. Rainforest prints appeared throughout each city, at Marni and Versace in Milan, and complete with forest creatures at Burberry and Bottega Veneta. For those still committed to florals, Christopher Kane's field print is studded with poppies, but has greenery too. When you set out to shop, consider embracing a wilder side of nature this spring.

Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock
Valentino Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Modern Minimalist

Kwaidan Editions Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Dominique Maitre/WWD/Shutterstock
Hermès Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

A black and white wardrobe doesn't have to be boring. The Spring 2020 runways offered up a number of minimalist looks that while monochromatic, were still visually exciting. Off-White's crisp pieces were dotted with circular cutouts. At Kwaidan Editions, sleek darting took basic tailoring to the next level. Consider embracing this trend by playing with textures and proportions white sticking to a black and white palette.

Off-White Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/Shutterstock
Rokh Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Super '70s

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock
Celine Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

Designers weren't resigned to drawing from a single decade for sartorial reference this season. The strong shoulders of the '80s, the sleek silhouettes of the '90s, and the prim suiting of the '30s were all present this season. But if one era dominated them all, it was the swinging '70s. Between the three-piece suiting, psychedelic prints, platform heels, and funky accessories, there will be plenty of ways for you to lean into the groove.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Shutterstock
Gucci Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: WWD/Shutterstock

High Volume

Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Pixelformula/SIPA/Shutterstock
Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/Shutterstock

Looking for a way to make an entrance this spring? There was no shortage of high-volume gowns on the spring runways, both from brands who have championed the look — Molly Goddard, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta to name a few — and brands who don't usually offer such ballooning proportions. Some, like Thom Browne and Loewe, even chose to reveal the caging structures usually underneath such big pieces. The bottom line: Don't be afraid to take up space.

Christopher John Rogers Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: Masato Onoda/WWD/Shutterstock
Molly Goddard Spring/Summer 2020. Photo: WWD/Shutterstock