Disclaimer! These are the trends that I love and that suit my style and body! They might not work for you! Fashion is a way to express yourself and your unique style. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear! Apart from the mask – we’re still in a pandemic, love!
Okay, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here are my 5 favourite Summer 2020 trends, and some pictures of me wearing them. You’re welcome.
Wow! Trendy and Practical! Now. Just because the pubs have opened up does not mean we’re out of the pandemic. Luckily, wearing a mask not only protects you but everyone else around you (and you only have to do half your makeup – a total win in my book)! There is literally no downside, especially now that fashion companies have clocked on and made them a statement piece in their own right. Have a browse of ASOS’s new edit and find a couple that will fit with your favourite jeans-and-a-nice-top combo. I actually took this photo before finding the ASOS one but they also clearly go really well with denim jackets, ladies!
2. Sleeves That Make a Statement
Ahhh, the 80s. The magical decade that gave us Madonna, Care Bears, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It also gave us some fabulous pictures of our parents with giant perms and…questionable fashion tastes. But now, as we move into the roaring (20)20s, the 80s are BACK baby, (and have been for a while – 2019’s neon trend, anyone?). For better or for worse, 80s fashion has seen a revival over the last few years, with modern designers putting their twists on nostalgic staples: instead of power suits, we have co-ord shorts and blazers, and instead of shoulder pads, we have puffs! Puffed sleeves are not new to this season, making their way into our Instagram feeds as far back as Spring 2019 via the highly chic (and highly priced) party brand ROTATE, but the fact that they’ve trickled down to high street fashion boils down to one thing: Girls just want to have fun! And they are! Fun, I mean. And organza sleeves? Very Pretty in Pink.
3. Picnic Chic
Okay, so I can’t find any hard evidence (Cosmo articles) that confirms this is a trend BUT Topshop has run an edit on it AND I’m seeing it everywhere so that’s good enough for me! Gingham is fun, nostalgic (primary school uniform vibes), and is a print that rolls around every summer, making checkered pieces a safe investment. It’s actually been around for centuries! Having originated in Southeast Asia, gingham cropped up in 18th century mills in Manchester, and saw a resurgence in popularity after Dorothy went to Oz. Who doesn’t love a timeless print that can be easily combined with current trends? (the Monki top above is part of a mix-and-match co-ord, AND has puffy sleeves!)
4. Straw Bags
Speaking of timeless, the humble straw bag is another trend that we see crop up again and again, and for good reason – it’s super cute. Meeting friends in the local park? Bring one of these and you can almost trick yourself into thinking you’re on the holiday you’d all planned (sigh…). For all you crafty people, Wool and the Gang‘s new crochet kit means that you can (kind of) DIY your very own bag! Plus, the yarn they provide is 100% long wood fibre, making it vegan and eco-friendly! If, like me, you’re kind of lazy, no worries! Typing ‘Straw Bag’ into ASOS gives you 48 different styles, ranging from fringed beach totes to clam-shaped clutches.
5. Jeans for Normal Bodies!
When an ad for these Minga London jeans showed up on my Instagram feed, I knew I had to have them for a number of reasons: 1. They’re gorgeous. 2. They might actually fit my tiny waist/GINORMOUS BIRTHING HIPS situation. So I went onto the website…and then I looked at the price. I do not own the Minga London jeans. They did get me thinking, however. Why have I boxed myself into only wearing skinny jeans for years when, frankly, they don’t do much for my shape? Sadly, the answer wasn’t very hard to find: fashion doesn’t really cater to mid-size girls, and shopping online/irl is hard sometimes (ever been a size 10 in one shop and a size 14 somewhere else?). I am constantly battling to find jeans that fit my waist and hips and come past my calves. Luckily, this Summer I have discovered that some brands now know that not all women are shaped the same – even Hollister now offers different length options on dresses, and a specific range of curvy jeans (“Designed with extra room through the hip and thigh to get rid of waist-gapping for good”)! And they’re not the only ones (Thanks, Monki)! Hooray!
P.S. A bunch of the websites that I’ve linked have student discounts! #LifeHack