The year 2020 is officially in motion. We've just ended another eventful decade and left behind some excess baggage along with it—no to toxic people and things, right? Well, in the spirit of moving forward, might we suggest you be guided by a few trends before you discard some clothes from your closet?
2019 has seen a lot of impactful trends that have penetrated street style everywhere, but in 2020, they may not even see the light of day. Here, we weeded out six trends that will most likely fade this year, and highlighted some of 2020's emerging trends you need to watch out for. Just to make moving on a little easier for you. You're welcome!
1. Simple prairie dresses
This romantic trend was reiterated on the runways countless times and in many forms: from coffee-stained delicate fabrics to colorful prints and oversized silhouettes. While the same vibe will still be present this year, it's time to ditch the typical prairie dress in favor of more dramatic details like bigger sleeves and more frills! Valentino's neon green piece is a great example. Other trends you need to keep an eye out for are crochet pieces as seen on the S/S 2020 runway of Fendi. Ruffles will also make a splash, based on the extravagant tiers seen in Alexander McQueen. Puff sleeves are also here to stay so you can keep all those tops and dresses you already have.
2. Biker shorts
It's finally time to do away with those biker shorts! Well, for your OOTDs at least. If the trend's been irksome to you for some time now (probably because it's quite tricky to style), here's some good news for you: 2020's hot items will most likely be bermuda shorts or hot pants. The two trends were prevalent on the S/S 2020 runways. Tom Ford sent models down the runway wearing red and fuschia bermuda shorts, while Saint Laurent paired hot pants with sexy suits.
3. Micro bags
It's undeniable that micro bags were one of the biggest trends of 2019, and we've already reported that it will soon be eclipsed by larger, more practical bags. If you're going all out though, then cop a purse that's the total opposite of the micro bag: one in an XL size, preferrably in soft buttery leather a la Bottega Veneta's woven clutches. If you're having second thoughts about your fanny pack collection, don't worry, there's plenty more where that came from based on what we've seen on Chanel and Maison Margiela.
4. Tiny sunglasses
Another microscopic trend that took over Instagram and ultimately became an It accessory were tiny sunglasses. Well, it's time to retire your beloved pairs in favor of bug-eyed ones. Yep, these sunglasses can actually protect your skin from the sun, unlike those itty bitty ones. What's most hip are the vintage-inspired ones as seen in Celine. If you're cool enough, you could even get away with visor sunglasses like the ones from Proenza Schouler and Zimmerman.
We bet you were waiting for this one. The humble barrette, which was rebirthed into various ultra-glam iterations, will finally step down from its pedestal. It'll make way for accessories like bejeweled headbands (like the one Hilary Duff wore on her wedding day), beribboned hairstyles, and hair scarves that are perfect for bad hair days. You won't be seeing those acrylic barrettes and clips all over Instagram anytime soon. If you can't let go them yet, why don't you try sporting pearl hair accessories instead? Pearls adorned the pretty little heads of models at Simone Rocha and Paul & Joe.
6. Ugly sneakers
We're not saying that sneakers won't be cool in 2020—streetwear isn't going anywhere. But, it seems like fashion has grown a little weary of crazy sneaker designs and has instead gravitated to more demure shoes (with a twist, of course). Read: Mary Jane heels as seen on the runways of Carolina Herrera, sculptured mules as seen in Givenchy, '60s-ready boots, and—drumroll please—platforms! So you see, shoes this year will be just as statement-making, only more palatable for those who aren't really into streetwear.