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A Dozen Women’s Spring Trends to Shop For in 2020
6 Mar

A Dozen Women’s Spring Trends to Shop For in 2020

Despite the snow on the ground in some areas of the Midwest, spring is just around the corner. So put your puffer jacket and velvet details to the side for a minute and get ready to talk about what’s coming around the corner.



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Crochet details are heating up the runways and print spreads as we head into spring. To make the crochet-trend workable, consider a crochet sweater over a cute camisole, crochet cardigan, or even crocheted hem on a skirt.


Leather/Vegan Leather



Leather and vegan leather are showing up everywhere – from floor-length trenches to dresses made of the material. If you’d like to work this trend into your spring wardrobe, consider a classic pencil skirt in a bright color – or even a vegan leather blouse.


Sheer Details

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While the average Midwesterner may not want to bare all wearing a sheer dress, a sheer blouse over a tank for daytime or bralette for a night out can be just what you need to vamp up your spring wardrobe. Take a cue from last year’s spring trends and go monochromatic – but with varying degrees of transparency.





While utility vests were big last year, this year’s vests are menswear-inspired, and sweater vests are making a big comeback. Rather than the baggy styles in Annie Hall, the styles are well-tailored and fitted. While these layering staples made their way down the runway as parts of suits, there’s no reason you couldn’t pair an unbuttoned tailored vest in a suiting fabric with a pair of jeans and a simple white t-shirt for a weekend brunch.


Polka Dots

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I have a confession, I love polka dots, and I was happy to see them popping up again this year. This year’s polka dots are channeling an 80s vibe, and they are bold. To participate in this trend, choose a bold color but pair it with classic styling or a simple silhouette. Let the polka dots be the statement.



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Fashion is taking a lead from athleisure, and lots of key pieces feature drawstrings. Look for drawstrings on woven pants, otherwise fitted skits, and even to replicate the look of ruching on a dress. While athleisure is the first thing that comes to mind, generally, when we talk about drawstrings, this detail is popping up on items that are anything but. Styling is everything with this trend, so be sure to select a piece that is well-fitted to your body to avoid looking like you’re wearing a duffle bag.


Striped Knit Dresses

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A lot of the spring 2020 trends take their inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s but bring key updates that make them oh-so roaring (20)20s. One such trend is the striped knit dress. Look for this trend in midi and maxi-lengths for an easy chic look.


Big Collars

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Speaking of bygone times, the big disco collars are back. In addition to pointed disco butterfly collars, many large collars including oversized Peter pan collars, puritan collars, Dutch collars, and dog ear collars are also trending for spring 2020.  There’s no need to purchase a shirt with this trend, however. You can make use of a dickie or removable collar to create a similar look without investment in the full piece.


Retro Style Bold Prints

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It feels like spring 2020 fashion is all about saying, “Here I am!” The prints coming out for spring are no different. They are bold, many of them are taking their inspiration from 60s psychedelic fabrics, and they’re meant to make a splash. To avoid having the print wear you, either select a simple silhouette, or choose one piece – say a blouse or a skirt – to wear with neutral pieces accompanying it.


Bermuda Shorts



For all those who don’t like short shorts, the Bermuda short is back – in denim, in tailored suiting fabrics, in satin, even in leather. Wear them in a loose and flowing fabric for a dressier occasion or a more structured denim with your favorite graphic tee and layering piece for the weekend.


Bold Black and White



Black and white together are always a classic combination, but this spring’s fashion scene has them combined in bold ways. Thick stripes, bold prints, polka-dots in different sizes or figure-ground combinations made their way down the runway. While a classic color-combination, the same rules applying to bold prints apply here.


STREET STYLE SPOTLIGHT: Chunky Boots & Feminine Dresses



Lastly, a blast from the more recent past – the chunky boot and floral dress – is eking its way out to a comeback. While we saw some of this in fall 2019 fashion, we can expect to see more of it in 2020 spring fashion. To avoid looking like you’re going to a 90s grunge-theme party, trade the combat boots in for a pair of polished booties & the mini-flower slip dress for a bold floral wrap dress.

What is your favorite trend for spring 2020?

Ronda Bowen

I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.