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Summer fashion trends to try in 2020

The biggest trends for spring/summer 2020 may surprise you, but these are the new styles and looks you should try this coming season.

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It's time to peel off those coats and jackets people, because it's warming up! With the new weather comes a whole new season of fashion and a stack of new trends to try.

This year there are a few expected looks in vogue but there are a whole bunch of trends that have caught us completely by surprise. From the milkmaid look to the return of bike shorts, we've scoured the runways, high street stores, Pinterest and Instagram to find the biggest and hottest trends for the summer season.

Read on to see the trends and trending colours you should try this season.

Want more trends? Check out our guide to winter fashion trends and our top 20 Australian fashion designers list.


Milkmaid tops and dresses

The milkmaid look has been slowly creeping into retailers everywhere and we're already calling it as this seasons hottest trend. Putting an old school twist on your favourite summer looks, the adorable tops and dresses have features like puff sleeves, bow ties and square necks. They also tend to be incredibly versatile, with the dresses able to be dressed up with heels or paired with sneakers for a casual look. The tops can meanwhile be worn with everything from a slip skirt to your favourite pair of jeans.

Where to shop the trend:

White Puff Sleeve Square Neck Shirred Bodycon Dress
White Puff Sleeve Square Neck Shirred Bodycon Dress

PrettyLittleThing


Slip skirts

If you're a fan of slip dresses, then you'll love this trend. This season, your 90s slip dress has a little sister, the slip skirt. A little less revealing than the ultra-tight midi skirt trends from the last few years, this skirt skims your figure in a flattering way, showing just enough. Team it with a T-shirt and boots to grunge it up or look poised and pair it with a plain bandeau and heels.

Where to shop the trend:

Beginning Boutique - Noelia Asymetric Split Skirt
Beginning Boutique - Noelia Asymetric Split Skirt

Beginning Boutique


Bike shorts

The last few years of fashion have blurred the lines between streetwear and sportswear. Labels like Yeezy have made athleisure a style in its own right. Off the back of this shift, bike shorts are the surprisingly wearable trend making their way into the mainstream. Try on a pair this summer. They are insanely comfortable!

Where to shop the trend:

Black Faux Leather Contrast Stitch Bike Shorts
Black Faux Leather Contrast Stitch Bike Shorts

PrettyLittleThing


Matching sets

One of the biggest trends from winter, the check-print set, is carrying over into summer. It's never been cooler to be matchy-matchy. This summer will see pencil skirts with matching crops and cute pants and top sets. There are still a few printed sets floating around but we're mostly seeing brightly coloured co-ords emerge as the warmer weather rolls in.

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Pastels

This summer is all about colour, in particular, pastel shades of blue, yellow, purple, pink and green. Why do we love this trend so much? It's perfect for summer and it's super inclusive. You can find the shade that suits your skin tone best. Plus, you can rock pastels in a cool activewear look or for a night out with the girls.

Where to shop the trend:

Purple Stretch Satin Bodycon Mini Dress
Purple Stretch Satin Bodycon Mini Dress

Missguided


Colour pop shoes

This trend is an easy one to try. Just swap your black boots or black heels for a brightly coloured pair. This is a great transition trend for anyone who isn't confident enough to go all the way to a bright red shirt or a bright blue coat. Bright red shoes are a good place to start, but this season there are green, purple, blue and even bright yellow shoes to choose from. Pair these with your favourite pair of jeans or add them to an LBD to jazz up your regular outfits.

Where to shop the trend:

Nettie scrunchie cuff barely there heeled sandals in pink
Nettie scrunchie cuff barely there heeled sandals in pink

ASOS


Square toe shoes

Shoe trends come and go… and right now, it's all about the square toe. You can shop the style in sky high heels, trendy mules or even cute flats. Plus, the style is super comfortable as it gives your toes more room - what more could you want?

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Sustainability

That's right, this trend isn't about the aesthetic, but rather how your clothing was made. Sustainability in general, but especially in fashion, is all the rage right now. Humans are starting to care about the environment, more than they ever have before. Eco-conscious clothing and footwear brands are leading the way and some of our favourites include VEJA, Dr Martens, Patagonia and Reformation.

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The trends in accessories

What is an outfit without accessories? This summer is all about the shells. You can find it everywhere on jewellery pieces and we are obsessed. Scrunchies are back, particularly coloured and patterned styles. What's the bag of the season? Wicker and rattan bags are still trending at the moment, but there's no doubt the hottest style right now is the 90s bag. It's small, convenient and looks super chic. Layered gold necklaces are another big trend that can jazz up any outfit. And finally (and surprisingly), bucket hats are all the rage right now.

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Monki multi pack satin hair scrunchie in white and leopard print
Monki multi pack satin hair scrunchie in white and leopard print

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