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9 Spring 2020 Trends to Know and Shop Right Now

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Let's take our minds off puffer jackets and snow boots for a second to talk spring. I know it's hard to fathom breezy dresses and sandals when most of us are still bundled up from head to toe, but we're choosing to look on the brighter (warmer?) side. So fast forward a few months and what do you get? The nine best spring/summer trends of 2020. It helps to know what will be popular, so you can prep your shopping list in advance or shop it now, we provided "get the look" options too, before everyone else starts wearing the items. Knowledge is power and with the trend info ahead, you'll be the most fashionable, smartest dresser in your friend group. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and start reading.

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Vests

As seen at Coach, Celine, Hermès, and Saint Laurent

Shake off the dust on your vests from yesteryear, because this garment made a comeback on the spring 2020 runways. Whether you opt for a sexy tuxedo design sans shirt like Kaia Gerber at Saint Laurent or a furry number for those colder months (see Coach), a vest is the optimal layering piece.

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Tibet Tab Denim Vest
Topshop nordstrom.com
$39.99

Forget the denim jacket for spring and try a denim vest instead. This one layers easily over a graphic t-shirt or cami.

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Houndstooth Gilet
Gucci farfetch.com
$4,200.00

The older I get, the more I don't mind dressing like a (chic) octogenarian. This vest has all those vintage vibes, like a hidden gem you'd fine in your grandma's closet, with a modern twist thanks to the oversized fit.

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Tall Tux Suit Vest
Asos Design asos.com
$40.00

A sexy vest (check out the back) you can wear at night in lieu of a dress. This piece evokes feminine and masculine vibes at the same time.

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Drawstring Details

As seen at Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Stella McCartney

Designers added drawstrings to anoraks, jumpsuits, coats, and dresses for a touch of sportiness. Anyone can wear this athleisure design, even if you've never played a sport in your life (me). I'm coming for that Bottega Veneta lewk.

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Deconstructed Cycling Top
Monse shopbop.com
$495.00

Leave it to Monse to create a top that's sporty yet high fashion. This top is made from lightweight activewear jersey and has a cutout in the front/back to show a hint of skin. Wear with biker shorts.

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Mimosa Gathered Poplin Top
Jacquemus net-a-porter.com
$545.00

Simon Porte Jacquemus was all about color for his spring 2020 collection, hence this buttercup-yellow hued top. It's made from crisp poplin and has boxy sleeves and a gathered overlay that ties at the front for a unique design.

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Water Resistant Trapeze Anorak
Zella nordstrom.com
$99.00

This water-resistant anorak will come in handy for those sudden spring showers. The versatile taupe color ensures you can wear it for seasons to come.

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Crochet

As seen at Jonathan Simkhai, Fendi, Marni, and Gabriela Hearst

Keeping cool won't be an issue in spring/summer 2020 thanks to crochet. You'll find this fabric is still in style for next season, with even better designs coming your way. For a sneak peek of what to expect, just look at Jonathan Simkhai's crochet blue dress and sweater combination (I need that) to Marni's all-over floral crochet gown. This vacation-vibes material isn't just for beach coverups and sarongs anymore.

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Capo Stripe Knit Tank Top
Staud saksfifthavenue.com
$50.62

This top has dropped considerably in price, which makes it a worthy purchase on its own. The retro-meets-modern stripe tank with yellow straps is easy to wear and even softer on your skin.  

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Crochet Knitted Vest
Dolce & Gabbana farfetch.com
$580.00

Looking for a shirt to up the spice factor in your ensemble? Go with this knitted vest, which you can style with everything from trousers to jeans. Layer a black bralette underneath to show some skin or over a button-down shirt.

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Louisa Crocheted Cotton Maxi Dress
Skin net-a-porter.com
$250.00

Here's a beach cover-up that can easily take you from day to night. It's made with lightweight cotton and has a slightly scooped back with a split skirt that will reveal your sun-kissed skin at dinner. 

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Bralettes Under Blazers

As seen at Staud, Michael Kors, Jonathan Simhaki, and Jason Wu

The only way to wear a blazer next season is with a bralette. (Save this for your off-duty days, of course.) Designers played with the idea of showing off your midriff while still making you feel covered up. Take cues from Kors and Wu and opt for high-waisted bottoms for more coverage.

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Classic Stretch Soft-Cup Bra
Commando net-a-porter.com
$25.60

This black bra doubles as a teeny-tiny crop top. The versatile hue will work with any color blazer you choose for spring.

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Christian Dior J'ADIOR Knit Bra
Dior
$970.00

Since this Dior knit bra is an investment, here are some ideas for how to wear it aside from under a blazer. You can style it over a button-up, let it peek out from underneath a silk shirt, wear it over a turtleneck sweater, or pair it as is with a high-waisted trouser.

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Microfiber Bralette Toffee Tiger Print
Savage X Fenty amazon.com
$25.00

If your blazer is plainer, show some fierceness underneath with a tiger printed bra. Bonus points if you work the tiger print into your bottoms or accessories too.

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Buttery Soft Leather

As seen at Khaite, Kate Spade, Sally LaPointe, and Coach 1941

There's no mistaking that leather—including vegan or faux—is the one material everyone's excited to work with in 2020. Though Nanushka practically built its brand on this look, more and more designers are finding new ways to incorporate the buttery soft material into their pieces. Personally, I am obsessed with that Kate Spade olive leather dress.

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Levi Vegan Leather Top
Nanushka net-a-porter.com
$114.00

Nanushka makes some of the softest leather pieces I've ever felt. This top, a Net-a-Porter exclusive, is a take on one of its signature designs. Rock with a pleated skirt or flared jeans for drama. 

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Monogram Shadow Leather Skirt
Louis Vuitton louisvuitton.com
$2,950.00

The fashion house created an a-line skirt with a monogram shadow motif that has a distinctive 3D effect. If you're looking for a stand out piece in your closet, this is it. 

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Faux-Leather Cargo Pants
Wilfred Free aritzia.com
$148.00

I'll be swapping my jeans for these faux leather cargo pants to add some edginess and style to all my outfits. For what to wear on top, why not go with a bralette and blazer?

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Sky-High Side Slits

As seen at Jason Wu, Dion Lee, Prabal Gurung, and Brandon Maxwell

Side slits are climbing higher than ever for spring 2020, so embrace flashing a little cheek. This effortless cut brings a whole new wave of sexiness to your skirts and keeps you cool when the temps start to rise. For more coverage, go up a size and layer jeans or linen trousers underneath.

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Lola Slit Skirt
Free People freepeople.com
$59.95

A skirt that works for day or night depending on the type of top and shoe you wear with it. The asymmetrical cut is perfect for showing off some leg.

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Zoe Side Slit Midi Skirt
Reformation thereformation.com
$103.60

Reformation is known for creating deep side slits in its skirts. Don't worry though, I've tested one out and can confirm your butt will remain covered all day.

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Black Slit Skirt
Mugler mytheresa.com
$270.00

Kim Kardashian loves wearing Mugler so what are the chances she already owns this skirt? (Answer: high.) Channel her energy and rock this with a bodysuit or formfitting sheer top.

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Sheer Is Here

As seen at Sally LaPointe, Ulla Johnson, Bevza, and Oscar de la Renta

Designers embraced the idea of less is more for next season, working with chiffon and tulle to create airy looks. Since the material is basically all see-through, now's the time to show off your prettiest bras, or free the nipple completely.

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Antigone Cropped Wrap Top
Elena Makri net-a-porter.com
$175.00

This ethereal top is made from delicate silk-tulle that has been pleated by hand. Wear it with the coordinating skirt and bikini top on your next beach vacation. 

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Alison Ruffled Tulle Midi Dress
Molly Goddard net-a-porter.com
$273.00

The adult version of your favorite childhood tutu dress. Slip it over any tee and jeans outfit for an instant street style look. The ruffled hemline keeps it fun and youthfu.

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Ruffled Organza Blouse
Prada net-a-porter.com
$1,560.00

This pistachio-green blouse allows you to partake in the sheer trend with a safety net thanks to that layer of lace-trimmed silk camisole. A top you can rock to the office without raising HR's eyebrows. 

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Day to Night Sequins

As seen at Ralph Lauren, Adam Lippes, Sally LaPointe, and Cynthia Rowley

Don't be afraid to own the stage (streets?) in 2020. It's your time to shine—literally. Designers like Ralph Lauren and Sally LaPointe gave their stamp of approval to sporting sequins for both day and night. Whether you go with a sparkly gown or a shimmery suit set, prepare to stand out and be the peacock in your friend group.

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Sequin Bodysuit
Zara zara.com
$35.90

Instead of your usual sequin tank top, try this formfitting bodysuit. It'll take your black pencil skirt or jeans from daytime casual to daytime glam.

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