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11 Spring 2020 Trends to Know and Shop Right Now

The countdown to spring is on!

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Design by Morgan McMullen

Let's take our minds off puffer jackets and snow boots for a moment to talk spring. Our days spent dreaming of breezy dresses will turn into a reality on March 19. As you look towards the first day of spring, what do you need to know? The top spring/summer trends of 2020, that's what. It helps to know what'll be popular so that you can prep your shopping list in advance—we even provided "get the look" options so you can shop the looks ahead before everyone else starts wearing them. Knowledge is power, and with this trend info, you'll be the most fashionable dresser in your friend group. Want even more insider tidbits? Here are the top bags, jewelry, and shoe trends to know for 2020.

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Knit Dresses

As seen at Marc Jacobs, Zimmermann, Celine, and Altuzarra

Think of the striped knit dress as the transitional piece to wear in lieu of sweaters from the end of fall into spring. The piece provides warmth underneath a denim jacket, but will keep you cool if you go with a short-sleeve or midi length option. Dress it down with sandals for vacation or with kitten mule heels for after-work rooftop drinks with your besties.

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Stripe Knit Dress
Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com
$37.97

This black and white knit dress is your "no brainer" piece, a.k.a. the kind of dress you can throw on quickly and head out the door in. Since it leans towards the plainer side, dress it up with fun springtime accessories.  

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Striped Long Knitted Dress
Lanvin farfetch.com
$1,690.00

You're not afraid to stand out, which is why this colorful striped dress is calling your name. The sunshine yellow and sea blue colors offer much-needed calming vibes. 

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Striped Rib Knit Dress
Frame intermixonline.com
$295.00

This calf-grazing tank dress contours to the body without making you feel suffocated. Style with a turtleneck top underneath, if it's still cold, or layer with a leather jacket. A pair of white sneakers completes this outfit. 

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Bermuda Shorts

As seen at Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Tod's, and Valentino

First biker shorts were everywhere, now it's Bermuda shorts' turn. Bottoms are trending towards that middle length for spring/summer 2020. On the runways, Bermuda shorts came in all materials, from leather to silk to denim and styled with everything from blazers, tees, and blouses. This bottom will add a touch of sophistication to any warm-weather outfit.

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Eric Bermuda Shorts
Alice + Olivia saksfifthavenue.com
$187.50

These satin Bermuda shorts come with a high-rise waist, so you don't have to worry about them making your legs look short. The color is fruity and bright for spring, which instantly lifts our moods.

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Pleated Bermuda Shorts
Mango macys.com
$59.99

For bottoms that graze slightly past your knees, try this pair from Mango. It goes with every type of shoe from ankle boots, to strappy heels, to knee-high silhouettes.

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Manu Leather Bermuda Shorts
Remain bloomingdales.com
$290.00

If your workplace allows, this pair of Bermuda shorts screams wear me. It's tailored to perfection while the burgundy hue offers a color break from your all-black winter wardrobe. 

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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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Belted Denim Vest
Topshop nordstrom.com
$52.50

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
$40.00

A sexy vest (check out the back!) that 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
$396.00

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
$39.98

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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Bird Crochet Top
Carolina K shopbop.com
$165.00

Don't think twice about packing this lightweight crochet top with a bird motif on your next beach vacation. It hardly takes up any space in your carry-on and pairs well with a sarong skirt or shorts.

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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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Alessi Satin Bralette
Staud modaoperandi.com
$85.00

The bralette you saw on the Staud spring 2020 runway is finally available to shop! The lime green color is already sold out, so don't hesitate to scoop up this ocean blue one.

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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
$3,050.00

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
$118.40

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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