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Shopping the Spring/Summer 2020 Runway Trends in my Closet

I’ve never considered myself to be trendy. That’s not to say that sometimes my curiosity doesn’t get the best of me and I end up trying whipped coffee. (It was good, if you are also curious.)

However, it is understandable and relatable to want to be trendy. I, myself, grew up wanting to shop at stores like Hollister, American Eagle and Abercrombie & Fitch, which didn’t even have my size, because everyone else was shopping there. Back then, I didn’t know what my style was and I was looking to my peers to make that decision for me.

Now, even though I know my own style, fashion designers sometimes show garments in their newest collections that spark my interest and that’s why, I am making this post.

I want to show you how you can be inspired by the fashion on the runways or in fast fashion stores, but find those trends in your own closet! I know, crazy. But, think about it, trends are cyclical. That’s why your mom tells you regularly that that was in when she was in high school.

Like me, most people can’t afford designer goods, so they look to fast fashion, like Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Shein, Fashion Nova and Pretty Little Thing, to fulfill their wants. High-end fashion designers come up with the trends, whether they create a new one or look to the past for inspiration. Then, low-end retailers with a lower price point replicate those trends for cheaper. But, as I stated in a previous blog post, fast fashion is terrible for the environment and, as an industry, is known for exploiting their workers.

So, I have looked at the latest fashion news and studied the trends for Spring/Summer 2020, which has led me to come up with a list of trends that I can find in my own closet. You ready?


Trend #1 – Modern Folklore

Are you surprised this is my favorite trend of the season? You shouldn’t be. PopSugar expresses what I know to be true, that boho dresses are in every spring and summer. But, this year, there’s a twist. This trend includes patchwork, embroidery and eyelets, making for a more crafty style. I even dig the above styling from Tory Burch; they have the dress styled with a Vans-looking sneaker for a more cool vibe.

I pulled two print/pattern-mixed dresses out of my closet to nail this trend. Obviously, these looks and the whole trend give off a boho feel, which I enjoy. But, I think they are also effortless, statement pieces that make you look like you tried really hard. Free spirit here and ready to chill.

Sorry about the not-so-good pup snapshots. They weren’t posing for the pics.

(Above photo credits – Left: Tory Burch. Right: Stella McCartney.)

(My outfit details – Left: Dress from Ross, Shoes from JC Penney. Right: Dress from Knox Rose for Target. Shoes are secondhand Old Skool Vans.)

Trend #2 – Blank Slate

White for spring and summer? Revolutionary. This trend makes it easy to wear what you already have and look like you know what’s happening in fashion. Vogue has some good examples of this trend and designers seem to be utilizing accessories of different colors and details in the fabrics to make these looks stand out.

You saw me last week style my newest white dress from ASOS Curve and I would also rewear my bridal shower white jumpsuit to achieve this trend. What is about wearing all white that makes you look so chique? I don’t know, but I know how wearing white makes me feel as long as I don’t spill ketchup down my chest.

(Above photo credits – Left: Alexander McQueen. Right: Altuzarra.)

(Outfit Details – Jumpsuit is secondhand from Eloquii. Boots are from JC Penney.)

Trend #3 – Trench Coats

As Vogue suggests, trench coats are classic. This season they are being elevated with different fabrics, prints and colors. Tell me why I feel a mix of Sherlock Holmes and boujee auntie when I wear one?

I styled my Harry Potter themed trench coat for my Recreating Winter Pinterest Looks post, but you can throw a trench over anything and be chique. I am particularly inspired by the photos above where a trench is layered over neutral tones and white. I could easily throw it over the jumpsuit in the last trend.

(Above photo credits – Left: Alexander Wang. Right: Alberta Ferretti.)

Trend #4 – Polka Dots

Polka dots are one of those prints, like stripes, that will never go out. This season, designers are elevating the polka dot and mixing it with other prints or more polka dots as seen on Harper’s Bazaar. I’ve never seen polka dots look so funky.

My love for polka dots comes from my momma, which is why I styled my favorite vintage polka dot dress in my Dressing Like My Mom, Or Not post. I am going to continue playing with mixing polka dots with other polka dots.

(Above photo credits – Left: Carolina Herrara. Right: @hedvigso)

(Outfit details – Sweater is from A New Day for Target. Skirt is from ASOS Curve. Boots are from JC Penney.)

Trend #5 – Espadrilles & Platforms

Just as boho dresses are always in during the warmer months, I feel like espadrilles always find a home in each season. Who What Wear shows some creative takes on espadrille styling and gives some good examples of how designers are getting creative with the classic shoe.

Y’all know I have Sam Edelman espadrilles that I am obsessed with and have wrote about countless times. But, I also have two other pairs that I have had for years and can’t wait to wear again.

Another shoe trend that is making its way into the spring and summer is platform shoes. Who What Wear shouts out the infamous Air Force One, which looks good with anything, in my opinion.

I picked up white platform sneakers and can’t wait to wear them with my Modern Folklore dresses.

(Above photo credits – Vince Camuto and Nike Air Force Ones.)

(Item Details – Espadrille sneakers from Target. Espadrille sandals from Kohls. Sneakers are from ASOS Curve. )

Trend #6 – Woven, Natural Fiber Bags

Lastly, Cosmo claims that Woven, Natural Fiber bags are here to stay! There are so many versions of these bags made out of different fibers and made into different shapes. They can go with many different styles because of their versatility.

I have this vintage basket bag that I wore to a wedding with my bestie, Claire, a couple of summers ago and plan on pulling out with my white dress this season. It’s also really cute on display in my closet!

(Above photo credits – Left: Amazon. Right: Cult Gaia.

(Item Details – Thrifted, vintage basket bag)

Trends I’m Not Into, But You May Be – Statement Sleeves, 1980’s Dresses, Bermuda Shorts & Suits, Waistcoats, Disco Collars, Hot Pants, Feathers.


This is not to say that you cannot find trendy fashion secondhand or made ethically. I am also not saying you can NEVER shop fast fashion. I am saying you don’t need to buy a new wardrobe because you’re old clothes aren’t trendy.

In my opinion, it’s all about trying your hardest to make less of an impact on the environment, be kind to other humans and look good while doing it.

Let me know what trends you can find in your own closet! I’ll hopefully be trying to find some of these trends and others not listed in the thrift store in the coming months, post-quarantine.

1 Comment

  1. msdisplay

    Great post 🙂

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