There's no denying that fashion is often a mirror that often reflects our wider society. Case in point: currently there are two distinct camps when it comes to style. Either you're a maximalist who can put Joey Tribbiani to shame with layering skills or you're part of the nu-minimalism crowd that sticks to classics with a twist and loves quiet, muted colours. There is, much like the rest of the world, a complete divide down the middle on preference. For 2020, this polarisation is set to continue and it's no better represented than in the colour trends for the new year, which are either bold or muted.
While we saw lots of beiges and neons from the spring/summer 2019 trends, this year coming we'll see a continuation of these themes. So instead of beige, we've got browns, lemony yellows, pale pink and baby blue. As for the neons, spring/summer 2020 will retain the hot pink but tangerine orange and deep greens are contenders for the boldest look-at-me colours in the new year.
Certain fashion houses have spearheaded these colour trends more than others. Gucci, for example, arguably the pioneer of this generation's maximalism is all about the deep colours. Over at Bottega Veneta (the new old Céline for many), muted tones are unavoidable, with pale yellow and blue bags and shoes, which are bound to sell out the moment they drop online. But then Jacquemus has embraced the two tribes with his collection beautifully juxtaposing bold and delicate hues. Whichever way you prefer to wear your colours, there's one thing I know for sure about the trends for the coming year: You won't be bored and you won't be pushed for choice. Keep scrolling to see the seven colour trends for 2020 and then get ahead of the crowd and shop pieces already available.
(Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Richard Quinn, Valentino)
Mark my words, there will be plenty of pink dresses being worn this summer coming. Ideally as a wedding guest, I would say.
Jacquemus Moyo Poplin Straight-Leg Pants (£445)
Valentino Pleated Wool and Silk-Blend Grain de Poudre Mini Dress (£2200)
& Other Stories Ruffled Button Up Midi Dress (£75)
(Clockwise from top left: Gucci, Loewe, Chloé, Alexander McQueen)
Brown isn't for everyone but when worn with white, lemon or blue it's incredibly tasteful.
Loewe Belted Leather Coat (£3250)
Chloé Grain de Poudre Stretch-Wool Flared Pants (£795)
Wandler Billy Leather Cross-Body Bag (£590)
(Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Chanel)
A potentially divisive colour, this shade of orange is particularly shouty. Go all out and embrace it in a jacket, a pair of trousers or a dress.
Zara Ruffled Dress With Voluminous Sleeves (£60)
Staud Moreau Macramé and Leather Bucket Bag (£310)
Prada Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater (£785)
(Clockwise from top left: Jacquemus, Bottega Veneta, JW Anderson, Céline)
One for the minimalists, this colour is just so chic.
Victoria, Victoria Beckham Belted Cotton-Corduroy Blazer (£425)
& Other Stories Bias Cut Satin Midi Skirt (£75)
Bottega Veneta Chain-Plaque Lizard-Effect Leather Pumps (£685)
(Clockwise from top left: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Balenciaga)
Deep green in any form is a good idea for 2020. While 2019 was full of lime green, this is more about aqua and jade shades.
Gucci Wool Jacket (£2200)
Prada Point-Toe Satin Mules (£545)
Dundas High-Rise Satin Wide-Leg Trousers (£770)
(Clockwise from top left: Pyer Moss, Prada, Jacquemus, Chanel)
While on one side of the spectrum sits hot pink, the other side is this dusky version that will suit those nu-minimalists.
Stine Goya Alex Cable-Knit Sweater (£200)
Le Monde Beryl Venetian Satin Mules (£375)
Brunello Cucinelli Stretch-Silk Satin Camisole (£880)
(Clockwise from top left: Jacquemus, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs)
Perhaps my favourite colour of all set to be big in 2020 is this denim. Wear it on dresses, shoes, bags, whatever, just wear it.
Jacquemus Loya Oversized Silk Shirt (£986)
Zara Off-the-Shoulder Dress (£50)
Mansur Gavriel Mini Ocean Leather Tote Bag (£484)
Next up, the 4 sneaker trends everyone will actually wear in 2020.
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