Trust Me—You'll See a Lot of These Micro-Trends in 2020

Isabel Mundigo-Moore

Seeing as the themes from our Spring/Summer 2020 trend report point all signs to "wearability" over throwaway trends, it's important to think about how micro trends fit into that mix. Micro trends being those smaller, under-the-radar trends that don't necessarily make enough of an impact to change how everybody dresses. Micro trends seem to pick up fewer followers, maybe those who feel a bit more ambitious to try something outside of their comfort zone without changing their entire style personality. They can also be so much fun to try. Because they more or less boil down to styling tricks, and small additions to your wardrobe, they are super easy to try should you feel like it. 

Taking a scroll through Instagram is the best place to start hunting for micro trends, especially from those style stars who like to think outside the mainstream. So far we've seen some quite cosy winter micro trends, a new colour to try, a makeover of an "old-fashioned" accessory, and an another unexpected "dad" trend. Of course, we don't encourage you to try them all, unless you want to. But if you're craving a change-up, something fresh for a fresh year that you can easily integrate into your existing wardrobe, keep scrolling to discover the seven microtrends we love and pick a few to try yourself. 

1. QUILTING

We can always expect our favourite Scandi style stars to give us a micro trend or two every season and this season did not disappoint. From Stine Goya, Cecilie Bahnsen, Baum und Pferdgarten, and Ganni, so many cult Scandi brands have featured quilted pieces in their collections and we expect to see lots more coming soon on the high street. Take a cue from Scandi influencers and wear quilted pieces with anything and everything. 

SHOP THE TREND

Stine Goya Miki Jacket (£280)

& Other Stories Quilted Voluminous Puff Sleeve Dress (£120)

Baum und Pferdgarten Sheridan Skirt (£119)

2. EMBROIDERED KNITS

Cardigans made a delightful return in 2019, so it's no surprise to see an extension of that nostalgic knit love by way of embroidered knitwear. If you haven't inherited one from your grandma, this is a great trend to source secondhand. 

SHOP THE TREND

Tach Clothing Lucero Sweater (£254)

Zara Embroidered Cardigan (£60)

Shrimps McCoy Floral-Embroidered Wool-Blend Cardigan (£395)

JW Anderson Logo-Embroidered Cotton Sweater (£580)

3. PINSTRIPES

Tailoring and suits are a major part of the 2020 trend report, so pinstripes are a fun off-shoot of that. Of course, you don't need to commit to the full suit. Try instead to swap your jeans for a pair of oversized pinstripe trousers. 

SHOP THE TREND

Arket Pinstripe Melton Wool Blazer (£135)

Zara Pinstripe Straight Leg Trousers (£30)

4. TURQUOISE

Greens of all shades were everywhere in 2019, and 2020 is set to be about blue according to Pantone, so it's no wonder we're seeing that in-between shade of turquoise a lot lately, especially after it featured heavily in Balenciaga's spring collection. 

SHOP THE TREND

Weekday Vanessa Sheer Dress (£45)

Acne Ellison Face Cotton-Jersey T-shirt (£100)

Balenciaga Logo-Print Padded Hooded Jacket (£1775)

Maison Cléo Agnes Tie-Detailed Silk-Dupioni Blouse (£175)

5.THE PUFFERCHIEF

Man Repeller's eagle-eye trendmaster, and the women behind #stickofbutter outfits, called the "pufferchief" the next balaclava. So if you were one of the trend-driven people to try that microtrend last year, give this one a go. It's like wearing a duvet on your head. A transportable pillow. A warm hug. 

SHOP THE TREND

Ienki Ienki Hustka Hood Scarf (£204)

COS Padded Scarf (£55)

Weekday Puffer Scarf (£30)

6. CASUAL STRANDS OF PEARLS

We can pretty much credit Harry Styles for this one. While pearls have been strongly popular for a while, it's specifically stying strands of pearls in a casual way that we expect to see a lot more of. Like with a T-shirt and jeans, or with a sweatshirt and trainers. 

SHOP THE TREND

Loren Stewart 14-Karat Gold Pearl and Quartz Necklace (£310)

Anita Berisha Pearl Choker (£265)

Mango Mixed Pearl Necklace (£16)

7. HALF-ZIP KNITS

Sorry, dad! We took your sandals last year, and now it's time to steal your jumpers. We're always looking for a new way to keep cosy, so we're a fan of this rather classic look. Half-zip jumpers, as opposed to the classic quarter-zips, create a more exaggerated collar. Drama! 

SHOP THE TREND

Acne Studios Kelanie Zipped Roll-Neck Wool-Blend Sweater (£370)

Isabel Marant Étoile Mclean Half-Zip Ribbed Sweater (£365)

Arket Half-Zip Merino Bib (£69)

H&M Knitted Jumper (£9)

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2020.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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