12 Standout Trends That Ruled the Spring 2020 Runways

From cool crochet to the return of hot pants, this is your official guide to spring's top trends.

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The long parade of more than 100 fashion shows for the spring 2020 season has concluded—but we're just getting started. The first order of business is discerning the most impactful trends of the season: from artisanal crochet and graphic polka dots to a look at decades past via disco collars and '60s wallpaper prints, couture feathers, hot pants, bold neons, and many more. See which designers led the pack for each new mode and get in on the looks early by shopping them now. Welcome to what's next.

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1. The Disco Collar

And just like that disco’s not dead. The wide collar favored by the Studio 54 set made a surprise comeback on the spring 2020 runways. Modernized on coats, jackets, and button-downs at Lanvin, Ferragamo, JW Anderson, and beyond, the look is often shown with contrasting colors to make it really stand out. Because what’s the point of a super collar if you can’t really see it?

Pictured: Lanvin, Victoria Beckham, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saint Laurent, JW Anderson

The Disco Collar
Paco Rabanne : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring Summer 2020
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The look is most impactful in jacket form—bonus points if it has a contrasting collar as seen on the Paco Rabanne runway.

Shop It Early: The Disco Collar
Jacquemus mytheresa.com

Ease into the trend with a trench coat that features a strong, pronounced collar—and can be worn both now and next spring. 

2. Not Your Grandmother’s Crochet

Crochet is getting a cool update come spring. Think ultra-feminine dresses, polished suiting, and eveningwear that feels modern with a special touch of Grandma’s handmade crochet. As the fashion industry looks for ways to become more sustainable, there’s something special about a “trend” that embraces a slow, handmade technique that can be passed down generation after generation—à la that treasured family heirloom that lasts forever.

Pictured: Marni, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jil Sander, Gabriela Hearst

Not Your Grandmother’s Crochet
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Jonathan Simkhai's delicate midi dress complete with a matching cardigan tied at the waist got the season's crochet trend just right.

Shop It Early: Crochet
Marc Jacobs saksfifthavenue.com

Style this crochet cardigan over your favorite slipdress to wear the look now. 

3. Some Like It Hot Pants

Who wears short shorts? A lot of us, come next season. Hot pants staged a triumphant comeback on the spring 2020 runways—from itty bitty knit shorts at Hermès and Ferragamo to denim cutoffs at Rag & Bone and spandex at Brandon Maxwell. For those who'd rather ease into Daisy Duke status, Chanel styled the look with black tights.

Pictured: Hermès, Isabel Marant, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brandon Maxwell

Some Like It Hot Pants
Isabel Marant : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring Summer 2020
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Balance out the ultra-short shorts with long sleeves or a jacket on top, à la Isabel Marant.

Shop It Early: Hot Pants
Derek Lam 10 Crosby intermixonline.com

Take inspiration from the Chanel runway and style a pair of black tights under these black short shorts to wear the look now. 

4. Highlighter Reel

What’s fluoro pink, orange, blue, green, and yellow, and refuses to blend in with the crowd? All the highlighter-inspired neons gracing your favorite catwalks, from Tom Ford to Christopher John Rogers, and Courreges. Subtle may not be her specialty, but these vibrant shades pair wonderfully with black, white, or tan, and know how to make an entrance.

Pictured: Courreges, Christopher John Rogers, Jacquemus, Marni, Balenciaga

Highlighter Reel
Valentino : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring Summer 2020
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Valentino knows this trend is at its best when it's go big or go home. A striking neon maxi dress is one way to make an entrance—and an exit.

Shop It Early: Highlighter Reel
Sies Marjan net-a-porter.com

The hue has just as much impact in blazer form with this striking neon green find from Sies Marjan. 

5. Business in Bermuda

If the thought of hot pants makes you want to run, Bermuda shorts are here to save the day. Putting a twist on the classic suit, designers from Bottega Veneta to Chloe to Givenchy embraced the Bermuda short suit for spring. Part nine-to-five, part California cool, meet the next wave of the bike short trend.

Pictured: Bottega Veneta, Chloe, Altuzarra, Givenchy, Tod's, Dion Lee

Business in Bermuda
Tom Ford show, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA - 09 Sep 2019
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Tom Ford offered a more playful take on the Bermuda suit—opting for a hot pink mismatched-fabric iteration.

Shop It Early: Business in Bermuda
Frankie Shop net-a-porter.com

Go for a feminine, playful take on the trend with Frankie Shop's pale-pink Bermuda shorts and matching blazer

6. Bra-Top Craze

Crop tops are no longer cutting it—the bra top has officially entered the party. From crochet iterations at Dior and Giambattista Valli to a more daring sheer number at Loewe, bikini dressing comes in all textures and styles. Just add a high-waisted skirt and you've got the perfect summer look.

Pictured: Fendi, Dior, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Loewe

Bra-Top Craze
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Make it ultra feminine by styling a ruffle-embellished bra top with a high-waisted midi skirt, as spotted on the Lanvin runway.

Shop It Early: Bra Top
Prada net-a-porter.com

Two trends in one? Yes, please. Get an early start on the bra-top craze with this crocheted version you can layer under your favorite cardigan to achieve that sought-after Katie Holmes street style look

7. In Tiers

Last season found us in a sea of flowing tulle, indication that gala gowns were ready to hit the circuit beyond your basic black-tie affair. Expanding on that idea for spring 2020 are lovely and light tiered dresses that manage to offer volume, high drama, and maximum twirl-ability. Oscar de la Renta and Roksanda took the idea pretty in pink, while Preen, McQueen, and Dior went classic in black and white.

Pictured: Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, Roksanda, Dior, Alexander McQueen

In Tiers
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring Summer 2020
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Chanel's tiered maxi skirts are surprisingly versatile pieces for spring—dress them up with the right blouse and shoe, or make them more casual with a bra top and sandals.

Shop It Early: Tiered Maxi Skirt
Sir matchesfashion.com

Wear it now with your favorite turtleneck and then again next spring with the perfect crop top or T-shirt. 

8. '60s Wallpaper

We'll spare you the groundbreaking florals this season and instead, look to '60s and '70s wallpaper for your print fix. Retro prints ruled the runways—bringing both major color and pattern to all the top collections. Serving up mod home decor realness, vintage wallpaper (and couch) prints were channeled in the form of suiting at Prada and Marc Jacobs. Christopher Kane opted for a more psychedelic wallpaper print in the form of spring dresses, while Etro and Alberta Ferretti delivered a more bohemian-print option.

Pictured: Prada, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Fendi, Etro, Christopher Kane

'60s Wallpaper
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Your grandparents' old kitchen wallpaper, but make it fashion in the form of a flouncy Christopher Kane dress.

Shop It Early: '60s Print Dress
Staud net-a-porter.com

A colorful, abstract print dress that captures the playfulness of '60s wallpaper in sartorial form. Just add sandals and go.

9. Birds of a Feather

When it comes to eveningwear, as much as the world is wont to convince you, sometimes a little black dress just won’t do. Enter: boldly feathered frocks and tops from Burberry, Valentino, Attico, and more. While almost certainly light as air, these ensembles pack a heavy sartorial punch.

Pictured: Christopher John Rogers, Prabal Gurung, Burberry, Valentino, Richard Quinn

Birds of a Feather

If you don't have a black-tie event to tend to, take note from Attico and give the look a bit of edge by styling a glam feathered top with a cool pair of trousers or jeans.

Shop It Early: Birds of a Feather
Attico modaoperandi.com

Ideal for your next night—offset the glam feathers with a pair of jeans or a printed pair of pants.  

10. Well-Vested

While the term borrowed from the boys is so passe in 2019, there is something decidedly last midcentury Savile Row about the vest. Whether included as part of a three-piece suit at Burberry and Etro, or mismatched with a jacket at Louis Vuitton, there’s something quite dapper and appealing—not to mention endlessly flattering—about the almighty waistcoat.

Pictured: Celine, Max Mara, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone

Etro - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
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Etro gave the classic white suit an update with the addition of a matching vest styled underneath.

Shop It Early: Well-Vested
Nili Lotan net-a-porter.com

A camel-hued vest that can be worn under a blazer or solo. 

11. Spring Leather

Once reserved strictly for fall and winter, leather is ready to have its moment during spring too. The material was spotted on spring 2020 runways from New York to Paris in just about every form—from colorful jackets at Coach 1941 and Bottega Veneta to skirts and pants at Marni and Alexander McQueen.

Pictured: Coach 1941, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Sally LaPointe

Spring Leather
Marni - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
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Get the look right for the season by opting for a colorful skirt or jacket iteration that can be styled countless ways. Going for lime-green separates and unexpected outerwear, Marni nailed it.

Shop It Early: Spring Leather Skirt
Prada modaoperandi.com

Nothing says "spring leather" quite like this colorful rose skirt from Prada. 

12. Le Polka Dots

Designers are digging in their luxury heels when it comes to the almighty dot—simply put, the trend shows no sign of slowing. The innovative duo that is Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix found a place for the polka dot on a maxi skirt-and-simple tank pairing, topped off with a head feather, while Balmain embraced volume for the enchanting print, and Wes Gordon at Carolina Herrera went fitted, '90s, and sheer for one of his takes on dots.

Pictured: Dries Van Noten, Sacai, Maison Margiela, Paco Rabanne, Balmain

Le Polka Dots
Carolina Herrera - Runway - September 2019 - New York Fashion Week
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Freshen up the trend by opting for an enlarged polka-dot print as seen at Carolina Herrera.

Shop It Early: Polka Dot Dress
Rixo London farfetch.com

Wear this graphic dot print dress now with your favorite boots and with strappy sandals for all your spring weddings. 

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