Written by my friend and fashion expert, Zoë-Maud Gagnon-Alic, who would love nothing more in life than to create educational PowerPoints on the many fashion dos and don’ts to be shared with the masses. Or, in this case, this blog’s two dedicated readers. Shoutout to my mom for being one of them.
Since the outdoors are pretty much closed, I have an unlimited amount of time to stalk style blogs and shop online. It’s a terrible hobby since I am also a Broke Bitch, but it is what it is (at least I have a passion?). I’ve done my best to put my research to good use in this summary of Fall 2020 fashion trends.
I’ll start on a positive note with the trends that I love:
Favorite color trend – FUCHSIA
Fuchsia is one of those colors that just makes you happy. It’s a richer color than neon pink and can easily be integrated into any day or night outfit. This color trend is really cool because there’s so much to play around with! Fuchsia pairs well with any neutral shade, but virtually any color as well. However, if bright colors aren’t your thing, you can use this pink as an accent piece. You can also commit to it for an impactful look. Below are a few different ways you can style this trend.
Use it as a pop of color with neutral pieces:
Go for a tonal pink LEWK:
Full send it in a bright color-blocked ‘fit:
Favorite recurring trend – PUFFY SLEEVES
Puffy sleeves make you look like THAT bitch, period. Whether your style is girly or edgier, you can easily pull it off. Brands like For Love and Lemons have been integrating this trend in their pieces for a while now, but there are so many other options. Pair a puffy-sleeve t-shirt with jeans, and *boom* you just upgraded your basic jeans-and-t-shirt outfit– kind of like how a pokémon evolves (@nat’s obsession w Pokémon). Alternatively, pair a puffy-sleeve blouse with a mini skirt for a perfect put-together dinner look!
You can try the trend in different materials, like this denim example:
Or you can try a not-so-basic floral dress (yes, fall florals are a thing):
And finally, see what I mean about the upgraded t-shirt?
Honorable Mention – SUITING
I won’t post photos or elaborate too much on this trend because I think it is prominent enough, but seriously get yourself a suit that goes well with other basic pieces in your wardrobe. There are different kinds of suiting for any style, and you can wear the blazer and trousers either together or separately. For example, oversized suiting is a great way to integrate more “formal” pieces into your everyday style by pairing it with a t-shirt or bra top and sneakers. Unpopular opinion: I’d rather wear trousers than jeans, they’re way more comfortable.
This trend is here to stay, so think about the silhouettes that suit you the best and see if there’s a blazer or trousers that capture your attention!
Favorite theme-trend – PUNK
Fashion trends have always been informed by music, art and other cultural movements. Trends also have a way of recurring over time. The punk-inspired resurgence that we are starting to see not only relates visually to its historical roots but also contextually, as a style born from youth culture during a time of sociopolitical unrest. Tea. Some essential items from this style that you can mix and match with other elements include leather garments, plaid fabrics, and the corset.
Quick note about leather: please buy vegan leather alternatives or vintage/thrifted pieces! We’re trying to save the planet here!
This first look is a black leather jacket paired with straight leg trousers. Seriously, I’m nutting.
Or you can stand out in an easy to wear plaid day dress in the ever-trendy midi length (Side note: this black and green plaid make me hate the color combo a little less, thoughts?):
PRO TIP: when buying plaid pieces, look at the seams and make sure the pattern matches up correctly. It will help you stay put together and looking EXPENSIVE! It’s also possible that nobody but me notices this, but that’s ok, we all have quirks.
Here, Bella Hadid is wearing a reissued Vivienne Westwood corset. The corset is going to be big this Fall in many different styles and colors, but I decided to put it in the punk-inspired trends category. Westwood played a huge role in the punk revolution in fashion in the late 1970s. Her corset was an iconic piece, and her influence in British fashion changed the history of fashion forever.
Honorable Mention – COOL CUTOUTS
I wanted to keep this list concise, but I also wanted to quickly mention the cool cutouts because they are probably the easiest Fall 2020 trend to pull off. Cutouts add visual interest to any plain outfit, and effortlessly take your look from simple to minimalist chic.
If you’re a hoe for a turtleneck like me, try this cut-out open-back top:
See what I mean? This top is easy to wear, but also confuses you a bit:
An example of tasteful cutouts in a trendy one-shoulder dress:
Now comes the fun part– trends to get rid of. Excuse me while I let my inner bitch out.
The time to needlessly flex your designer logos has passed. It’s gone. It’s not coming back. If 2020 has given us anything, it has shown us that there are more significant issues in this world than proving to passers-by that you are wealthy. Take that small dick energy and leave it out of your Fall 2020 wardrobe. All jokes aside, the pandemic has had a huge impact on the luxury fashion industry. The culture of wearing logos just to create a certain image in the minds of others is no longer as accepted in the mainstream. That said, luxury fashion is not outdated. Instead of investing your money in a heavily branded piece, consider purchasing a timeless, finely crafted item at the same price point.
I also want to emphasize that logo mania was a toxic practice that made people feel pressured to conform to a certain idea of style that is not sustainable or reasonable. There are so many interesting and high-quality garments that are WAY smarter buys than a $450 Gucci T-shirt.
Biiiiiiiiiitchhhhh neon yellow and green is the bane of my existence. Satan handcrafted these colors in Jojo Siwa’s dreams– don’t @ me. However, neon pink and orange are fine, I guess. The thing with neon yellow and green is that they are fun colors, but they are a challenging trend to pull off.
A direct message to my white counterparts: we need to be careful about colors that wash us out. Yellow and yellow-heavy green can be overpowering on our complexions. If you’re tan, you are better equipped to pull off these colors, but you still need to consider your skin’s undertones before purchasing any attention-grabbing color. I think the neon trend is an excellent example to emphasize that when buying clothes, don’t work against your features or complexion to adopt a particular style that may be popular at the time. In truth, there are always so many trends to pull from, so explore those that enhance your natural beauty!