The spring/summer 2020 fashion update

By Anna Prendergast

Mar 5, 2020

Tap into the spirit of the season with six bright and breezy ways to dress for lighter days and languid evenings

1. Colourful leather

Supple leather shirting became a cold-snap staple last season, but spring’s new popping palette (as seen at Prada, Louis Vuitton and Rocha) is sweeter than a bag of Skittles. Textures are soft and buttery, and silhouettes uncomplicated – take inspiration from Sally LaPointe’s ready-to-wear collection of two-tone pantsuits and monochromatic looks or Sies Marjan’s mock-croc lacquered leather separates.

Purple and blue leather jacket, £1,310, The Mighty Company, net-a-porter.com; Sally LaPointe Spring 2020; pink leather coat, £3,665, Miu Miu, net-a-porter.com; khaki leather jacket, £2,000, loewe.com; yellow shorts, £230, Remain Birger Christensen, net-a-porter.com; lime green bag, £250, staud.clothing

2. Lofty loafers

Scratch that ’70s itch with a chunky-heeled loafer in shades of plum, ecru and oxblood. On the catwalks, Lanvin combined three key trends in their square-soled, buckled mule, while Gucci added a platform and fringing to the classic house shape. They work harder than any other design beneath trousers, and styling them is easy – try with a new-season midi skirt.  

Chocolate platforms, £705, Gucci, farfetch.com; ecru heels, £345, Manu Atelier, selfridges.com; orange loafers, £270, nomasei..com; camel loafers, £300, Yuul Yie, brownsfashion.com

3. Bright tights

Multi-hued hosiery in high deniers are doing the legwork this March. If you’re not ready for Stine Goya’s lime-green stockings in Copenhagen or Versace’s tropical prints in Milan, try a chunky cable knit or look to your favourite ’90s labels for logo prints. Wear with summery stilettos or metallic mules, as seen at Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs SS20; Gucci SS20; two-tone pink and blue tights, £180, Marc Jacobs, farfetch.com; curcuma yellow tights, £19, falke.com; white cotton velvet tights, £39, wolford.com; military green tights, £19, falke.com

4. Square necklines

A little bit Princess Diana, a little bit Jane Austen’s Emma (released in February with costumes by Alexandra Byrne) – the angular neckline du jour literally frames the face and décolleté, adding structure to billowy sleeves, gathered skirts and – dare we say it – padded shoulders. To sit snugly against the chest, get your tailor to tweak the armholes and shoulders for the perfect fit.

Ecru jacket, £458, Rejina Pyo, modaoperandi.com; Rosie Assoulin SS20; Cecilie Bahnsen SS20; off-white dress, £195, meadows-store.com; floral dress, £122, meadows-store.com; sateen blouse, £425, Orseund Iris,net-a-porter.com;

5. Big bows

Cast off your combs, scarves and sliders: this summer, wedding guests and whimsical dressers alike will be accessorising with a romantic hair bow. Check out Bonsergent for carefree, oversized styles, or Jennifer Behr’s neat-as-a-pin barrettes.

Copper velvet barrette, £105, jenniferbehr.com; logo print bow, £60, Marc Jacobs, libertylondon.com; white crepe hairclip, £185, Emilia Wickstead, matchesfashion.com

6. Tailored waistcoats

Move over Gareth Southgate: Greta Gerwig has triggered a new wave for waistcoats. Call it the Little Women effect, and look to the Marsh sisters for layering tips. Button up double-breasted styles beneath your usual tailoring, or wear open over an embroidered cotton blouse for big ‘I’ve got tickets to Glasto 2020’ energy.

Sequin waistcoat, £1,755, ysl.com; Max Mara SS20; camel waistcoat, £380, nililotan.com; deconstructed waistcoat, £2,060, gucci.com