The spring/summer 2020 fashion update

Anna Prendergast

5 March 2020

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

5 March 2020 | Anna Prendergast

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,; Sally LaPointe Spring 2020; pink leather coat, £3,665, Miu Miu,; khaki leather jacket, £2,000,; yellow shorts, £230, Remain Birger Christensen,; lime green bag, £250,

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,; ecru heels, £345, Manu Atelier,; orange loafers, £270,; camel loafers, £300, Yuul Yie,

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,; curcuma yellow tights, £19,; white cotton velvet tights, £39,; military green tights, £19,

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,; Rosie Assoulin SS20; Cecilie Bahnsen SS20; off-white dress, £195,; floral dress, £122,; sateen blouse, £425, Orseund Iris,;

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,; logo print bow, £60, Marc Jacobs,; white crepe hairclip, £185, Emilia Wickstead,

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,; Max Mara SS20; camel waistcoat, £380,; deconstructed waistcoat, £2,060,