The 2020 Trends WWW Readers Will Be Passing On (And 9 They're Trying Instead)


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When I think about what makes the Who What Wear community such a fun group, it strikes me that we all have one thing in common, no matter what differences we might have in taste, geographical location, age, or budget, our love of trends connects us. (Or rather, our love of discussing them.) I've witnessed firsthand how there's nothing that gets the comments firing in our Facebook group or on one of our Instagram posts than a hotly debated new fashion trend. Y'all have opinions for days, and I'm here for it.

I know for me, there are "weird" trends I love but also more mainstream ones that I'm not necessarily a fan of, too. Everyone has a different take on the lineup of trends in the market at any given moment (it's what makes each of our styles unique, after all), so I thought it would be interesting to tap some of our community members and stylish WWW readers to get their take on which 2020 fashion trends they're all about trying, and, consequently, which ones they're politely passing on.

The group I reached out to named nine trends they're super down to wear and pointed to four they'll be glossing over, so keep scrolling to discover them all and shop my picks within each favorable style.

Excited to Try: Matching Sweatsuits


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"You will definitely find me adhering to the matching-sweatpants–and-sweatshirt trend. For strolls around the city, I'll keep the sweatpants on and throw on a pair of New Balance sneakers and an oversize blazer to dress it up a bit."—Amy Julliette Lefevre

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Excited to Try: Vibrant Color Combinations and Long Shorts


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"I can't get enough of color and I will be taking advantage of this newfound love of saturation while wearing some colorful faux-leather jackets, bags, and pants. I am excited to experiment with more chunky gold jewelry, sporty loungewear, and some longer cut shorts. Think Princess Diana in the '90s."—Lauren Elson

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Passing On: A Neutrals-Only Wardrobe

"Until a few years ago, my closet consisted of only black, white, gray, and tan. Boring!"—Elson

Excited to Try: Lingerie as Outerwear


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"When it comes to my personal style, I usually go for a more classic and timeless look and occasionally mix in a few trendy pieces. One of the trends that I'll be trying this year is lingerie outside the bedroom. I love that this look makes me feel confident and sexy and is slightly unexpected."—Kat Shearer

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Passing On: Short-Shorts

"I'll more than likely be passing on short-shorts. I'm just not sure I have the legs to pull them off."—Shearer

Excited to Try: Colored Leather


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"A trend I'm looking forward to this year is all the different types of leather pieces and the vibrant colors they are coming in. From jackets to skirts to trenches, I've been seeing such beautiful colors from pastels to earth tones to even neon colors in leather. Leather was huge in the '90s, so I'm excited about the comeback it's making."—Danie Sierra

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Passing On: Polka Dots

"I don't think I'll be partaking in polka dots even though I'm seeing them everywhere and lots of brands are using the print again. Honestly, I was never much of a fan and don't see myself becoming one now."—Sierra

Excited to Try: Corset Tops


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"I don't usually follow trends, but if I had to choose, it would be corset tops."—La'Shaunae Steward

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Excited to Try: '70s Prints


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"I'll definitely be leaning into the '70s groovy trend. I'm already a huge fan of the prints and silhouettes from the decade. They will be really fun to play around with this year. There aren't really any trends I'm opposed to as long as it's a piece that makes me feel good."—Noor Elkhaldi

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Excited to Try: Square-Toe Sandals


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"There are so many 2020 trends I'm dying to try before the year is over. My favorite so far is square-toe sandals. The square toes add an edge that makes them that much more intriguing."—Shahirah Ahmed

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Excited to Try: Asymmetrical Tops


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"Asymmetrical tops are also a favorite right now, mainly because the style is perfect for many body types, modern, and just super cool to look at."—Ahmed

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Passing On: Crochet and Netted Pieces

"I'll be passing on crochet, fringe, and net everything. I'm still scarred from overwearing those styles in the early 2000s."—Ahmed

Next, I asked eight French girls about the staples they'll never toss.

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.