We’ve dissected the S/S 24 collections at length and our editors have a lot to say about where fashion is headed next year. Some of the most talked-about runway moments are purely editorial and are destined for magazine covers. Others are primed for directional red carpet looks (Loewe’s pierced butter yellow satin column gown immediately comes to mind). There are also trends we’re aiming to add to our closets the moment they drop. This last bit has been unfolding at our offices and in our Who What Wear editor Slack channel, and I wanted to dive in a bit deeper so asked our fashion editors to weigh in.
Ahead, our team is sharing the S/S 24 fashion trends that are on their radar in a major way, and ones they want in their closets first. While we may be waiting for the exact items from the runways to drop in 2024, we are already taking inspiration from them and have a shopping edit for how to wear them now.
Photo:Tom Ford; Ganni/Launch Metrics
In the F/W 23 collections, a bold, fiery shade of red dominated that became that talk of the season. On the S/S 24 runways, we saw the red color trend evolve into a deep shade of oxblood that I'm already predicting will be the most important color trend to know next year. Brands including Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, and Hermès made a major case for the dark cherry color, but it was Sabato de Sarno's debut collection for Gucci that solidified the importance of the burgundy hue—the show itself was centered around a Gucci Rosso color. The luxe merlot is about as close as a color can get to a versatile neutral, so its wearability will no doubt make the color major from both an editorial and shopping sides.
"Sheer, organza-esque fabrics stole the show at Prada, but a closer look will reveal that they popped up at a number of other shows this season, too. I love the trend in any iteration from a cocktail dress to a going-out tank. It's somehow dramatic and lighthearted at the same time, and without trying to oversimplify it, it's simply pretty." — Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour, editor-at-large
Photo:Phillip Lim; Ferragamo
"We're not out of the Y2K woods just yet. In fact, the decade's influence isn't waning—it's just shifting gears to items that are new to us in the 2020s. One such item is capri pants, a divisive piece that's about to have a huge comeback if the spring 2024 runways have anything to say about it (which they do). Spotted at major brands such as Ferragamo and 3.1 Phillip Lim and indie labels like Mirror Palais and Sandy Liang, its impact is inevitable. I find capris an intriguing item because they're almost so traditionally "ugly" that they're cool in a nostalgic kind of way and I've already been test-driving the look. Per the runways, I'm styling a pair of simple black capri leggings with kitten heels and a statement top." — Anna LaPlaca, editor
"It's been a while since we've seen lace as a major trend. In fact, it's even veered a bit dated in recent years, but that appears to be changing. Lace details added a romantic touch to the collections of Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Dior, and so many more. Both delicate sheer and crochet-like versions have been favored by designers for S/S 24, and I personally can't wait to incorporate it into my wardrobe in fresh ways." — Allyson Payer, senior editor
Photo:Bottega Veneta; 16Arlington
"The mark of a great trend is whether or not it can transition well from season to season—the colorful leather separates we saw in S/S 24 do just that. This trend is compelling because it's not only something you could adopt now and wear well into the new year, but designers made this evergreen textile feel green merely by playing with color, tailoring, and styling. For instance, at Fendi, we saw a seemingly minimal tan turtleneck and mini skirt styled with a pale blue leather trench coat. While at Ferragamo, Davis fashioned a deep forest-green leather into a blazer with a nipped-in waist and cigarette trousers. But suiting separates weren't the only place we saw this trend adopted, as Bottega Veneta's collection featured a formfitting pistachio-green leather wrap dress. And similarly, 16Arlington's collection featured a slate-gray leather dress with a voluminous silhouette. Though varied in how each designer approached this material, its creative usage throughout collections makes it one of the most appealing trends to buy into early." — Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, editor
Photo:Proenza Schouler; The Row
"Although mesh, fishnet, and sheer fabrics have been on the trend cycle for some time now, it wasn't until Proenza Schouler's S/S 24 runway that I felt like the trend could be very wearable and approachable. I loved how the shoes, although simple, still offered an element of interest to the outfit. Also, with the netted dress, the layering is impeccable. I plan to get my hands on a similar dress and layer it over pants and a light jacket come spring. I also ordered a pair of fishnet slingbacks from Mango because I'm ready to start on the trend right now!" — Yusra Siddiqui, associate fashion editor
Photo:Balmain; Carolina Herrera
"A 1950s-inspired print that has been tucked into the back of my closet for the past few years is clearly going to come out and play in 2024 and that print would be polka dots. From New York to Paris and everywhere in between, I've seen designers showcasing dresses with the quintessential polka-dot look that I absolutely adore. While I most likely will buy into the polka dot trend to add something special to my dresses collection, I am also very interested in a polka dot top or suit." — Sierra Mayhew, associate editor
Photo:Tory Burch; Proenza Schouler
"Toe-ring sandals have been bubbling up for a minute now, but the S/S 24 runways made it clear that the style is about to have a major moment. From minimalist leather takes to more jewelry-like options, it's guaranteed that there will be an option for a range of personal styles. I plan on wearing toe-ring sandals with an array of looks including casual jeans and T-shirt combos, stylish dresses, slouchy trousers, and much more. One style tip I will take straight from the Proenza Schouler show is to wear the sandals with sheer tights for a cool, fashion-forward vibe." — Jennifer Camps Forbes, shopping updates editor