6 Fabric Trends Everyone Will Be Wearing for the Rest of the Year

When it comes to shopping for clothes, we not only look for great silhouettes, cool detailing, and on-trend styles, but we also pay great attention to the fabric of an item. After all, the texture of a piece has the ability to elevate and add interest to even the simplest of basics and will unquestionably add an Insta-worthy touch to your ensembles. So what fabrics are trending this year that we recommend investing in? We looked to the spring (and recent fall) runways to see what overall fabrics are dominating in 2020. From sumptuous leather to luxe-looking satin, these fabrics are already having a major moment among the street style set and will serve you for a plethora of occasions throughout the rest of the year. Scroll below to shop the best fabric trends for all budgets.


Leather continues to reign supreme as one of the biggest fabric trends of 2020. We saw it in abundance on the S/S and F/W 20 runways, and the fashion crowd can't seem to get enough of the sumptuous look. Whether you opt for colorful leather or versatile neutrals, it's by far one of the best fabric trends you can invest in this year.


Givenchy S/S 20 Runway
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Coach F/W 20 Runway
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Continuing in the leather family, soft and fuzzy suede is having a major moment in 2020—inspired by the '70s vibes we saw all over the runways. We've spotted the fabric predominantly on skirts and jackets, adding an expensive-looking touch to basics. 


Altuzarra S/S 20 Runway
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Longchamp F/W 20 Runway
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Satin is one of our favorite fabrics for evening affairs, providing a lustrous touch that looks elegant and expensive. The shiny fabric was seen in all colors on the runways, from fiery red to muted pastels and tonal blues.


Staud S/S 20 Runway
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Boss F/W 20 Runway
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If you think glitzy sequins were solely reserved for holiday parties, think again. The S/S 20 runways pleasantly surprised us with sparkle and shine, from colorful sequin suits to metallic skirts (paired with basic tees and sandals) and shimmering accessories. The trend shows no signs of slowing down for fall and winter either with high-shine pieces popping up on some of the biggest F/W 20 runways.


Simone Rocha S/S 20 Runway
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Bottega Veneta F/W 20 Runway
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Crochet fabric is one of 2020's unexpected newcomers, seen in full force on the spring runways from major designers such as Fendi and Ferragamo. Anything goes with the beatnik fabric this year. Wear it in all colors, as dresses, separates, or as part of a matching set. 


Jonathan Simkhai S/S 20 Runway
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Dolce & Gabbana F/W 20 Runway
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Vintage-Inspired Denim

This year, it's all about denim that exudes an upcycled, lived-in vibe. If they look like they could have been pulled straight out of a thrift store, then you've nailed the trend. 


Versace S/S 20 Runway
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Alberta Ferretti F/W 20 Runway
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Up next, six trends worth investing in that'll see you through the entire year.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.