I Spot Micro-Trends Like It's My Job—Here Are 6 That Are About to Blow Up



Welcome to Micro-Trends. In this series, I'm zeroing in on the hyper-specific iterations of what's trending at large, and I've become somewhat of an expert at spotting them. (Okay, it's basically a pastime of mine at this point.) Once you discover this month's micro-trends, consider yourself an insider.

Here at Who What Wear, we focus a lot of our energy on the biggest trends of the season, and while we'll never stop covering the heavy hitters, there are several micro-trends worthy of honorary mentions. While these aren't causing major style moves yet, we firmly believe that it's only a matter of time until they graduate from micro to macro or, in other words, from niche to mainstream.

After hours of online shopping (all in the name of research!), I'm sharing the micro-trends on my radar at the moment. I've spotted these pieces on the feeds of the most influential women I know and stocked at several key retailers, which tells me that each is on the brink of becoming huge. From the new print trend that's about to rival animal print to the sweater trend that will update all your winter outfits, keep reading to see and shop the six micro-trends of the moment.

1. Psychedelic Swirls


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Marbled print is about to rival your beloved leopard, snake, and zebra in 2020, and it feels so fresh. It's defined by psychedelic-inspired swirls that look a lot like the pattern you'd find in a block of marble. Try out the party-ready dresses from 16Arlington for your next night out or incorporate a swirly top from Paloma Wool into your everyday look with jeans. 

2. Egg Bags


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Everyone's favorite structured bags are getting an upgrade with a peculiar shape that instantly reminded us of, well, eggs. You've already seen Staud's infamous Moon Bag, but now it's time to acquaint yourself with the versions from emerging label Coperni and editor-favorite Hayward.

3. Off-Center Suits


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Your go-to blazer just got a brand-new look. It's all about a slightly off-centered and asymmetrical construction that takes the classic and somewhat "boring" jacket and makes it feel completely fresh and forward.

4. Nothing But Knits



What's better than wearing one sweater? Wearing two. Without actually piling on two different sweaters, try this layered-effect look instead. Isabel Marant was one of the first places I spotted this silhouette—its version appears to be a vest on top of another sweater but is, in fact, a single piece. The bold-shouldered look is vaguely '80s-inspired and will definitely spice up your winter outfits.

5. Hearts of Glass


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Two charming jewelry trends are combining—glass jewelry and heart jewelry—and the results are even sweeter than we could have imagined. Go for a whimsical necklace like our editor in chief, Kat, did or swap out your everyday earrings with one of the lovely pairs below.

6. Big-Time Bibs


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Peasant tops are one thing, but bibs? They're on an entirely new level. Ganni really broke the ground on this trend, but now that several other designers are offering similar billowy blouses, we're finally taking note of the growing micro-trend.

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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.