I'm a Millennial Fashion Editor—These Are the 5 Chic Trends I'm Taking Into 2024

Ok I'll admit it: I went through a brief punk stage growing up when all I wanted to wear was studs and buckles. Yes, you read that right. You may laugh but fast-forward 20-something years and now, in 2024, they're back in fashion and better than ever. It's safe to say 11-year-old me is overjoyed. Naturally, they're a lot chicer than the bracelets and shoes I used to get from Norwich market, with kitten heels and pumps being key styles to look out for this year, but there's no denying punk detailing has made a comeback.

Not one to box myself in, I also went through a hippie stage (there were a lot of style evolutions to be had in the early 00s), where I relied heavily on extra baggy floor-sweeping jeans. So I'm also thrilled that baggy jeans have made a return this year, but this time, it's all about a more polished hemline with oversized turn-ups. They might not be quite the same as my old-school favourites, but they're certainly a trend I can get behind.

And when it comes to shorts, although my mini skirts used to be so short they had in-built knickers (again, a Norwich market find), this year I'll be swerving the short-shorts trend and will be going souther with a long-line, tailored Bermuda pair.

Yes, there are some trends I'll go back to, some I never will, and some that mange to feel familiar, yet fresh. Read on for the 5 trends I, a millennial, will be wearing in 2024. And don't worry, there's not a built-in knicker skirt in site.

1. Turn-up Jeans

@smythsisters wearing turn-up jeans and t-shirt

(Image credit: @smythsisters)

Style Notes: I've seen supersize turn-up jeans absolutely everywhere recently. And while my 12-year-old self would happily let my baggy jeans drag on the floor collecting, rain, rubbish and anything else along the way, I now appreciate this more sleek hemline. Marianne proves it's also the perfect way to show off a great pair of shoes.

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2. Bandeau Tops

@femmeblk wearing strapless top and trouseers

(Image credit: @femmeblk)

Style Notes: Like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, I of course owned multiple strapless tops (to wear with my extra baggy jeans). Now, however I prefer to wear them with wide-leg trousers or straight-leg jeans for evening and I can't wait to wear knit iterations with linen shorts and sandals for summer. Yes, my mind is firmly on warm-weather dressing.

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3. Sporty Separates

@lucywilliams02 wearing Adidas x Wales Bonner trousers

(Image credit: @lucywilliams02)

Style Notes: I've got these Adidas x Wales Bonner trousers in my saved, and Lucy has made me feel like I need them. I remember my sister always wearing tracksuit bottoms (most likely Kappa) and although I never wore them in the 00s, I will for 2024. I also love all the sporty zipper tops and hoodies that are around at the moment–they look so good clashed with tailored pieces.

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4. Longline Shorts

Marilyn wearing long shorts with jumper

(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

Style Notes: While Prada, Isabel Marant and Alexander McQueen put short shorts were all over the spring/summer runways, longline styles were the star of the show on the streets during CPHFW. I appreciate both, but in reality, I'll definitely be wearing tailored long pairs with sandals or studded ballet pumps. And I enjoy how Marilyn has styled hers with socks and chunky loafers.

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5. Buckled Shoes

@emmanuellek_ wearing buckled kitten heel shoes

(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

Style Notes: Buckled shoes are the style of the season, with close attention being paid to slingback kitten heels and pumps. They feel like a fun addition to outfits compared to a lot of the minimalist shoes we saw in 2023. And M&S, Mango and & Other Stories have some of the best pairs right now.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning.

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When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.