I’m a Fashion Editor—7 Trends I’m Buying in 2024 and 7 I’m Skipping

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An exciting new year lies ahead and as a fashion editor, fresh trends are always on the brain! I’ve analyzed the spring/summer 2024 runways from top to bottom, and have been observing what styles the fashion It crowd are already adopting so I have a good sense of the exact trends I’ll be buying into in 2024 as well as the trends I’ll be skipping (for now!).

If you’re looking for a little guidance on what items will make your wardrobe look very 2024, then keep scrolling below as I share seven styles worth buying into this year, as well as the trends that are taking a back seat in my closet. From capris to polo shirts, take a peek to see what's in store for 2024.

Buying: Ethereal, Sheer Pieces

Skipping: Bold Cut-Outs

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The transparent trend has been around for the past few seasons, but for this year, delicate, sheer fabrics are taking center stage in everyday wear and are being styled in more approachable ways. Give your cut-out pieces a well-deserved break and instead integrate ethereal, see-through layers to your everyday looks.

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Buying: '90s Basics

Skipping: '80s Silhouettes

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If you love minimal '90s style, then 2024 is your year. Designers are focusing on wardrobe staples featuring clean lines with modern touches that are easy to wear and perennially chic. Set aside the '80s silhouettes for now and instead opt for relaxed straight-leg jeans, sleek pencil skirts, white shirts, and gray tailoring.

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Buying: Burgundy

Skipping: Bubblegum Pink

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Barbie pink had it's moment in 2023, and now it's time for a new bold hue to take center stage. Call it merlot, black cherry, oxblood, or burgundy—rich dark red appeared on practically every spring runway from designers such as Hermès, Gucci, and Tom Ford to name but a few. Whether you style it head-to-toe or add it to your ensemble via a chic accessory, the sumptuous color feels fresh—easy to wear now, into spring, then back into fall. 

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Buying: Mod Micro Minis

Skipping: Asymmetric Hemlines

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There's no doubt about it: Hemlines are rising in 2024. While micro shorts are definitely a big trend this year, it's the '60s style mini dresses that we saw all over the spring runways that really feel fresh, exciting, and more wearable. For now, I'll be setting aside asymmetric hemlines in favor of short swingy '60s shift dresses.

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Buying: Capri Pants

Skipping: Cargo Pants

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Capri pants have been gaining momentum this past season—we slowly started seeing the '50s silhouette on the Gen Z fashion set this past summer, and the 2024 runways fully secured its It status. Whether you go for styles that fall to the knee in tight legging forms or opt for a cropped midi length with more tailored designs, you're guaranteed to look on-trend.

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Buying: Preppy Athletic Pieces

Skipping: Loungewear

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This year is giving major country club vibes, as evidenced by the myriad of preppy athletic looks on the runways—most prominently at Miu Miu. Time to set aside your relaxed loungewear and sweats, and instead stock up on polo shirts, academic blazers, striped button-downs, and rugby shirts that lean into the relaxed, moneyed aesthetic.

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Buying: Slingbacks

Skipping: Platforms

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Set aside your chunky '70s platforms, because classy slingbacks are the must-have shoe trend to wear in 2024. There are plenty of iterations for every sartorial taste—from the caged pointed-toe kitten heel styles at Valentino to the slingback flats at Chanel, this season it's all about the sleek and polished silhouette. 

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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.


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