7 Refined Trends for All the Stylish Grown Women Out There

I have a few goals in mind when I put together an outfit, and looking polished is one of my main sartorial objectives. So when I shop, I tend to gravitate toward those inherently sophisticated separates to keep my wardrobe as elevated as possible. While I have a slew of go-to items in my arsenal to incorporate into my "refined, grown-up-feeling" looks (like sleek turtlenecks and tailored trousers), there's actually a range of 2020 trends that have polished-feeling qualities that I'm interested in testing out.

And believe it or not, some of the most stylish and sophisticated fashion people are actually already on board with these must-try trends because I've been spotting many in question all over my Instagram feed over the last few weeks. On that note, keep scrolling to check out the next-wave refined trends I'm loving—as seen on some of the chicest women. And because I strongly believe said looks will bring a polished spin to any of your outfits, I also shopped out each trend for all of you elegant ladies out there.

The Vest
How to pull off a vest

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@venswifestyle

A tailored silhouette will bring a sophisticated feel to any vibe, and the almighty vest is one of those old-school yet seemingly fresh pieces to achieve that look. Whether worn as part of a three-piece suit or worn on its own with a blouse, the waistcoat is one piece I’m looking forward to spotting more and more in 2020.

The Elevated Loafer
The best loafers to buy in 2020

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@louloudesaison

Pointed pumps and sleek ankle boots can act as the finishing touch to an especially refined look, but non-basic loafers—those with chunky block heels and with glossy details like patent—will no doubt rise up to be the It shoe silhouette amongst the fashion crowd. While I love the idea of wearing the footwear style with cropped trousers and a jacket, I’m also into these loafers because they can bring that unexpected polish to a cool denim-and-sweater vibe as well.

The Re-Worked Trench
How to wear a re-worked trench coat

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@aimeesong

While the upgraded trench coat isn’t necessarily a new trend, it’s one that’s entering the spotlight in an even more noteworthy way next year. Designers from Sacai to Oscar de la Renta showcased a range of reimagined cuts with asymmetrical designs, unexpected pattern-blocking, and more. Fashion girls (and myself) are champions of this look for it’s classic yet modern sensibilities.

The Collarless Blazer
How to wear a collarless blazer

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@tylynnguyen

It’s no secret that tossing on a blazer will add polish to an outfit. While the slouchy styles of the 2010s will hold their own, there’s one micro-trend I’m particularly feeling as an alternative—the collarless blazer. Cropping up among the cool set, this updated silhouette feels modern and a bit more relaxed than a traditional blazer paired with a tee and trousers or over a turtleneck with a midi skirt.

The Puff-Sleeve Top
How to wear a puff-sleeve sweater

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@annelauremais

This bold trend is clearly incredibly popular now, but as designers from Khaite to Tory Burch proved on the S/S 20 runways, the look will be bigger (literally) than ever next year as a statement-making way to enhance a silhouette. Fashion girls seem to lean into the trend in the form of colorful cardigans or in playful midi dresses.

The Amped-Up White Shirt
How to wear a re-worked white shirt

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@ada_oguntodu

Yes, a standard white button-down is timeless in theory, but Bevza, Pyer Moss, and more made a strong case for the reworked white shirt in their S/S20 collections. Here I’m talking about cuts with extra-long sleeves, cropped hems, and so on. Like I just mentioned, the white shirt will always bring sophistication, but the amped-up versions will bring that forward polish that just feels so right.

The Non-Basic Leather Jacket
The prettiest leather jackets to buy in 2020

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@modedamour

Fashion people embraced leather separates this season, and the look—one typically reserved for fall and winter—will have a moment come spring 2020 as well. While the classic black moto jacket will be a forever-staple in my eyes, I’m gravitating toward those leather trenches and wrap jackets in rich hues.

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