If you’ve been bundled up in thick, chunky sweaters most of the winter, then you’ll more than likely appreciate a little sartorial refresh in the topdepartment. Luckily, spring has plenty of exciting and cool styles to suit every fashion taste. From colorful leather tops to puff sleeves to—for the fashionably fearless—bra tops and corsets, the statement tops below will keep you stylishly on-trend as we head into the new season. Moreover, they’re the perfect pieces to pair with jeans, skirts, long shorts, and tailored trousers alike. And because we know building a new-season wardrobe can get pricey really quick, we’ve kept all our top trend picks under $100. Get ahead of the fashion curve before everyone else, and add these styles below to your wardrobe now.
Wide Collar Shirts
One of the most notable shirt trends we spotted on the S/S 20 runways were wide, '70s-inspired disco collars—predominantly styled over longline blazers in contrasting colors to make the collars really stand out. This is such a fun and polished trend that is perfect for meetings or margaritas.
The leather trend continues its domination into spring with designers showcasing the supple fabric in myriad hues, from dark green to tan and cream. We saw the trend on everything from modern blouses to tube tops and shirts.
Dramatic statement puff sleeves were seen in full force on the runways in all shapes, forms, and fabrics, including romantic ruffles, sheer materials, striking colors, and playful prints. The overarching message for 2020's puff-sleeve trend is the bigger the better. OTT bold shoulders are romantic, super empowering, and most importantly fun. Pair your puff sleeves with fitted pants or jeans to balance the playful look.
Lingerie details were pervasive on the S/S 20 runways, with skin-baring corsets and bustiers paired with everything from hot pants to wide-leg tailored trousers. They also came in all fabrics, from leather to cotton floral prints to satin and sheer fabrics. Take the boudoir dressing trend to the streets and pair a corset with your high-waisted jeans for your next night out.
Following the lingerie trend comes another style for the fashionably fearless—bra tops. You're either going to love this one or hate it, but there's no doubt that bras in all fabrics (satin, leather, lace) were showcased as tops all over the biggest runways. If you want to take on the trend but don't want to bare all, we suggest wearing a chic bra over a knit cardigan (à la Katie Holmes), which will show just the right amount of the style.
Equal parts prim, preppy, and retro, polo-style knit collared sweaters were spotted in abundance on the runways, often in lightweight and sheer ribbed knit fabrics. They're the perfect top to swap out your chunky sweaters for in spring and are super versatile—smart enough to wear to work with midi skirts and tailored pants but casual-cool when paired with relaxed jeans on the weekends.
Statement collars were clearly having a major moment on the S/S 20 runways, and alongside the sharp wide collars we mentioned above, we also saw plenty of soft and romantic Peter Pan collars. From Louis Vuitton to Tory Burch, they came in all colors, shapes, and sizes, but old-timey lace-trimmed collars stood out the most over casual sweaters and vests.
Whether worn as part of a three-piece suit, mismatched with a jacket, or simply thrown over a white blouse and skirt, waistcoats (or vests) were all over the spring runways, adding a dapper touch to every look.
Remember the '90s, when tube tops were the go-to? Well, now's the time to resurface the minimalist trend because tube tops are back in full force for spring/summer 2020. To keep the look modern, style them with high-waisted long shorts, leather midi skirts, and relaxed tailored trousers.