6 Cool Suiting Trends Early Adopters Are Already Wearing

Suiting is the trend that simply won’t quit. For many years now, different versions of suiting have become mainstays on the runway and integral in the wardrobes of the fashion set, and they continue to evolve as new seasons arrive. First, it was the enduring presence of the blazer, then oversize, boxy versions. Matching pantsuit sets have also dominated and become a bonafide uniform among the fashion set.

This year, we’re already seeing early adopters wearing fresh takes on the coolest new suiting trends for 2020. Right now, it’s all about new proportions, new materials, and new shapes. Whether it’s constructed from leather, styled with a waistcoat, or worn with shorts instead of trousers, the new updates on suiting all reinterpret the classic standby. Ahead, see the six major suiting trends that will be everywhere this year and shop my edit.

Short Suits


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Short suits are a particularly great trend to wear for spring but can also be styled with knee-high boots for colder weather. Frankie Shop has a set that has already been spotted all over the street style scene and hits at a great price point.

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Leather pieces, in general, were one of the biggest trends to dominate the S/S 20 runways, so it's no surprise we're seeing the material make it's way to suiting. This is certainly one of the most luxe ways to wear the trend this year.

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Suits with Bra Tops


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Another trend borrowed from the S/S 20 runways? Bra tops. Lingerie-inspired pieces will be everywhere in a few months, and this is a cool and easy way to tap into the trend since you can really work with the pieces you already have in your closet.

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While it may not be the most obviously wearable trend, waistcoats had a huge presence on the S/S 20 runways and I'm personally ready to try them out. Worn as a three-piece suit, the look is a major statement but can also be styled separately with jeans if you're looking to channel a '90s Kate Moss.

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Bold Color


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Corporate suiting classically sticks to neutrals like grays and blacks, but when it comes to fashion suiting, we're seeing bold colors being introduced. The addition of strong colors makes the suits feel more fun and designed to wear outside of the office.

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Sharp Tailoring


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Boxy cuts won't be going anywhere but we're also seeing a focus on sharp tailoring. Even if you don't find the perfect fit, a few simple tailoring tweaks can make all the difference.

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Next, read about the most important sneaker trends of 2020.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.