7 Dress Trends That Will Dominate in 2020

Elinor Block

In 2018 and 2019 there was no way you could escape the prairie dress. If there was one silhouette that defined fashion last year, the prairie dress with its high collar and long sleeves would be it. If that wasn’t your style, then have we got good news: Dress trends for 2020 are decidedly sassier. In general they are low cut, form-fitting or come in luxurious fabrics. 

There are a few trends that are returning again for this coming spring, including the oversized white cotton dress and the slip, which consistently reappears every season. There are a few designers leading the pack when it comes to dress styles—Cecilie Bahnsen, Faithfull the Brand and Bottega Veneta are three that immediately come to mind. But if the luxury price tag is too much, there are some incredible pieces on the high street too. 

While a lot of the trends will look brilliant with sandals and a summer bag, you can wear all of these dresses now with a roll-neck and a pair of ankle boots. Ready to see our guide to the seven dress trends that will dominate the coming year? Keep scrolling.


Style Notes: The leather dress is arguably the easiest trend to wear right now. Pair with ankle boots now, and come spring, wear with sandals on warmer days. 

Bottega Veneta S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Nanunshka Emery Vegan Leather Wrap Dress (£550)

Kitri Elena Green Faux Leather Shirt Dress (£195)

White Cotton

Style Notes: Big Dress Energy is here to stay for 2020 in the form of the white cotton dress. Pair bulky Mary Janes with yours like Brittany Bathgate, but for now, opt for DMs.  

Jonathan Simkhai S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Cecilie Bahnsen Esme Tie-Back Tiered Faille Midi Dress (£705)

& Other Stories Embroidered Cotton Dress With Puff Sleeves (£85)

Colourful Polka Dots

Style Notes: While white and black polka-dot dresses are a classic, we’re excited to see colourful iterations of this wardrobe staple in 2020. 

Balenciaga S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Lisa Marie Fernandez Arden Polka-Dot Asymmetric Linen Dress (£910)

Faithfull the Brand Vittoria Polka-Dot Crepe Midi Dress (£172)


Style Notes: Probably the opposite of the prairie dress has to be the LBD. While arguably it never goes out of style, this ultimate frock is super chic and totally sassy. Yes please. 

Bottega Veneta S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Topshop Black Square Neck Midi Dress (£39)

Raey Long-Fringe Slip Dress (£395)

'90s Slip

Style Notes: Slip dresses returned to our wardrobes seasons and seasons ago, so it seems odd to say it’s a trend when it never disappears. That said, 2020’s version is best worn in a block colour and with the simplest of straps to embrace the ’90s minimalism trend. 

Bottega Veneta S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Filippa K Satin Midi Slip Dress (£86)

Olivia Von Halle Issa Silk-Satin Midi Dress (£340)


Style Notes: There was a lot of neon on the runway for the S/S 20 season. Whether it’s pink, orange, green or yellow, expect to covet fluorescent dresses from now until September. 

Valentino S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Elzinga Balloon-Sleeve Silk-Organza Mini Dress (£595)

Prada Paillette-Embellished Scuba Dress (£8345)

'70s Prints

Style Notes: The '70s continues to influence how we dress. Find vintage frocks in bold swirling patterns or invest in one of the cool prints from current designers such as Dodo Bar Or. 

Marc Jacobs S/S 20

Shop the Trend:

Dodo Bar Or Sweetheart-Neckline Floral-Print Dress (£445)

Rixo Long Sleeve Midi Dress (£335)

Next up, the biggest S/S 20 fashion trends you need to know.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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