From Pantone blue to pre-loved clothing, this is what fashion in 2020 will look like


Micro bags, bucket hats and biker shorts. 2019 was a year ruled by trends that were not very easy to pull off. But, 2019 has also officially ended and so has an entire decade. So in the interest of shopping chicer, cheaper and responsibly in 2020, we’ve rounded up trends, brands and (seemingly) positive changes that will continue to shape fashion in 2020.


As we welcome a new decade in our lives, there are new solutions to the age-old problem called ‘I have nothing to wear.’ Moreover, the stigma attached with buying pre-owned fashion is disappearing as sustainability is becoming more than a buzzword. In fact, celebrities are taking the ‘old is gold’ philosophy to the red carpet.


Julia Roberts created a stir while wearing a gown from the Valentino archives in 2001. And, Kim Kardashian wore a second-hand Azzedine Alaïa to Paris fashion week and a second-hand Thierry Mugler gown to an award ceremony. Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow arrived in a vintage Valentino gown from 1963 at the 2019 Emmy’s. Plus, a wide array of Indian portals like Styleflip and LabelCentric sell second-hand clothing, including the wardrobes of Bollywood dreamboats Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza.

Kim Kardashian in a second-hand Thierry Mugler  gown (Photo: Getty)

Gwyneth Paltrow in gown from Valentino archives


Along with pre-owned fashion, vintage fashion is making a comeback. ELLE India’s recent cover with Christy Turlington also featured an archival piece made by Sabyasachi. And, there are a lot of cool brands, like Carol’s Shop, Bodements and weardisco.very that promise to give you a fresh outfit inspiration with vintage clothes. Some of these clothes are budgeted too. What’s more, the selection of clothing with these brands is super hip (thank us later).

Christy Turlington Burns in a cape from Sabyasachi’s archives 

for ELLE India’s December 2019 cover shoot (Photo: Max Vadukul)

A vintage Burberry coat at Bodements 

A neon top by Carol’s shop


Because it’s the Pantone colour of the year. And, you will be seeing much more of it in fashion in 2020. The classic blue will get many exciting iterations in knitwear and revamped power suits. The colour was chosen for its dependability and stability. So here’s hoping the royal shade brings some peace into our lives. Amen.

Balenciaga’s iteration for blue

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja in Elle India’s March 2019 cover shoot (Photo: Bikramjit Bose)

Harry Styles in a blue Gucci suit 


Bras are utilitarian and often sexy. But, they can now be worn like a regular T-shirt. From Katie Holmes’ Insta-famous cashmere bra cardigan to Kristen Stewart wearing a bra-like top with her pantsuit, this is the new underwear/outwear revolution.

Katie Holmes in the viral cashmere bra cardigan

Ananya Panday in a bra top

Deepika Padukone in a bra top  


We’re living in a time where young women still have to protest to wear leggings to college. But, don’t get disheartened. From dad sneakers to large puffer jackets, comfort will remain stylish in 2020.

A puffer jacket by Balenciaga

Janhavi Kapoor in sneakers


If you thought leather is only good enough to look tough, you’re wrong. Buttery, soft leather will be the highlight for fashion in 2020. From pleated leather skirts to outwear in bright hues, you have already seen your favourite stars wear it. Now it’s time you wear it.

Faux leather jacket at Marni

Photographs: Instagram