Out of All the 2020 Trends, I'm Most Excited By These 5 "Boring" Tops

For the past few weeks, I have spent hours looking at all the spring/summer 2020 catwalk images, speaking to fashion buyers and reading all the data I can get my hands on to compile our S/S 20 trend report—a thorough guide to the shifts we can expect to see as we enter a new decade. The overarching theme is a return to realistic, simple basics, with little black dresses and relaxed suiting. It's the simple top trends however that I'm particularly excited to start styling, as there are lots of basics that are far more exciting than your average T-shirt.

According to Moda Operandi fitted tank tops bodysuits, and crop tops accounted for 20% of total top sales for S/S 20, which is coming under from revival of the '90s minimalism we saw at the likes of The Row and Bottega Veneta. Necklines are also set to plunge in 2020, with bodysuits and even cardigans exposing the décolletage and shoulders, so we can expect our base layers to reveal a little more skin than usual. The racer-back tank top is also going strong for 2020, along with classic jersey tank tops. When Saint Laurent pairs a black tank top with a gold sequinned midi skirt at Paris Fashion Week, you know that the humble vest top is going to have a big year.

Keep scrolling to see the five basics tops that I'm excited to wear in 2020.

1. Bodysuits


Courtesy of A.W.A.K.E. Mode

Whether it's a simple black scoop-neck body or a knitted suit or a super '80s-style body with a statement neckline, these are going to be the thing to wear with jeans in 2020. 

2. Sleeveless Knits



Something particularly notable about the S/S 20 collections was just how much knitwear there was for summer collections. The likes of Prada and Miu Miu played with barely there fine knits and off-the-shoulder cardis. Trust me—the sleeveless ribbed knit (like this Helmut Lang one above) is going to be a key basic for 2020.

3. Tank Tops



The tank top has been gaining popularity over the last few seasons but is set to be the key T-shirt style in 2020. This Gabriela Heart tank shows just how elegant they can look. 

4. Polo Top


Courtesy of Antonio Salgado/Capturise for Rejina Pyo

The preppy polo shirt is going to be a hero buy for 2020, with designers like Albus Lumen, Rejina Pyo (above) and Gabriella Hearst creating chic, minimal knitted polos that you could wear to work or at the weekend. Net-a-Porter is so convinced that this is going to be a new wardrobe staple—so much so that it has bought over 1100 units.

5. Oxford Shirt


Courtesy of The Row

One of the most in-demand items for S/S 20 is this simple blue Oxford button-down shirt by The Row, along with bodysuits, little black dresses and relaxed suiting.