Top 5 AW20 Styles To Look Out For

Balloon sleeves

With the seasons slowly changing, it’s time to look towards autumn and winter for your next fashion haul. It’s safe to say the fashion industry has changed somewhat over the last few months, but there’s no reason we can’t look forward to what the future may bring. From statement sleeves to check prints, AW20 styles are set to be very exciting.

So, if you’re ready to start updating your collection for the upcoming season, Whispering Smith go through some of the best trends to keep an eye on!

Balloon Sleeves

It’s been seen before, but the statement sleeve is here to stay for AW20. Make a statement with XXL sleeves, including the ever-popular balloon sleeve that works wonders with dresses, knitwear and blouses. Colour is often toned down during this time of year with much more refined choices, so amp up your collection in other ways with a statement sleeve.

While balloon sleeves are the clear go-to for the upcoming season, you can also experiment with ruffles, exaggerated volume and puffed-up shoulders. All variations were seen across the catwalks, including Chanel, Fendi and Max Mara.

Metallic Shades

Metallic shades are already well-known but they work particularly well during this time of year. Great for recreating those loved autumnal tones of copper, gold and bronze, metallic shades can add instant glitz and glamour too.

This season, gold is in the spotlight, from special one-off party dresses to more casual pieces, it’s the shade of the season. This is also perfect timing as we start to build up to the Christmas period too, making it an incredibly essential colour to add to your collection.

The Cardigan

For a long time, the cardigan was a safe and somewhat boring choice, often associated with librarians, teachers or the elderly. For AW20, this attitude towards cardigans has been flipped on its head. Now, cardigans are cool again.

The best thing about this upcoming trend is its versatility. Wear with denim, trousers or skirts to create your desired finish outfit. From oversized, full-length cardigans to cropped, fluffy styles, choose your favourite to incorporate into your collection this season.

Checked Prints

One of the easiest trends of AW20 is checking print. From tartan, houndstooth and Prince of Wales prints, it’s the ultimate pattern to see you through autumn and winter. A check print can be so easily styled too; think a tartan skirt with tights and boots, or a houndstooth coat over knitwear and jeans.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, why not mix and match your new check prints? It’ll quickly become the statement look of the season.


When you’re looking for a feminine touch to your collection, look no further than fringing. This detailing can offer a feminine but strong statement, and provide a modern approach to an otherwise cowboy-inspired design. Think beautiful swishing skirts and dresses, or even accessories like handbags.

If you’re going to incorporate fringing into your collection this season, do it with confidence! Style a fringed skirt with a structured blazer, or stick to a statement dress with matching shoes and you’re good to go.