7 Of The Best Resort 2020 Trends You Can Wear Now

Interpreting runway looks for everyday life can be tough to accomplish at any age, but there’s no denying the fact that it gets more complicated when you’re over 40. Besides, any of the resort collections seem like they are designed for 22 year olds. So we put together the best resort 2020 trends you can wear now and they are perfect for women over 40.

If you think that resort collections are designed for those who winter in St. Barths or Bermuda, they are actually much more compelling than that. Resort – also referred to as holiday, travel, cruise or pre-spring – are smaller collections designed to bridge the gap between the fall/winter and spring/summer offerings. Resort collections are usually shown in the summer but not available in stores until the winter, right before spring collections are delivered. In fact, resort collections can be a great way to snap up some unique pieces that few others will have while snapping yourself out of your winter fashion doldrums. And who doesn’t want that during the gray days of February and March?

7 Best Resort 2020 Trends You Can Wear Now

So without further adieu, here are seven of our favorite trends from the resort 2020 collections.


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Express High Waisted Paperbag Ankle Pant, $69.90

1. Paper Bag Waists

Paper bag waist pants have been trending for a while now, and they aren’t going anywhere. They can be a great way to change up your work wardrobe. Just pair them with a fitted top and some ankle boots or flats, and you’ll have a business casual look that’s anything but boring. This version from Express comes in 9 colors and the price is definitely right if you want to experiment with this style. You can get a second pair for half off the price.

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Calvin Klein Hannah Genuine Calf Hair Loafer, $119.95

2. Zebra Prints

We love our leopard print, but sometimes you want to stick to black and white and all things striped, which is where zebra prints come in. These zebra print Calvin Klein loafers might be the perfect way to offset an otherwise neutral outfit. We think they’d be perfect with everything from jeans right now to casual dresses once it gets warmer out.

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Sam Edelman Safari Cotton Jacket, $130

3. Safari Jackets

Yves St. Laurent first made safari jackets a statement piece for women in 1967, and that perennial style is coming back in a big way in 2020. They are practical as well as stylish, and perfect for carrying all your stuff without a big purse. While we’d love to invest in a vintage YSL safari jacket, this one by Sam Edelman is much more realistic and super chic.

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RACHEL Rachel Roy Fuzzy Cropped Sweater, was $89, now $44.50 and AQUA Dolman-Sleeve Sweater Bloomingdale’s Exclusive, was $68, now $59

4. Turmeric Yellow and Orange Resort Trends

We know turmeric is good for you to eat and drink, but it’s also a great shade to wear. In fact, all shades of yellow and orange, from golden to pumpkin, were featured on the resort 2020 runways. Do you want to brighten up your outfits now? Pick up this tumeric yellow sweater from RACHEL Rachel Roy or this creamy orange sweater from Aqua at Bloomingdale’s.

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L’Agence Kenzie Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket, $595

5. Strong Shoulders

There’s nothing we like better than an impeccably tailored blazer, and the latest versions in the resort collections show a strong shoulder that’s nothing like the ones you recall from the 80s. We like how this black jacket from L’Agence gives you that Balmain look for a (relative) fraction of the price. Although if you can swing it, a Balmain blazer could be a true investment piece.

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DKNY May Graffiti Print Leather Flatform Sneakers, $150

6. Graffiti Prints

If you fondly remember when Stephen Sprouse first did graffiti prints for Louis Vuiiton and took the fashion world by storm, then you’ll probably love some of the graffiti prints in the resort 2020 collections. A fun and easy way to incorporate this type of print into your outfits is with a pair of sneakers like this red, black and white pair by DKNY.

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Cinq à Sept Emma Bow Silk Skirt, $395

7. Bows

While bows can seem fussy or girlish (which is generally not the look we are going for), the audacity of the bows we see in the resort collections are anything but. Done right, bows can be an incredible architectural detail, like the bow on this vivid red-orange skirt from Cinq à Sept. These bows are all grown up.

Do you shop resort (or travel, cruise, holiday or pre-spring) or do you get inspiration from it when you are bored with all your clothes during what is in our opinion, the worst part of winter?

Shop The Best Resort 2020 Collection Trends

–Jacqueline Zenn

You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s styling posts for women over 40 like How To Wear Ankle Boots In The Winter When You’re Over 40 and The Best One Piece Swimsuits To Wear When You’re Over 40.

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