How to Wear 2020 Trends Based on Your Body Type

Every year there are new fashion trends that come out, and so it can be difficult and time-consuming to figure out which trends will actually suit our body types.

I feel like because of this trends get dismissed a lot, but when you find a trend that suits you, it usually becomes a part of your style, and something that you wear for years down the line, even if it’s no longer the trendy thing to wear.

In order to make it a bit easier to find the fashion trends that will suit you, here’s a list of 7 of 2020’s fashion trends and which body types I think they’d look best on!

Before we get into the post, I just want to offer a quick disclaimer: these trends are things that I’ve seen in 2020 fashion trend videos and in outfit photos and videos. While current events have definitely swayed the look that people wear in their everyday lives, sometimes it’s fun to get dressed up for no particular reason or to experiment with clothes that you may already have.

Also, this list isn’t the be all, end all of who can wear certain trends. There is definitely room for experimentation, and this list is more about who can pull off these fashion trends without much effort.

With that said, let’s get into the list!

2020 Fashion Trends

Puffed Sleeves:

Romantics

Shirts or dresses with small to medium puffs. Fabric of the shirt or dress should be lightweight and soft. Would be great styled with some high waisted pants or skirts.

Theatrical Romantics

Shirts or dresses with puffed sleeves and a square neckline that shows the decolletage would be perfect for a theatrical romantic. Style it with some delicate jewelry and you’re good to go.

Soft Naturals

Since you have a natural body type you can go for a more relaxed puffed sleeve. Combine it with a pair of high waisted, bootcut jeans and you’ll be looking effortlessly trendy!

Soft Classics

Make sure you don’t go too large or small with your puffed sleeves and you’ll be looking great. Make sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple with a clean silhouette.

Soft Gamines

A shirt or dress with small puffed sleeves would be great for you. Make sure you style it with contrasting pants or a contrasting belt, to add color blocks.

Soft Dramatics

While puffed sleeves may seem better for the smaller, softer body types, you can definitely rock it as a soft dramatic! Just go for a large puff in a stiff fabric. Add some large and ornate jewelry and you’ll be looking very chic.

Two Piece Sets:

While two piece sets can work with any body type, I find they’re great for members of the gamine family, as the strip of skin that shows below the crop top acts as a color block. If there’s interest, I can do a blog post on two piece sets for the body types!

Soft Gamines

Two piece sets done in lightweight or soft fabrics are great for soft gamines. Bow or ruffles details add some softness, as do round patterns.

Gamines

To match your balanced mixture of features, you’ll want some mixture of elements in your two piece sets. For example: square shapes + ruching.

Flamboyant Gamines

For your two piece sets you’ll want to go with stiffer fabrics and/or square shapes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns!

Bootcut / Flare Jeans:

Soft Naturals

For soft naturals a bootcut jean would look great, especially where it hugs the hips and begins to flare out below the knees. This would look very trendy if styled with a puffed sleeve top.

Naturals

Because of the wide pant leg, flare jeans are perfect for naturals! They’ll be great if paired with a loose t-shirt or an unconstructed button up.

Flamboyant Naturals

Wide flare jeans a la ’70s style will suit flamboyant naturals, especially if paired with a stiff, unconstructed top. Making your top a similar color to your jeans will help to accentuate your vertical line.

Ruffles:

Romantics

For romantics a small, lightweight ruffle detail is best. They’ll look lovely at the cuffs, hems, or collar of any clothing piece.

Theatrical Romantics

Like with romantics, the ruffles are best if they’re on the small side. Fabric is good if it’s lightweight and soft.

Soft Naturals

Larger ruffles done in a loose fabric will suit soft naturals.

Soft Classics

While soft classics tend to look their best in a clean silhouette, a little bit of ruffle detailing can be cute and playful.

Soft Gamines

For soft gamines it’s best if ruffles are small or even tiny, so as not to overwhelm their frame.

Soft Dramatics

Large ruffles in a very stiff fabric are going to look great on a soft dramatic.

Leather:

While any body type can wear leather/pleather/faux leather depending on the texture of it and the way it’s used, here are some of the body types that can best pull off this leather trend that was seen on the runways.

Dramatics

Because of the stiffness of it, leather is great for dramatics, especially if styled in a monochromatic outfit, or in a long line of color.

Flamboyant Naturals

To match your mix of width and length try out an oversized leather jacket. Leather in general is a great texture for flamboyant naturals, so feel free to experiment with it!

Flamboyant Gamines

For a sexy look, wearing faux leather pants with a crop top will look great on a flamboyant gamine.

Gamines

By using leather with ultra-light fabrics and in a mixed silhouette you can create a really cool look!

’90s Inspired Minimalism:

Anyone can wear a minimalist look, but the ’90s minimalism style was very simple, and usually involved layering, unconstructed clothing, geometric details, and monochromatic color schemes, so I think that ’90s inspired minimalism can really suit these body types in particular.

Dramatics

Because of the monochromatic and geometric elements of ’90s inspired minimalist looks, going with this kind of style would be great if you’re a dramatic!

Dramatic Classics

When wearing ’90s inspired minimalist looks, make sure to avoid anything too unconstructed or slouchy if you’re a dramatic classic (unless you’re going for a casual look).

Classics

I find that classics look great with minimalist styles in general, so if you’re a classic then you can definitely pull some inspiration from ’90s minimalism. Just don’t go with anything too unconstructed or oversized.

Flamboyant Naturals

You can definitely wear some ’90s inspired minimalist looks if you’re a flamboyant natural. Go with some wide, slightly baggy pants, and a monochromatic look to harmonize with your combo of width + length.

Naturals

Layering your minimal pieces will be a great look for you, especially if you go with pieces that are slightly loose or unconstructed.

Flamboyant Gamines

While it may be a bit more difficult, members of the gamine family can definitely rock minimalist looks. For flamboyant gamines specifically, borrowing from ’90s minimalism can be quite effective, especially if you mix tight and loose clothing (for example: tight turtleneck with loose pants).

Oversized Suits:

Flamboyant Naturals

Oversized suits can be difficult to pull off, but if you’re a flamboyant natural then you’re in luck! Oversized suits will look great on you, especially if you’re doing some layering with it.

Naturals

If you’re a natural then you can also pull off oversized suits pretty easily, especially oversized blazers.

Flamboyant Gamines

This may seem kinda weird at first – after all, members of the gamine family tend to look their best in fitted clothes, but hear me out. I think that flamboyant gamines could look great wearing an oversized blazer or (not and!) loose dress pants over a body-con base (like a mini dress or bodysuit).


Remember, these are just the body types that could most easily pull off these trends. For things like leather or two piece suits, anyone could wear them depending on how they’re styled, the shape and silhouette, etc. Feel free to experiment with these ideas and see how they look on your body!

Even though a lot of people are stuck inside right now, and there may not be a reason to experiment with clothes and outfits, doing so during your free time can be a fun activity that lifts your spirits. Use the clothes you have and try styling them in ways you’ve never tried before. Who knows, you may even find a new favorite outfit to wear when this is all over!

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8 thoughts on “How to Wear 2020 Trends Based on Your Body Type

  1. Thank you for this post! I’m a big fan of your stuff on kibbe and aesthetics. Do you have any recommendations on what style of jeans would suit a TR? I noticed that current trends in seem to favor yang types

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    1. Yeah, current pant trends definitely seem to favor yang types. For theatrical romantics I find that skinny jeans or mom jeans that taper towards the cuffs are great. Also paper bag pants are great for theatrical romantics!

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  2. This blog post is fantastic! I love the idea of combining Kibbe with trends because it keeps it fresh. I love the puffy sleeved look and I will be watching out for a top like the one you showed.

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