Silver linings

The Future of Fashion in a Pandemic-Ridden World

Fashion is changing, but the trends aren't—just yet anyway.

By Paola Kustra July 14, 2020

Fashionistas all over got a glimmer of hope as Texas and the country began to reopen in May and early June. Maybe we’d finally get to switch out the self-tie-dyed lounge wear for those spring looks gathering dust in our closets. But, alas. As we began to emerge, COVID-19 cases began to rise and we shrunk back to the safety of our homes and athleisure wear.

The rest of 2020 looks pretty somber for the fashion industry, already hit hard by a contracted demand for non-essential goods thanks to months of people quarantining, but not all hope is lost. Some designers have announced they'll participate in September’s ready-to-wear fashion weeks, though they'll likely lack the pomp and circumstance as seasons prior with the emergence of digital events, less international travel, and even postponed shows (like Gucci). That left us wondering: What will fashion month, a veritable holiday in the eyes of fashionistas across the board, even look like this time around? Here are our predictions.

Will street style be what we're used to?

With limited international travel and a few brands skipping this season altogether, we'll see fewer attendees overall, and because of the importance of social distancing, we're likely to see less fuss outside of the venues, with fewer photographers to get the best shots (but still enough to capture the glamour). All in all, it'll be scaled back.

We do expect to see more local celebrities and influencers attending the shows, though. Designers will dress them with their latest pieces in hopes of making their looks go viral (no pun intended) online. Needless to say, whether it’s on social media or the runway,  the show will go on.

What trends are we going to see?

We anticipate several trends that we saw in the spring to still be in style this season, simply because the world shut down right as these looks were coming onto the scene. Because of the pandemic, we haven’t had a chance to wear the majority of our wardrobes—unless you want to be super fancy for that Zoom meeting. The silver lining? We still feel like we have a closet full of new clothes.

Bottega Veneta and their square toe shoes, pouch bags, and mesh accessories and clothes will probably still be around, not only because we haven’t worn them all in a while, but also because Daniel Lee keeps coming up with ingenious, new variations of the intrecciato. Structured cap sleeves for tops and dresses enter the scene, after domination from puff sleeves—a much-needed break. There will be some leather, but with lace or mesh to add a touch of novelty. Monochromatic and print suits, with a crop top underneath, will continue to be a favorite, as will utilitarian jumpsuits, which seem to be picking up steam after weeks of home improvement projects.

Where can we find these trends in Houston?

Lucky for us Houstonians, NYFW looks aren’t so out-of-reach as a COVID-free near-future. Find these styles at affordable prices at local shops around town. Consider calling in advance to arrange for curbside pick-up.


This River Oaks boutique boasts a curated collection of tops, dresses and everything in between. The print blazer and matching pants caught our eye for a special occasion. Shop the styles here and here.


Colorful sundresses and statement accessories come together in this Southern favorite with four different store locations around town.  Shop the square toe shoe trend here.

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Browse their glam edits—'Summer Romance' and 'Day to Night Tops' among them—at River Oaks District or sign up for their newsletter to have them sent directly to your inbox. Shop the padded shoulder trend here and jumpsuit here.

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