The Fashion Items That Defined Our 2020 Wardrobes
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The 16 Fashion Items That Were Everywhere In 2020

From sold-out Telfar Shopping Bags to nap dresses and tie-dye sweats.

While it may feel like we mostly wore sweatpants at home, there were a few definitive styles and trends from the past year. From sold-out Telfar Shopping Bags to nap dresses and tie-dye becoming a quarantine must-have, these are the fashion items that were everywhere in 2020.

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Tie-Dye Sweats

Ah, the sweatsuit. Perhaps the unofficial uniform of 2020. While many people took the extra time given to us this year by DIYing their own, others opted to shop from popular loungewear brands, like Bandier and By Samii Ryan.

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House/Nap Dress

Staying inside was mandatory for most of this year, which left many clamoring for a reason to dress up. Flowing house and nap dresses filled that void, with options from places like Hill House often being sold out.

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Face Mask

What started as an in-demand health requirement has transformed into an in-demand fashionable health requirement during 2020. Designers like Off-White, Tanya Taylor, Eugenie Kim, and more have all released their own versions of face masks.

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Post Malone, Justin Bieber, Bad Bunny, and Ruby Rose all dropped collabs with the famous clog company, giving them serious high-fashion cred. This year, the company reported record sales and growth. Look who's laughing now.

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Telfar Shopping Bag

If there was one must-have item of 2020, it was the Telfar Shopping Bag. The affordable luxury item has been on a sell-out streak throughout the year, bringing the "Bushwick Birkin" worldwide acclaim.

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Bike Shorts

You no longer have to be training for the Tour de France to have a closet full of bike shorts. The athletic style has become a summer staple, worn with everything from oversized hoodies to tailored blazers.

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Marine Serre Moon Print Shirt

From Dua Lipa to Beyoncé, Marine Serre's moon print was inescapable this year. Whether on a full-body catsuit or mockneck top, the print was instantly recognizable with the pop-culture savvy.

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What was once limited to the bedroom has made its way onto influencers and celebrities alike. Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, and more helped push the corset out the boudoir and into our everyday wardrobes this year.

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Air Jordan 1 Sneakers

Since the debut of ESPN's The Last Dance docu-series on Michael Jordan, everyone wanted a pair of Air Jordan 1s, whether it was a vintage find on resale or one of Nike's exclusive releases. According to Lyst, searches for Air Jordan 1s have increased by 433% year-on-year.

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Skims had a great year. With seemingly endless collection launches and new retail partnerships with SSENSE and Net-a-Porter, Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand is now a mini fashion empire.

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Pearl Necklace

Harry Styles' signature necklace made quite the impact on jewelry choices in 2020, especially among men. From Marc Jacobs and Machine Gun Kelly to Nick Jonas and Usher, a string of pearls was the ultimate accent for these celebrities' outfits.

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Sweater Vest

A scroll through Instagram wouldn't be complete without a sweater vest cameo spotted on an influencer or celebrity. And while retailers and brands reacted quickly to this unexpected "It" item, the best way to shop this trend is via secondhand or thrift.

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Strawberry Dress

New York designer Lirika Matoshi's $490 midi dress that went viral on TikTok served as a form of sartorial escapism while most of the world was at home in lockdown (and most likely wearing sweatpants).

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Tennis Skirt

Much like the sweater vest, the tennis skirt became another influencer favorite in 2020 and a summer-friendly item we turned to when we were tired of our bike shorts. Versions from Nike, Brandy Melville, and American Apparel were constantly selling out.

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Statement Phone Case

While mirror selfies and TikTok videos were on the rise this year, phone cases made a low-key fashion statement online. From the coveted Wildflower drops to ironic styles by Urban Sophistication, a stylish phone case became the underrated "It" item of 2020.

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"Vote" Merch

Michelle Obama's "Vote" necklace from ByChari had as big of a message as her DNC speech back in August. So much so that sales skyrocketed for the Black-owned jewelry business and a slew of "vote" merch was offered from almost every brand ahead of the November election.

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