The 8 European Fashion Trends About to Dominate in 2024

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When I think of a seasonal wardrobe refresh, I immediately imagine piling all of my clothes into bags and starting from scratch. If this is also you, think again. After taking the time to search through some of 2024’s biggest runway and social media trends, I came to the realisation that many of these are items that we likely already own or are just small new additions that will have a big impact when paired with the pieces in your wardrobe. And what do all of these trends have in common? They’ve all stepped straight off the runways and onto the streets of Europe.

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There’s no need to pack your bags and book an immediate flight to Italy or the South of France though, because lately, stylish Europeans have been filling my feed with the very best street style looks from their countries and providing a source of endless style inspo. Curious as to how French women make jeans feel cool? Wondered how the Scandis are accessorising their minimalist looks? Looking for an elegant dress trend with Italian edge? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up the very best fashion trends that Europeans have already adopted and that you’re about to see everywhere in the UK over the next 12 months.

To be expected, these chic outfits contain a mix of current trends, classics and those yet to be discovered by the masses, so should you be looking for an easy warm-weather look that will take you into autumn too, these are the ones worth bookmarking. Keep scrolling to see which pieces are ticking our boxes, and shop them for yourself.

1. THE TREND: CAPRI PANTS

THE LOCATION: FRANCE

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Style Notes: The French have a reputation for setting the style agenda, and after decades of relying on the same bouclé jacket, skinny jeans and ballet pumps combination, a new Parisian wardrobe has emerged. Looser and cooler but equally as effortless, I keep spotting capri pants (yes, those are pedal pushers) on the streets of France, and I’m more than happy to welcome the return of this ’90s throwback.

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2. THE TREND: PUFF SLEEVE TOPS

THE LOCATION: DENMARK

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Style Notes: Just when we thought red tights were the only microtrend we didn’t see coming, the Scandi street style stars have perfected styling the puff-sleeve to a tee. Sure, they’re all over Instagram now, but scroll back to the early adopters of the look and you’ll find Copenhagen awash with romantic ensembles making puff sleeve dresses the hero (call it the Cecilie Bahnsen and Ganni effect), as well as bringing simple white summer blouses to life with this exaggerated sleeve.

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3. THE TREND: SLINGBACKS

THE LOCATION: GERMANY

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Style Notes: Looking for new ways to wear one of the biggest shoe trends of the past two seasons? We’re taking notes from German influencers and editors, who are elevating the “ladylike” slingback to cool new heights. Whether you style them with bold tights, clashing colours or cosy socks, this easy-to-wear shoe is sticking around for another season (at least), and I have a feeling they’re going to be incredibly popular during Fashion Month.

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4. THE TREND: SLIP DRESSES

THE LOCATION: FRANCE

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Style Notes: It’s fair to say that over the past two years, the fashion world has been divided into two camps: team mini and team maxi. For those still hotly debating the pros and cons of both, the slip dress has now re-entered the chat, and it’s a longer, more elegant shape than we’ve seen for years. These romantic, minimalist dresses that were formally reminiscent of ’90s grunge are now dressed up evening for evening too. Who would have thought that one dress could be so versatile?

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5. THE TREND: OFF-THE-SHOULDER

THE LOCATION: ITALY

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Style Notes: It was a chilly old winter, so naturally we would be counting down to weather warm enough to bare some skin. Now that we’ve officially packed away our longline wool coats here in the UK, the Italians are showcasing the sheer, ruched, and elegant off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that they’ve been wearing for generations, and given that British summers are anything but dependable, we can back any trend that toes the line between sensual and sensible.