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5 Trending Tops Seen in 2020’s Most-Watched Shows

by Geneve Anderson, Copywriter

Even though 2020 was a year we’d all rather forget about, there were, believe it or not, some things we can fondly look back on. With the closure of cinemas, nightclubs and gigs, our social calendar was largely replaced with watching an array of binge-worthy TV series. We were captivated by various storylines and backdrops that provided us with a much-needed form of escapism during lockdowns.

During this time, we became more invested in some of our favourite characters - to the point where we even wanted to dress like them, too. Yep, our screens were certainly spoiled with plenty of fashion moments that have influenced our wardrobe choices.

The past 12 months have been all about ‘top-half dressing’ because of the numerous on-camera calls with work or otherwise. And, let’s face it, once restrictions are lifted, the whole ‘jeans and a nice top’ vibe will continue to be on our radar. Thanks to 2020’s TV series, we’ve got all the top inspiration we need for the new season.

From romantic ruffles to classic checks and collars, take a look at the trending top styles we loved from last year’s most-watched shows…

1. Collar Tops in The Queen’s Gambit

Not only did Anya Taylor-Joy play a chess champ, but she also won the title as everyone’s favourite retro-inspired style queen.

Besides viewers tuning in to watch the main character, Beth, be victorious at tournaments, The Queen’s Gambit featured a range of much-loved fashion trends from the 60s that have made a serious comeback in modern times. Statement collars are literally appearing on any type of clothing possible these days, especially on tops. This cute, playful detail offers any outfit a little something extra without trying too hard. Checkmate on nailing your post-lockdown looks…

2. Check Shirts in The Serpent

Despite the dark storyline that revolves around the gruesome murders of a serial killer, TV crime drama The Serpent reminded us why the 70s was the most exciting decade for fun, care-free fashion.

Featuring sunny backdrops of Bangkok, Thailand, Jenna Coleman’s character channelled plenty of boho-chic travel looks we can’t wait to wear as soon as we’re allowed to go on holiday again (fingers crossed). One of the things that we loved on the show was the classic check print tops. No matter the decade, it’s always trending and is a sure wardrobe winner.

3. Victorian Blouses in The Crown

There’s no denying that Princess Diana was the people’s Princess, and Emma Corrin’s portrayal of the icon captured our hearts in The Crown, reminding us why she was adored not only for her kind heart, but also for her wardrobe.

It’s no wonder Princess Diana was a trendsetter throughout the early 90s and The Crown showed us why: think Victorian-style blouses with puff sleeves and delicate details. From jeans to skirts, they go with just about anything. For a more modern and preppy approach, you can layer yours under a knitted vest jumper.

4. Poplin Shirts in Normal People

Following the love story between Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones), Normal People highlighted how class division affected the couple’s relationship. It also ignited the allure of male jewellery thanks to Connell’s chain necklace.

Marianne certainly didn’t fall short on the fashion front when she delivered some noteworthy wardrobe moments that included plenty of poplin tops. It’s a great trend that gives any look a timeless touch as Marianne so effortlessly demonstrated on the show. Poplin shirts are a classic wardrobe must-have you’ll reach for time and time again.

4. Ruffle Tops in Emily in Paris

Emily in Paris has definitely divided opinions when it comes to the likeability of its main character and French stereotypes portrayed on the show. But love it or hate it, one thing that most people seem to have agreed on was how the outfits worn by Lily Collins as Emily were the highlight of the series. She didn’t shy away from colour and statement details, especially romantic ruffled tops. If you’re looking to stand out, then you’ll want to be seen rocking this trend. Emily, ‘merci beaucoup’ for all the fashion inspo…