Hottest cult items for 2020

What defines a cult fashion piece?

A cult item or brand is something that transcends cool. They’re not just on-trend or super stylish. They’re a must-have for everyone in the fashion pack. They become aspirational. So much more than just cool.

Each season, or year, there tends to be a couple of cult fashion pieces that rise to the top. As of this summer, these are our favorites.

Every editor and fashionista has these key items in their closets this season.

Top Cult Fashion Pieces for 2020

Chunky Chanel Sandals

Velcro chunky sandals are back? Yep. And in a REALLY big way. Thanks to Chanel, these bad boys are at the top of every fashionistas must-have list.

The Row has created a super similar pair that you find online – because Chanel is SUPER hard to buy online.

But – there are also some more affordable options that serve up a very similar Chanel vibe for a fraction of the price. And you know here at Shop It To Me, we’re all about that.

Steve Madden loves to create a cult look at a more high-street price point. These 2 styles nail the look.

We also love these super chunky sandals from Jeffrey Campbell, complete with clip-in buckle details.

How to style it

We’re styling our chunky Velcro sandals with anything denim from mini cut-offs to on-trend straight leg jeans. Also, try them with a more feminine look and pair them with a silky mini skirt or dress for an easy casual look with a girly twist.

New Balance Sneakers

The cult sneaker of the season for 2020 is a total throwback and we’re loving it. As part of the ‘90s revival that we’re seeing so much of this year, chunky New Balance sneakers are the go-to shoe for any casual look.

White makes for an easy choice.

Obsessed with this ice cream color palette.

If you want something more statement – try these.

How to style it

Styling these shoes is all about embracing the ‘90s vibes. So, pair them with slouchy mom jeans and a handkerchief crop top for the perfect cult fashion look.

‘90s Logo Swimwear

We saw an explosion of logo fashion in 2019. This year, it’s moved swiftly into the swimwear world. A logo-covered swimsuit is THE swimsuit of choice whether you’re headed to Miami or the South of France.

Here are some faves.

And for a similar vibe but more affordable option:

How to style it

Must have summer essentials to style with your logo swimsuit or bikini? A HUGE sunhat can never fail you – plus, it keeps your cocktail cool in the shade. Plus, the ultimate oversized basket bag and matte black oversized sunnies.

Nike Tennis Skirt

Cult items can often seem… unexpected. And this is one of them. This year, the fashion pack on Instagram have been giving us all the tennis styling vibes and their key item? A simple Nike tennis skirt. Whether you do it black or white, the only rules are to keep it suppppeeerrr short.

Because it’s such a cult item, this skirt is now super hard to get hold of! So we’ve found a few similar that will do the trick when it comes to creating the same aesthetic.

How to style it

Style this with Hampton’s tennis vibes in mind. If you want to go the whole way and create the true cult Instagram look, add chunky sports socks and tennis shoes. Add a racerback tank and finish with a sweet cashmere sweater wrapped and tied around the shoulders.

Mansur Gavriel Clutch

Bottega Veneta as a brand has stolen the show for most of 2020 when it comes to accessories. BUT there’s one bag that’s easily rivaled it. And every stylish fashion lover has been hankering after it. The gathered Cloud mini clutch. Simple, chic, and effortlessly cool, this is one cult fashion piece that is way more than a fad. Here. To. Stay.

If you’re not keen on the price point but you’re into the aesthetics – we’ve also found a more affordable option for you from Steve Madden. So good in the tan as well as the black.

How to style it

This look is so luxe. So, the best way to style it? Go for neutral tones head to toe. Simple white, off-white, or camel tones feel and look luxury and transcend all seasons and trends.

Chic Face Masks

Yes, that’s right. Number 1 cult item for 2020? It’s the face mask.

We never thought we’d be saying it but the world is experiencing a global health crisis and as of now, face masks are now an important part of our kits. Whether you’re nipping to the store or heading out for the day, we now all have a face mask ready in our handbags should we find ourselves out somewhere public.

But not all masks have to be surgical-looking. Some are actually pretty chic. Here are some of our faves.

If you want to keep your mask simple, this Wolford one is incredibly simple and chic. Molded to the contours of your face, if you want a face mask that only adds to your style, this is the one for you.

Alternatively, if you’re into a statement pattern, mix it up with a multi-pack from Alice + Olivia. This one includes a simple black option alongside leopard print and stripes.

Get on-trend vibes all the way with these tie-dye masks from Shashi.

Lastly – here’s a metallic option for the fashion-forward mask wearer!

How to style it

How are we styling face masks?? Well, with everything. Around the world, government guidelines are different but if you’ve been advised to wear a mask for safety in your area, at least now you can do it and look awesome at the same time.

All of our cult items are the hottest fashion pieces around right now. More than just a trend, these cult pieces are forming their own trends and creating style that sets off a chain reaction for the high street. If you could choose just one, which would it be?

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