I'm a Shopping Specialist—These Are the Items I'm Buying to Look On-Trend Now

Finally, February is here! Did you ever think January would end? A new month brings a whole host of fresh sartorial delights that are sure to lift you out of your winter style rut. With a new season on the horizon (spring officially starts March 19, friends), it's the perfect time to add a touch of newness to your wardrobe that's you can wear right now. (Don't worry—we'll leave the hot-pants trend until it's at least over 70 outside.)

As a market editor and shopping specialist, it's my job to search the internet high and low for the absolute best pieces worth adding to your closet, and this month's stylish treasures do not disappoint. From trending shackets to "Peter Pan" collars to relaxed tailoring, scroll below as I share the must-have items I'm buying to look wholly on-trend right now.

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Shacket
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If you don't already own a shacket, now is the time to add the cool-girl piece to your wardrobe. The oversize shirt-jacket hybrid is currently blowing up our Insta feeds and dominating at all our favorite stores right now. They're the perfect layering piece through winter (throw it on over your turtleneck and under your overcoat) and will transition you seamlessly into spring (just wear it as a spring jacket over your white tee).

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Heeled Loafers
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One of the biggest shoe trends we saw on the spring runways were the return of loafers. This year's iterations come mostly heeled, featuring modern and intriguing sartorial twists such as slingback styles, buckles, textured fabrics, mules, and fun patterns. 

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Polo-Style Sweaters
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Sweaters are a staple in our winter wardrobes right now, but for a fresh, on-trend take on our knits, try a polo-style sweater—a piece that was omnipresent on the spring/summer runways.

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Wide-Leg Tailored Trousers
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If you're tired of all your jeans, I highly suggest investing in a pair of chic wide-leg trousers. We saw them all over the spring runways and fashion girls have been quick to take on the trend. Wear them with heels and sneakers alike.

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Leather Separates
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Leather continues to be a huge trend this year, with colored leather, in particular, taking center stage. Try a faux-leather shirt, jacket, or trousers in versatile tan or green shades.

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Oversize Bag
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From totes to slings, the bigger the better when it comes to bags this season. 

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Bootcut and Flare Jeans
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Move over, skinny jeans—'70s-inspired bootcut and flared jeans are back for 2020, and we can't get enough. Already spotted on some of our favorite celebs and fashion girls this season, it's time to jump on this flattering trend.

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Chain Link Necklace
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The chain-link necklace trend shows no signs of slowing down for 2020. Set your dainty necklaces aside for chunky chain links that will amp up every outfit.

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Waistcoat
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Suits are having a major moment this year, but it's the addition of a dapper waistcoat that will give your tailoring a modern look.

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Blue Hues
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While there are plenty of bright and bold color trends to get your teeth into this spring, such as lively orange and fiery red, I'm particularly drawn to the more wearable and calming blue hues that are having a big moment right now. From classic blue—Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year—to navy to faded pale blue (my personal favorite), it's sure to be your go-to color due to its versatility.

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Long Shorts
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One of the biggest trends already blowing up on the 'gram is long shorts. This season, they come in relaxed tailored silhouettes in all fabrics from leather to tweed. Wear them with knee-high boots while it's still frigid out.

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Up next, here's how to shop spring's seven biggest shoe trends for under $100.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.