While we’ve had winter fashion on our minds for some time now, the official start of the season is just about to be upon us, which means that it’s time to get serious about what we’re going to wear. After all, nothing makes cold-weather dressing a bit more bearable like an outfit you actually look forward to putting on (and showing off).
Whether you’re looking for the most eye-catching trend out there to help you make a statement on the holiday party circuit, simply want some everyday items for your arsenal that are as functional as they are forward, or, of course, like many of us, would ideally like to check both boxes, I’m pleased to say that today we’ve got you covered in all areas. From fashion puffers to embellished everything, the seven trends you’re about to see are the only ones you really need to know about for the coming months—and the ones you’ll want to shop immediately. Just keep scrolling to start.
While the animal-print trend felt like a wardrobe supplement as we transitioned into fall, exotics of all kinds are beginning to serve as the new neutrals this winter. Whether that’s in the form of python boots, a leopard skirt, a zebra coat, or all the above, don’t think twice about your next animal-print purchase, because I have a feeling it won’t be your last.
Calling it: High shine will be this season’s cure for the winter blues. If your ankle boots need an upgrade, your coat could be sleeker; if your night-out look is ready for some gloss, you can’t go wrong with an upgrade to patent leather (or faux patent leather) for the months ahead. Whether you plan to start subtly with the styling or go full-on Matrix, the trend forecast is saying you simply can’t go wrong.
By Far’s debut bag collection has been so popular among celebrities, influencers, and pretty much everyone else that it took us a while to find one that was even in stock. This cream mini bag is an easy choice that will stick with you for seasons to come.
One of my favorite ways to nail a trend without really trying is to swap in an updated basic for something you already wear. In the case of this piece by Alix, just let it take the place of your go-to bodysuits or tanks, and it’ll give all your outfits an updated feel.
From ankles to earlobes, this winter, all things adorned are in. While this, conveniently, lends itself perfectly to holiday party dressing, don’t think the trend is exclusively meant for after dark. With the help of some of our favorite brands, you’ll find it just as easy (and appealing) to take on the day draped in crystals too.
Just in time for holiday season, the statement sweater has made a serious comeback, and we couldn’t be more into it. From Fair Isle to embellished to cutout and more, there are endless options for taking your signature sweater, jeans, and boots uniform up quite a few notches for winter and, well, making a statement in the process.
Cutouts on a sweater are always interesting, but as usual, the designers behind Monse have taken it one step further with this standout red sleeve. If you’re looking for an evening-ready option, this is it.
Fair Isle is one of few statement details that has stood—and will continue to stand—the test of time. This cardigan version is an easy-to-wear option you can layer, wear alone, or even throw over your shoulders.
Blame it on this year’s royal fever, but there are few more highly revered prints at the moment than plaid—in all its many, many forms. Naturally, the most prevalent iteration for winter seems to be outerwear, but the fashion set is simultaneously buying into everything from skirts to boots to blouses in the classic print. If you’re looking for a trend to invest in and use for years to come, this one is it.
Like many of the other plaid pieces in this roundup, this Balenciaga shoulder bag perfectly combines classic elements with a trend-forward feel. If you buy it, never get rid of it, because you’ll find yourself wanting to wear it year after year.
Not only will these be an eye-catching addition to all your go-to denim outfits, but they’ll also look amazing styled with dresses and skirts of all lengths, making them a worthy buy.
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Hikers at Heart
This season, the fashion set’s everyday footwear of choice is, without a doubt, hiker boots, and all we can say is finally, a shoe trend that’s as sensible as it is stylish. After all, what more could you ask for in boots during the dead of winter than lug soles and comfortable construction? Well, we’d hope they look as good as they feel, and luckily, this season’s hiking-inspired options definitely do.
This suede pair from H&M’s Premium Quality offering is not just a steal for the $80 price tag. It also has the ideal narrow shaft for wearing under your straight-leg jeans, no tuck required.
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It’s official: The puffer jacket has gone from something we once (reluctantly) wore only when the weather required to a fashion favorite everyone is itching to get their hands on. Well, with heightened desirability comes a new wave of stylish options. Think everything from luxe materials such as velvet and leather to standout prints including of-the-moment plaid and leopard to updated silhouettes that just feel so modern and sleek. Prepare for a pretty puffy season ahead.
There’s a reason the Super Puff is all over Instagram this season, including our editors’ own pages. It’s the perfectly lightweight yet extremely warm jacket that comes in countless colors, so it can fit in any wardrobe.