3 Winter Accessory Trends We're Donating—and 3 We're Prioritizing Instead

If there's one thing that sets apart a really good winter outfit from the rest, it's the accessories. Think about it: When you're piling on layers and topping it all off with a massive coat, anything you wear underneath tends to get lost in the mix, which means that the hats, scarves, bags, jewelry, and other accouterments you usually add on at the last minute have become the crucial elements to your look. The sartorial tables have turned. 

If accessories are the name of the game, which are the most up-to-date trends to know about? We tapped a few key insiders to share the winter accessory trends they're retiring right now and which ones they're adding to their closets instead. From the jewelry trend that makes every outfit look way chicer to the hats to wear with your favorite toppers, look no further for the pieces that will help you dress better this season.

Tiffany Hsu, Fashion Buying Director, MyTheresa

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@handinfire

Donating: Belt Bags

"Although I personally really liked belt bags, I think we have all been 'belt-bagged' enough to finally put this trend aside. From big labels such as Gucci and Fendi to high-street brands like Off-White, we have seen and worn them for many seasons now." 

Prioritizing: Chunky Chain Necklaces

"I love the new trend of chunky gold necklaces! They just work with every style and look. They're statement-making but at the same time minimal and timeless."

Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director, Shopbop

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@carolineinnycity

Donating: Oversize Scarves

"This year, I'll be taking a break from my chunky oversize knit scarf. Instead, I'll be turning to lots of layering."

Prioritizing: Neutral Beanies

"For the bitter-cold months, I like to add a neutral knit beanie to all of my novelty statement coats!"

Anna LaPlaca, Associate Editor, Who What Wear

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@anna__laplaca

Donating: Micro Bags

"Winter is not really the time to be impractical with wardrobe decisions, which is why I'll be saying goodbye to those teeny-tiny mini bags that hold next to nothing."

Prioritizing: Chain-Strap Bags

"Carrying a cool bag becomes especially important in the winter since it's one of the only accessories that see the daylight on top of all your layers. Right now, I'm drawn to bags with chunky chain straps that make an impact."