These 6 Winter Accessory Trends Are Perishing so These 6 Can Thrive


When you're bundled up in a zillion layers in the winter, all the pressure is put on your accessories to make your outfit really shine. They bring out the "extra" side in everyone—after all, what's the best way to jazz up an outfit than with some fun accouterments? And this season especially, the hats, jewelry, and bags on offer are about as extra as they come. Throw on a fuzzy bucket hat for your daily social-distancing walk or some pretty pearl earrings to your simplest sweater-and-jeans look. But even if you're into something more subdued, a simple sweater-over-shoulders styling trick offers the perfect update.

Whatever vibe you're on these days, add in one (or multiple) of the below hats, bags, earrings, tights, and hair accessories to your cold-weather outfit rotation and witness the magic of compliments, inquiries, and double-taps rolling in. Without further ado, scroll on to discover six epic winter accessory trends that you'll regret not trying along with the coordinating style this new round is taking the place of.

Perishing: Bright Beanies

Thriving: Fuzzy Bucket Hats


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While beanies themselves are a perennial wintertime topper, I think it's safe to say that those bright neon-hued beanies are out the door this year. Taking their place are bold, furry bucket hats that are so much fun to wear and promise to take your outfit to level 10.

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Perishing: Colored Tights

Thriving: Logo Tights


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Logo tights, while not necessarily a new trend, are bubbling up again this year with Chanel's highly-anticipated CC stockings that have been making a splash all over Instagram and giving us renewed excitement about logo tights of all kinds. Alternately, candy-colored hosiery seems to be fading out of view.

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Perishing: Chandelier Earrings

Thriving: Unconventional Pearls


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Remember when massive crystal earrings were all anyone could talk about? Maybe it's the fact that we don't have those fancier holiday parties to get dressed up for this year or maybe it's that more opulent jewelry feels a tad irrelevant this year, but either way we're seeing the fashion crowd take a liking to pretty pearl pieces which are admittedly more wearable (but no less pretty).

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Perishing: Big Headbands

Thriving: Super Scrunchies


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I'm calling it: larger-than-life headbands are being replaced by larger-than-life scrunchies. With oversized shapes and luxurious fabrics like organza, silk, and velvet, the humble scrunchie is getting a fancy upgrade for the holidays this year and we couldn't be more excited for this one.

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Perishing: Oversized Scarves

Thriving: Sweater Styling


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It wouldn't be a winter roundup without at least one practical fashion item, right? While scarves are a mainstay for those of us in colder climates, fashion people pausing them in favor of a trendier styling trick: the sweater drape. Take a chunky knit and tie it over one or both shoulders (yes, even on top of your coat) for a fresher but no less functional scarf alternative.

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Perishing: Micro Bags

Thriving: Cloud-Like Carryalls


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Itty-bitty bags that only carry one or two items? In this new era, practicality is taking over, and with it a new handbag style that's as useful as it is cool. These puffy, cloud-like carryalls are a fun alternative to your classic leather bag and add a little something extra to any winter 'fit.

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Next up, 7 buys the stylish over-40 crowd is prioritizing this winter.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.