6 Practical Winter Trends Fashion People Are Actually Wearing Right Now

As an L.A. girl who moved to NYC about six years ago, I quickly realized that when it comes to winter fashion, there's no way to get around dressing practically for the cold. You can think you look cute and don't care about the elements until you step out of your apartment in February and one gust of wind has you running back home to fix whatever faux pas you thought you'd get away with. Trust me—I've learned my lesson the hard way more times than I'd like to admit.

On that note, whether you live on the East Coast or not, today's roundup should still be useful or, at the very least, informative. Below, I've detailed six winter trends our favorite fashion girls are wearing that actually fit the bill for cold weather. In other words, no cutout sweaters, ripped jeans, or open-toe footwear are included. To see what made the cut and, of course, shop my picks for each look along the way, just keep scrolling.

1. Furry Hats

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Finally, an accessory trend that's not only cute to look at but also warm and cozy. Behold the furry hat.

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2. Fashion Puffers

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And no, it doesn't have to be designer! While I love a North Face x Gucci or Loewe moment, any puffer that goes above and beyond to look intentional and chic will do the trick.

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3. Tights

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Tights are technically a staple, but in terms of their cool factor, they tend to go through ebbs and flows. Thankfully, this season, slightly sheer tights paired with anything from boots to loafers are very much in. 

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4. Shearling Coats

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Especially when combined with leather, the shearling (and faux-shearling) coat is having a major moment this year, spotted on countless fashion people and on every one of my favorite sites. 

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5. Uggs

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If you're not excited about the return of Uggs, then I bet you haven't slipped your feet into a pair recently. 

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6. Layers on Layers

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When it comes to layering, more is more, so throw on that turtleneck, button-down, sweater, coat, scarf, and whatever else you need to feel warm, cozy, and cool.

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This story was previously published and has since been updated. 

Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour
Senior Market Editor

Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently senior market editor. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.