6 Trends New York City Women Can’t Stop Wearing

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It’s hard to walk down the street in Manhattan (or Brooklyn, for that matter) without ogling the stylish people we pass. How is it that everyone is so well dressed...and somehow already wearing the faux-fur jacket we just saved to our “Must Buy” folder on Instagram? Ugh, it’s both frustrating and endlessly inspiring—especially when it comes to trend spotting. So we rounded up the six coolest trends we’ve noticed that are pretty much guaranteed to be everywhere in 2020.

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1. Matching Your Coat To Your Bag

Forget about your grandma’s tip to match your shoes to your bag—it’s actually your outerwear that you should be coordinating with your carryall. The key word is coordinating. So don’t stress if your tans aren’t the exact same tones or if your blues are a shade different. Instead, focus on choosing two unique textures. Think wool with leather, teddy with PVC, patent leather with get the point.

Get the look: Sanctuary coat ($170); DLYP bag ($449; $315)

2. Minty Fresh Hues

Shades of mint were all over the fall/winter 2020 runways...and the trickle-down has finally arrived. This fresh color is just one colorful step above winter white, for those who like to keep their wardrobe seasonal. And, as Sade Solomon shows here, mint is surprisingly versatile—it plays well with other pastels.

Get the look: QED London coat ($130; $87); Inhabit sweater ($398; $238)Tibi pants ($325; $163)

3. Fastening A Belt Bag Over Your Jacket

Feeling tired of your go-to belt bag? Or just unsure how to wear it in the cold? Here’s a styling trick you probably haven’t tried yet: Simply fasten it around the waist of your winter jacket. Chrissy Rutherford shows us how here, opting to try the look with a puffer. Keep in mind this will also work with a sleek wool topper or even your favorite faux-fur number that extends down to your ankles. Just be sure the bag can close securely before you run out of the house.

Get the look: The Arrivals jacket ($445); Everlane turtleneck ($35); Coach bag ($225; $113); Warp + Weft jeans ($98; $29); Marc Fisher boots ($250)

4. Wearable Wellness

These might look like an average pair of trendy colored glasses, but they’re actually a wellness accessory that New Yorkers are enamored with. Seriously. The Morgenthal Frederics frames come in four colors that can help reduce stress (green), boost energy levels (pink), recover from jet lag (blue) and increase concentration (yellow). They’re kind of like the light therapy offered at trendy saunas like Higher Dose, but they’re made to be worn with a cozy sweater and jeans like Nicole Berry does here.

Get the look: Morgenthal Frederics glasses ($395); L.L. Bean sweater ($99; $90); Levi’s jeans ($40)

5. Tonal Dressing (by The Book)

Sure, it’s super simple to wear an outfit built from one or two blocks of color (think pink and tan or light blue and cream). But the true definition of tonal dressing is two colors from opposite sides of the color wheel, which Coterie member Monroe Steele absolutely nails. Her navy knit and construction-cone orange skirt makes for a combo we never knew we needed.

Get the look: Ann Taylor sweater ($90); Topshop skirt ($240); Jil Sander heels ($730)

6. Onion Quilted Jackets > Puffers

The puffer that adds inches to your frame in every direction has taken a back seat to a streamlined mid-weight jacket. Yes, the onion-quilted jacket is here (and it’s so much chicer than it sounds). Some styles extend all the way to the knees, like this Rachel Comey style, while others, like the Marfa Stance version above, are reversible for a two-in-one situation. Regardless, it’s a refreshing winter style that we’re willing to embrace with open arms—or at least layer under a heavier coat when the windchill dips below freezing.

Get the look: Madewell jacket ($138; $110); The Range top ($145; $58); Sézane skirt ($90); Spanx tights ($28); Villa Rouge boots ($195)

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From 2019-2021 Dena Silver held the role of Fashion Editor covering product recommendations, trends, and what you should be shopping this season.