We don’t always think of winter as the most stylish of seasons. Outside of New Year’s and holiday looks, it can be tough not to fall into a pattern of simply wearing the same dark-wash jeans and gray cashmere sweaters day in and day out. But this year we’re determined to add a little extra flair to our cold-weather looks, and with the close of Fashion Month we feel well prepared to name these six styles as the top winter trends to have on your radar. And as an added bonus, they’re all wonderfully easy to wear, so you won’t have to veer too far outside your cashmere comfort zone to start incorporating them into your weekly rotation.
The Top 6 Winter Fashion Trends to Know as Temperatures Start to Drop
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1. Cherry Red
The easiest trend to work into your existing wardrobe this winter is vibrant shades of red. You can go small with a bold red lip, turn it up a little more with red baguette bag slung over your shoulder or go all in with a red silk maxi dress. There’s truly no wrong way to sport the color of the season, so do whatever makes you feel best and prepare yourself to revel in all the complements you’re about to receive.
2. Sheer Materials
This Y2K throwback got a posh makeover for 2023, with richly-hued mesh layers and delicate lace frocks replacing candy-colored cardigans and cropped baby tees. Our favorite way to rock the trend is to play around with mixing sexy sheer fabrics with high-coverage silhouettes, like a long-sleeve maxi dress, for a cheeky twist. Another great option for everyday is to try layering a sheer midi skirt over (or under) a mini dress or skirt for a cool layering effect.
3. Casual Tailoring
Button-up shirts, blazers, wide-leg trousers, suit vests, office-ready frocks—all these classic tailored pieces are majorly trending right now, and we truly can’t get enough of it. The real benefit of this trend is that even when it starts to fade from the spotlight, these wardrobe staples will still remain great investment pieces you can pair with whatever the next hot style happens to be. For now, we recommend pairing them with low-key accessories—tennis shoes, beaded bracelets, slouchy shoulder bags—for a quiet luxury-meets-‘90s starlet vibe.
4. Cargo Pants
Cargo pants have been trending for a while now, but they’re really going to ramp up again as folks start swapping shorts and skirts for pants as temperatures drop. And while you can always rock a traditional khaki or canvas style, we think the most fun versions of this trend place utilitarian pockets on luxury fabrics like silk, leather or tweed.
Silver foil in particular has been popping up everywhere we look lately. Maybe it’s the product of folks repurposing their Eras and Renaissance tour outfits (thanks for the inspiration, Tay and Bey!), but there’s definitely been an uptick in all things metallic and sequin for daytime. Balance out the disco vibes by mixing some denim into your look, and keep tops simple (plain white tees and button-up blouses come to mind) to allow your silver pieces to steal the spotlight.
6. ‘90s-Style Heels
Slingbacks and kitten heels and square toes, oh my! Nineties-era styles will be among the top shoe trends to wear this winter (alongside knee-high boots, retro sneakers and chunky loafers). Think of them as a slightly fancier ballet flat that you can wear in all the same ways, be it with straight-leg jeans or a pleated midi skirt. One surprising twist we’ve also been seeing a lot of is gals wearing these cute heels with socks. Black semi-sheer socks are easiest to style, but don’t shy away from bolder colors or even funky patterns if you want them to really pop.
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