Winter 2021 Fashion Trends

If there’s one thing we can say about this year’s winter fashion trends, it’s that they were created to be mood lifters. Fashion designers reacted fast to the changes our world has faced, sewing samples from swatches of fabric and improvising with digital runways. This proactive energy continues as we see the bright and bold ideas that have graced the recent runways. And our winter wardrobes look primed to be nothing less than optimistic. Let these splashes of color, eye-catching prints, vintage-inspired comebacks, and more become your perfect excuse to step outside. With a plethora of options to explore, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which trend to start with.

Geometry Class Is in Session

Bold colors and shapes create standout geometric prints that will instantly add joy to your winter wardrobe. With black coats as the staple for colder months, try adding a bold piece into the mix. Bonus points for mixing and matching prints.

Pictured: Christopher John Rogers, David Koma, Christian Dior

Artemis Deco Maxi Dress

This flowing maxi dress is expertly crafted with a strategically placed kick at both the skirt and sleeves. The best part is that you can start wearing it now and take it into the winter by adding knee-high boots and leather gloves.

Tie Blouse in Geometric Black/White

We love how pristine a tied blouse feels when wrapped around the neck. An easy closet staple for officewear, this also doubles as a perfect weekend top.

Color Clash

Traditional fashion rules are currently being challenged as both our Instagram feeds and the runways have convinced us that maybe a combination of saturated hues isn’t such a bad idea. Pink and neon orange, purple and sunshine yellow, green and cobalt blue—the opportunities are endless. It’s been a tough year, and brightening up your wardrobe is an easy opportunity to bring some color into your life.

Pictured: Acne Studios, Stella McCartney, Jacquemus

Cora Top

The phrase orange is the new black has taken on new meaning this year. We are stripping our New Yorker layers of black on black and trading them in for the brightest of brights. Wear this sunny shade year-round to bring a smile to your face.

Wool-Blend Straight-Leg Pants

An added surprise factor is always a good idea, so investing in a pair of bold-colored pants is guaranteed to pay off. Mix and match this pair with a bright blue, neon orange, hot pink, or any other color that just feels right to get the look we’re buzzing about.

Double Duty

It may come as a surprise to you that we suggest pairing your favorite skirt with a tailored trouser, but hear us out. After spotting the trend on the runways, street style stars, and celebrity snaps, we’re on board. The added length that flare pants bring elongates your body and adds versatility to your wardrobe. You can wear your skirts and dresses year-round with this simple styling hack.

Pictured: Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton

Charlotte Windowpane Print Dress

A shift dress is a great place to start if you’re looking for a dress silhouette that will pair well with your trousers. We’d style this one with baggy jeans, fit-and-flare pants, or even a cropped pair on warmer days.

Textured Suiting Flared Pants

Instantly elongate your legs with this fit-and-flare style that does it all. Easily shifting from day to night with just the right accessories, these pants are a versatile piece you’re guaranteed to get a million wears from. 

Ski Season

Après-ski no more. We’re sporting ski gear before, during, and after we hit the slopes. This is an exaggerated take on athleisure that brings the exhilarating sport to your day-to-day. Oversized puffer coats, matching snow pants, protective googles, and patterned knits will do the trick.

Pictured: Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel

Ski Sunglasses Silver and Black

Start with a pair of shades that can protect your eyes from any winter weather that could come your way. Instant cool factor applies here. 

Keep in Touch Sweater

Maximalist sweaters that were inspired by après-ski apparel have now found their way into our everyday wardrobe. Anything that feels as good as a warm hug deserves a special place in our closet. 

Leather Weather

Matching sets aren’t just for summer. And with the introduction of colder weather and the influx of leather, why not try a head-to-toe leather look. Whether you’re headed back to the office, a weekend trip, or a night out, the heavy-duty fabric will keep you shielded no matter the weather. The highlight will be how good these items will look as separates.

Courtesy: Hermès, Off-White, Givenchy

Dark Brown Vegan Leather Faroe Jacket

Your return to the office wardrobe is incomplete without a leather matching set, and this one is exactly what the doctor ordered. With a cinched waist, you’ll wear this for a night out too. 

Dark Brown Vegan Leather Tazo Long Short

Don’t let yourself believe the myth that shorts are just for summertime. We love styling our Bermuda pairs with thigh-high boots, making them season-less essentials.

Elevate Your Handshakes

Through whatever weather comes our way, the trend that will both keep you warm and elevate your look is a long leather glove. Lengthen your arms and add drama to each look by simply adding this versatile accessory to your repertoire. Our favorite way to wear this is with a short-sleeved blouse for a new way to make the most of the pieces you already have.

Pictured: Eudon Choi, Jil Sander, Erdem

Leather Gloves

Long leather gloves just do it for us. We envision ourselves wearing them to add an elegant touch to our afternoon lunch or tea time.

Shine Bright

Though sparkle and shine are typically reserved for evening and special events, the styling tips we’ve adopted from recent runways have convinced us otherwise. When paired with a casual jean, shimmer can look great in the daylight. Expert layering under vests, trench coats, and blazers create an elevated look.

Pictured: Celine, Isabel Marant, Ami

Glitter Cropped Top

The subtle amount of glitter in this top is exactly what we are looking for. Layer it underneath a trench for the daytime or take it to the next level with a miniskirt at night.

Furry Friend

Being dramatic is in our blood, so when major fashion houses tell us to add volume to our fur coats, we easily oblige. Bring on all the fluff! We suggest choosing between a style that hits the floor or an ultra-cropped silhouette to flatter your figure. Picture yourself as Margot Tenenbaum on steroids.

Pictured: Fendi, Dion Lee, Burberry

Catrin Belted Shearling Coat

We guarantee you infinite cozy coffee runs and walks through the park when you have a coat like this. Larger than life, it has a conveniently placed belt that saves you from looking like a marshmallow. Something this soft is a true luxury.

Incognito Mode

If you’re a pop culture fanatic, you may already be familiar with this trend from Kanye West’s infamous sleepaway camp apparel that he’s been wearing in preparation for the release of his Donda album. Back up a few months, and we originally spotted this trend emerging on the runways of our favorite designers. It has appeared in many forms, such as an oversized hoodie, a skintight ski suit, fabric draped overhead, and even the classic babushka. All we know is keeping our heads warm come winter months just became a trend, and our immune systems are here for it.

Pictured: Eudon Choi, Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaia

Wool Hood

An easy way to dip your toes into this cozy trend is trying out this JW Anderson wool hood, which will quickly replace your beanie obsession. Covering your hair, this is an easy way to beat bad hair days. 

Brevis Hoodie

This lightweight knit feels like a second skin. Underneath your favorite sweater and a trench coat, you’ll have an extra layer of mystery on your side.

Sheer Layers

At first thought, sporting a lightweight sheer ensemble doesn’t make much sense for winter months, but think again. When layered to perfection, this trend will become the statement look for your evenings. Try choosing a knitted fabric, a long skirt, or a turtleneck to translate your sheer pieces into winter essentials.

Pictured: Fendi, Christian Dior, Sacai

Ruffled Sheer Blouse

This sheer blouse is a night-out must-have. When planning an outfit around a top like this, you can’t go wrong. For us, we’ll just add our favorite blue jeans, tall boots, and head out the door. 

Window Pane Sheer Skirt

You’ll feel like a princess spinning around in this full-bodied skirt. The sheer detailing makes it stand out among the rest. We’ll be wearing it with a chunky knit at the office or a figure-flattering bodysuit for a dinner party.

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