October 04, 2018 8 min read 9 Comments


Top 20 Fashion Trends for Winter (Ultimate Guide)

As the weather cools down and the tanks and maxi dresses are packed away for the season, there’s a whole new world of fashion options coming down the runways.

From vibrant prints to matronly levels of coverage, never before has there been such a vast assortment of styles to choose from. Add to this a plethora of fun accessories, like handbags and even glammed up winter boots, and there’s plenty to look forward to in this upcoming season of bundling up or staying indoors by the fire.

Want to make the most of this season’s hottest fashions? Here are the top trends to look out for throughout this fall/winter season. 

1. Extreme Coverage

Check out the catwalk! Virtually every designer is showcasing less skin and more layers.

From bulky coats to multiple layers to stockings with longer skirts, covering it all up is “in” this season. The good news is that you can feel sexy even while wearing your biggest, bulkiest winter coat. Moreover, you’ll undoubtedly be toasty warm underneath layers of skirts, stockings, tunics, and scarves.

To make the most of the look, try layering pieces in varying, but complementary, colors and textures. For instance, add a shimmery top beneath a larger neutral toned coat and scarf.

This is a fantastic way to incorporate some of the season’s other most popular styles, such as glossy sheens and animal prints. 

2. Knitted Head Wear

Even if you’re not planning to hit the slopes this season, knitted balaclavas are making a comeback in a big way this year, with several top designers incorporating them into their fall/winter lines.

Not only are they an excellent way to stay super warm, even if it’s freezing outside, but they’re available in a range of colors and textures, so finding something to make a statement with any ensemble is easy. 

Women's Winter Knitted Slouchy Beanie Hat

3. High Gloss Sheen

Shimmery ensembles are all the rage right now, offering a little more of a feminine touch to some of the bulkier trends happening right now. The catwalks are full of shining tones of red, silver and golds.

To add a little shine to your outfits, pair these pieces with more subdued tones. For instance, wear a sparkly silver shirt underneath a black coat, or pair a set of shimmery heels with a more subdued dress or two-piece suit.

Just remember, it’s easy to overdo it on the gloss, so pick and choose your items with care. 

4. Animal Print

That’s right. It’s time to push any ideas you had about animal print out of your mind and learn to embrace this trend because it’s back in a big way.

Like with glossy materials, it’s always best to use statement pieces combined with simpler accessories. We love the look of a leopard print jacket paired over a black dress and heels or a zebra print skirt with a neutral shirt and blazer.

Keep an eye out for unusual colors that really “pop” as well - such as leopard print in bright red or blue. 

5. Plaid/Checkered Print

This has been around for many seasons so far, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Whether it’s plaid shirts, pants, or dresses, this is the go-to casual look for the cold weather months.

The beauty of this look is that it’s no longer resigned to red and black - there are numerous colors offered to achieve a world of different looks. Checkered print dresses are also the perfect day to night ensemble.

Wear them loose and flowy with leggings and cozy boots for a relaxed day at home, or pair them with a belt, stockings, and heels for a nighttime look that isn’t too over the top. 

6. Tweed

This material isn’t just for professors anymore. It’s making a comeback in numerous different ways - from chic blazers to 80’s throwback ensembles; it’s everywhere this season.

Tweed skirts are easily paired with less structured materials, like silk, for a sexy look that matches well with heels or riding boots. Moreover, you can’t go wrong with a tweed blazer to use over any number of fall and winter outfits. 

7. Western Apparel

The cowboy look never stays gone for long, and it’s back this season in a significant way.

Not only are floral dresses, cowboy boots, and prairie themes going to be everywhere, but these pieces tie in well with the paid trend as well. Pair a flowy dress with boots and a jacket over the top.

 Or combine a western inspired plaid dress with leggings and scarves. You might want to dig that cowboy hat out of storage for another go ‘round this season! In any case, you’ll be riding your rebel heart into battle and kicking up your boots with a look that will show them what you’re made of. 

8. Fringe

We’re not talking about the brown fringe vests and matching bags of yesteryear.

Today’s fringe is flowy, chic and elegant. Imagine soft petals that move with your body as you walk and add to the feminine aesthetic of your favorite holiday dresses and blouses.

Pair fringe shirts in shimmery colors with solid jackets, jeans, and heels for a sleek look that works for just about any occasion life throws at you. 

9. Leather

Did leather ever go OUT of style? Whatever your opinion is on that, it’s going to be everywhere this winter.

From skirts to pants to classic leather jackets and coats - you can wear it with virtually anything. While black is a traditional favorite, you’ll find this timeless material throughout many new colors this year, ranging from deep greens to bold reds.

As an aside, leather is one of the best materials on earth to keep you warm whether you are riding on a Harley Davidson, or holding onto a warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning. 

Faux Leather Mini Skirt with Belt

10. 70’s Brown Colors

You remember the brown shades worn by 70’s heartthrobs - from leather jackets to sunglasses; it was everywhere.

Even if you don’t remember its first heyday, this color palette is making a comeback for both men's’ and women’s fashion. Luckily, you really can’t go wrong with camel boots, belts, and handbags with just about any ensemble.

Or go with a brown leather jacket for a slightly more laid-back feel on this classic staple. 

11. Hooded Tops

As if the knitted headwear wasn’t enough, hooded tops are also in this year.

This can be in the form of the bulkier and more protective hooded coats and jackets, to more refined pieces, such as hooded cloaks, which offer a flowy and more refined appearance when paired with nighttime ensembles.

Add a bit of mystery to your style and watch how they begin to wonder. 

12. Florals

While you’ll still see some of the soft, feminine floral prints of summer sticking around into the colder months, you’ll also see bright, bold bouquets that stand out.

Whether in the form of a cozy winter dress paired with a layered coat on top or in the form of a scarf to wrap yourself in to add a little pop of color to a little black dress, floral prints add a delicate charm to your stunning flair! 

13. Prominent Shoulders

Dust off your mom’s power suits of the 80’s, because prominent shoulders are back on-trend.

While you’ll find plenty of more subdued looks featuring this style, you’ll also come across your fair share of 80’s time warp pieces that are colorful, bold and a whole lot of fun.

Whether you’re just discovering this style or excited to revisit an old favorite from the nation’s greatest decade, you’re in luck this winter season. 

14. Puffy Coats

No longer reserved for the ski slopes or those who find themselves outside shoveling snow, puffy coats are in style this season, so you have the perfect excuse to stay bundled up when it’s cold out.

Designers have especially enjoyed combining the casual appeal of the coats with chic leather dresses or florals for an exciting contrast.

Leggings, snow boots, and puffy coats were all the rage in the early 90’s, and as we move from 2018 into 2019, this chic winter look is back and hotter than ever. 

15. Parkas

Designers loved the idea of “coverage” this season, as the runways were rife with parkas alongside those puffy coats and tweed jackets. The good thing is that you’ll be super warm this season!

Choose a more modern cut to kick this look up a notch or go with something oversized and billowy if you’re going for comfort. Either way, you will be warm, stylish, and bound to light up any event or gathering. 

16. Blue Collar

You read that right. Workwear has become a bit of a fashion staple, with quirky additions to jumpsuits like reflective tape and even big clunky work boots.

Even if you don’t work on a construction site, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress as you do. Moreover, your beauty and unique charm will shine through every step of the way.

Now, let’s see who’s whistling when the shoe is on the other foot! 

17. Faux Fur

Brands might be becoming more environmentally conscious, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still love the look of a luxurious fur coat.

Artificial varieties dominated the runway this season, offering a bit of old-fashioned luxury to the mix, as well as yet another way to stay warm this winter. And warm you will stay, as you feel the eyes of those watching from the wings as you make any room you are in your own private runway! 

 Woollen Fur Collar Cardigan

18. Capes

In what seems to be the fashion season hellbent on keeping everyone covered up and toasty warm, it should be no surprise that the cape is making a comeback.

However, while oversized coats and parkas add bulk to your look with a more casual vibe, capes exude sex appeal and mystery, making them a much more fitting option for nighttime wear or anytime you want to feel ultra-chic.

They draw attention in the most becoming way, allowing room for the rest of your evening wear while offering a daring take on whatever style you choose. 

19. Flowing dresses

Reminiscent of Greek goddesses, flowing dresses in draped materials and soft colors are a must-have this season. They’re easily paired with layers in varied colors, but they create an elegant silhouette worn on their own.

The flow will look seamless yet graceful against the cool breeze while making you stand out that much more. Elegance is the theme, and winter provides the perfect backdrop for any grand entrance!

I hope you don’t mind people looking your way because once you enter any event, gathering, or simple get-together, you will be the talk of the night. You’ll essentially be the celebrity in the room. You’ll be a star in your own right. 

20. Throwback Decades

If you came of age in the 60’s, 70’s or even 90’s, you’re bound to find something in this season’s fashion repertoire to set your nostalgia to maximum levels.

From the neon green hues and fluorescent shades of the 90’s party scenes to the mini-dressesand skirts of the 60’s women’s liberation movement, there is something here for you.

You’ll even find shimmering disco-ball-esque jumpsuits popularized by a certain 1980’s pop star and mismatched plaid work, stripes and patchwork reminiscent of fashions in the 70’s. As more people find themselves longing for simpler times, it’s no wonder that today’s trends are reflecting that sentiment. 

A Few Extras

No fashion guide would be complete without mentioning a few of the must-have accessories this season.

Fur-lined snow boots are making waves (again), keeping with the warm and cozy appeal of the layering and various outerwear trends. Bold jewelry and vibrant scarves are also trending this year, so it’s easy to add personality to any outfit.

If there’s anything to learn from this season’s top runway fashions, it’s that anything goes!

9 Responses

Cassandra D
Cassandra D

November 21, 2018

The outfits are nice.

Marie C
Marie C

November 21, 2018

I love so many of these looks. Tweed is a particular favorite. But I so love the faux fur cape pictured, too.

Brandon Sparks
Brandon Sparks

November 21, 2018

Love the great tips. They are sure going to help. Thanks so much..

Audrey Silcox
Audrey Silcox

November 21, 2018

Sweather with Hoodie flowing dresses love it

Michael DeFren
Michael DeFren

November 21, 2018

Wow, great advice….Hoodie are always in style, but i do love the faux fur

Juan Carlos Salvador
Juan Carlos Salvador

November 20, 2018

Love those tips and lovely information!


November 19, 2018

I love the outfits!!


November 18, 2018

I’m glad hooded tops, check shirts and parka jackets are back in, I always wear them this time of year :-)

debbie p
debbie p

November 01, 2018

great fashion tips

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