Say what you will about the winter months. Some love snowy weather and holidays, while others would rather hibernate than deal with cold temperatures and 4:30pm sunsets. (Hi, it’s me.) But one thing we can all appreciate is wintery dressing, and the fashion trends for winter 2022 are expected to be nothing short of iconic.
Sure, you will be suitable in an ultra toasty winter coat from Amazon and some cute ankle boots, but underneath all those layers, we still expect you to dress your best. This season, that means experimenting with a few key trends that dominated autumn/winter 2022 runways and the chicest streetwear looks. Prepare for funky Y2k fashionthick shoes and best oversized blazers you have ever seen. Sexy corsets and cowboy boots will also be ultra trendy in the coming months, so start browsing now.
Here you’ll find 10 of the best fashion trends for winter 2022, plus our top picks for shopping these looks.
We’re here for any trend that requires thought, time and effort to dress. Matching suits? Sounds good. Whether you’re rocking a monochromatic three-piece, mix-and-match, or just having fun with a one-of-a-kind waistcoat, suits are having a big moment after appearing in nearly every runway show last season. Tom Ford, Gabriela Hearst, Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, the list goes on.
With suits come blazers, and with blazers often come shoulder pads. This season, don’t shy away from the look of a wide collar. You don’t have to go quite as dramatic as silhouettes we saw from Dolce & Gabbana, but like to play with proportions this season. Louis Vuitton, Lemaire and Versace all showcased several, shall we say, ready-to-wear renditions. The sweet spot is somewhere between halter neck and linebacker pads, but you can decide where on that spectrum suits you best.
You can resist it all you want, but cowgirl fashion is here to stay and it got the haute couture treatment for this winter from houses like Chanel and Maison Margiela. The western runway look serves as proof that a little yeehaw can go a long way, so you don’t have to adopt a whole giddy lineup to participate in this one. Try substituting a pair of classic black cowboy boots into any of your usual outfits and see how it goes. Chances are it will look pretty damn cute.
Minis aren’t going away, rest assured, but it’s high time we revisited the maxi length. When is better to cover up than the coldest months of the year? While we owe this resurgence to the obsession with all things ’90s fashion, looks from Luar, Altuzarra and The Row showed us how to bring throwback style into 2022.
Dark colors and muted tones traditionally rule in winter, but this season turns that norm on its very boring head. The colors of the moment are acid green – and aquamarine, if I may quote Lorde. Take a page from Y Project’s book and combine both colors for an eye-catching look, or choose one and use sparingly for a subtle pop. Either way, this trend is the smartest way to combat the dreary winter blues.
Okay, jackets trending in winter are a bit, well, predictable. But if you have to layer up to fight the cold, you might as well do it in the outerwear du jour. If the runways were any indication (Prada, Elie Saab, Loewe, Raf Simmons, to name a few), we’ll be seeing bomber jackets galore this winter. Anyway, the world is your oyster. Leather, denim, reflective, furry – take your pick.
Blame it on TikTok and the Y2K trend, but maximalism is coming back into the zeitgeist. This means throwing caution to the wind and dressing in… pretty much whatever you want. Somehow what doesn’t match matches, at least by today’s standards. As long as it looks deliberately put together, like Gigi Hadid’s look for Vivienne Westwood, you’re sartorially set.
It gives crooked, creepy, creepy. Corsets were the It item this summer, and blistering temps aren’t changing that fact. We are simply layering now. You can still use the slim black bustier, just wear it over a white button-down. Knit with boning with the cross? It’s called innovative fashion, baby.
Historically, we tend to show as little skin as possible when it’s cold outside, but this season we think differently. Maybe it’s post-pandemic joie de vivre (or maybe it’s just narcissism), but this is the season for cut-out. Highlight that dress that barely holds together! Work the hipless pants! If LaQuan Smith can do it, so can you.
Unless you live under a rock, this will come as a surprise to no one. I know, I know, the early stuff doesn’t feel distant enough to “come back,” but alas, here we are. Low rise bottoms, polo shirts, Juicy Couture; all the old classics are trending again. Here’s to hoping you didn’t donate everything years ago. If so, you can turn to any number of high-end designers to fill the gaps in your wardrobe. Miu Miu, Marine Serre, Chanel and Halpern are just a selection of those embracing the 2000s. The trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon either, as Diesel and Fendi leaned in for their Spring/Summer 2023 shows in Milan this week.
Give me a winter boot or give me death. If chunky shoes and platform shoes weren’t already booming, they are about to be. At least this trend is practical for winter, as snow, sleet and salted roads demand shoes that can withstand the weather. But at the same time it still looks fashionable, of course.
Meg Donohue is Associate Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Her passions include spicy food, sustainability and the Y2K remake of Charlie’s Angels. She will never stop hoping for a One Direction reunion tour.