The Winter Trends We're Not Wearing This Year (and 9 We're Trying)

Bobby Schuessler

There's no denying we have a lot of love for autumn (and the glorious ankle boots and biker jackets that come with the season), but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t just a tad excited about the impending winter months. Sure, the weather can be brutal, but with those chilly temperatures brings a range of cosy and winter trends to look forward to as well. That said, an onslaught of new winter trends means it’s also time to say goodbye to some of those passé items we’ve been storing in the back of our wardrobes.

To dive into the matter a bit more, we’re highlighting the nine winter fashion trends we’re parting with in 2019 and 2020—and, of course, the looks we’re saying hello to instead. (But remember, in reality, you should always just wear whatever you love, no matter if someone says it’s “in or “out.”)

Without further ado, keep scrolling for a bit of winter shopping inspiration. And get a jump start on building that stylish cold-weather wardrobe.

Goodbye: Super-Cropped Coats
Hello: Maxi Coats

Cropped coats are still around, but those extremely cropped styles aren't as popular, as just about every major designer from Chanel to Balenciaga showcased a range of extra-long maxi coats on the A/W 19 runways. And rightfully so—the look is impossibly chic and brings just the right amount of drama to a winter look.

Shop the trend:

Topshop Cream Reversible Belted Borg Coat (£89)

Loewe Oversized Belted Wool Coat (£1700)

Goodbye: Over-the-Knee Boots
Hello: Knee-High Boots

Sure, we spotted tight over-the-knee boots aplenty over the last few years but we’re starting to see fewer of them as the classic knee-high boots enter our worlds in an even more impactful way. Try a classic black iteration with a midi skirt for the office, or tuck your straight-leg jeans into a mock-croc pair for a going-out vibe.

Shop the trend:

Sam Edelman Hai Knee-High Boots (£159)

Steve Madden Triumph Knee-High Boots (£71)

Goodbye: Glossy Vinyl
Hello: Loads of Leather

We all seem to be toning down the obsession with super-high-shine vinyl this autumn and winter, with designers and fashion people alike favouring more toned-down leather (and leather-like) separates instead. We’re particularly for this trend because investing in a leather piece is actually quite timeless.

Shop the trend:

Topshop Black Real Leather Peg Trousers (£195)

H&M Imitation Leather Shirt (£60)

Goodbye: Off-the-Shoulder Knits
Hello: Chunky Crewnecks

What started as an obsession is starting to come to a halt as off-the-shoulder knits are being stored away for chunky crewneck sweaters featuring unique details like balloon sleeves.

& Other Stories Oversized Mock Neck Wool Blend Sweater (£65)

Iris & Ink Jens Marled Wool Sweater (£195)

Goodbye: Knit Minidresses
Hello: Midi Sweaterdresses

While shorter knit dresses can still have a moment with tights, it’s the midi or maxi sweaterdress silhouettes that are shaping up to be the dress du jour among the fashion set this season.

Shop the trend:

Warehouse Tie Waist Knitted Dress (£46)

Allude Roll-Neck Wool-Blend Maxi Sweater Dress (£385)

Goodbye: Bright Red
Hello: Hot Pink

No, no, don’t stop wearing your favourite red pieces (especially those coats in merlot or cranberry), it’s just that the colour’s younger cousin—hot pink—wants to shine as a key player this winter as well. That’s right, turn to the collections of Jacquemus and Sies Marjan, and you’ll spot extroverted pink in the form of outerwear (most noteworthy), but also in tops, dresses and so on.

Endless Rose Velvet Wide-Leg Pants (£68)

Line & Dot Ruby Sweater (£62)

Goodbye: Sock Booties
Hello: Lug-Sole Ankle Boots

As we highlighted in the past, sock ankle boots (although stylish) aren’t as popular this season as thick-soled ankle boots. Everything from combat boots to Chelsea boots with track soles will bring that effortless-cool vibe to your cold-weather ensemble.

Shop the trend:

Andre Assous Peggy Chelsea Boots (£157)

Senso Falco Chelsea Boots (£184)

Goodbye: Short Topcoats
Hello: Capes

Okay, so knee-length peacoat and topcoat-like outerwear silhouettes will never go “out,” but we’re considering casting them aside in favor of the cosy and chic capes that were spotted in the collections of heavy hitters from Celine to Burberry. Sure, the look could seem intimidating, but it’s quite easy to pull off with a simple outfit featuring jeans, a turtleneck and knee-high boots.

Shop the trend:

Madewell Windowpane Cape Scarf (£41)

Johnstons of Elgin Two-Tone Stretch-Cashmere Cape (£600)

Goodbye: Logo Tights
Hello: Colourful Tights

While logo tights hit a stride earlier in the year, they’re feeling a bit tired as crayon-coloured tights in a variety of solid colours step up to the plate. Test out a bold pair with your favourite sweaterdress and booties to make a statement.

Shop the trend:

Nordstrom Opaque Control Top Tights (£12)

Falke Dot 15 Denier Point D’Esprit Tights (£14)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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