9 Winter Trends to Try Now

Writer / Stephanie Weber

Photographer / Collin Weber

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the temperature in Indy dropped drastically this year. I was ready for the change in weather though because my chunky knit sweaters were calling my name, although I might have a different opinion come February.

If you’re like me, you’re probably having a slightly difficult time rolling out of bed in the morning to get dressed for the day. Your warm bed probably sounds much better than putting on your work clothes and heading out into the crisp December morning. To give you some inspiration, I wanted to share a few winter trends that are easy to include in your wardrobe this year.

1. Statement Jackets

I have to be honest in saying that I don’t always love to feel like a marshmallow in my winter coat and driving in it is the worst. It does keep me warm, but it’s great to have some variety with statement coats. We’ve seen the teddy jacket all over Instagram and Pinterest so that’s the one I’m adding to my coat closet this year. It’s soft, generally not too bulky and easy to layer. Statement coats are great for the day when you want to actually wear your coat as part of your outfit.

  2. Sherpas

Oh, they’re back! And still just as cozy. This was a trend we saw in every store last winter. It seemed like these oversized, cuddly pullovers were designed in every color, with pockets or without pockets. Sherpas are great for your weekend running around or your evening routine with your kiddos.

3. Pleated skirts

Now hear me out before you think, “no way.” Pleated skirts were seen all over the runways for winter this year. They are being styled with Lilla P sweaters, band tees and moto jackets, turtlenecks and statement coats. I personally love these skirts because the length is appropriate for work or cocktail hour and the shoe possibilities are endless to complete the look. These skirts are also great for the holiday parties you have coming up.

4. Oversized cardigans

Sweater weather, cardi party, whatever term works for you, cardigans are in! It seems that the more oversized they are, the better. I personally style these chunky knits with a striped long sleeve tee underneath and my comfortable Hudson denim from Evereve. You’ll also find that I’m generally wearing a comfortable bootie of some type for a relaxed look.

5. Animal print

Hello zebra, leopard and snakeskin. We are seeing a little bit of everything when it comes to animal print this year. Snakeskin booties or mules have been hugely popular with cowl neck cardigans and denim. I personally own at least three leopard sweaters or cardigans and a couple of shoes in the print. It’s neutral enough to be dressy and not overstated.

6. Shades of brown

It feels like we went back to the 70s for this color to become a trend again, but designers are eating it up. Brown is one of those colors that I like because it’s different and can be used in a variety of staple pieces. From sweaters to pants to dresses, you can find this shade in all of it.

7. Slouchy boots

The boots I’m wearing here are some of my favorite of all time. They combine two trends with the plaid print and it’s funny how much these actually go with. Slouchy boots are great with skirts or denim.

8. Blazers

Bring on the blazers because this is a wardrobe essential. I personally rock blazers with band tees, lace tanks, regular white tees or even over sweaters. You can do so much with this piece in your daily life and transition it across seasons so, for me, it’s a must.

9. Plaid

It’s the last trend I want to highlight, but probably one of the most relatable for those of us in Indy who enjoy a good sweater or cardigan layered with our favorite plaid flannel, curled up by the fire, sipping a White Russian. You can see the picture I’m painting and likely have a plaid in your closet right now. So, cheers to you, you’re on trend.

Winter fashion is a great time to play with layers, new colors and even a fun print or two. If you’re wondering more about how to style these trends you can visit trendyinindy.com or head on over to Pinterest for some inspiration.

Cheers to winter trends at their best!

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