Say what you will about the winter months. Some enjoy snowy weather and vacations, while others would rather hibernate than face freezing temperatures and 4:30 p.m. sunsets. (Hi, that’s me.) But one thing we can all appreciate is winter clothing, and the fashion trends for winter 2022 should be nothing short of iconic.
Sure, you’ll be wearing an ultra-warm winter coat from Amazon and some cute ankle boots, but underneath all those layers, we still expect you to dress in your best. This season, that means experimenting with a few key trends that dominated the Fall 2022 runways and the chicest streetwear looks. Get ready for funky Y2k fashion, chunky shoes and the best oversized blazers you’ve ever seen. Sexy corsets and cowboy boots will also be super trendy in the coming months, so start browsing now.
Here, check out 10 of the best fashion trends for Winter 2022, along with our top picks for shopping those looks.
We’re here for all the trends that take thought, time and effort to dress up. Matching costume sets? Great. Whether you’re wearing a monochromatic three-piece, a mix-and-match, or just having fun with a singular vest, separate suits are having a major moment after appearing in just about every runway 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 be afraid of the look of a wide collar. You don’t have to leave enough as dramatic as the silhouettes we’ve seen at Dolce & Gabbana, but feel free to play with proportions this season. Louis Vuitton, Lemaire and Versace all featured more, shall we say, ready-to-wear interpretations. The sweet spot is somewhere between halter neck and linebacker pads, but you can decide where this spectrum works best for you.
You can resist it all you want, but cowgirl fashion is here to stay, and it’s been given the haute couture treatment for this winter from houses like Chanel and Maison Margiela. The western-inspired runway looks are proof that a little yeehaw can go a long way, so you don’t have to rock a giddy outfit to partake in this one. Try replacing a pair of classic black cowboy boots in one of your regular outfits and see how it goes. Chances are it looks too cute.
Minis aren’t going away, rest assured, but it’s high time to revisit the maxi length. What better way to cover up than the coldest months of the year? While we owe this resurgence to the obsession with 90s fashion, looks from Luar, Altuzarra and The Row have shown us how to bring retro style back into 2022.
Dark colors and muted tones traditionally rule winter, but this season turns that norm into a 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 the two colors for an eye-catching look, or choose one and use it sparingly for a subtle touch. Either way, this trend is the brightest way to combat the dull winter blues.
Okay, the winter jacket trend is a bit, yes, predictable. But if you’re going to layer up to beat the cold, you might as well do it with the outerwear of the day. If the runways were any indication (Prada, Elie Saab, Loewe, Raf Simmons, to name a few), we’ll see bombers galore this winter. Either way, the world is your oyster. Leather, denim, reflective, fur – choose your poison.
Blame it on TikTok and the Y2K trend, but maximalism is making a comeback. That means throwing caution to the wind and dressing in…pretty much whatever you want. Somehow, what doesn’t fit, at least by today’s standard. As long as it looks intentionally put together, like Gigi Hadid’s look for Vivienne Westwood, you’re in the sartorial clear.
It is giving debauchery, debauchery, debauchery. Corsets were all the rage this summer, and the scorching temperatures don’t change that. We’re just layering now. You can still put this tight black bustier to use, just put it on a white button. Knitwear with corseted stays? It’s called innovative fashion, honey.
Historically we’ve tended to want as little skin as possible when it’s cold, but this season we think otherwise. It might be post-pandemic exhilaration (or maybe just narcissism), but it’s cut-out season. Flaunt that dress that barely stands! Work those hipless pants! If LaQuan Smith can do it, so can you.
Unless you live under a rock, this won’t surprise anyone. I know, I know, the early years don’t feel far enough away to ‘come back’, but alas, here we are. Low waist bottoms, polo shirts, Juicy Couture; all the old classics are trendy again. Hoping you didn’t give it your all years ago. If so, you can turn to any number of high-end designers to fill in the gaps in your wardrobe. Miu Miu, Marine Serre, Chanel and Halpern are just a sample of those who embraced the 2000s. The trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon either, as Diesel and Fendi have leaned in for their Spring/Summer shows 2023 in Milan this week.
Give me a winter boot or give me death. If chunky, platform shoes weren’t already on the rise, they’re about to be. At least this trend is practical for winter, as snow, sleet and salty roads call for shoes that can withstand the elements. But while remaining fashionable, of course.
Meg Donohue is Associate Fashion Business Editor at ELLE.com. His passions include spicy foods, sustainability and the Y2K remake of Charlie’s Angels. She will never stop hoping for a One Direction reunion tour.