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These Outerwear Trends Will Keep You Warm All Winter Long
2 Dec

These Outerwear Trends Will Keep You Warm All Winter Long

If you’re getting out this winter, you’ll need to keep warm. Here are the key trends you’ll want to sport, whether you’re just taking walks around your neighborhood, or heading into work.


Fringe Details


Gabriela Hearst

From moto jackets to denim jackets, it is all about fringe this winter. Remember, with fringe, a little bit goes a long way. To avoid looking like you just stepped out of a rodeo, make sure to keep the fringe in the details. This is one trend that can become too much, too quickly.


Double-Breasted Jackets and Coats


Yohji Yamamoto

Classics are definitely in, and the double-breasted jacket is no different. If you can, consider a splurge on a classic brand like Chanel. Not only will this one be on-trend now, but the classic structure and style will hold up to all the wears you will get out of it.


Fleece and Sherpa Jackets


Philip Lim

Fleece and Sherpa jackets are back and this time they’re mixed with some unexpected materials like denim. While teddy coats are still popular, they’re seeing new life with plaids and bright colors making their way to the streets.


The Leather Trench Coat


Bottega Veneta

While double-breasted jackets are definitely classic, it’s hard to argue that the trench coat is the staple that everyone should have. This year, they’re finding new life with leather and leather-like materials. Look for the same classic lines as your favorite camel trench.




Michael Kors

Capes have a romantic aura about them, and the capes that are trending now are no different. If you’re someone who often wears fingerhole sleeves or oversized jackets to help keep your hands warm, consider the cape.


Checkered Print



Checkered and plaid prints are really popular right now. If you are looking to try a couple trends at once, consider the checkered print blazer. Find it in a bold check, a fun plaid, or even a classic houndstooth. As far as structure, boxy shapes are in right now, so look for a good boyfriend blazer with good structure to round out the trend.


Shearling Trim


Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Shearling trim has been having a great year, and as it gets colder, it’s no different. It’s cropping up on moto jackets – but not just on the collars. Look for a moto jacket with shearling diagonals if you really want to wow. It’s also taking on fun colors this season. Stick with bold, but classic colors that pair well with their background materials.


Quilted Jackets


A.W.A.K.E. Mode

Quilted jackets are very on trend right now – and yes, some of them do look like they were made from your favorite aunt’s quilt. If you aren’t feeling quite so bold, look for them in trench lengths in solid colors.


Bold Puffers


Neil Barrett

The puffer is making the rounds – and this year it’s making the rounds by being as bold and loud as possible. Not only will this trend keep you warm, but it’s a fun way to make a statement no matter what you’re wearing.


Corduroy Jackets



Corduroy jackets, particularly in warm fall tones are really trending right now. Look for corduroy cut in traditional denim styles that hit right at your waist. The crop plus the texture looks super-chic with a fitted tee, dark denim, and a blanket scarf.


Belted Outerwear



Many of the trends above – leather trenches, quilted jackets and coats, even the bold puffers – are being worn belted. This can be a very flattering style – and is especially chic when it’s paired with a boxy blazer.

Which outerwear trend are you most excited for this coming season?

Ronda Bowen

I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.