The weather is playing a game of Russian Roulette. Sometimes it calls for a light parka, other times we’re bundled from head-to-toe to combat the elements. No matter the conditions, during this season style triumphs functionality, prompting a farewell to those safe and familiar pieces.
There are a multitude of outerwear fads waiting to be worn, some spilling over from AW17. With prints and textures hitting their peak interest among consumers, retailer’s assortment offerings have never been so hard to select from. Here’s our roundup of the top winter coat trends.
FUNCTIONALITY vs. FASHION
An oversized extension of norm and gorp core were seen on the runways. While designers use practical materials to construct spacious silhouettes, layering is key here since functionality is the focus. You’ll find oversized parkas, trench-like puffer coats, and cropped, oversized puffers at the heart of this trend.
The constant struggle to decide whether to showcase an outfit or to bite the bullet and cover it all up. Some reject the idea of bundling up to let their outerwear wardrobe go into seasonal depression. A quick and easy fix comes with the revamp of shawls and capes. This winter trend serves as a chic medium between warmth and style.
As designers come together in a unanimous pact to push sustainable and circular fashion, faux fur has emerged as a green upgrade from animal fur. It’s a win/win for shoppers who can enjoy the moral benefits of protecting the planet while doting affordable and creative winter pieces.
Teddy, (also referred to as sheepskin), is a light yet cozy alternative to faux fur. It’s an adaptive trend, ranging from sporty, bomber jacket styles to more luxe, longline versions. We love the simplicity of teddy but question the practicality of this soft, textured material since it’s bound to absorb water in the event of rain or snow.
Animal print designs are at an all-time high, and shoppers can enjoy winter coats that stray away from the classic leopard print coat and transition into vibrant color and material combinations. You’ll find red leopard, sleek snakeskin, and roaring tiger print in stores this season.
Alternatively, plaid is a classic pattern that remains a winter season favorite among designers and shoppers. Now, there are more options to choose from including jewel tone tartan or light, checkered tweed. The endless variations give this winter option the most individuality with the least amount of coordinating effort.
Which trends are your favorite this winter? Designers didn’t hesitate to amp up their creative eye, making it extremely difficult to keep our money in our wallets this year. A hot pink cropped faux leopard print coat may be tempting but remember: you have to stay warm!