The Best Winter Runway Trends to Shop Right Now

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Whoever thought that a year of social distancing and staying inside would kill the fashion industry was wrong. Especially with all the styles and trends that are here for winter 2021. Bohemian styles, bold colors, and lots of leather show that not only is fashion alive and well, but it’s making a major statement. The runways were a heavy dose of style (can anyone pull off a floor-length, fringed leather coat?) but these ready-to-wear collections offer the perfect touch of drama for the season. Check out our favorite trends to shop this winter from some of our favorite brands like Marni, Versace, and Balenciaga.

Black is the New Black

This season, pastel colors are reserved for your loungewear and yoga pants. Everything that came down the runways was deep, dark, and dramatic, and no color makes that statement quite like black. Whether it was the focal point in an oversized leather jacket or tied a look together with noir accessories, the color dominated the runways. Accessorize your favorite pieces with the black Marni Museo Bag and Marni Pointed Ankle Boots. Or opt for a head-to-toe look with a Balenciaga Circle Cape Dress.

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Bohemian Beauty

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but these bohemian throwback looks are definitely an upgrade from the patterns of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Looks for trippy prints in fun colors in shirts, skirts, dresses, and even outerwear. There are demure versions of these bold prints but pairing a dramatic pattern with an understated basic or solid makes it wearable and on-trend. Try the Vanessa Bruno Riana Dress for a full look or Marni’s psychedelic separates in a tangerine shirt and pleated skirt. 

Catch a Cardigan

Cardigans are back this season, but these aren’t traditional twinsets. Cardigans were seen in bold colors, oversized sleeves, unexpected textures, and creative cuts. Some were classic with modern details while others sidestepped their usual librarian look entirely with cropped cuts, netted fabrics, and dramatic closures. Others took a backseat in layering, being paired under dresses for a more understated look. Add Versace’s color block cardigan to your closet, or for something easier to coordinate pick up Marni’s high-low cardigan. 

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Oversized Cuts

Sleek silhouettes will always be popular, but this season the trend is all about pumping up those shapes. Whether it’s big, dramatic skirts that billow with layers of fabric, extra-large shoulders with puffed sleeves, or wide-leg cuts that made a statement the moment you walk in a room, it’s all about those big, pumped-up silhouettes. Balance out your on-trend oversized cuts with more streamlined pieces to create a cohesive, pulled-together outfit. Pair a turtleneck with Marni’s wide-cut trousers or opt for the full look with the puffed-sleeve Rotate Birgerchristensen Irina Dress.

Borrowed From the Boys

We’ve been borrowing looks from menswear for years, but this season, it’s got a new focus in streamlined suiting, accessories, and dark colors. It feels elevated and powerful, but still easy to wear in a way that seems effortless. We’re breaking glass ceilings all over the place so why not our wardrobe? Try a full suit with Ganni’s suiting jacket with matching pants or mix and match pieces like the oversized wool jacket and loose fit trousers by Marni with favorites already in your closet.

Marissa Stempien

Marissa Stempien is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on travel, fashion, lifestyle, and culture. Her work has been featured in a number of print and online publications including ABC News, Popsugar, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Living and CityGirlGoneMom. Marissa is an avid traveler and is always looking to visit somewhere new or unexplored. Her unique lifestyle has given way to her…(Read More)