8 winter 2022 fashion trends to add to your wardrobe

Introducing the key winter 2022 fashion trends to shop now

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The winter 2022 fashion trends are here to give your wardrobe a cozy upgrade and we couldn’t be more excited. With freezing temperatures and darker evenings in full swing, we need a pick-me-up, and these sartorial saviors will do just that.

Cast your minds back to February when the runways were brimming with all the winter and fall 2022 fashion trends, and now the time has finally arrived for us to fully embrace these looks and inject them into our winter outfit ideas.

Winter dressing has many different elements - aka layers upon layers - making it by far the most creative season of them all. From the best winter coats to rich velvet suits, and vibrant Barbie pink, the winter trends this year mix the snug with the stylish. And there are plenty of timeless classics thrown in there too - think check prints, faux fur coats, and not-so-basic tights.  

Need more inspiration? We’ve rounded up our favorite winter 2022 fashion trends that you should start adding to your wardrobe rotation stat.

1. Cardigans

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Chanel / Paul & Joe / Molly Goddard

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Of course the best sweaters are a no-brainer during the winter months but there was one style that really made an impact on the runway - the cardigan. Spotted at the likes of Chanel and Paul & Joe, the school-girl favorite has had a grown-up revamp and we’re here for this cozy and chic button-up. 

Look for pretty embroidered detailing and sweet florals to give it that feminine aesthetic and layer over your skirts and dresses for a snug day-to-night look. If you want to try a longline silhouette, like those seen on the runway at Molly Goddard, try adding a belt to help streamline your shape.

2. Barbie pink

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Chanel / Valentino / Michael Kors

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Winter dressing is not all about dreary or muted color as this next trend shows. One of the biggest fashion color trends of 2022, hot pink stole the runway across the four major fashion capitals and is a look you can expect to continue as part of the fashion trends 2023, making it an ideal investment for the months to come. The color of the year and certainly the top hue of the winter 2022 fashion trends has been coined Barbiecore, giving a nod to the upcoming live-action Barbie movie, which has helped to catapult this trend to new heights. It’s the perfect winter mood booster. 

Our advice is to invest in one stand-out perfectly pink piece, be it a winter coat or tailored coord for your Christmas party outfit and let it take center stage. Or ease yourself in gently to the bold hue with a pink accessory, such as a handbag, which is guaranteed to elevate the simplest of looks. 

3. Checks

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Chanel / Paul & Joe / Miu Miu

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When it comes to wintery prints, nothing beats a classic check and the timeless print made several appearances on the runways. From signature tweeds at Chanel to festive tartan at Paul & Joe, this preppy print is guaranteed to never go out of style. Meaning that although it is on trend right, making it a must-have buy, come next winter, there is no reason not to dig these looks out again, giving these items extra longevity. 

Embrace the back-to-school vibes, and look to plaid skirts and mini dresses to really nail this winter 2022 fashion trend. Hemlines were very much up for debate this season with both long skirt outfits and thigh-scraping minis on the agenda - so get playful with proportions. Offset shorter hemlines with the best knee high boots or some jazzy tights which are also making a big impact this season - scroll down for more on that.

4. Faux Fur

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Michael Kors / Balmain / Stella McCartney

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The best winter outfits are all about combining the cozy with the chic and nothing embodies that more than a faux fur coat. One of the top coat trends of the season, this winter 2022 fashion trend is unapologetically glamorous and incredibly toasty, in fact, a statement fluffy coat is an outfit in itself, with minimal styling needed. Throw one over your best jeans and jumper combo for instant polish or layer over your party dress for an elegant evening look. 

When it comes to length, thigh-skimming is the most popular but glamorous longer hems or a cropped, waisted style will still work for this look. Stick to neutral tones for versatility and longevity or if you really want to go all-out, try a punchy print or a sweet pastel hue.

5. Velvet

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Stella McCartney / Isabel Marant / Etro

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Whether it be a fancy frock or a masculine suit, velvet is the fabric synonymous with winter dressing and it’s going nowhere for the winter 2022 fashion trends. More refined than party sequins, yet just as glamorous, velvet is a stylish choice for any festive soirees or evening events, as it has a slightly more sophisticated feel than sequins it can work for everything from the work Christmas party outfits to dinner with friends. The thicker fabric will help to keep you warmer too. 

But don't reserve this look just for the dancefloor, get more mileage and dress down your velvet pieces with wardrobe essentials - a velvet blazer and jeans or a velvet dress paired with the best winter boots can give a nod to the festive season without feeling OTT. For a '90s twist, look to crushed velvet fabrications. 

6. Robes

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Acne Studios / Elie Saab / Dior

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There’s still a case for comfort in this post-lockdown life and the robe coat is the next best thing to stepping out in your dressing gown. Essentially a wrap coat crafted from the coziest of materials, quilted iterations were spotted on the runway at Acne Studios, Elie Saab, and Dior, an ideal shape for cocooning yourself in all winter long.

As the winter 2022 fashion trends often highlight layering, this trend is one that is easy to slip into your wardrobe over other staple styles. Defined by its wrap over silhouette, the robe coat can come in a multitude of colors, fabrications and embellishments, to suit all moods and tastes.

While the shape is oversized, thanks to the built-in-belt, this coat still maintains structure, cinching you in at the waist for a flattering fit. For an element of added luxe look to swap out fabric belts for contrasting or coordinating leather belts as this will instantly elevate your robe coat. Duvet days just got stylish. 

7. Bold tights

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Chanel / Paul and Joe / Giambattista Valli

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Tights are probably considered a winter staple rather than a sought-after fashion item but when it comes to the winter 2022 fashion trends they are certainly stealing the limelight. With no boring black opaques in sight, the runways were awash with snazzy hosiery from bold patterns to lashings of bright color. 

There are no strict rules on color here, so choose between statement tights that lift your look, or go runway-ready in a pair of tonal tights that seamlessly slot into the rest of a bold colorful look. 

For an extra layer of toastiness, look to Chanel’s woolly designs or keep it chic in head-to-toe pastels a la Giambattista Valli. Style with your mini skirts to really show them off and finish with the best designer heels.

8. Statement Fringing

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Alberetta Ferretti / Etro / Isabel Marant

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Fringing comes in many guises and the runways seem to have covered them all. From boho-inspired knitwear to attention-grabbing sequin fringing, this swishy trend is certainly the most fun of the winter 2022 fashion trends. 

Whilst the summer version of this trend was all about the fringed dress, if you buy one thing this winter, make it a fringed sweater, perfect for adding a playful spin to your look. 

Our top tip? Just stick to one fringed item and build the rest of your look around it. Whether that be a fringed sweater or a tassel skirt, this look is statement-making, so keep the rest of your look pretty lowkey to let it take center stage.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.