2020 Winter Fashion Trends

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2020 winter fashion trends

Looking back at the past twenty years, we survived Y2K in 2000 and then the smartphone became an indispensable part of our society. I can barely remember a time without my iPhone and like my American Express, “I don’t leave home without it”. On the fashion front, the new century started out with 2000 winter fashion trends sporting a futuristic look because of the hype of the new millennium.

By the 2010s, a mingling of fashion subcultures from grunge to structured contemporary was being worn by almost everyone, spanning nearly every age. A fashion melting pot was emerging.

As we embark on this new decade, pretty much anything goes. Take note of the endless style of jeans options. There is not one predominant trend that you should be wearing and if not, then you would feel as exposed as a high schooler standing naked in front of the entire school during a pep rally. However, there are a few standout favorites in 2020 winter fashion trends you will want to have in your closet.

Color of the Year – Classic Blue

2020 Color of the Year, Pantone 19-4052, Classic Blue. Expect to see it popping up this winter and throughout all of 2020 apparel as the trend color of the year. “The color instills calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era,” ⁣said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute.

Statement Coats

Look for coats with a grand statement either in the material, color, or cut. Shiny vinyl and vivid hues will brighten up any gloomy winter weather. Expect to see various capes and cloaks hitting mainstream retailers from cropped in length to mid-calf versions.

Strong Shoulders

As the big shouldered socialite 1980’s character Lucy Liu is in the CBS smash hit, Why Women Kill, strong shoulders are on point. A modern version of pleats, pads, squares, and voluminous shoulders are dominating the 2020 winter fashion scene. These shoulders are complimenting shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, and even statement coats. A strong shoulder also creates a smaller looking waist — I expect this style to be on-trend for several years.

Faux Fur

Faux fur is not just a trend. It is about sustainability. DuPont just created the first plant-based fiber faux fur called Koba. Any garment made with the material can be recycled at the end of its life. Getting the look of fur with Koba or other similar materials is making faux fur a designer’s bosom buddy. Bright faux fur colors were being worn on cooler evenings this past summer, and the winter varieties are making an even bigger splash in 2020.


We tend to think of it as ultra-casual, but thankfully, this material has been showcased on the runway for the past few seasons, gaining its prestige status. This fun material will appear in winter fashion trends beyond the expected tops and jackets to handbags, totes, belts, and scarves.


Color-blocking has been around for quite a while. However, this modern twist is muted with similar neutral hues or using black as an anchor for this split personality. This 2020 winter fashion trend is making a bold statement by stepping out in 2-toned shoes and handbags as an alternative to just apparel.

Normal Size Handbags

Out are the teeny tiny handbags that did not even hold your regular-sized iPhone, much less lipstick. My husband got tired of me asking him to carry my lipstick in his pocket. Luckily he is a good sport. Thankfully, a more practical size was seen on most of the runways, with some even stepping into the large size category.

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are replacing last season’s western trend with its distinctive lace-to-toe system for total support and easy access. This workhorse boot is most often waterproof or at least water-resistant, making it ideal during inclement weather. The fashion-forward hiking boot is taking on new colors and embellishments versus the typical nubuck or plain black.

Square-toed Shoes

The square-toed shoe is about to take over your closet in every style and heel height. It made a prominent appearance this past spring, and the square-toe has been gaining popularity in fall and winter shoes. A complete opposite to the pointy toe, which is easily scuffed, the square toe is much easier to walk in and navigate uneven payment.

2020 Winter Fashion Trends Roundup

As we move into the 2020 decade, fashion continues to evolve and change. Yet, as we journey into this new decade, it is nice to know that trends are staying around longer and longer. Giving to the old adage — the more things change, the more they stay the same. So hold on to your best pieces because, as all of you know, they can be the hottest trend in a few years.  And if you need help, you can always check out our fashion section for outfit inspiration.

What one item do you still have in your closet from ten or even twenty years ago that has stood up to the fashion timeline? Share your response in the comment section below. And as always, I am here to answer any questions.