On Trend: 8 Must-Have Winter Accessories
While the season of fall is full of change, winter is marked by colder temperatures, barren trees outside, and, in some places, snow on the ground.
The changing styles winter fashion trends bring can make updating your wardrobe costly and unrealistic. That’s why accessories are the perfect solution for updating your look without breaking your bank account. So make your seasonal fashion refresh easy, and pick up one of these eight essential winter accessories to wear today.
1. Fun Yet Functional Boots
The boot could easily be dubbed the most popular accessory for any fall or winter wardrobe — and it couldn’t be more true for 2017. Designers everywhere incorporated boots as the choice shoe on the runway.
A far cry from the sexier styles of previous years, boots this year are noticeably eccentric with a low or flat heel. Standout trends include cowboy, ankle, combat, slouchy, and over-the-knee styles designed with unique textures like glitter, satin, and velvet.
British online fashion retailer Asos is a popular destination for trendy footwear at low prices from their in-house brand and designer lines. On top of the flash sales and expansive clearance section, you can stack on an Asos coupon code to bring down the cost of your new boots.
Nordstrom remains a great department store for finding the season’s most coveted fashion trends from a variety of designers. While clothing, accessories, and footwear can often be found on sale, don’t forget to apply a Nordstrom promo code at checkout the next time you shop online for a pair of boots.
2. The Bigger the Belt, The Better
The belt is making a big comeback— literally. The season is seeing a huge surge for statement belts featuring thick straps, buckles, and corset details.
Take advantage of online deals from trendy fashion retailer Forever 21 to find an edgy belt style right for you. For an easy way to incorporate the look into your existing wardrobe, try wearing one of store’s thick waist belts over a blazer.
An odd cousin of the belt, the fanny pack, has also made a noteworthy return to the fall fashion scene. Strap on a fanny pack around your hips or wear it like a cross-body bag as many street style stars and celebrities have been seen doing recently.
3. Throw On a Thick Scarf
Scarves are a must-have winter accessory every year — and 2017 is not an exception. The crisp air calls for added warmth around the neck, and scarves are a foolproof way to stylishly retain body heat when outdoors.
The scarf styles seen today are thick and wrapped around the neck multiple times. Scarf looks this season are focused more on utility than being pretty, with faux fur, blanket, and even puffer scarves rising in popularity this season.
Charlotte Russe carries numerous thick, knit styles and regularly offers storewide discounts sales, while Target remains a great place to pick up these warm accessories for the whole family.
4. Purchase Pretty Lady Purses
Despite the ultra-modern and masculine trends currently dominating the fashion forefront, handbag styles are rebelling against the norm by taking a feminine spin.
The must-have handbag this season is the top-handle purse. These top-handle bags are a quirky nod to vintage styles, and nearly every brand has its own version with multiple variations in size, color, and print.
Hop on the trend by picking up one of these designer top-handle purses at Macy’s. To avoid paying big bucks at the department store, shop sales and look for a coupon so you don’t drain your bank account on a name-brand bag.
5. Eyewear That’s Eye-Catching
While there’s much less sunlight during the winter months, don’t rush to put away your eyewear yet. Statement sunglasses and spectacles are in high demand this season
2017’s eyewear trends are delightfully offbeat and playful. From small frames to large and in all colors and materials — fall and winter is all about wearing shades that are a little different. Nearly every high-end brand is coming out with unusual eyewear designs.
For glasses in particular, it’s also important to note that the geek chic trend is still going strong but has changed direction. Long gone are thick frames of yesteryear and instead, thin metal frames are the must-have style of the moment.
6. Keep Warm in a Unique Hat
Hats are a classic accessory during winter month — but they’re more interesting than ever this year. The hottest hats of the season are all about being memorable.
Baseball caps are moving out and uncommon hats are officially in. Fur or shearling hats, berets, and bucket styles are popping up all over runways and are consistently found among the new item selections in stores. The baker boy hat has especially made a significant jump in popularity, since it’s now 457 times more popular than last year according to online search stats.
Distinct hats are a must-have of every fashionista’s list this winter, so make sure you don’t fall into the trap of overpaying the next time you shop. Barneys New York carries a range of hat options and low-to-high prices, many of which can be lowered even further with a coupon code at checkout. Beyond high-end retailers, you’ll see these designs in local stores as well, including the big department stores like Kohl’s.
7. Tights that Steal the Spotlight
With the cooler temperatures of winter, there’s no need to retire your favorite short dresses, skirts, and shorts — all you need is a pair of tights.
Solid colors, lace, glitter, embellished tights are the hot styles of the moment according to fashion designers and fans. Stay on trend and transition your summer wardrobe by going to Dillards for a pair of chic tights to layer underneath your favorite pieces.
8. Stand Out with Statement Earrings
A noteworthy must-have this season are statement earrings. And while they hardly sound like a new trend, statement earrings right now are unlike any earrings before.
Statement earrings this season are large, edgy, and often feature an abstract geometric shape or sculptural design. Styles are made for both day or night, with many earring sets intentionally designed to be mismatched for dramatic effect.
Stores like JCPenney have large jewelry sections for you to find the perfectly imperfect “pair” of earrings. Rock the style yourself by wearing a set of statement earrings with your favorite little black dress for an instantly chic and dramatic look.
Accessories to Update Your Style with Seasonal Trends
It’s easy to lose touch with what’s in style without a Vogue magazine subscription. And even if you have a strong fashion radar, no one likes spending fortune on clothing just to keep their wardrobe current.
Adding new accessories to your closet this season is a quick style fix for any frugal fashionista. By accessorizing with these eight must-have items, you’ll be sure to create some hot looks — and still have plenty of cash to spare, too.