It pretty much goes without saying that here at Who What Wear, we like to keep track of seasonal trends. It’s embedded right there in the job description that we know what’s current and are able to spot what’s emerging. While our day-to-day is spent analysing everything that is new and now, we have to admit that there are often seasonal trends that catch our attention more than others. Of course, we’d like to try every trend, though, unfortunately, it’s not practical for our wallets or the planet to invest in everything. This is why we tend to prioritise the looks we’ll wear winter after winter, which can take some planning to make sure we consider the gaps in our wardrobes.
Individually each of our editors has a unique personal style and tends to gravitate towards different items (though we do occasionally turn up to the office in the same outfits). So this winter, while one of us plans to revive the sweater vest, another is taking style cues from Princess Diana.
However, no matter which trend each editor is looking to try, the one thread that ties them all together is the fact that we’re investing in practical pieces that can be worn on rotation with different outfits over and over again. After all, isn’t wearability the ultimate test of a successful purchase? We're all about minimising that cost per wear.
Keep scrolling to find out which winter trends each of our editors are adding to their wardrobes this season.
JOY MONTGOMERY, SHOPPING EDITOR: SWEATER VESTS
"I'm always a sucker for a 'nerdy' trend, whether it's dad sandals, octogenarian cable knits or professor-inspired heritage blazers, but my favourite 2019 winter trend tops them all. The sweater vest is an icon of square style and, for a long time, has had a distinctly uncool reputation amongst the younger generation—until now. I spotted a fair few show-goers in sweater vests at fashion week and fell in love with its traditional appeal and layerable versatility. I'll be wearing mine oversized with a white shirt, checked trousers and loafers this season."
"I've recently bought my first pair of knee-high boots (a pair of black heels from Arket), and thought that I'd mainly wear them in winter with printed midi dresses and slip skirts. But after seeing the street style crowd tuck them into jeans over fashion month, I'm ready to try it—I plan on wearing my knee-highs with a classic-wash jean and a blazer in true Princess Diana style."
ALYSS BOWEN, ASSOCIATE SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR: MINIDRESSES
"If I'm wearing a dress, chances are it's a floral midi I can throw on with a cosy jumper and boots. However, this year the resurge of minidresses available on the high street has got me thinking the Is the minidress back? And how can I style it for every occasion possible? I'll be wearing it in the exact same way as my midis, with a jumper thrown over the top (because London = cold) and chunky boots. I'm actually wearing this exact outfit today so clearly it's a trend I plan on testing all winter!"
MAXINE EGGENBERGER, WHO WHAT WEAR UK CONTRIBUTOR: PUFF-SLEEVE KNITS
“Puff sleeves are easily my favourite trend of 2019; I’ve always had slight shoulders and, upon initially trying the trend this summer in the form of cotton dresses, I was hooked. So imagine my delight when I realised that one of the top knitwear trends of the season is only the puff-sleeve jumper. Significantly fancier than your typical pullover, I’ve been wearing mine with everything from leather trousers to layered over printed midi dresses."