As we welcome the excitement of a fresh, new year, we also welcome updated fashion trends worth trying. In 2020, we’re forecasting patterns including houndstooth and an elevated check, vibrant outerwear and a modern spin on the classic ’90s denim and shearling coat. Transitional dresses in rich jewel tones paired effortlessly with chic (and practical) boots and head-to-toe monochromatic looks that encourage playing with tones like warm brown, grey or white and cream round out our list. Here’s how to style each trend as well as a few of our favorite current buys. Take a look at this year’s winter fashion trends!



Houndstooth gained popularity throughout 2019, and that will continue through this new year. The great thing about this specific pattern is that it easily pairs with a number of items and adds a touch of interest to a look without feeling over-the-top.

From slim trousers (notice the v cut in the leg of the trousers below — this is another 2020 trend that elongates the leg and shows off the shoe), slingback block heels and office-appropriate dresses to chic blouses, wide-leg belted trousers and the ever-so-trendy oversized blazer, houndstooth pieces are easy to find and even easier to wear without much effort. Pair these items with a black turtleneck, dark denim or classic black pumps for a timeless look.

Houndstooth Pieces for Winter 2020

Here’s how to wear houndstooth this winter. Houndstooth slim trousers, $224 (regularly $327); slingback heels, $40; dress, $57; blouse, $56; wide-leg trousers, $59 (regularly $149); oversized blazer, $139 | Images: Nordstrom/ASOS


Check, a pattern that seems to come and go, is back for 2020. Similar to houndstooth, this one is easy to pair with a number of items, but as the pattern makes a statement, it’s most flattering to keep the rest of the look neutral. We’re particularly drawn to black and white check patterns, warm browns or accessories that add both a splash of color and pattern like the red scarf shown below. It’s easy to find a checked piece right now, especially an oversized blazer, long coat or pant. Here are a few of our favorites.

Checked Pieces for Winter 2020

Here’s how to wear check patterns this winter. Brown wide-leg trousers, $59.50 (regularly $99); black and white checked coat, $248; red checked scarf, $8 (regularly $29); brown checked belted skirt, $75; white and black trench, $170 | Images: Nordstrom/ASOS

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Shearling Accents & Bright Colors

There are two 2020 outerwear trends that top our list. The first is a coat with shearling accents. Often, you’ll see this as an oversized denim jacket with a shearling collar or cuffs, or a faux leather or moto-jacket with shearling details throughout. Both offer a stylish way to add texture to a look while keeping warm.

The second outerwear trend we’re seeing this year is a coat, trench or long jacket in a bright and vibrant shade. Here, we’re showcasing a pink option, an on-trend mustard shade and an elegant pale blue coat. Each gives a look it’s own added glam. Don’t feel obligated to wear these with just neutral looks! These jackets look beautiful styled with complementary shades or as a standout piece.

Bright and shearling coats for winter 2020

Here’s how to wear shearling and colorful outwear this winter. Pink coat, $111; denim and faux shearling jacket, $128; faux leather and shearling jacket, $59; mustard coat, $62.50 (regularly $125); blue coat, $149 (regularly $249) | Images: Nordstrom/ASOS


Transitional Dresses

An everyday trend ideal for this season and transitioning through the year is a midi-length dress paired with tall boots. 2020 favorites are rich jewel-toned dresses that are figure-flattering, and knee-high boots with a pointed toe and block heel. Here, we’ve pulled together a complete look great for a date night, GNO or day at the office. Pair this gorgeous emerald dress with simple gold hoops, a sleek black jacket and tan heeled boots. Top it off with a plum-colored scarf for an unexpected, yet stylish color combination.

Transitional dresses and tall boots for winter 2020

Here’s a head-to-toe look featuring one of winter’s hottest trends: transitional dresses with tall boots. Emerald dress, $124 (regularly $248); gold hoops, $16 (regularly $24); black coat, $135; plum-colored cashmere scarf, $99; tan boots, $199 (regularly $300) | Images: Nordstrom/ASOS

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Tonal Outfits

Head-to-toe monochromatic looks are another go-to trend this year. We love a warm brown, camel-colored outfit, but shades of grey or a mix of white and cream are equally chic. The key to wearing this trend is to play with a few tones that complement each other without perfectly matching. Here, we’ve paired a camel-colored turtleneck with a slightly darker brown pant, red-brown boots (with a block heel, pointed toe, faux snakeskin finish and high ankle cut — another fabulous look for 2020!) and either a tan jacket or, if you’re craving added pattern, a long, checked coat that nods to the tones of the other pieces. Give this one a try for drinks with a girlfriend or a work event.

Monochromatic look for winter 2020

Here’s how to wear a monochromatic look playing with warm brown tones. Tan coat, $119 (regularly $299); checked coat, $220 (the option pictured above is currently out of stock, but here is a similar option); camel-colored turtleneck, $88 (regularly $148); boots, $53; trousers, $149 (regularly $498!) | Images: Nordstrom/ASOS


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