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Newness: Winter Fashion Trends 2022

The Liberty Lowdown: Winter Fashion Trends to Know

Breathe new life into your wardrobe with this round-up of this year’s biggest winter fashion trends worthy of investment
By: George Elliot

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The Liberty Lowdown: Winter Fashion Trends to Know

Breathe new life into your wardrobe with this round-up of this year’s biggest winter fashion trends worthy of investment

By: George Elliot

If you find yourself opening the doors of your wardrobe, only to be met with the frustration of not knowing what to wear, relax. Style inspiration is on the horizon, in the form of Liberty’s definitive rundown of winter fashion trends. From the return of the power shoulder and the-bigger-the-better bags to outfit-defining knitwear and all-out sparkle, here’s just a few ideas of what to wear this season.

Back to Nature

First we’re going back to nature. Much-loved designers including Stine Goya and Paloma Wool have turned to the world around us for their new collections, using lush flowers and foliage, motifs depicting creatures great and small and colour palettes inspired by breathtaking landscapes. You could take a walk on the wild side in RIXO’s leopard print Leandra Bohemia Skirt, £225, or perhaps you fancy showing your appreciation for the humble mushroom in FARM Rio’s whimsically printed Amazon T-Shirt, £85. But might we suggest you make your case as the best dressed by wearing a statement dress in a blooming floral print, like the Faded Rose Kate by THE MEANING WELL, £875?

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Jumper for Joy

Playful and decorative knitwear dominated this season’s runways. But unlike the festive, comical kind you expect at this time of the year, these jumpers and cardigans swap flashing lights and googly eyes for stylish prints and vibrant colourways. Take Joseph’s Graphic Knit High-Neck Jumper, £3955; crafted from luxurious Merino wool, its contrasting monochrome stripes give it a striking finish, bridging the gap between maximalism and minimalism. Then there’s FARM Rio’s Sunset Stripes Crochet Sweater, £230; made from technicoloured cotton, this psychedelic crew neck is vivacious in every sense of the word, brimming with mood-boosting potential.

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Give the Bold Shoulder

It's around 40 years or so since the 1980s brought us the golden age of the power shoulder. Now, for Autumn/Winter 2022, the broad, larger-than-life shoulder is back in full glory. To assert your sartorial dominance - in and out of the office - look to CO’s sleek and minimal Single Button Linen Blazer, £595 with it’s boxy, sharp silhouette or upgrade your outerwear game with Dries Van Noten’s angular cut Rinka Coat, £1,350. But beyond tailoring, puffed-sleeves with untamed volume are also making shoulders reach new and extreme heights, so create space in your wardrobe for a shoulder-enhancing Horror Vacui dress or Aje’s Marlene Roses Ruched Top, £250 too.

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Go Hell for Leather

Catwoman, Marlon Brando and ‘90s supermodels are among the many icons remembered for their love of leather, but this season, the material has been given an altogether more modern makeover. Perhaps start by introducing subtle pieces into your wardrobe like House of Sunny’s Take A Trip Cord Varsity Jacket, £170 or by adding Chloé’s sleek and elegant Nappa Leather Skirt, £2,850 to your workwear rotation. But this trend is all about injecting your style with edge, so why not fully embrace the all-out leather look that designers want us to? Our advice: pair leather trousers with a biker jacket or slip into Aligne’s Gitty Leather Shirt Dress, £290.

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Bigger-the-Better Bags

For seasons we’ve seen bags get smaller and smaller to the point where the tiniest cross-bodies and shoulder-carriers can all but cope with a credit card, lipstick and solitary house key, if you’re a dab hand at handbag Tetris, that is. Now, though, gone are the frustrating days of forgetting which pockets we haphazardly stuffed our remaining essentials into as bags are finally verging on the other extreme. From La DoubleJ’s vibrant Shopper, £230 to Liberty’s carry-all Iphis Marlborough Tote, £495, baskets, buckets and clutches are going supersized, so ensure that the next bag you invest in is a jumbo one.

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Full Bodied

While thigh-skimming mini-skirts were big news throughout the summer, this season sees the triumphant return of their complete opposite: the floor-sweeper. But it’s not just skirts like Ganni’s Denim Maxi, £265 that are falling to the ground; winter coats, knitwear and wide-legged trousers should also cascade down towards our ankles and beyond, so look to The Vampire’s Wife Fortune Teller Robe, £1,150 and Hayley Menzies’ Blaze Jacquard Duster Cardigan, £380 to take long-length to the limit.

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Rise and Shine

If you’re a fan of all that sparkles, you’ll be thrilled to hear that brands are uniting behind another, brighter idea this season: all out-shine. Think shirts in light-reflecting satins like Acne’s Button-Up Shirt, £350, anything that’s emblazoned all-over in sequins including Dries Van Noten’s Long Skirt, £975 and scarves woven from lustrous metallics threads such as Etro’s Sciarpa Paisley Print Scarf, £305. Perfect for the upcoming festive party season, wear these glistening garments wherever and whenever you want to make the most spectacular of entrances.

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