by Kerry Andersen
Winter is especially exciting for southern ladies because we get to dig into the back of the closet, wayyy in the back, and pull out the coats, jackets, and boots we only get to wear a few months of the year (if that long). The outerwear fashion trends of 2022 are so stylish and cozy, no matter the groundhog’s prediction, we’ll be wishing for six more weeks to top outfits with these chic outerwear trends.
Furry & Fuzzy
We continue to lean into all things comfy and soft this season and coats are leading the way. Shearling and sherpa look jackets offer instant glam plus warmth and style. If you’re not ready to commit to a full-length fuzzy coat, grab something with a shearling type lining for a warm hug, while a coat with a furry collar and cuffs will deliver instant style in a more subtle way. Note: All-over winter white is having a dramatic moment in this category.
The iconic trench coat is back, but in 2022 this closet staple is oversized and bringing the excitement! Forget basic black, the trench has been reimagined in head-to-toe leather (or faux leather) in brighter, lighter tones. Kelly Green will be a standout shade this year. On the other end of the color spectrum, a more monochromatic herringbone pattern is also a popular choice this winter. Either way, long leather trench coats deliver drama to any look.
Warmth partner up in a huge way this winter with the puffer jacket. Featuring stylings right off the ski slopes, the modern puffer jacket is oversized – exaggerated even – proving that you don’t have to suffer for style! The ‘duvet puffs’ this season are stuffed with down and are as cozy as a winter blanket. Choose trendy quilting and bright colors for a statement look.
You could say denim is making a comeback this season, but Mia says it never left. Denim jackets have been retooled for the season to be oversized and distressed. Look for a comfy sherpa lining, unique patchwork styles and two-tone colors for a more modern twist on this American fashion staple. A distressed denim shirt jacket is a popular pick and will extend your wardrobe options by adding just the right touch to both a casual t-shirt day or a jeans and high heels night out on the town. It just works!
Mia says this shirt/jacket combo trend is still going strong and is here to stay for a while. It’s a great piece to bridge your wardrobe from winter into spring. Large block plaids, Santa Fe prints, and solids are trending. Look for lighter colors when temperatures start to rise, but the shacket will endure through 2022 as an effortless way to pull an outfit together.
The Big Blazer
This closet workhorse is back on the runways again. But Mia’s Downtown boutique owner Mia Mouton-Rene’ says this time, it’s oversized and making a statement! She says, “Blazers this season are true statement pieces. Look for bright colors, animal prints, florals and plaids. The most popular is the oversized and relaxed boyfriend blazer.” Choose one that is slightly boxy and falls to mid-thigh and pop it over leggings for a pulled together look that is right on trend. Other options to look for are military style with button accents or more structured (but longer) jackets. Mia says the blazer will still be in fashion this spring but with woven fabrics or a satin finish. This wardrobe staple is here to stay!
Mia’s Downtown is located at 318 Pujo Street. Open Wednesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.