25 On-Trend Cotton Items to Buy and Love This Winter (and Next)

Natalie Cantell
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Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one Who What Wear team member or friend of the brand will share the top 25 finds on their current wish list.

I love a good trend, and I especially love the challenge of shopping them out at different price points for you guys. Going luxe with designer brands is obviously easy peasy, but finding affordable versions that don't sacrifice on quality is where the real fun begins.

Since online shopping makes things that much more of a gamble, here's a quick tip for figuring out whether an item might be as good IRL as it looks in those e-com photos: Check the description under "composition," and see what materials we're working with. Whether we're talking jeans, jackets, or joggers, a high percentage of cotton is going to help ensure an item is more breathable, touchable, and low on creasy-ness. An added bonus, as someone who is humbly trying to do my bit for the environment, is that these more washing-machine-friendly cotton items equal less dry-cleaning (as well as fewer returns of disappointing online purchases).

So! Back to those particularly good fall and winter trends. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the future is still looking very comfy and wearable, which means now is the time to reinvest in the denim, cardigans, shirts, loungewear, and jackets we tend to dress up or down and live our lives in. Keep scrolling for my high-low mix of on-trend picks, destined to see us all through the months ahead.

Wide-Leg Jeans

Zara Hi Rise Wide Leg Full Length Jeans ($50)

FYI, these are the actual jeans I'm wearing in the photo above. I've worn them every day this week, and I'm not sorry.

Nobody Denim Camille Wide-Leg Jeans ($299)

I'm here to make a case that this ultra-light wash is not just a summer thing.

Triarchy High Rise Wide Leg Jeans ($189)

100% cotton denim means a little more stiffness and a more polished look.

Eloquii Straight Leg Jean ($80)

Love the juxtaposition of more casual faded jeans with a heritage print sweater and tidy loafers.

Agolde Criss Cross Upsized Distressed High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans ($180)

Agolde jeans. Still everyone's favorite.

Fashion Cardigans

Roland Mouret Atlantic Striped Cotton Cardigan ($880)

Love a balloon sleeve as much as I love an ombre stripe.

Free People Chloe Cardi ($128)

This, tucked into your wide-leg jeans.

& Other Stories Cropped Cardigan ($99)

A chunky knit's more breathable in cotton. Also, excuse me, but this looks expensive.

Le 17 Septembre Convertible Layered Ribbed Cotton Cardigan ($415)

A second set of sleeves to let drape over your shoulders or tie at the neck, if that's more your thing. In other important news, these are the top half of a matching set––shop the ribbed cotton pants here.

Callahan X Revolve Cardigan Set ($132)

Don't hold back when it comes to matching sets.

Belted Jackets & Blazers

Purdey Belted Cotton-Gabardine Jacket ($1030)

Chic utility jackets are having such a moment.

ASOS Design Denim Utility Shacket ($52)

A fraction of the price but still 100% cotton—that slight stiffness gives the silhouette some integrity and makes it feel modern, and the belt and sleeves give that little bit of attitude.

Vince Utility Jacket ($198)

Wear the matching pants for that modern suiting vibe. Highly recommend adding a mock-neck layer for some extra polish.

Deveaux Belted Cotton-Twill Jacket ($1395)

If Deveaux is not yet on your radar, do I have a treat for you. The New York luxury brand has Tommy Ton (of street style photography fame) at its creative helm, which means you can expect quietly confident pieces that always feel modern and elevated made with fabrics that prioritize durability and sustainability.

Lafayette 148 New York Classic Stretch Cotton Wexler Jacket ($648)

The genius of a wrap jacket, just like a wrap dress, is that, by design, it's able to fit you like a glove. (This one even more so, since it's available in three ranges of sizing.)

Oversize Collar Shirts

Zara Lapel Collar Poplin Shirt ($50)

What started as a micro-trend over spring has emerged as a full-blown fashion moment with no signs of slowing down.

Ganni Ruffle-Trimmed Cotton-Poplin Blouse ($160)

The Ganni S/S 20 runway show was when this really stole our hearts.

H&M Wide-Collared Shirt ($25)

This layered under any knitwear is an instant vibe.

& Other Stories Embroidered Collar Puff Sleeve Cotton Blouse ($89)

If you dig a touch of broderie anglaise, I spied this little treat during my weekly peek at & Other Stories.

Mango Double Baby-Collar Shirt ($60)

As usual, Mango's here to help you dip your toe in the trend.

Elevated Sweatpants

Nili Lotan Nolan Cropped Cotton-Jersey Track Pants ($275)

Look, if there were ever a year to invest in quality sweatpants and have zero regrets, this is definitely the one.

Topshop Taupe Slouch Utility Sweatpants ($58)

I promise: Wide-leg cargo sweatpants will be your blazer’s new best friend.

& Other Stories Oversized Organic Cotton Jogger Trousers ($69)

I've said it before, but if we had to choose a single look that truly defined 2020, this is it.

Les Tien Cotton-Jersey Track Pants ($145)

If you buy these and wonder how the heck they're so soft, it's because Les Tien uses special dyes and wool-steel brushes to ensure their cotton sweats have that ultra-soft, lived-in feel.

H&M Joggers High Waist ($25)

These high-waisted joggers are super soft on the inside.

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