And Now, 26 High-Low Takes on My Favorite Fashion Trends and Basics

Natalie Cantell
·9 min read

There are three things I am truly gifted at doing on any budget: planning very fun vacations (remember vacations?), ordering extremely drinkable bottles of red wine, and finding very, very good things to wear. So, in the spirit of a holiday season sans travel or dining out, my gift to you is all I have left: This hefty curation of my current favorite fashion, as seen on some particularly stylish people.

I had a lovely time searching high and low (pun alert) for both a designer and a more affordable take on each of these, everywhere from Amazon and Zara to Net-a-Porter and Acne. We're talking trend pieces that don't feel too "trendy," some modern basics that are just kind of cool without really trying, and maybe even a few things that would make good gifts? LMK.

Apparently fringe has gone from a runway trend I thought I'd dabble in a few seasons back to a staple detail in my winter wardrobe. Think less urban cowboy, more minimal and elevated.

alexanderwang.t Oversized Fringed Wool-Felt Coat ($695)

We'll get to shackets in a minute, but for now, enjoy the first of what will be many crossover trend pieces.

Zara Long Fringed Overshirt ($70)

Even better in vegan leather.

The top half of many a skirt suit is having a moment of its own. My faves are double-breasted and a little boxy.

Nanushka Moscot Cropped Double-Breasted Woven Blazer ($333)

Never sleep on on-sale Nanushka.

Kendall + Kylie Double Breasted Cropped Blazer ($83)

Pinstripes always feel buttoned-up (even when your blazer isn't).

Polish plus attitude.

Gucci Dionysus Crystal-Embellished Leather Loafers ($980)

I feel like the new Gossip Girl series is going to involve someone wearing these shoes with their school uniform.

Circus by Sam Edelman Deana Snake Print Loafer ($43)

Sam Edelman's diffusion footwear line never fails to deliver trends on a budget.

Mock croc makes it particularly hard to distinguish whether a piece was a splurge or a steal. It's not going anywhere, so continue to get involved: jackets, boots, belts. But let's start with bags, shall we?

Staud Rey Bag ($325)

Staud's gone from up-and-coming label to established editor-favorite, and its structured croc bags are particularly beloved.

Yikoee Small Croc Shoulder Bag ($21)

This comes in black, but I'm really here for a pop of white with a winter look.

Let's be honest: Shopping for baggy denim is a serious roll of the dice, but I'm glad I didn't get discouraged on my journey to find the perfect pair. As far as I'm concerned, no other jeans currently exist.

R13 Wide Leg Cross Over Jeans ($425)

The waist detail makes this relaxed vibe feel a little more intentional.

H&M Wide High Jeans ($35)

Shopping advice from me to you: Look for a higher waist (so you can do a tidy little half-tuck with your sweaters) and a length that works with your go-to flat footwear.

I grew up in the '90s with an older sister whose Nirvana cassettes and selection of plaid shirts were the epitome of cool. These are kind of like that, but with a color palette that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Free People Vienna Shirt Jacket ($228)

I've shared this before, and I'll share it again. I love the colors and the luxe texture.

Springrain Wool Blend Plaid Shacket ($36)

ICYMI, Amazon literally has plaid shirts in every colorway imaginable (and at prices that can't be beat).

If you ignore tie-dye loungewear, vegan-leather blazers are probably the stand-out item of 2020. Safe to invest.

Alice + Olivia Kylie Vegan Leather Shawl Collar Jacket ($395)

Just some more mock croc looking for attention.

Zara Faux Leather Blazer ($119)

She is effortless.

The perfect boot for a year when I couldn't quite imagine wearing heels but sometimes wanted to feel tall.

Ganni Midcalf Chelsea Boots ($445)

Get in quick, these are Ganni boots are selling out, but there are still a few pairs left to be found via Amazon.

Circus by Sam Edelman Darielle Ankle Boot ($37)

These would be a steal at twice the price. Also, they're way lighter than you'd expect for such a chunker. (I have them in crackled black.)

Like, really oversize. Seriously. Huge. The bigger, the better.

Chloé Cable-Knit Mélange Wool-Blend Scarf ($665)

We will be circling back to my love of cable-knit shortly.

Urban Outfitters Isla Knit Fringe Scarf ($28)

This much more affordable option is super soft and comes in three other colors, including a very good neutral.

I think we can blame Balenciaga for this year's obsession with statement gold-chain details in every form imaginable.

By Far Nick Flats ($552)

I know handbags have been getting all the attention, but IMO it's footwear adorned with gold links that's the real winner.

Lilly Pulitzer Harbour Links Bracelet ($48)

Option B: Just dip your toe in with statement chunky chain jewelry that you'll start wearing on the daily.

Granny cardies! But like, your cool, fun grandma who maybe puts a little bourbon in her tea.

Dôen Pomme Tie-Detailed Cable-Knit Alpaca-Blend Cardigan ($500)

This Cali brand knows how to do a knit.

Zara Jewel Button Knit Cardigan ($50)

Glitzy buttons help make this cardigan as dressy as you want it to be. Very holiday-ready.

In the year of the house dress, I have learned to love a rib-knit style as temps have cooled, but right now, I'm all about the cutouts.

A.L.C. Lorelei Dress ($595)

This slightly sporty feel is just as good with sneakers as it is dressed up with sandals or slides when the weather warms.

Ninety Percent Cutout Long Sleeve Dress ($165)

But this A-line silhouette is really good with chunky winter boots.

Sweater vests. Not like Chandler. Like this.

Chloé Lace-Up Cable-Knit Tank ($1195)

Just the Chloé vest that started it all.

Frankie Shop Oversized Cable-Knit Wool Tank ($155)

Being from the Commonwealth, I truly appreciate this cricket-uniform vibe, and it's exactly how I'll continue to wear my white knit vest as we head into spring.

The key to really wearing tartan pants is to chill out and treat them as a neutral. Don't overthink it. Throw them on like jeans. Nothing will go wrong. Just let it happen.

Gucci Prince of Wales Checked Wool Flared Pants ($1600)

For the fun grown-ups.

Didk Tartan Plaid Mid Waist Straight Pants ($22)

For the rest of us.

Important: A structured leather skirt paired with a good knit and an oversize blazer is a great shortcut to looking cool but a wee bit fancy.

Gucci Croc-Effect Leather Mini Skirt ($2800)

Add a stompy boot and you've got yourself a look.

H&M Faux Leather Skirt ($50)

This is currently my favorite skirt silhouette. (And yes, more croc. I am proving a point.)

Guys, I got into bucket hats over summer, and there's no going back.

Fendi FF Cloche Hat ($950)

I so badly want to be the person who wears this hat.

Chezabbey Faux Fur Teddy Style Bucket Hat ($17)

This shearling-vibe is more my deal.

When you already own two basic black puffer jackets, this is what comes next.

Nanushka Vegan Leather Snake Print Puffer Coat ($250)

Nanushka's vegan-leather puffers are notorious among the fashion set.

Zara Faux Leather Puffer Jacket ($90)

This diagonal detail.

I stand firm that shackets have been the missing piece in our wardrobes all these years. They're like blazers but even more chill.

Acne Wool Shirt Jacket ($1050)

I really need a lighter wool version so I can attempt this buttoned-up vibe.

H&M Oversized Shirt Jacket ($60)

It's the big pockets for me.

Every winter, I fall in love with a different oversize menswear-inspired coat, and this year, it comes in herringbone form.

Anine Bing Elodie Coat ($699)

I'd like to spend winter in this entire outfit, please and thank you.

Madewell Brighton Coat ($328)

This is definitely the most expensive item in terms of my "lower-priced" picks. With coats, the cheaper ones don't always have the weight that's needed to make the oversize silhouette hang nicely. So here we are.

A little retro. A little après ski. Very on-trend, but not in a way that you'll get over it.

Naadam Cable Zip Pullover ($297)

An extra-wide lapel is a vibe.

Mango Zip Neck Jumper ($60)

Sleeker fits are good layered and tucked.

Chunky, but not dad sneakers. Slightly old-school, but not retro. A little fashion, but definitely with a lowercase f.

Prada Prax Leather-Trim Sneaker ($450)

No muss, no fuss.

Puma Carina Sneaker ($40)

These perfect kicks have thousands of five-star ratings on Amazon.

How to look rich in five minutes or less.

Theory Drop Shoulder Turtleneck Sweater ($281)

If poss, you want just a little slouch.

Sangtree Soft Cashmere Blend Turtleneck Sweater ($19)

Cashmere blends, because I'm scared of wearing expensive things in light colors.

This cozy touch shouldn't be limited to your jacket lining.

Chloé Fredy Medium Leather-Trimmed Shearling Tote ($2490)

In a world where I have an office to go to, this is my carry-all.

DKNY Shane Sherpa Faux Shearling Belt Bag ($90)

Don't miss that little bonus chain detail.

I own four, of varying shades, and am showing no signs of slowing down.

Ganni Software Isoli Sweatshirt ($165)

Balloon-sleeves make it fancier.

Zara Oversized Plush Sweatshirt ($40)

Your gym uniform, all grown up.

Don't fight the urge to cuddle up in cable knit this winter.

Rosie Assoulin Thousand in One Ways Convertible Cropped Cable-Knit Wool and Cotton-Blend Sweater ($750)

This Rosie Assoulin situation is cable knit + cutouts, so you know I love it.

UpWest Oversized Cable Knit Sweater ($78)

No words for how soft and cozy this is.

Fun knit hats are such a source of joy over winter.

Ganni Recycled Wool Knit Hat ($105)

Still everyone's favorite beanie.

Free People Beanie ($27)

Really good way to jazz up a head-to-toe neutral look.

Up next, read about the It-bag that will be everywhere next month.

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