How To Up Your Winter Streetwear Game Without Breaking The Bank

By Elise Cullen
3rd Apr 2019

Every season, we get deep into our ‘gram feeds and we’re left lusting over the latest streetwear looks, ensembles and sneaker drops dreaming of what could be. But this winter, we’re crafting an enviable wardrobe by investing in key, functional pieces that’ll serve us for seasons to come. Think a chic Bella Hadid or Travis Scott-style puffer jacket, workwear-inspired wide-legged pants and head-to-toe neutrals.

Here, thanks to UNIQLO, we explore five gender-fluid seasonal trends and how to seamlessly add them to your winter rotation—without breaking the bank.

Juicy Tones

Just because it’s a little darker during the chillier seasons doesn’t mean your clothes need to follow suit. This winter is all about saturated jewel tones and splashes of striking, vibrant colours. Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, go bright or go home because the juicy tone trend is a versatile one that’ll take you seamlessly from the street to a sophisticated dinner. Think block or layered turquoise hues, cobalt blue, popping red and cornflower yellow.

The Puffer Jacket

No longer a normcore or soccer mum staple, it’s undeniable the puffer jacket is having a moment. Earlier this year, during Milan Fashion Week, the puffer jacket was the hero statement piece on the runway—and the fashion crowd have coveted the wardrobe staple ever since.

It’s a beautiful thing when comfort, practicality and style fuse seamlessly together, and the puffer jacket does exactly that; it’s just so goddamn wearable. It's all about big jacket energy. We recommend channelling your inner George Costanza in one of UNIQLO's super-warm but ultra-light down jackets. Layer it up with turtlenecks and tees and team it with wide-leg pants or fail-proof denim to exude urban cool and nail a street-style aesthetic. 

Head-To-Toe Neutral

Last year, neon was thrust upon us hard and fast—no complaints here—and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. But that being said, it’s not for everyone. The antidote? Head-to-toe neutral. A paired-back and calming trend to try if an understated aesthetic is more your jam. But don’t just stop at apparel, throw in some neutral accessories and cap it all off with neutral kicks. No matter how you style it, one thing’s for sure, beige is back and it’s anything but boring.

Not So Skinny

Over the past decade, skinny jeans have dominated; whether it was chinos, jeans or cargo pants, the skinny silhouette was applied across the board. But 2019 is all about wide-leg pants. High-waisted, low-rise—whatever the style—the wider the pants the better, we say.

It was a huge leap in the early '00s to swap your straight-leg for a skinny, so we understand it’s a big transition, but don’t be afraid to go wide. Style your wide-leg jeans, chinos or cargo pants as you normally would with skinnies but look fashion-forward and feel twice as comfortable.

Play With Plaid

It’s hip to wear squares this winter, people, so be sure to inject a little plaid into your weekly wardrobe rotation. According to Pinterest, searches for plaid pants are up by an astonishing 267 per cent while men’s plaid skirts emerged at London Fashion Week earlier this year. Depending on where you’re positioned on the fashion-forward spectrum, you’ll either find this trend laughable or lovable. If it’s not for you, perhaps ease your way into the trend by layering a plaid shirt with a few winter staples and see where you end up. 

If you’re eager to curate a knockout winter wardrobe without compromising on quality, price or style head to UNIQLO. Their unrivalled range of affordable down outerwear come in a multitude of cuts and colourways to suit your style. Now, that’s something we can get on board with.

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by UNIQLO and endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Photography by Yasmin Mund.
Mural by Hugo Tees

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