An NYC Girl Walks Into Nordstrom—7 Winter Trends She’d Buy and 7 She’d Skip

Everyone loves Nordstrom, but perhaps none more than the fashion set in New York City. With the end of the year rapidly approaching (seriously, can we slow things down a bit?), there’s no better time to hit up our favorite retailer. 

Here, I rounded up seven winter trends that editors, influencers, and It girls of NYC are all into currently and seven that they might pass on. With floor-sweeping coats, knee-length skirts, sporty sunglasses, and even snoods, you’ll find something to freshen up your outfits. If you’re looking for some newer pieces to add to your cold-weather wardrobe, keep scrolling for some inspiration straight from the most stylish inhabitants of the Big Apple. 

Chunky sneakers are great to have for extra traction, but if you’re in need of a new pair, do what the New Yorkers do and opt for a sleeker retro style instead, like Nike Cortezs or Tretorns. 

The forest-green accents on this will go with your winter looks. 

A classic for a reason. 

The mix of the light-gray suede and contrasting brown rubber sole is eye-catching. 

Have you ever seen sneakers so pretty? 

Light-blue kicks will stand out from a sea of black footwear. 

Loewe’s retro design has an “L” logo and a waved rubber sole. 

Sport-inspired sunglasses are having more of a moment. It’s totally fine if you want to give your micro sunglasses a spin, but NYC girls are gravitating more toward shield sunnies now, and it’s easy to see why with these cool protective styles that have wraparound lenses. 

Wear your greens.

Keep harmful UV rays out of your eyes with this pink pair. 

Go for a Matrix vibe with this thin design that still has sporty wraparound lenses. 

Can’t go wrong with a simple black pair. 

This shield shape ensures your eyewear is the focal point of any look. 

The tubular frame of these sporty sunnies is stunning. 

The next time you have the urge to add yet another leather blazer to your closet, get yourself a dramatically long coat instead. They are the outfit, and you’ll be much more bundled up when the temperatures start dropping. 

What winter-white dreams are made of. 

This plaid one looks like a wearable blanket. 

You’ll get so much wear out of a houndstooth coat this season. 

Keep yourself toasty in this hooded floor-length style. 

Add some pattern in the form of plaid. 

This structured double-breasted maxi coat is one you’ll have in your wardrobe forever. 

You might have long abandoned your skinnies, but if you’re still holding on to yours, consider trying a pair of roomy carpenter jeans. The contrast stitching, hammer loops, and extra pockets give a utilitarian feel to your look and add extra details to your denim. 

Can’t beat white stitching on black pants. 

You can never have too many pockets. 

This green pair is ideal for your future winter ensembles. 

If you want ones with a slight flare at the hem, look no further. 

The barrel shape combined with the gorgeous hue makes these a must. 

Bet you don’t have a pair of pants in this color yet. 

This was the year for platforms, but if you’re looking for an equally striking shoe trend that gives you height, get yourself metallic heels. They’re still a neutral and go with any outfit you put together. Plus, they have a bit more pizzazz than brown or black ones and would be great for any holiday parties you have coming up.

Kitten heels are always a safer choice if you’re not great with heights. 

From the wraparound ankle strap to the gold stiletto and the under-$100 price tag, these are everything. 

A ruched detail makes these heels feel special. 

The double strap across the toes keeps them extra secure. 

Still can’t get over these. 

For a little peep-toe action, give these babies a whirl. 

Miu Miu made the pleated mini the ultimate trend this year. If you’ve stocked up on enough of the shorter skirts and are looking for something that feels a little more new, knee-length skirts are something I’ve seen pop up in the NYC street style scene—especially over pants if you’re more daring. 

Slits on the side make a classic black pencil skirt anything but boring. 

The perfect mid-length skirt does exist. 

A denim skater skirt that hits right at the knees gives off that nostalgic vibe. 

Bubble skirts have arrived! 

If you really want an investment piece, a Thom Browne skirt is one you’ll wear for life. 

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t embrace bright colors. 

For winter headwear, NYC girls are all about snoods to keep their noggins warm. You might still see berets appear while you’re out, but rest assured, snoods and balaclavas will only continue to rise in popularity. You better get in on them now. 

Snoods and balaclavas are very similar—the latter of which simply covers more of the face. This black wool one will keep you so warm. 

This ribbed one works as both a scarf and a snood when you unroll it. 

The wavy design on this cream style is irresistible. 

Wrap your head in this cashmere snood and you’ll look like pure luxury. 

Frame your face with this ribbed design. 

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