Stylist shares the 10 things you must add to your wardrobe this year

  • I'm a professional stylist, so I know what trendy pieces you should add to your closet for 2023.

  • Jumpsuits, houndstooth prints, and tennis-inspired pieces are all having a major fashion moment.

  • Unique footwear like cowboy boots and mules will likely be popular in the coming year.

When considering what to add to my wardrobe for the coming year, I always look for trends that will transition well into my existing closet.

And as a professional stylist, I know which popular looks you should incorporate into your collection ahead of 2023.

Cowboy boots are having a fashion moment

Someone wearing pink cowboy boots paired with black and white pants
I love my pink Steve Madden cowboy boots.Sandra Okerulu

Cowboy boots have made a comeback with a high-fashion twist.

I've owned several pairs for years, but I've seen a recent surge in the style on runways.

Brands and retailers like Franco Sarto, Boot Barn, Steve Madden, and DSW are now offering the style. You can sometimes even customize the shoe to fit the size and length of your calf.

I wear my gold Franco Sarto and pink Steve Madden boots the most.

Pieces that incorporate art are getting more attention

I expect people will be wearing art in the coming year, from NFT-inspired designs to comic-book-style looks.

During fashion week, I wore an outfit inspired by comic-book art that caught the attention of many goers, several of which said I was ahead of the trend.

Metallic denim comes in a variety of colors and fits

Sandra walking down sidewalk wearing blue metallic skinny jeans and a gray sweater
I own a pear of metallic-blue jeans.Sandra Okerulu

Denim is always in, but now, metallic numbers are having a moment.

This trending style goes back to the early 2000s, when brands would add splatters of gold and silver to denim.

You can embrace this trend in a variety of styles, colors, and fits, but I usually wear a pair of blue, high-waisted skinny jeans.

Opt for a trench coat that's large enough to double as a dress

Sandra walking down the street wearing a demin trench coat ties with a belt with pink baseball hat
You can add shape to the look with a belt.Sandra Okerulu

Trench coats may feel outdated, but you can repurpose your large jacket to fit upcoming fashion trends.

You can wear your coat as a dress. I pair my oversized Flor de Liz Guior denim trench with a baseball hat, boots, and a belt to accentuate my waist.

Large coasts are also handy in the colder months since they're great for layering on top of sweaters.

Tennis looks are having a runway moment

I've always been fond of tennis-inspired outfits, and designers are catching onto the trend as well, like FILA's collaboration with Brandon Maxwell.

The style is diverse. You can pair a jacket with a tennis skirt for a look that can double as dressy or casual.

Additionally, you can wear a turtleneck and workout pants with sneakers for a cute, yet sporty ensemble.

I expect houndstooth to be a staple pattern in the coming year

Sandra outside wearing houndstooth sweater with black and white leggings and pink boots
Sandra outside wearing houndstooth sweater with black and white leggings and pink boots

I adore my houndstooth sweater from Brunette the Label.Sandra Okerulu

Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns, but it can take some effort to find a piece that matches your style.

I finally found a sweater by Brunette the Label that's so cozy and warm I don't want to take it off.

Houndstooth is also a versatile print you can wear with just about any color or texture. I even pair my sweater with a zebra-print belt.

Varsity jackets aren't just for athletes anymore

Varsity jackets have long been reserved for athletes, but now they don't have to be.

There are various colors and styles to choose from. I ordered a jacket from Shein that has varsity sleeves but is a bit long. I often add a belt to give the look a bit more edge.

Jumpsuits are comfortable and can make a statement

Sandra wearing black studed jumpsuit with long cape
Sandra wearing black studed jumpsuit with long cape

Jumpsuits can be very fancy.Sandra Okerulu

Jumpsuits are in style as a versatile alternative to dresses.

You can opt for something casual or glamorous. I bought a BCBGMAXAZRIA jumpsuit covered with diamond studs that even came with a cape for an extra-fancy flair.

Large purses are both fashionable and useful

Small purses have had a fashion moment, but large bags are also now in, which is convenient since they can hold much more.

I adore my purses from Radley London, Baggallini, and Rebecca Minkoff. There are so many options and brands that you're sure to find a style you love.

Slip dresses are a must for just about any 2023 wardrobe

Sandra walking down sidewalk wearing a brown-and-white slip dress with pink purse
Sandra walking down sidewalk wearing a brown-and-white slip dress with pink purse

Slip dresses pair great with a number of accessories.Sandra Okerulu

Sophisticated and classy, a slip dress can go from day to night within minutes.

The trend isn't new, but the piece is worth becoming a staple in your closet for the new year. A slip dress can pair with a variety of shoes, from loafers and mules to pumps and sneakers.

If you have a dress with neutral tones, you can easily use accessories to give it a pop of color.

Pointed mules are a footwear staple worth buying

Mules are the most straightforward shoe since they offer a bit of height without the discomfort of pumps or straps of some other heels.

I own several pairs from brands like Simone Miller, Arteana, and ARCH NYC and rotate through them. They have turned out to be wardrobe showstoppers.

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