A velvet top at Violette. Courtesy photo

How to Wear Winter 2018-19 Fashion Trends in Boulder


Boulder fashion will always pull casual, no matter the year, no matter the season. Lucky for us, many of the biggest trends for the winter of 2018-19 center around comfort.

If Boulder ever had the chance to claim credit for a fashion movement, this is our time to shine. Boulderites are pros at dressing relaxed.

This winter, think about your favorite fail-safe classic styles and easy wear, but add fun accents, colors, layers, stripes and unique details.


This is not a new trend but we’re thrilled to see it continue. This season, you’ll see more variety and new designs in athleisure wear, plus sherpa and soft, cozy fabrics abound in sweatshirts and hoodies with stripes and collegiate details, according to Barbara and Company. We love the sherpa hoodie with full sleeves from Stateside ($126), available at Barbara and Company.

Cozy winter sweatshirt
How cozy is this sweatshirt? Get it at Barbara and Company. Courtesy photo

In addition, tracksuits, worn together (not as separates) are everywhere, according to Eleanor and Hobbs in Louisville. Both coasts are wearing these for athleisure, activewear and loungewear. The stripes are a must.

Winter tracksuit
Tracksuits are in. Get this one at Eleanor and Hobbs. Courtesy photo

This velvet tracksuit (above) is a favorite for the season ($152 for the top and $174 for the bottom).


Winter fashion layers
Layer your clothing. Photo courtesy of Cedar and Hyde Mercantile

Vogue says one of the biggest trends for winter is layering, a clothing strategy perfected by Coloradans an eternity ago. Layering is a way of life, a necessity in a state that can blast through all four seasons in a single afternoon (or even an hour).

When thinking about layering, consider combining different textures to create interest. Throw a hoodie over a jacket over a dress. Scarves are an easy way to add a layer. 

Winter scarf
Layer with scarves. Photo courtesy of Cedar and Hyde Mercantile

A trendy way to do layers is with layered outerwear, according to JJWells.

“If fashion reflects the weather forecast, this year it’s telling us to brace for a cold winter. Good news for those of us in Colorado, if you’re into that,” JJWells says. “This fall, designers are showing big outerwear, with lots of layers. Winter accessories are big, too—headwear, gloves and scarves. Maybe style just caught up with Colorado on this one—layering is our mantra here.”

How to wear it: Buy one great, new piece and pair it with things you already have. Tips from JJWells: Put the longest piece on the outside, with the shortest piece closest to your body. “Choose vests for warmth without adding bulk under the arms or in the sleeves. Besides providing warmth, accessories add color and texture for a finished look,” JJWells says.

Winter fashion 2018
A cowl-neck cashmere sweater in lingonberry layered with a down min-length puffer vest in glossy white and notch-collar knit jacket in tweed. Finish the look with suede gloves in black with multicolored accents. Photo courtesy of JJWells


Velvet is in this winter and there are many different ways to rock it. It’s especially hot in vibrant colors, according to Eleanor and Hobbs in Louisville.

The Nation hot pink top (above) is a must-have for layering or just alone half tucked into jeans ($172).

A velvet winter top
A velvet top at Violette. Courtesy photo

Try a gorgeous burgundy tunic or Etsy duster, both by Caite, available at Violette Boulder, 1631 Pearl St.

Also consider velvet accents in surprising places, like on one of Violette’s best-sellers. It takes a standard plaid shirt (plaid will always be big when temps drop) and gives it a different spin. The Charlie shirt features a velvet back embellished by floral embroidery. Also designed by Caite.

Winter plaid velvet tops
A plaid shirt with a velvet back at Violette. Courtesy photo

Big, Puffy Jackets (and Other Fun Outerwear)

Puffy winter jackets
A puffy jacket from Eleanor and Hobbs. Courtesy photo

Big, puffy winter jackets seem to come in and out of the fashion scene every few years, and they’re back and bigger than ever this year. No need to freeze when the temps drop. Climb into a quilted, comfy, poofy jacket; who says high fashion has to be uncomfortable or impractical? It’s definitely not cold this season.

The puffier the better, according to Eleanor and Hobbs.

This Soia & Kyo puffer (above) has the most amazing hood to block out Colorado weather ($475).

This winter, look for all kinds of other fun, fashionable alternatives to regular, ol’ quilted jackets, according to Barbara and Company. 

“Plush, wool, faux fur and shearling fabrics are all in the mix. We have reversible jackets, mid-length and long wool coats,” Barbara and Company says. 

Fake fur jackets are also a hit. Designers from Michael Kors to Gucci are all putting out faux fur coats. No real fur, please. Boulder wouldn’t have that.

A favorite jacket at Barbara and Company: the luxe faux fur reversible coat in red and navy from Velvet at $288. 

A faux fur jacket for winter
A faux fur jacket that you can get at Barbara and Company. Courtesy photo

Wide-Legged Pants

A major trend and a new silhouette this season: Pants are moving from high-waisted, boot-leg jeans to wide-legged and full-length styles, according to Barbara and Company. Wear them with cropped tops, front tucks and jackets. Our favorites are from Bailey 44, AG and Joe’s Jeans.

Wide-legged pants
Wide-legged pants at Barbara and Company. Courtesy photo


Leopard is always in style, according to Eleanor and Hobbs.

“Wear a piece with each wardrobe, but not more than that. Don’t go overboard,” the shop says. “A jacket, belt, shoe or cashmere sweater is great. Pair with denim or separates to add edge to your outfit.”

Leopard is in for winter
Leopard is always in. Find this jacket at Eleanor and Hobbs. Courtesy photo

This Mother denim leopard jacket (above) just arrived in Eleanor and Hobbs ($315).

Wild West

Red, fringe booties are in for winter fashion
Red, fringe booties at Common Threads. Courtesy photo

Again, this trend is easy for Colorado. We are the Wild West. You’ll see cowboy accents all over the runways this season. Add Western accents like fringe, big, Western-inspired belts, wide-brimmed hats, Southwestern patterns and leather (or synthetic leather). This can be subtle, too, like a pair of red, fringe booties from Common Threads.

Winter Floral

A floral top perfect for layering in winter
A floral top that you can wear under a cardigan or blazer in the winter. Photo courtesy of Chelsea

Flowers aren’t just for springtime anymore. Vogue and many of the big designers show floral patterns on winter styles. Mixing and matching florals is still a fun way to add some interest to your outfit.


Capes are chic for winter
A hooded cape from Umba. Courtesy photo

Feel like an everyday superhero with an easy, chic cape. You’ll see capes everywhere from Vogue to Alexander McQueen this season. We’re all about it. There’s something a little mysterious about a person in a cape.

Retro Ralph Lauren Vibe

Rags Consignments says its time for Boulder to tuck away the Boho look and embrace a retro Ralph Lauren vibe. That means long skirts, turtlenecks, buttery leather totes, monogrammed blazers and plaid on plaid.

“Preppy, cool and a throwback, it’s an easy and stylish way to get dressed. It feels familiar and comfortable, but can be done a million different ways,” according to Rags.

A piece that Rags is seeing a lot of this year is a poncho. Pairing a cozy poncho with a pair of high-waisted bell bottoms or distressed denim gives a new twist to an old classic.

Winter fashion poncho
Ponchos are big this season. Photo and outfit courtesy of Rags Consignments

Fashion inspo: Rags’ Burberry poncho ($325) in a neutral tone, with a LOFT denim skirt ($18) and Freebirds ($72).

Winter fashion poncho and denim skirt
A second way to wear a poncho, courtesy of Rags Consignments

For a look that can go from day to night (in Boulder at least, where casual-cool rules the day and the night), try this 360 Cashmere poncho ($82) with a Majestic Filatures turtleneck, and J Brand jeans ($54).

Anything Goes

As Common Threads writes, “We believe in dressing the way you want to dress! If you want to wear leather pants, go for it. If you want to rock five-inch heels, do your thing. If you want to wear the largest statement jewelry, go on and sparkle.”

One example, shown here: YMC sleeveless sweater, YSL sunnies, Graham and Spencer leather pants and Giuseppe Zanotti high-tops.

Sleeveless winter sweater
Outfit courtesy of Common Threads

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