2020 Winter Trends - Visit Brisbane


2020 Winter Trends and Where to Shop Them in The City

It’s often said that Queensland has only two seasons – summer and spring – thanks to year-round sunshine and bright blue skies. However, we’ll take even the mildest mercury-drop as an excuse to layer-up in cosy knits, boots and beanies.

Here’s the lowdown on the 2020 winter trends and where to shop them in Brisbane City.

Top-to-Toe Knitwear

Knitwear, for winter? Ground-breaking, we hear you say – but hear us out. Winter 2020 is all about top-to-toe knitwear in a variety of textures: think sleek crepe knit separates and full-length dresses from Scanlan Theodore at David Jones QueensPlaza, Forever New’s ribbed ponchos at the Queen Street Mall store, preppy cardi styles at Alice McCall QueensPlaza and chunky cropped cardigans from Zara, also on the Queen Street Mall. For luxe knits in cashmere and fine merino, we can’t go past Jac + Jack, available at David Jones QueensPlaza, and Tengdahl in Brisbane Arcade.

Image source: Scanlan Theodore

Flats are the Winter ‘It’ Shoe

Utility still rules and Brisbane’s stylish set can’t get enough practical flats to go back with everything. From Birkenstocks from Footgear QueensPlaza to Gucci’s pointy patent flats at the QueensPlaza store, this is one trend your podiatrist will approve of. Styles to look out for include furry slides (try UGG or Platypus Shoes on the Queen Street Mall) and chunky utility slip-ons (such as TEVA platforms and Dr Martens from Universal Store’s Albert Street store).

Sneakers are also still having a moment – shop the latest men’s and women’s oversized trainers at HypeDC, Nike and JD Sports on Albert Street or Laced on Adelaide Street. 

Image source: Ugg

Loungewear as Outerwear 

WFH style continues to dictate our sartorial choices, so it’s no surprise that comfy loungewear is still our go-to. Elevate your activewear with coordinated sets such as Uniqlo’s super-soft jersey styles from the Queen Street Mall store, animal print at Seed Heritage Wintergarden, classic sweats at Country Road on the Queen Street Mall and bold logo styles from Calvin Klein and Superdry at Myer in The Myer Centre.

Image source: Seed Heritage, Frederika Akander

Suits You

Proving we love a matching set for all occasions, now is the time to invest in a suit, preferably in a bright or pastel hue or a stylish check fabric. Suiting does double duty for the office and after-work drinks, and there’s a style to suit all. We love the slouchy jacket and pants from Bec & Bridge at David Jones QueensPlaza and oversize check jacket and tapered pants at Zara on the Queen Street Mall. For a pop of coordinated colour, try the sunny yellow relaxed suit at Zara, an all-white set or belted corn blue jacket and pants at Sheike Wintergarden, and teal or ivory suiting at Pia du Pradal in Brisbane Arcade. Look to Country Road on the Queen Street Mall for a soft pink checked jacket and pant that combines both trends. 

Image source: Sportscraft, available at David Jones

Trenchcoats and Puffer Jackets

Volume is also still having a moment when it comes to outerwear. From the classic full-length trench to quilted puffer jackets, look at ways to play with proportion. Find sleek unisex puffers at Uniqlo’s Queen Street Mall store, Hugo Boss at Macarthur Central, Culture Kings on Elizabeth Street and Kathmandu on Albert Street. We love the oversize trenchcoats at Aje, Sass & Bide and Viktoria & Woods, all in QueensPlaza; and from Cue and David Lawrence at Myer in The Myer Centre.

Image source: Uniqlo

Tie-dye Vibes

We’re still chasing an endless summer with our love for all things tie-dye it seems. And it’s easy to bring that summer escapism to your winter wardrobe whether that’s a little touch of tie-dye in the form of Stussy socks from Universal Store on Albert Street, or Bassike monochrome tie-dye sweats at David Jones QueensPlaza. Other places to shop for men’s and women’s tie-dye pieces include Seed Heritage  and Double Double on the Queen Street Mall, General Pants Co. in The Myer Centre and the Cotton On Queen Street Mega Store.

Image source: Bassike

Sustainable Style

Ethically made and eco-friendly clothing also continues to trend with Brissie shoppers for feel-good style. Gorman QueensPlaza, Seed Heritage and H&M on the Queen Street Mall have organic ranges, while all of Viktoria & Woods’ collections are accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia and mostly made in Australia. Shop Biome on Adelaide Street for a range of slow fashion labels, and visit HypeDC’s Albert Store to check out the range of men’s and women’s Veja sneakers, which are Fair Trade-certified and made from organic and recycled materials.

Image source: Viktoria & Woods