There's nothing more unbearable than dressing for a frigid winter morning. If you didn't plan out your outfit the night before, it's easy to slip into the same three pieces you've been wearing all season long: a black sweater, black high-waisted skinny jeans, and black boots. Yes, I've been taking the easy way out.
So I've made a resolution to challenge myself. The first step isn't to shop for a whole new wardrobe, it's to breathe new life into my old winter items by reworking those pieces into a completely new outfit. For some quick inspiration, look to the street style stars who always have a few styling tricks up their puffy sleeves. I've decoded their genius hacks, below, for my sake and yours.
There's no avoiding layers if you want to stay warm. Fashion-girls start with a leopard coat, below that, a leather jacket or checked blazer to contrast the animal print. One more layer down, you've got a cashmere or wool sweater paired with a skirt. Ankle boots and tights make for the perfect finishing touches.
For those still in denial that summer is truly over, a fun floral puffer might ease your pain. It's such a statement piece that you can go subtle with your other items, like black skinny jeans and Converse kicks. A white crossbody bag completes your street style–worthy #OOTD.
Knit pants have the comfort of sweats, but a more elevated finish. Opt for similarly colored separates to create a matching set. Then, throw on an oversize blazer and swap your couch slippers for a pair of sock boots. The ensemble looks smart and sophisticated, while remaining as comfy as PJs. Sunglasses optional.
Stand out in a sea of black coats with a metallic jacket. This season you'll find the color splashed on shearling outerwear and puffers, giving you plenty of opportunities to shine—literally. Take a cue from fashion influencer and designer Chiara Ferragni and style yours with an all-black ensemble consisting of a hoodie and skinny jeans. You don't need to over accessorize in this case, sneaks and a chic bag will do.
There's no rule that says you can't wear springtime colors in the winter. Build an outfit around a pastel-colored coat (winter blues, anyone?), matching your earrings and shoes to your outerwear. If you're feeling brave, tuck your sweater into a leather miniskirt sans tights. Bonus: The pastel coat transitions seamlessly from winter to spring.
Shop the pieces: 1. Chloé cashmere sweater, $1,350; 2. L'Autre Chose coat, $435; 3. Versace croc skirt, $1,850; 4. Monica Vinader x Caroline Issa earrings, $195; 5. River Island boots, $90; 6. Stella McCartney bag, $650
There’s room in your outfit for two, even three, types of busy prints. Mismatching is in and no one will question your choices for mixing plaid and animal prints—if they do, just say you were inspired by the runways of fashion week. The trick to pulling off this look is styling similar or complementary colors together, so start off with neutral-colored printed tops, dresses, and outerwear. Once you’ve got the hang of pairing different prints together, you can step it up with brighter and even louder designs.
You rely on jeans for all of winter, so why not invest in a denim jumpsuit? This one-piece protects you from the cold, looks great with any boot—my favorite is the cowboy style from Ganni—and is compatible with all outerwear, from a beige trench to a furry coat. Top off with a
cowboy bucket hat for a less literal interpretation of the wild wild west.