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.
Shop similar pieces: 1. & Other Stories sweater, $89; 2. BB Dakota blazer, $100; 3. J.Crew opaque tights, $19; 4. Mango leopard faux-fur coat, $170; 5. & Other Stories skirt, $59; 6. Dion Lee chelsea boot, $890
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.
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 similar pieces: 1. Kensie fur teddy coat, $111; 2. Boohoo oversize jumper, $20; 3. Rag & Bone patent skirt, $595; 4. Kate Spade New York stud earrings, $38; 5. Clare V. wristlet, $275; 6. Aeyde naomi ankle boots, $271
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.