When the weather really starts to bite, it’s easy to peer into your wardrobe and fall back on that one jumper that no other can match on the warmth front and pair it with your most trusted jeans and the coat that feels like it’s wrapping you in a hug every time you pull it on.
There’s nothing wrong with this approach—we’re pretty guilty of it too, which is why a bit of cold-weather inspiration is always welcome. How do the most stylish we rely upon (particularly those dwelling in unforgiving Scandinavian climes) combat plunging temperatures? Well, with lots of wool and a little imagination. And it’s not all zany knitwear and crazy coats. Some of our favourite bloggers remind us of the merits of a plain old turtleneck jumper and a considered but also go-with-everything coat to make dressing for winter a rewarding—in all senses of the word—pursuit. So next time you think it’s too cold to start experimenting in front of the mirror, remember these outfits to add a dose of originality to your winter look.
Scroll through the gallery below and prepare to get shopping for your new winter favourites.
Style Notes: Sightseeing or running across the city all day? Sometimes all you need is practical kicks, a hands-free bag and a ridiculously cosy jacket.
You can totally get a very affordable version from H&M.
Style Notes: As Aria Di Bari shows, the foundation to a classic—not to mention warm—look is a wool-rich turtleneck. It’s literally all you need to pair with a sharp camel coat and jeans when the temperature drops.
Everyone needs a knitted roll-neck in their arsenal.
Style Notes: If you need to cut a dash in the office but the commute and air-con are getting the better of you, invest in a stalwart such as a trench coat. Darja Baranik’s would work just as well with a pink knit, but we love the stripy dress she’s got peeking through here.
This is a classic warm piece you’ll wear for years to come. It’s also great for layering.
Style Notes: What to wear to a winter wedding when you you don’t want to bulk up with a heavy coat? Take a lead from Megan Ellaby’s style book and opt for the faux fur.
Charlotte Simone does the coolest faux fur and shearling.
Style Notes: If the day is feeling more like you could get away without a coat, then pair a chunky knit with a metallic midi skirt. Just don’t forget to wear some ankle boots with thick socks to keep out any potential chills.
We desperately need this skirt in our lives.
Style Notes: Teddy-bear coats are such a fun way to wrap up. Like getting a hug from your outerwear.
Teddy-bear coats are everywhere right now.
Style Notes: A girl can never own too many boots, and Anne-Miek Kessels just found the holy grail with these patent beauties. Being mid-calf, they’re great with flippy dresses and work so hard to keep your feet nice and warm.
Patent boots are great for adding contrast to black tights.
Style Notes: The easiest way to make sure you’re chic and functional? Invest in a pair of walking boots. Right now, they’re super fashionable, so you can look great while going on a hike. Win-win.
These from Arket are on our Christmas list.
Style Notes: New York model and girl-about-town Natalie Lim Suarez demonstrates that winter coats can be pale and interesting. Try committing to a pale palette on a rain-free day with equally light colours and listen to the compliments roll in.