Halt! Before you reach for that same oversized sweater, jeans, and parka combo, we beg you to reconsider. Combat the winter blahs with some inspiration in the form of stylish perfect outfits coming from gals who know that dressing warmly is not synonymous with boring. In fact, dressing for insulation means more opportunities to let your creativity really shine—clever layering, off-beat accessorizing, and texture/color/decade-jamming are all at your disposal. Click through to check out how these four ladies concocted the toastiest of Perfect Winter Outfits.
Pink Spider—A heavy-duty military parka, a leather satchel, shearling boots, and a cozy scarf...if this were your go-to winter uniform, you'd have no reason to complain about sub-zero temperatures!
Above, clockwise from left: Photo via Lookbook.nu; ASOS Leather Traditional Satchel, $103.44, available at ASOS; Juicy Couture Faux-Fur Trimmed Parka, $360, aailable at Net-a-Porter; Forever21 Shearling Lined Boots, $35.80, available at Forever 21; Tarnish Ribbed Infinity Scarf, $27.90, available at Nordstrom.
Andy T.—If you're dying to wear a thinner coat, layer a thick, draped cardigan underneath for extra insulation as well as a splash of graphic interest.
Above, from left: Photo via Lookbook.nu; Splendid Lurex-Flecked Striped Cardigan, $115, available at Net-a-Porter; Armani Exchange Faux Fur Coat, $149, available at Armani Exchange; Rag & Bone March Leggings, $237, available at Les Nouvelles; Charlotte Russe Knit Beanie, $9.50, available at Charlotte Russe.
Juliett K.—If you've got a super-thick cardigan, don't think twice about making it your outermost piece. Just pile on the layers underneath—one, two, three sweaters...who's counting! Cutoffs and motorcycle boots add that touch of cheek we love.
Above, from left: Photo via Lookbook.nu; Old Navy Tie-Belt Fair Isle Cardigans, $35, available at Old Navy; BDG Long Cutoff Short, $9.99, available at Urban Outfitters; Dolce Vita Rosalie Boot, $244.95, available at Solestruck; Shotwell tiny Braided Belt, $22, available at Shotwell; Y-3 Chunky Knit Scarf, $94, available at The Outnet.
Laura G.—Minimalism may be in, but don't let a camel coat take all the fun out of your outfit. A patterned sweater that peeks out (layered on top of a button-up, of course) brings the whimsy to your wintertime game.
Above, from left: Photo via Lookbook.nu; Dorothy Perkins Belted Camel Trench Coat, $116.89, available at Dorothy Perkins; NamuDDalgi Polka-Dot Knit Sweater, $55, available at YesStyle; Reiss White Shirt, $155, available at Reiss; Seychelles Biography Ankle Boot, $89.95, available at Karmaloop; Marc Jacobs Camile Satchel, $1,850, available at Barneys.