It’s Gray, Gloomy, & Gross Out — Here’s The NYFW Street Style Antidote To All That

Fashion Week has once again arrived in New York City, marking the first of four stops on its tour around the world (we’ll see you next week, London). But, this NYFW is already shaping up to be uncharted territory.

For starters, the once invite-only event is now opening up to the public, with tickets to Proenza Schouler, Christian Siriano, Monse, and others costing as much as $1,750 per seat. There’s also the news that some of NYC’s most celebrated designers are skipping the event altogether. Telfar chose to show earlier in Paris during Men’s Fashion Week, Tom Ford debuted his fall collection in Los Angeles, Jeremy Scott will show in July during next season’s haute couture calendar, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh chose to forego showing her fall season in a show format. 

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But as long as there will be any shows to watch, there will be street style.

Following a particularly dismal January, the main thing on everyone’s mind is staying warm, dry, and out of the dumps, dressing in a way that might will spring to come quicker. Easter-like puff-sleeved dresses were winterized with the use of pastel turtlenecks, fuzzy bucket hats covered fresh blow-outs, and layers of Heattech allowed leather Bermuda shorts and lightweight knits to feel weather appropriate. 

The real hero piece of the week, though, was outerwear... for obvious reasons.

“I'm doing my best to use sustainability as my biggest style inspiration these days," says Refinery29's Editor-In-Chief and Co-Founder Christene Barberich. "I no longer buy new down coats, especially given what we know now about the sourcing of down. I exclusively wear vintage or used down now. Layering in interesting ways is always appealing to me, too, especially when it’s cold out. I have a VERY old, super lightweight Uniqlo puffer and a vintage denim jacket that I like to layer under lighter-weight coats since the climate these days is unfortunately predictably unpredictable. Lighter long coats from designers like Rachel Comey, Rodebjer, and other more conscientious designers are also a go-to.”

“I have one quilted leather jacket from a brand called AWAKE that I'm really excited to wear, and one vintage smocked leather jacket that I got in L.A.,” says former Refinery29 fashion editor and current street style maven Alyssa Coscarelli. “Vintage bombers, faux furs, and leathers are fantastic, too.”

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“I've spent the last few months embracing leather trenches, one from Veda and another vintage one that I got in Paris. I'm excited to keep that trend going this week,” says The Zoe Report’s Senior Fashion Editor Aemilia Madden. “But my North Face puffer keeps me warm no matter how crazy the weather gets.”

See what cold-weather tricks are up showgoers’ sleeves by clicking through the slideshow ahead. 

This slideshow was originally published on February 8. It's since been updated.

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And you thought gingham was a summertime-only fabric...

Halston Sage
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Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here with an S spotting during NYFW.

Blake Lively
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The panacea to gray days.
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Okay fine, two panaceas.
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This look is making a case for a suit set that doesn't match.
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Everything about these looks — the layering, the lenses, the louche robe coat, the long collar tips — is glorious.
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Leopard and leather: A magical combination.
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The cross-body just got an extra-cozy upgrade thanks to the addition of this faux-fur strap cover.
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When your sandals are this good, the pain of letting your toes out in the middle of winter takes a back seat.
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Red-on-red is one of the most reliable and most rewarding styling tricks. And when we see it done really well? **chef's kiss**
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Where do we sign up to stan this girl group?
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Teddy coats, puffers, and windbreakers — these three showgoers have all of this season’s most sought-after coat trends mastered. 

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Introducing the shacket, the thick-and-cozy shirt that's become the sartorial solution to this season’s confusing weather forecasts.
After five days of dressing your fanciest, sometimes you just need to slip on your favorite chocolate-colored lounge set and be on your way.
The next generation of street style photographers is here — and their looks are as good (if not better) than the subjects of their paparazzi photos.
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Day Five


This patchwork skirt is so good, we're beginning to eye all our old printed shirts like a piranha.

Wearing a Ganni skirt.
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Beanie, who? We're only wearing fuzzy toppers from now until spring.
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This showgoer could be wearing stained sweatpants underneath this trench for all we care and we'd still call this outfit a 10/10.

Carrying a Dior bag.
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You can always count on Prada to give your Fashion Week look an extra oomph.

Carrying a Prada bag.
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This is no summer camp tie-dye.
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Spice up your army green trench coat with a touch of netting.
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Are brown and orange the '70s-inspired color combo that's about to take over?
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A casual zebra sighting in the wild of Manhattan's East Village.

Pernille Teisbaek wearing Attico boots.
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These two showgoers were destined to meet and swap umbrellas.

Nicole Chapteu
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If you hadn't noticed, we're die-hard fans of the plaid blazer.

Wearing Céline boots.
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Styling a bomber over a wool coat? Now this is an outerwear hack worthy of a shoutout.
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The Joe Goldberg baseball cap, but make it fashion.
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Florals for spring? (You know the rest...)

Anna Wintour
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Just wait until you see the cardigan's matching lounge pants. Hint: They're really, really good.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner wearing an Eckhaus Latta sweater and carrying a Chanel bag.
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A tie-dye oversized suit doesn't exactly scream wardrobe staple, but after bearing witness to this photo, we don't know how we can live without one.
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There's a positive correlation between the number of giant pockets a coat has and the likelihood of us wanting it.

Christene Barberich carrying a Ganni bag.
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All we have to say about wearing a rain bonnet is why the hell not?

Tahirah Hairston
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The fleece trend just won't quit (thank god).
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Day Four

When you're trying to manifest good weather by wearing sunny hues, but you end up getting rained on anyway.
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Wine..not wear head-to-toe burgundy? (Sorry)
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Three guesses what's inside this mini briefcase bag?
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A heeled platform loafer that gives our moods a lift, too.

Jillian Magenheim carrying a Brahmin bag.
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The solid-colored statement turtleneck has become a Fashion Week mainstay.
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During Fashion Week, nothing, even a mini skirt in 20-degree weather, is off-limits.

Aimee Song
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Happy (almost) Valentine's Day to this pink and red color combo and this color combo only.

Babba Rivera (left)
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This look is making a serious case for mesh on mesh.
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A convincing argument for Team Neutrals.
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A brown leather trench will never go out of style.
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Pale pink and chocolate brown is really doing it for us this week.
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You heard it here first, folks: The big Santa belt is going to be the accessory of the season.

Wearing Prada oxfords.
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Two tank tops > one tank top.
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The off-one-shoulder look might not be practical, but it sure looks great.
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When you're always ready to fire off some business cards.

Aemilia Madden wearing SIR The Label.
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Retro Western fringe meets St. Mark's nailstuds.
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When in doubt, just wear your duvet to winter fashion shows.

Naomi Elizée
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This look is a misty dream.

Carrying a By Far bag.
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Thick-soled Dr. Martens will forever be our favorite winter boot.

Shilpa Nadella and Rajni Jacques.
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When your handbag doubles as a between-shows napping pillow >>>>>

Carrying a Chanel bag.
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The boys are back in town — and they're looking very on-trend.
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We're feeling calmer already after looking at this head-to-toe lavender look.
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The scene at Spring Studios was red-hot once this showgoer arrived.
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Cheetah and zebra? The more the merrier!

Maddie Swanson wearing Ganni.
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Turn your summer outfit into a winter outfit with the help of a leather blazer.

Wearing an Orseund Iris top.
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Day Three


The 2000s baguette bag is back — but this time around, it's also bedazzled.
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When a pop of color is more like a sliver of color.

Wearing Prada oxfords.
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When the temperature drops, nothing feels more like a hug than a shearling coat.
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We're getting major Matrix vibes from this full-body leather ensemble with flat knee-high boots.

Wearing Vagabond boots.
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During Fashion Week, the dress code is always pants-optional especially when Marine Serre is involved.

Wearing Marine Serre tights.
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This look is like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, but whatever the winter version of that is.

Jenna Igneri wearing a Vintage 1980s Céline leather blazer from Lidow Archive, Nomasei loafers, and carrying a Fendi bag from Lidow Archive.
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If this doesn't make you want to add Fair Isle vests to your vintage thrifting list right this second...

Wearing a Ganni vest.
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We're happy to report that yellow-tinted lenses are making a serious comeback.

Christie Tyler (right) wearing Gucci loafers.
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Didn't you know? It's Bring-Your-Dog-To-Fashion-Week Day.
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From the yellow jacquard coat to the red statement bag — there's nothing we don't want to copy from this showgoer's look.
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This is how you fashion pack.

Tara Gonzalez (left) carrying a Kara bag, Ryan Norville (middle) carrying a J.W. Pei bag, and Michelle Li (right) wearing a The Arrivals coat, a Sandy Liang skirt, a Nunoo bag, and New Balance sneakers.
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The higher the platform, the closer to God.
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Get yourself a pair of sneakers that perfectly match your favorite coat...
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...but can still look good without it.
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Calling all tiny hat stans! This man is now your leader.
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Get yourself a dress that peek-a-boos from head to toe.

Gabrielle Korn wearing an Apparis coat, Big Sister dress, Coclico shoes, and an Alexander McQueen bag.
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Friends that Fashion Week together, stay together.
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What's it like to be dressed in a cloud?

Yolanda Macon
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Day Two


A layered turtleneck might just be the low-key street style trend of the season.
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Sharp haircuts, and sharper coats.

Bryanboy and Tiffany Hsu.
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When you have to go fishing at one and attend a Fashion Show at two.

Wearing Marc Jacobs.
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Sometimes, when an outfit is really good, being cold is worth the pain.

Lauren Caruso (left) and Alyssa Coscarelli (right) wearing Tibi.
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More cow print, please!

Christie Tyler wearing a KUZYK jacket, Acne Studios pants, and Prada oxfords.
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Head! To! Toe! Plaid!

Naomi Elizée wearing a Bourguessa coat and Miista boots.
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These two are a master's degree in color theory, all by themselves.
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A mini cardigan over a knit dress? Yes, please.
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Don't you just love a Telfar spotting during fashion week?
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Spotted: The Vans x Sandy Liang collab out in the wild.

Gabrielle Korn wearing Vans x Sandy Liang jacket and an Alfeya Valrina bag.
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The chunkier the chain, the better the outfit.
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This 'fit is the result of sk8r boiz and fashion girls joining forces.
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A multicolored suit with a leather patterned bucket hat? It shouldn't work, but it does.
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These hats deserve a slideshow of their own.

Susie Bubble (left) and Tina Leung (right) wearing Noel Stewart x Self Portrait hats.
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You just got slimed!

Emili Sindlev
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Do we need to go out and buy a red coat? Yes, and you do, too.
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A casual feathers moment. NBD.

Amanda Murray wearing a Staud bag.
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Day One


A monochrome brown 'fit takes NYFW, this time with an optimistic peek of midriff.
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Three cheers for stick-of-butter dressing (with a hint of perfectly burnt toast).

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The only thing better than the look on this showgoer's face is her outfit's vibrant color combination.
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We've been on the lookout for the perfect pair of black knee-high boots for months now, but after seeing the pair on this showgoer, it's clear that our search is officially over.
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More mock-croc in 2020, please.

Wearing Nike Air Force 1s.
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We're all for any look that gets us thinking about a Happy Meal.

Wearing Margiela Tabi boots and a Gucci bag.
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