Winter outfits are clothes used for protection against the particularly cold weather of winter. Often they have a good water resistance, consist of multiple layers to protect and insulate against low temperatures. Winter clothes are especially outerwear like coats, jackets, hats, scarves and gloves or mittens, but also warm underwear like long underwear, union suits, and socks. Military issue winter clothing evolved from heavy coats and jackets to multilayered clothing for the purpose of keeping troops warm during winter battles. Several shirts and socks, usually four pairs were standard issues for the U.S. Army during WWII. Winter clothes used for sports and recreation include ski suits and snowmobile suits. Many northern cultures use animal fur to make winter clothes.
Breathe new life into everything you wear this winter when you accessorize your outfit with trendy white ankle boots. We love how they are styled here, with a sleek leopard print top, black trousers, and a long winter coat. You don’t have to sacrifice style for warmth this winter. There are plenty of puffers, chunky knits, and other cozy clothes that will keep your look on point without giving you the chills. Here, 15 outfit ideas that might actually make you like the cold weather.
Cute Winter Outfits
A Puffy, Glitzy Situation
Down Coat with Wrap Collar. Pair a modern puffer coat with a sparkly skirt and strappy heels and you’ll be Insta-ready for any holiday party that comes your way!
A Comfy Work-Appropriate Lewk
Self-Portrait Cable-Knit Cotton and Wool-Blend Cardigan. Investing in uncomplicated separates makes cold-weather dressing a cinch! This cable-knit cardigan is so cute when coupled with a unique, yet timeless skirt and simple bodysuit.
A Two-Tone Coat with Fresh Basics
Faux-Fur-Collar Coat. If you have to invest in one thing this winter, make it a statement coat. No matter what you wear underneath (like jeans and a T-shirt), you’ll look instantly polished.
An Edgy Sweater With Wide-Leg Pants
Chriselle Lim Collection Sweater. A ruched sweater adds tons of interest to your outfit and is so versatile. Wear it with wide-leg pants to the office or for after-work drinks.
An Unexpected Sweater Dress
Nanushka Canaan Dress. A red hot sweater dress with a chunky turtleneck and flirty slit pairs beautifully with over-the-knee boots that will keep your legs nice and toasty.
If the thought of dropping temperatures and slushy streets has sent you into a winter outfit rut, you’re not alone. Dressing for work underneath a giant puffer coat can sometimes feel a bit uninspired, so take note from these well-dressed women who have their cold-weather looks on lock.
- Mango boots: Top off a sweater and skirt with a pair of contrasting knee-high boots that will instantly make your look pop.
- Lou & Grey turtleneck: Layer a turtleneck underneath a classic pantsuit to keep warm both in and out of the office.
- Karl Lagerfeld coat: Invest in an oversized coat to layer over all your office looks this season.
- Tibi skirt: Work some color into your winter wardrobe in the form of a statement-making midi skirt. Bonus points if you go for matching boots à la Priyanka Chopra.
- Lauren Ralph Lauren shirt: Look for a white button-down shirt that feels unique, but still acts as a key piece to any look.
Winter Outfits Men
Layering With Sweaters & Cardigans
The classic sweater-over-a-button-down is steady for a reason, but why not try something new? Chunky mock neck cardigans add a significant amount of bulk (in a good way) and warmth when worn over long-sleeve tees, collared shirts, and sweatshirts. Lighter-weight styles in merino or cashmere pair nicely under a blazer and add a little more punch to the norm.
Corduroy Pants & Dress Shirts
Corduroy fabric is not only soft and sturdy, but it’s come a long way aesthetically. Pants are our top choice in a slim or straight fit and a five-pocket style. They look and feel like your favorite denim—just more wintry. To ease into a winning look, pair your cords with a dress shirt. Just pick favorites that complement the shade of your pants—if you’re wearing brown cords below, try a green plaid button-down or a solid navy up top.
Jeans & Boots
Pairing two heavy-hitting staples is the first (and last) step to beating the chill. Wearing denim during winter is a win for so many reasons: a broken-in pair is super comfortable, they’re durable and keep in the heat. Plus, they pretty much go with everything. When worn with boots, you’re checking off practical and personal style. From a rugged lace-up to a pull-on Chelsea, whatever boot style you choose has a pair of jeans that can match.
Winter Date Night Outfits
What Not to Wear: Something too revealing or baggy.
What to Wear: Tights, a dress, and a nice jacket.
“The first thing not to wear on a winter date is something too revealing! The last thing you want to do on a first date is to feel uncomfortable and overexposed. People often make the mistake of thinking ‘sexy’ is analogous to showing skin, which is really not the case. ‘Sexy’ is when you look and feel confident, according to the temperature outside! Don’t skip out on the tights just because it’s the first date! You will look sexier if you are comfortable and warm enough to walk outside.”
“The second thing not to wear on a winter date is baggy clothes. At the same time that you want to feel comfortable and warm enough for the temperature outside, you also aren’t going snowboarding. So still show your curves! I recommend a dress with tights and a nice jacket.