Winter weather definitely has its upsides: snow days that seem to come right when you need them, ski trips with friends, and the beauty of scenic landscapes blanketed in white. However, the season is certainly not without its headaches, including the challenge of how to bundle up without sacrificing style. If you're in need of some cold-weather outfit guidance, simply look to today's ten smart dressers, each of whom manage to look chic despite bone-chilling temperatures. From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's elegant ensemble to Gwen Stefani's rocker outfit, today's What They Wear story is sure to offer inclement weather inspiration aplenty!
WHO: Ashley Olsen
WHAT: Spotted leaving a New York hotel last month.
WEAR: Fur coat; Blue Phoenix scarf; The Row bag.
WHY: Is there a chicer way to bundle up than with a furry coat? We think not, and Ashley Olsen's lovely look is proof. The fashion mogul's oversized coat is equal parts cozy and glamorous, a no-fail combination especially when teamed with a generously proportioned scarf! Want to emulate Olsen's ensemble? We think ASOS' Faux Fur Duffle Coat with Hood ($152) and Topshop's Cranberry Grunge Jersey Snood ($32) fit the bill perfectly!
WHO: Jessica Szohr
WHAT: Getting a cab in New York last month.
WEAR: Zadig & Voltaire coat; vintage sweater; Urban Outfitters pants; Paul Smith hat; Coach purse; Belle by Sigerson Morrison shoes.
WHY: We have to admire how well Szohr pulled off this relaxed outfit. The pairing of an oversized blazer, slouchy trousers, and an animal-print fedora translates into a cool, carefree look perfect for a day of errands in the city. Mad about the actress' ensemble? Ann Taylor's Promenade Coat ($248) is a spot-on version of her coat, while Jessica Simpson's Cheetah Print Fedora Hat ($38) provides a playful finish.
WHO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
WHAT: Shopping in New York last month.
WEAR: Burberry coat; Bottega Veneta scarf; Azzedine Alaia boots.
WHY: Leave it to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to look impeccably polished even when temperatures reach arctic levels. We think her coat's streamlined shape and plum hue make it an especially enchanting choice, plus her studded shoes add an extra element of glamour for one undeniably covetable look! To mimic Huntington-Whiteley's model-off-duty style, we suggest snagging top-notch picks like Jones New York's Coat Stand Collar Wool Blend Alapaca ($150), ASOS' Premium Coat with Double Lapel ($72), or Merona's Water Repellent Long Trench Coat ($50).
WHO: Fearne Cotton
WHAT: Sauntering around London earlier this month.
WEAR: Two-tone coat; olive green button-up shirt; lace shorts; brown lace-up boots.
WHY: When the weather doesn't require too many layers, we look to Fearne Cotton for some on-point sartorial guidance. The radio personality kept her look clean and simple by layering her green button-up shirt with a two-tone coat. We also applaud her decision to add an artsy, geometric necklace from AllSaints, as it adds an element of luxury to her on-the-go attire. Dying for a Cotton-esque look of your own? We recommend MSGM's Two Tone Coat ($304), Hilary Radley's Studio Zara Double Breasted Coat ($165), Rain's Cotton Rope Pendant Necklace ($127), and Luxury Rebel's Tania Lace Up Sherpa Booties ($75).
WHO: Rooney Mara
WHAT: Catching a flight in Berlin earlier this month.
WEAR: Givenchy wool jacket; gray knit circle scarf; Louis Vuitton bag.
WHO: Kate Moss
WHAT:Leaving her home in London in November.
WEAR: Tweed blazer; Siwy jeans; Marc Jacobs boots; Ray-Ban sunglasses; Carolina Herrera bag.
WHY: As a stylish Londoner familiar with the city's perpetually foggy weather, it comes as no surprise that Moss' arsenal of sartorial skills includes top-notch winter ensembles. Of her many on-point outerwear choices, we think this one stands out because of its versatility. The menswear-inspired topper looks terrific worn casually with a pair of light-wash jeans and ankle boots, as seen on Moss, and would be equally ravishing paired with an LBD and heels for evening. To exude Moss-like cool, we recommend getting your hands on worthy alternatives, such as Diane Von Furstenberg's Vincent Blazer ($585), Zara's Houndstooth Check Double Breasted Coat ($100), or Topshop'sTweed Drop Arm Boyfriend Coat ($170).
WHO: Anne Hathaway
WHAT: Snapped at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. last month.
WEAR: Carven coat; MiH jeans; vintage boots.
WHY: Hathaway never disappoints when it comes to her red carpet attire, but the actress looks equally amazing even when she's not posing for the photographers. Case in point: this spot-on winter outfit. We appreciate her decision to opt for classic pieces, including a Carven camel coat and basic black boots, as they create a delightfully timeless and put-together ensemble suitable for any occasion. With Hathaway in mind, we picked a few items you'll fancy: Forever 21's Long Cargo Jacket ($38), All Saints' Kraken Beanie ($50), and Acne's Pistol Leather Ankle Boots ($570), all of which will surely become closet mainstays.
WHO: Gwen Stefani
WHAT: Arriving at LAX earlier this month.
WEAR: Knit sweater; printed scarf; below-the-knee leather boots; Cutler & Gross sunglasses; L.A.M.B. bag.
WHY: Even when traipsing through the airport, Stefani manages to look every bit the glam-rocker woman she is. Her fire-engine red lipstick and patterned scarf add a perfect pop of color to her mostly-neutral ensemble. Plus, her tights-and-boots combo is a great way to stay comfortable aboard a long-haul flight, making this an amazing en-route outfit! If you're traveling in the near future, we suggest JNBY's Cable Knit Sweater ($350), Topshop's Floral Ombre Scarf ($52), and Cole Haan's Dorian Waterproof Riding Boots ($228) to emulate Stefani.
WHO: Zoe Kravitz
WHAT: Meandering around New York back in October.
WEAR: Navy double-breasted coat; slim pants; Dr. Marten 1461 W Shoes ($100).
WHY: Not everyone can make casual dressing look as cool as Kravitz. A classic double-breasted coat worn with a simple t-shirt and jeans is the ideal fuss-free ensemble for ambling around the chilly city. If you want a similar look, Sandro's Dark Blue Short Coat ($399), Pepe Jeans' Double Breasted Coat ($251), and James Perse's Marled Knit Beanie ($70) will definitely do the trick.
WHO: Jessica Hart
WHAT: Taking her dog for a walk in New York two months ago.
WEAR: Zara coat; Prada sweater; Matthew Williamson fur collar; velvet leggings from Resurrection in New York; Converse shoes.
WHY: Hart is the perfect muse for looking chic on weekend outings. While her leggings and classic Chuck Taylor sneakers keep the outfit relaxed, her sophisticated coat and elegant fur accent definitely elevate the look. If you're as smitten with Hart's styling as we are, consider American Apparel's Long Wool Coat ($185), John Varvatos' Chuck Taylor Studded High Tops ($150), and ASOS' Faux Fur Snood ($27), and you'll achieve that enviable model-off-duty vibe in no time.-Erin Fitzpatrick
Photo of Rooney Mara, courtesy of Wenn; Photos of Kate Moss, Fearne Cotton, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Szhor, Jessica Hart, Zoe Kravitz, and Ashley Olsen, courtesy of Splash. Photo of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, courtesy of Pacific Coast News; Photo of Gwen Stefani, courtesy of X17.