When it comes to dressing for chilly days, we¬--your WhoWhatWear.com team¬--know that comfort trumps cuteness. After all, it doesn't really matter how fabulous your outfit is if you're getting frostbite while wearing it, right? But don't fear that the frosty weather means you're doomed to looking like a complete tool! As you can see from the stylish winter wardrobe choices of ladies like Alexa Chung, Chloe Sevigny, and perpetual reader-favorite, Rachel Bilson, with some smart planning, you can look fashionable even when the forecast predicts bitter wind and brutal temperatures!
After examining our subjects du jour, we realized that they all favor a few key pieces: sturdy boots, skinny jeans (voluminous legs tend to soak up sleet and snow), and headwear (hoods or hats are essential!). Though these are not revolutionary items or ideas, certainly, the execution of these pieces is important. Accordingly, we've scouted the web for some of the best cold weather necessities, inspired by our sextet of stylish celebs, so read on for all the details!
While most people tend to favor dark coats and pants at this time of year, we were delighted to see that Elle Macpherson took a far lighter approach when vacationing in Aspen. The former model/current lingerie designer was a vision in winter white, punctuated with a few bold accents. Macpherson's ear-flapped chapeau is a standout choice worth emulating; we suggest checking out Saks Fifth Avenue's Faux Fur Trapper's Hat ($75) for an affordable and fur-free alternative. Additionally, if you're in the market for an equally pale piece of outerwear, try the Jones New York Faux Shearling Shawl Collar ($99) or Donatella's Hooded Wool Coat ($90). Combined with some snowy denim, like Citizens of Humanity's Straight Leg Jeans ($150) in Santorini White, Sorel's Joan of Arctic Snowboots ($130), and a warm neck wrap, such as Raj Imports' Fall Sun Euro Stripe Scarf ($38), and you'll have a head-to-toe Macpherson-like look!
While we're totally devastated that Alexa Chung's MTV show was canceled, we have a feeling that this darling dresser will remain in the spotlight for years to come. Who could resist writing about this young lady, especially when she looks so chic, even on her most off-duty days? To wit: Chung was recently snapped while deplaning in London wearing an outfit that is perfectly stylish in its simplicity. The British trendsetter wore an Orla Kiely Duffle Wool Coat ($650) accented with a Louis Vuitton Cashmere Leopard Scarf ($795, 866.VUITTON) and a Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton Suede Asphalt Bag ($3730, 866.VUITTON). If her ensemble appeals to you, don't miss Topshop's Detachable Hooded Duffle Coat ($145) or Eddie Bauer's Wool Blend Duffle Coat ($98)¬--both are swell Stateside substitutes for Chung's exact toggle topper. Then just add a cozy scarf, like Staring at Stars' Open Knit Snood ($34), Rich & Skinny's Sleek Skinny Jeans ($189) in Funnel, and some practical footwear, such as Madden Girl's Zarrin Ankle Boots ($60). Extra points for accessorizing with a similar tote; we like Topshop's Twist Lock Square Holdall Bag ($70) in Navy Blue.
On a crisp night in London last month, the lovely Keira Knightley left the Comedy Theatre after her performance in The Misanthrope wearing a double-breasted shearling peacoat by Burberry Prorsum. We love the jacket's oversized shape and soft taupe color; the latter is both unexpected and the ideal shade for transitioning into spring. In addition to the covetable coat, Knightley accented her outfit with a black beanie and buckle boots. To recreate this snuggly look, mix Sonoma Life + Style's Faux Suede Peacoat ($160) with an A. Kurtz Theo Beanie ($38) and Wanted's Brinkly Boots ($70). We think the resulting combination will be worthy of a standing ovation¬--or good reviews at the very least!
While we do love all the neutrals featured in today's story, we've got a soft spot for one wonderful stylesetter in particular, who never shies away from a bold wardrobe choice¬--Agyness Deyn. The major model was snapped on the streets of New York a few days ago, ushering in the new year with her trademark flair, this time in the form of a vintage plaid cape and jaunty peaked cap. The cape's generous proportions show off the bold pattern perfectly and create a memorable look, especially since Deyn wisely styled her exuberant outerwear with a simple pair of Rebecca Minkoff Zipper Pants ($295) from the designer's F/W 09 collection and green Dr. Marten Boots ($115). If you're ready to wear something equally interesting, follow in Deyn's footsteps and search your favorite vintage stores for a comparable cape. Some of the best ones we've seen are styles from Pendleton¬--like this Plaid Cape ($115) from the sixties. There are also loads of lovely options available at NastyGal.com, so browse that site too!
In addition to always providing our readers with loads of outfit inspiration, Rachel Bilson's ability to dress for her frame never fails to impress. Though she's decidedly dainty, Bilson managed to make a tricky piece of outerwear work perfectly on her petite proportions. Spotted at a Target shopping event in early December, the actress opted for Juicy Couture's Hooded Long Puffer Coat ($398, 212.796.3360) worn with a buff pair of Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Platform Boots ($460, on sale in black). We're pleased to report that there are many similar coats on the market right now, including Bloomingdale's Matte Down Coat ($325), J. Crew's Long Belted Puffer ($235), which is available in wine or a dark slate gray, and for a shorter style, G-Star Raw's Whistler Puffer Jacket ($260). Once you've picked the perfect puffer, simply add a contrasting pair of boots, like the Elizabeth and James Franky Suede Square Toe Boots ($313) in taupe, and the results will be both sleek and chic.
Today we'll close our wintery wardrobe coverage with another wonderful look from one of our favorite fashion plates: Chloe Sevigny. Unique in every way, Sevigny shopped her own closet and pulled out a belted coat from Dolce & Gabbana's F/W 05 collection. While this centerpiece item looked ladylike and luxe on the runway, by wearing it with cuffed straight-leg jeans, utilitarian brown boots, and round sunglasses, Sevigny made the coat look much more downtown and youthful. To take a page from Sevigny's style book, we suggest starting with a classic base, such as a pair of Levis 501 Jeans ($68) in Hyper Authentic. Next you'll need some rugged footwear, like Steven by Steve Madden's Axee Lace Up Boots ($100) or Boutique 9's Elation Boots ($198). Finally, top everything off with faux-fur embellished outerwear, like Mango's Big Fur Edged Tailored Coat ($148), and a gorgeous pair of circular shades, such as Lanvin's Wouter Round Sunglasses ($300), and your cold weather outfit will be complete!