If there is one season in which I am bound to find myself in a style rut, it would be winter. Living in the Northeast means blistering cold weather that leaves me often wanting to just throw in the towel and live in sweatpants with hoodies, puffer coats, and boots until the cold weather passes. Thankfully, the fashion editor in me often resists the temptation and leads me down the path of finding the chicest winter outfit ideas that will keep me warm without sacrificing style.
As always, Instagram is my first stop when looking for fresh outfit inspiration. There is nothing like a quick check-in with my favorite fashion people to invigorate my resolve to keep stylish no matter the weather. A variety of looks stood out, ranging from elevated, minimalist ensembles to casual-cool denim outfits and fun, fashion-forward options. Key pieces that kept popping up were long coats, leather jackets, slingback heels, black trousers, and square-toed shoes. I was pleased to find that I already had many of these in my closet, which sent me on my way to piecing together some new winter looks.
A stylish mix of two major trends of the moment—red sweaters and maxi skirts.
Baseball caps add a casual-cool feel to any look, especially this leather jacket–and-jeans combo.
The textured sweater worn over the shoulder gives this all-black look a cozy boost.
It's sweaterdress season, and the addition of sleek boots is an easy way to dress up the piece.
Sherpa toggle-button coats have been trending. Wear with jeans and heeled black boots for the ultimate chic winter look.
A winter uniform to try: cozy layered sweater, black leather jacket, dark-wash jeans, and loafers. Add colorful socks for a trendy touch.
Dark-wash jeans are perfect for the season.
Outerwear with a contrasting collar makes for an interesting outfit element. Bring in the wide-leg jeans, and you have a cool-girl vibe.
If classic and cozy is your thing, then this oversize neutral cable-knit worn with white straight-leg jeans and Birkenstock clogs will hit the spot.
For the office or dinner out with friends, this French-chic outfit fits the bill. All you need is a vibrant sweater, baggy trousers, and suede pumps.
Tell me this outfit wouldn't have your head turning thanks to the mix of classic pieces like a black sweater and button-down with an edgy leather skirt and fashion-forward flats.
It doesn't get more minimal and chic than a sleek trench coat worn over a black sweater, a black miniskirt, and black knee-high boots.