The Cold-Weather Capsule Wardrobe: 9 Outfits, Each Under $250 Total

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Winter. It doesn't have to be a dirty word. When you focus on the good things about it (Snow days! The holidays!) and have a well-rounded cold-weather capsule wardrobe that adequately prepares you to brave the elements, you actually might even enjoy it a bit. While I can't make snow days happen for you, I can arm you with the outfits you need to see you through until spring. You may be thinking Just let me enjoy fall! but in my experience, the closer it gets to Thanksgiving, the less time I have to shop for clothes for myself, so now is the time to get it done.

Speaking of the holidays, this is arguably the most expensive time of year for most of us, and to combat that, each of the outfits I'm suggesting is under $250 (sans accessories and shoes, but don't worry—those are cheap too), believe it or not. Not only that, they can be worn together in countless ways, so shop away if effortless, affordable outfits are your MO.

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Puffer + Wide-Leg Pants + Lug-Sole Boots + Hoop Earrings

This is the kind of ultra-casual outfit that will still earn you compliments.

Faux-Fur Coat + Turtleneck + Checked Trousers + Sneakers

Quite possibly the perfect winter commuter outfit, down to the toes.

Bodysuit + Midi Skirt + Black Tights + Knee Boots

I love the idea of wearing this to an office holiday party.

Animal-Print Sweater + Skinny Jeans + Socks + Mary Janes

This looks like something Alexa Chung would wear, and that's why it's great.

Wool Coat + Sweaterdress + Belt + Snake Boots

A belt is key when wearing a sweaterdress.

Puffer + Printed Blouse + Skinny Jeans + Knee Boots + Scarf

The contrast of the sporty puffer and the pretty blouse is so good here.

Faux-Fur Coat + Turtleneck + Midi Skirt + Snake Boots + Hoop Earrings

Snake boots add a cool element to this classic outfit.

Puffer + Striped Tee + Wide-Leg Pants + Sneakers + Scarf

Winter weekend errands outfit, sorted.

Wool Coat + Bodysuit + Checked Trousers + Knee Boots

I think we can all agree that this outfit looks very expensive.