The Easy Outfit Formula Our Editors Plan on Wearing All Winter

As far as outfit formulas go, there's nothing quite as easy to throw on in autumn as jeans, boots, a jumper and a coat. It's an outfit that can take you seamlessly from Sunday brunch to an afternoon at the pub, and in late autumn, it's probably exactly what you're putting on each morning before you leave the house. 

We're big advocates of this simple structure and tend to live in it through autumn and well into winter, mixing in a rotation of our favourite knits against various pairs of comfy jeans. Of course, each look is topped with a warm coat and a scarf or beanie, depending on how Arctic the temperatures are.

Last but not least are the boots. This item finishes the look and can be used to dress your outfit up or down. High-heeled boots will instantly elevate your look, making it office appropriate or great for a night out, while comfy flat boots are optimal for commuting or weekends spent wandering around parks.

The beauty of this outfit is that it's basically foolproof. We won't try to pretend that it's a rocket science outfit formula, but it definitely does make room for personal style. So mix and match prints if you please or double up on interesting textures because when it comes to the jeans-boots-jumper-coat outfit combination, you can't really go wrong. Scroll through below for our favourite ways to wear the look.

1. Shearling Jacket + Straight-Leg Jeans + Pointed Boots


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Style Notes: Shearling coats are all the rage this season and make for a natural pairing with straight-leg jeans and classic black ankle boots. 

2. Maxi Coat + Black Jeans + Lug-Sole Boots


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Style Notes: Maxi hemlines dominated the runways in the form of dresses and skirts. Now, they're taking over coats, too. We like how Marianne Smyth has styled her full-length black style with jeans and boots to match. 

3. Camel Coat + Blue Jeans + Square-Toe Boots


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Style Notes: What could be more classic than a camel coat? Styling it with timeless blue jeans then giving a nod to the current trends with some square-toe boots. 

4. Herringbone Coat + Skinny Jeans + Tall Boots


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Style Notes: Skinny jeans might have taken a back seat to straight and loose denim styles lately, but there's no denying their usefulness when it comes to tucking them in to some tall boots. Finish with a salt-and-pepper coat for the ultimate weekend ensemble. 

5. Black Coat + Tan Jeans + White Boots


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Style Notes: Who said your jeans have to be black or blue? Yaminah Mayo gives her rust pair everlasting appeal with the addition of a black coat and cool white block-heel boots. 

6. Shearling-Trim Coat + Turn-Up Jeans + Chunky Boots


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Style Notes: Monikh gives us a masterclass in downtime dressing with this shearling coat, jeans, and chunky boots ensemble. Pro tip: Turn up the hems of your jeans to avoid getting them damp on rainy days—you'll look stylish in doing so, too. 

7. Navy Coat + White Jeans + Hiking Boots


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Style Notes: Navy and white never fails to look sleek. Here, Louisa Hatt gives what could be deemed a summery denim trend a wintry overhaul with hiking boots. 

8. Robe Coat + Light-Wash Jeans + Mini Uggs


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Style Notes: The closest thing to leaving the house in a dressing gown is doing so in a robe coat. We love how Karina Marriott has maximised on the comfort by pairing hers with a pair of mini Uggs. 

9. Cotton Coat + Long Jeans + Kitten-Heel Boots


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Style Notes: This coat, in a trench-like fabrication, couldn't be more Brit-looking if it tried. Worn with longer-length jeans and black kitten-heel boots, this look whispers "I'm on-trend" as opposed to shouting it. 

10. Leather Trench + Blue Jeans + Chunky Ankle Boots


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Style Notes: Trench coats will always be a style mainstay, but leather trench coats? They're a whole different vibe. They're statement enough that you needn't put much thought into the rest of your outfit. Follow Chrissy Rutherford's lead by styling it with staple denim and some any-weather, track-sole boots. 

Next Up: 6 Ankle-Boot Trends That Are Going to Wow Everyone This Season

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.