The 5 Pillars of Winter Style From The Devil Wears Prada

I have to admit that I watch The Devil Wears Prada at least once a year (if not more—who am I kidding?), and every time, it brings me back to the days when all I could do was dream of one day breaking into the fashion industry. There’s no doubting the hard path Andy Sachs had at Runway magazine under the infamous Miranda Priestly, but that wasn’t enough to discourage me from one day being an editor myself.

As a fashion editor hopeful, I studied all of the outfits from the show—the bad, the good and the great. As Andy transitions her style, I gleaned great fashion takeaways—especially when it came to winter style in the city. Ahead, I’m breaking down the five pillars of winter style from The Devil Wears Prada that still hold up today.


1. Buy a Tailored Coat
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During the winter, your coat is the most important piece of your outfit since it’s often the most visible item. This is something Andy clearly knows.


2. Choose Accessories Wisely
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Andy sure knew the power of a good accessory and we will always remember this pearl Chanel show-stopper. Even if you don't get the real deal, you can still create the same effect with these chic dopplegangers.


3. Turtlenecks Are the Perfect Layering Piece
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A turtleneck is the fall essential that is also a key layering piece for the winter. Whether worn under a leather jacket in milder climates or under a warm coat in colder places, this is the piece you’ll wear all winter long.

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4. Invest in Great Boots
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Remember when Andy Sachs scored the impossible-to-get Chanel boots? Yeah, me too.


5. Tights Are a Must
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Just like turtlenecks, tights are a winter essential, especially when pairing mini hemlines with boots.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.