10 Easy Winter Outfit Ideas to Try at Work (and in Life)

Nailing what to wear to work is a challenge during any time of year, but come winter, it's especially difficult. When temperatures drop, it's hard to focus on much more than just not freezing like a solid block of ice. So if you find yourself reaching for the same pants and sweater all too often, don't worry—we're here to help you out. 

When you're armed with a fresh batch of inspiring outfits, power dressing in the cold is quite effortless. You can mix and match trends in a way that feels just right even when it's 30ºF outside. Below, you'll find outfit combinations that are easy to throw together come Monday morning. Grab a coffee and your laptop, and you'll be ready to take on the world. Read on for a rundown of our favorite new work-outfit ideas (designed primarily for more creative office settings), and shop the styles you want to wear to impress your boss.

White Sweater-Vest + Maxi Slip Skirt


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All-white doesn't have to be boring. A silky skirt and an oversize of-the-moment sweater-vest feel extra cool. 

Roomy Turtleneck + Loose Trousers


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Repurpose your favorite suit trousers by layering a chunky sweater on top, and then finish the look with flats.

Skirt-and-Sweater Set + Tall Boots


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Consider a knit set the most valuable winter item to add to your office-gear lineup. It's truly a game changer if you find yourself short on time. Simply add tall boots to sprinkle in some polish.

Three-Piece Suit


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Even if you're not a CEO, look the part in a sleek three-piece suit. Once spring rolls around, drop the blazer and wear it with just the vest and pants.

Cropped Leather Jacket + A-Line Skirt + Button-Down Blouse


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For a sleek work-to-weekend ensemble, opt for a midi skirt styled with a button-down shirt and a leather jacket.

Tie-Neck Shirt + Pinstripe Trousers


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Pinstripe is a must this season. Style a soft tie-neck top with heeled booties for an effortless look. 

Black Longline Cardigan + Flared Pants + Colorful Coat


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Look sophisticated while staying warm by doubling up with a longline cardigan and a colorful coat. Throw in some trendy flared pants, and you'll have an office-ready look.

Printed Pants + Sweater + Leather Blazer


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For those in creative environments with a lax dress code, break out your printed pants and style them with a leather blazer for a fashion-forward spin.

Asymmetrical Top + High-Waisted Trousers


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Once you've worn out the welcome of sweaters, try tops with interesting details like this asymmetric neckline. It's still work-appropriate but with a hint of cool.

Mohair Sweater + Leather Pants


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Or once you've hit sweater fatigue, go for one with a fluffy texture—mohair is always a hit. Leather pants will make your outfit feel put-together.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.