Fashionable women live for cold weather for no other reason than it's a chance to pile on more of their favorite clothes. And while simply throwing on layer after layer may not seem intrinsically chic, with the right pieces — think: tactile layers, statement outerwear, nubby knit sweaters, and some color — you can put together a stylish holiday outfit that's warm enough for winter temps. Rather than reaching for your usual sweats, make room in your closet for sleek, polished outfit alternatives that take cozy holiday style to new heights.
The first item you need to add to your wardrobe: a statement sweater. You can easily layer the versatile piece under floaty dresses, snug sweatshirts, and crisp button-downs. A fitted style helps to streamline a bulkier look, while an oversized knit is ideal for wearing with something sleek and silky on the bottom. From there, you can easily layer on cool outerwear and seasonal accessories too.
So, whether you're homeward bound or celebrating the holidays with friends somewhere fun, integrating the latest variety of trendy-yet-cozy essentials into your lineup is one way to elevate your holiday style. Below, find all the sartorial inspiration you'll need along with key styling tips to embolden your winter style now.
Lilac Top + Purple Trousers + Faux Fur Coat
Ditch the grays and blacks you usually resort to in favor of a brighter hue. Try your hand at tonal dressing by mixing shades of purple together like a pale lavender sweater worn with deep-purple tuxedo trousers. A plush faux-fur coat in winter white is a fresh alternative to wool toppers and adds the right amount of panache to this dreamy pastel look.
Colored Turtleneck + Wide-Leg Track Pants + Oversized Coat
Take track pants out of the athleisure realm by opting for wide-leg iterations made in luxe fabrics like satin, leather, and silk. A slim, slinky turtleneck in a colorful pattern always looks best when it's half-tucked, and helps to balance the voluminous track pants. To finish the look off, add a sleek, structured coat to balance out the wider pant silhouette.
Turtleneck + Winter White Separates + Plaid Coat
Turn heads during the holidays by by trying your hand at subtle print mixing. A striped turtleneck is the perfect base for layering, and looks great underneath a winter-white knit. For a statement-making finish, add a long plaid coat to balance out the monochromatic picks. Then, complete the multi-layered look with sleek accessories like a leather beret and stark white ankle-boots.
Pastel Shearling Coat + Chunky Knit + Pastel Accessories
This season, confectionary hues like mint green, lavender, and cotton candy pink are a welcome alternative to the usually somber seasonal palette of navy, black, and burgundy. A multi-colored pastel shearling coat can be worn a variety of ways and at a range of temperatures too. Style with a chunky knit and pastel pumps or try it with a pastel turtleneck and midi skirt. For the finishing touch, opt for a see-through bag in similar saccharine shades for an updated take on how to wear pastels.