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8 Winter Work Outfits That Nail Cold-Weather Dressing For Monday To Friday

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Winter is coming — and with it, the bitter cold temperatures and slushy, icy streets to make your morning commute just that much more unpleasant. Weather such as this begs for soft, cozy fabrics and endless layers, but while sweats and a puffer coat might be your uniform of choice for off-duty days, that just won’t cut it once the work week commences. Balancing resistance against the elements with a put-together look can be a daily woe for the working woman. You could go the route of wearing your heaviest, most weather-resistance duds and shedding and swapping things out upon arrival at the office, though few among us wants to be faced with an outfit change every morning. The ultimate goal is a winter work outfit that's both warm and stylish, but still professional.

All workplace dress codes are different, so consider the practices of your particular office and industry. Still, a few key tips ring universally true. A focus on heavier textiles and luxe knits will deliver the insulation you’re after. That said, while your inclination might be to go thicker and bulkier across the board, the result can look a bit sloppy if not executed just right. Instead, opt for slim layers and cinched, tailored silhouettes to maintain a polished form without sacrificing function. Below, look to the well-dressed ladies of the street style set for eight examples of outfits that will take you from 9-to-5 in style, even when the temps are 50 degrees and dropping.

Tailored Suiting

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A tailored suit is winter workwear at its best. A rich, jewel-toned plaid takes it up a notch. Layer it over a fitted, bold-colored turtleneck for a chic pop, and cinch the blazer with a cool, trendy belt.

Checked Wool-Blend Blazer

$1,920

Missoni

Checked Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Trousers

$1,595

Missoni

Phoenix Belt

$138

B-Low the Belt

Maxi Dress And Tall Boots

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Bring a summery polka-dot dress into winter territory by topping it off with a plaid wool coat for necessary warmth. A pair of tall black boots add extra weight to make the entire look more seasonably substantial.

Rometty Georgette Smock Dress

$280

Ganni

Tan Check Wool Coat

$359

Pixie Market

Lace-Up Western Stitch Bootie

$357

Coach

Sweater And Wrap Skirt

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A combined scarf and sweater means you can stay toasty and bundled once you're indoors without looking out of place. Pair with a leather wrap skirt that is sleek and professional, but still thoroughly stylish. Wear it all in a single bold hue, because winter is dark enough as it is now that the sun sets by 5 p.m. without wearing all black every day.

Asymmetrical Cashmere Blend Sweater

$795

Joseph

Ronley Bonded Leather Skirt

$1,525

Joseph

Conie Brown Leather Croc Slingback Heel

$566.31

Rejina Pyo

Blazer And Slim Leggings

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Black ponté pants are a closet staple, but they can be a bit too figure-hugging for some office environments. Offset their slim, legging-like silhouette with a boxy herringbone blazer that's long enough so you feel covered (if that's your thing.) Pull on a pair of black sock boots to continue the leg line and make your stems look a mile long.

Notched Lapel Herringbone Jacket

$251

Stylenanda

The Work Pant

$50

Everlane

Sally Stretch Boots

$100

Tagtraüme

Blanket Coat + Trousers

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Spending a chilly day wrapped up in a blanket is basically the dream, right? Well, praise be, it's doable — even at your desk. A blanket coat is the solution to going bundled up at work. Keep the rest of the look sleek and refined to balance the slouchy outerwear. A tissue-weight turtleneck and pencil-leg trousers should do the trick. Pick a bright, cherry red pant to liven things up and stave off the drear of winter blues.

Houndstooth Blanket Coat

$160

Eloquii

Whisper Cotton Turtleneck

$32

Madewell

Stretch Crepe Slim-Leg Pants

$62

Kasper

Utility Dress + Slim Pants

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A snuggly teddy coat and belted utility dress make for a stylish ensemble to withstand the chill, but the true secret to this outfit lies with the legs. A slim leather legging is an unexpected yet very effective way to add extra coverage — but if the dress-over-pants look isn't your thing, just swap in thick, opaque tights.

Utility Dress

$436

Derek Lam

Teddy Faux Fur Coat

$258

Seen Worn Kept

Winonna Pant 2.0

$87

I.AM.GIA

Knit Dress And Knee High Boots

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A lot of attention is given to pants, knits, and jackets during winter, but a mid-length, knit wool dress is a streamlined alternative that's still comfy and cozy. Complete the ensemble with a pair of knee-high boots in sumptuous caramel leather.

Long Minimal Collection Dress

$100

Zara

High-Heeled Leather Boots

$199

Zara

Skirt Suit And Turtleneck

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A skirt suit packs all the professional polish of its trousered counterpart, but feels a little more unique. Pleats or a plaid print make it feel a bit more stylish and inspired, instead of stuffy or dowdy. If you're hoping to forego tights, consider a pair of fuzzy socks as a trendy alternative to cover up your ankles.

Lucas Oversized Check Blazer

$695

Tibi

Lucas Check Skirt

$375

Tibi

Liana Pointed-Toe Booties

$398

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