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Sophisticated Dressing That Isn’t All-Black

By Kate Marin

With gloomy days and city sludge abound, winter quickly becomes synonymous with all-black dressing. It’s a practical choice, no doubt, but also one rooted in convenience: It’s an effortless way to look completely put-together with as little risk and effort as possible.

In partnership with Vince, the understated luxury brand out of Los Angeles, we’re breaking down the confines of winter dressing to show you that integrating color into your cool-weather wardrobe can not only be refined, but — dare we say it — simple. Contrary to popular belief, colors aren’t just for maximalists and can be embraced so effortlessly by even the most neutral-loyal dressers. Ahead, we share three straightforward ways to dress with both color and sophistication, all feasible enough for the faint of heart.

Tonal Dressing

Familiar but elevated, tonal dressing will have you rethinking the way you compose an outfit. Let your favorite shades take center stage and guide your look from head to toe.

Gem-Toned Monochrome

For chaotic mornings or last-minute gatherings that call for a thoughtful look with no time to spare, stay grounded with earthy monochromes and gem-toned satins. Whether it be a shin-grazing dress or a pleated set, these one-and-done statement pieces are timeless, sophisticated fall-backs.

Texture Play

Winter is all about texture — wools, leathers, velvets, suedes, and down — for practical reasons that prove equally stylish. Set your eye on basics (like a collared button-up or wide-leg trousers) in rich, unexpected textiles for a modern-minimalist look that’s undeniably chic.

Design: Emma Muro/BDG