By Kate Marin
The winter months can put even the most creative of dressers to the test. Without the flexibility that comes with warmer days — bare ankles, lightweight blouses, and slinky dresses — our winter wardrobes quickly lose their sense of variety and become dictated by utility rather than mood. You know the drill: sweaters, jeans, boots, and coats on repeat until winter’s end.
However, cold-weather dressing doesn’t have to be quite this formulaic, and we partnered up with HUGO BOSS to demonstrate just that. Ahead, three of our editors share the unexpected pieces they have their eyes on this winter — from leather fringe skirts to luxe camel coats — that are sure to revive even the most monotonous of wardrobes. The even better news? Many of these picks are included in a site-wide sale for up to 40% off menswear and up to 50% off womenswear.
I like to think my style is pretty clean and timeless. Lately, I’ve only been investing in pieces I know I’ll have for years to come, and because of that my wardrobe stays pretty trim. With that said, I like to treat myself during the holidays, and this year I’m keeping an eye out for a few things in particular: versatile sweaters, quality coats, and unexpected textures like leather trousers and silk scarves. Playing with different textures and layers is how I like to stay warm all winter long.
For me, winter layering is all about pieces I can mix and match throughout the season. I love to build a sort of capsule wardrobe full of rich textures and neutral tones that can be worn from the office to after-work cocktails and beyond. I always have a leather moto jacket in rotation, and love a cropped tailored pant that can pair easily with booties or strappy heels. A just-big-enough bag is essential (and makes a great gift, hint-hint) and fitted sweaters work effortlessly with my favorite vintage denim or flowy midi skirts.
The holiday season presents the perfect opportunity for playing with bright prints and festive details, whether I’m heading into the office or meeting friends for dinner. I reach for cold weather pieces that stand out in the crowd, and anything from a fringed leather miniskirt to an animal print coat can help me keep winter’s gloom at bay.