Regardless of what is your favorite season, there’s a lot to love about the winter months. From snuggling up under a comfy throw blanket while watching your favorite holiday movies to sipping tea or hot cocoa while the snow or rain falls, there are some magical moments that we get to enjoy once the weather plummets. That said, the cold weather can present some challenges when it comes to getting dressed. Unlike the other seasons, we have to think about dressing to stay warm as much as we’re dressing to feel confident and stylish as we go about our days. So, what exactly is the right balance of comfort and style when it comes to the cold months?
The good news is there are plenty of ways to put together cold-weather looks that aren’t unflattering or bulky. From picking the right colors (hint: lots of navy, gray, and black) to thinking about the cut and fit of your tops and bottoms, you can easily create outfits that’ll keep you warm without sacrificing any comfort. Read on for some tips and outfit ideas that’ll keep you covered and feeling confident even on the chilliest of days.
Before we dive into some cold weather outfit ideas, we should start with what might be the most important element of any winter look: the coat. When we think about our outfits looking bulky in the winter, our coats are often the culprit. Of course, the primary function of a winter coat should be to keep you warm and cozy, but you can also find super functional options that don’t feel bulky.
For example, warm down winter coats can feel as comfy as climbing into a sleeping bag, and you can easily find a fit and style that flatters your shape rather than creating a bulky feeling. Opt for a down coat that falls mid-thigh or right above the knee and has a flattering shape that tapers in slightly at the waist. One great option here is an ultralight yet oh-so-cozy packable down coat with a hood. This coat will create a streamlined silhouette and is packable, meaning you can stick it in your bag if you have dinner plans or don’t need your coat on all day. As mentioned earlier in the article, try a navy or black color to beat the bulk!
Now that you have an idea of the ideal coat for creating cold-weather looks that don’t feel bulky, we can dive into our first outfit idea. This look begins with a pair of black leggings. The best leggings to choose for this outfit will be high-waisted and feature a heat-trapping or producing element, like fleece lining. These bottoms are slimming and streamlined, in addition to being versatile enough to pair with just about anything.
While there are endless ways to style these bottoms, for this outfit, try wearing your black leggings with a women's tunic sweater , because the tunic length is polished and creates an elongated silhouette and materials like cotton blends will keep you warm all day.
The next outfit on our list starts with a pair of oh-so-trendy straight-leg jeans. For the cold weather, opt for a pair of durable straight-leg high-rise jeans with a regular, rather than an ankle-length, fit. Aside from being on-trend, the straight-leg jeans style will also allow you to wear long underwear or tights on particularly cold days without creating any bulk. Pair your jeans with a cozy yet fitted turtleneck sweater, ideally in a shade like navy, black, slate gray, or forest green.
Next up is a pair of high-waisted or mid-rise corduroy pants. Opt for a pair of skinny, boot cut, or straight leg cords that are durable yet stretchy, in a shade like burgundy or dark blue. Corduroy pants are great for colder days, and a darker shade will help create a streamlined and bulk-free silhouette. Corduroy pants pair perfectly with cashmere women's sweaters since both of these materials are as comfy as it gets while also feeling and looking elevated and a bit dressy. Opt for a clay or teal heather cashmere turtleneck sweater that you can tuck into the waistband of your bottoms. Adding a belt to this look will make this outfit even more flattering to your shape.
These cold-weather looks are all as flattering and bulk-free as they are warm and fuzzy. As with any winter outfit, you'll want to add accessories like gloves, an infinity scarf, a winter hat or beanie, and durable yet sleek boots. Keep in mind that skinny bottoms look great with higher boots, like knee-high or thigh-high, while straight or boot cut bottoms look best with ankle boots or booties!