How to Dress for Cold Weather – Stylish & Smart
Styling warm weather outfits feels like a breeze compared to winter outfitting. With the arrival of colder weather, it can feel more challenging to find pieces that are winter versatile and chic. When the temperature drops, making warm coats and bulky layers look stylish is no easy feat.
While the goal of dressing for cold weather should be to protect yourself from the elements first and foremost, that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel your best in the process. Cool weather fashion can be just as smart and stylish when you know exactly what to shop for.
If you’re ready to upgrade your winter wardrobe this season, then read on for tips on how to dress for cold weather. You’ll also find some of our favorite winter weather outfit ideas to inspire you.
Layers, layers, layers.
When it comes to winter weather outfit ideas, layering is the most important. Every outfit should have a base layer, a middle layer, and an outer layer to ensure you don’t freeze outdoors or overheat when you’re inside. Preparation is key to staying comfortable no matter the temperature!
The ultimate trick to staying warm and stylish is to find warm items you can layer under trendier pieces. Throw on a knit tee with a sweater and a trendy denim jacket on top for an added layer of coziness (we love the AGOLDE Charli Denim Jacket and the Micah Eco Wool Sweater paired together). Complete the look with a cozy scarf that you can take on and off throughout the day.
Invest in the best.
Wool is a transformative outerwear staple for every winter season – it’s breathable and insulated, it’s moisture-wicking, and it keeps you warm even when it gets damp. Plus, there’s no denying that high-quality wool coats look chic and classic (and they stand the test of time!). Be sure to always opt for ethical, non-mulesed (cruelty-free) wool.
The Zuly Upcycled Wool Jacket is a closet must-have— a timeless piece that will last you for many winters to come. Not only will you look great in the high-fashion knee-length jacket, but you’ll also stay warm on the coldest days. If you prefer a shorter length, the Rizzo Upcycled Wool Jacket is a great option that will keep your upper body warm while showing off your legs. Just be sure to wear a warm set of pants and bundle up in a long jacket as needed.
It’s not hard to see why cold weather significantly lessens your clothing options, especially when it comes to material choices. Fleece and knits are great options if you’re going to be exposed to the elements because they help prevent you from losing body heat. The Alba Luxe Fleece Turtleneck is a great choice because it’s lightweight and comfortable while feeling luxurious on your skin.
When dressing for cold weather, statement pieces like the Tessa Organic Cotton Cardigan are perfect for a winter day at the office but require a waterproof or water resistant outer layer if you plan to spend any time out in the snow or rain.
Everyday sweater weather.
The right sweater is cozy and comfy and adds instant flair to any outfit. In fact, many will agree that sweater weather is one of the best parts of winter. There’s just something about strolling along on a cold day, bundled up in an oversized sweater with a hot cider in hand!
If you’re looking for winter weather outfit ideas, you can’t go wrong with having a selection of sweaters and cardigans at your disposal. Choose from bright solids (like the Laurel Wool Sweater) to bold floral prints (like the Almira Organic Cotton Sweater).
Wear loose-fitting clothing.
While tight-fitting layers may seem like the way to go in winter, the opposite is true. They actually slow down your body’s natural heating process. If you’re bundled up with tight layers, the last thing you want is to start sweating — you’ll freeze! A key rule of thumb is to keep some room between your body and your first layer of clothing. The gap will allow your body heat to circulate and prevent you from getting too cold.
Instead of pulling out your favorite skinny jeans, opt for a looser pair like the Citizens of Humanity Annina Trouser Jean. You can even throw on a base layer of tights or leggings underneath when you have to brave the coldest temperatures. For more casual days, pick up a pair of the Skylar Luxe Fleece Joggers, a wardrobe favorite for many years.
Make a statement.
A great way to dress stylishly while staying warm is by accessorizing with scarves and beanies. The key is to embrace dressing for cold weather rather than fight it. Fun accessories can enhance even the most basic outfits. Try out new patterns or opt for a solid color that you know will spruce up a variety of the outfits you already have in your closet (think red or royal blue).
Quality over quantity.
If you’re the type of person who can’t resist a good discounted item, then you may be overspending on your wardrobe. When you find bargain prices, it seems like you’re saving money, but most cheap items aren’t designed to last. Investing in one high-quality winter coat is more cost-efficient than buying a bunch of cheap jackets.
Rather than blowing your savings on a new winter wardrobe every year, it’s time to start investing in quality pieces. Stop looking for bargains that won’t last more than one season. Once you stop constantly buying new outfits, you’ll have a closet full of clothing that will last you for multiple seasons. This mindset supports sustainability rather than constantly throwing away items that will end up in a landfill.
To invest in quality pieces, it may be helpful to budget for them in advance. If you’re looking for more affordable pieces, then be sure to find a quality company. That way, you can feel good about shopping sales and pre-loved clothing because you know the items will last.
Go the sustainable way.
In addition to choosing quality over quantity, when you shop for responsibly-made pieces, you’re doing your part to preserve the planet. At Amour Vert, we use ethically-sourced raw fibers and materials, so you know you’re investing in the best. Our clothing is made from sustainable fabrics like biodegradable Cottonseed Cupro and ethical merino wool, so you can stay warm while protecting the environment you love.
We hope these winter weather outfit ideas help you embrace your inner winter style — while making smart choices that are good for our planet. For the latest in sustainable fashion, shop our collections at Amour Vert.