Let’s be honest: Getting dressed in the dead of winter is no easy feat when the aim is to stay warm and look cool. Yet we often click through our favorite style blogs only to realize that it is possible, as evidenced by the scores of stylish ladies who manage to appear seasonally appropriate and chic on a daily basis.
Since getting stumped when it come to building the perfect winter outfit often has less to do with not having the right items, and more to do with knowing how to put them together, we decided to go straight to the source and ask 18 top bloggers to each provide a go-to styling tip that they’ve found boosts their cold-weather style.
From adding a strategic belt to your winter coat, to doubling up on hats (seriously, it looks beyond cool), we guarantee you’ll pick up a few new clever examples of how to put pieces together and create outfits that are both impactful and stylish this winter.
Read on to get the scoop on these bloggers’ top styling tips—and some major outfit inspiration!
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Read on to snag some super-useful winter styling tips from top bloggers!
Helena Glazer, Brooklyn Blonde
"Jazz up a neutral outfit with some pops of color from accessories, like your shoes or hat."
Apneet Kaur, The Fabric Snob
"Pair all your favorite summer maxi dresses with tights to beat the chill. P.S., even better if the dresses are vintage!"
Bianca deBardelaben, Avant Blargh
"Don't always opt for a [standard] collar under your favorite sweaters. A turtleneck can add an unexpected and classic twist that screams Marylin Monroe meets Annie Hall! Plus, it will keep you extra warm."
Nadia Sarwar, Frou Frouu
"Step it up against the cold this season and pop a beanie under your fedora. It's allowed!"
"Add structure and shape to a waistless coat by adding a belt over the top of your outerwear. It's an instant update to the silhouette, and quickly transforms your coat from bag lady to sophisticate. When you head inside, just roll the belt tightly inside one of your coat pockets!"
Stephanie Liu, Honey & Silk
"Turn your maxi dress into a skirt by throwing a sweater or shirt on top [to achieve] versatile, effortless style."
"In winter, I wear several layers!
There are two major rules: The first one is to wear a legging under your tights (it darkens the tights and—against all odds—makes your legs look thinner), and the second rule is to wear an oversized shirt or cardigan under a coat or jacket."
Margie Ashcroft, Margie Plus
"Dress up a body-con dress with a contrasting chunky sweater to stay warm and keep it fresh."
Tessa Mu, Couture Lust
"Everyone associates florals with spring, but it's always fun to throw in a touch of flower power during the winter. Go with muted darker palettes as opposed to pastels and brights for a edgier but still feminine look."
Liz Cherk, Late Afternoon
"I love brighting up a cold winter day with a bold statement coat."
Jessica R., Hapa Time
"Throw on a (faux) fur lined coat over your shoulders for easy warmth and instant glamour."
Margaret Zhang, Shine By Three
"A jacket around your waist and some baseball-hat love over your eyes makes your dressiest of dresses somehow day and sneaker appropriate, all at the same time."
"Mix bright colors to kick the winter blues."
Natalie Suarez, Natalie Off Duty
"In the winter, I like to go for unexpected light colors. Here, I went with a pastel dip-dyed maxi and also light-to-dark leather jacket. The fading in colors is a completely unexpected look, yet contrasts perfectly with the dark, gloomy weather. I just add a cozy oversized scarf and great pair of black boots to complete the look."
Christine Cameron, My Style Pill
"In the dead of winter, don't shy away from brights or neon just because it's dark and dreary outside. By wearing a bold color like highlighter yellow or lime green, you'll perk up an otherwise basic or neutral outfit in seconds."
Colby Jordan, Minnie Muse
"My favorite thing about winter is being able to pull out all of my favorite sweaters, especially pieces by J.W.Anderson (as pictured); this year I'm loving color on top and a neutral on the bottom."
Claire Geist, De Lune
"To avoid feeling drab in darker or neutral winter colors, I always make sure to add a pop of color in one way or another."