January’s bitter temperatures are hard to handle, especially after our deceivingly mild fall. But if there’s one thing to look forward to, it’s cold-weather dressing. From chic layering to chunky knits, embracing your winter wardrobe is the key to a stylish, warm new year.
Designers this season featured outerwear with comfort and bulk. Puffer coats are a convenient and realistic style for those low temperature days when you really don’t want to get out of bed. The quilted, padded looks vary in color and shape, but all share one similarity: unapologetic warmth.
If down jackets aren’t your thing, shearling is a perfect alternative that doesn’t sacrifice coverage. The neutral colored coats are super soft and presented in a range of cuts — from floor length to cute crops. Another option, as always, is fur. This year, opt for an arctic-inspired Eskimo coat, like the ones sent down Dsquared2’s runway.
What to wear underneath that trendy jacket? The return of ‘70s style is unanimous. Flared pants are back and better than ever. Be sure to incorporate a pair of bell-bottoms into your rotation of skinny legs and boyfriend jeans. Bohemian vibes were also shown through billowy silhouettes and allover prints. Throw on a long-sleeve patterned dress with your favorite pair of knee-high boots to complete the outfit.
In another ode to the ‘70s, turtlenecks remain big in 2016. While some offer full coverage, the “mock” neck is a fantastic, slightly less constricting take. Pair a tight knit turtleneck top with just about anything. Take a cue from designers like Alice + Olivia and transform your favorite sleeveless dress for winter by putting one of these on underneath.
If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate dresses into your cold weather wardrobe, maxi style is the way to go. Velvet is the perfect fabric to turn a full-length gown from sand to snow-appropriate. For more casual wear, a slinky jersey dress is just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweats, but infinitely more cool.
To amp up any of these styles, accessorizing goes a long way. Designer favorites for this season include skinny scarves and festive tights. Ditch your bulky knit scarf for a narrow, elegant black one and look out for lace or patterned panty hose instead of the worn out classics.