As we enter the holiday season, let’s have a little refresher on how to elevate our basic winter style, shall we? We took inspiration from today’s It-girls like Bella Hadid and Zendaya as well as the hottest runway shows to give you the best foundation for your cold-weather looks. It’s easy to cling to the safety of those all-black outfits, but now, it’s time to venture outside of your comfort zone. From smile-inducing sweaters and animal prints to furry accessories worn by Rihanna, there are plenty of ways to brighten up your winter outfits this season.
Don’t be afraid to bust out those favorite summer pieces in your closets. We’ll show you how to winterize those shorts and sandals to keep you feeling and looking hot in the colder temperatures. We often feel the chilly months mean we have to hide our fashion-forward sides under our puffer coats and thick ankle boots for the snow. Nevertheless, incorporating these statement styles will make sure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to your street style.
Scroll on for 10 cute winter outfit ideas that will serve as inspiration throughout the chilly months ahead.
Platforms are back with a vengeance and are making no plans to leave again. This time around platforms have taken on the iconic y2k Ugg boot. Step out in this redesigned classic to take your winter wardrobe to new heights.
Leather motorcycle jackets have proven themselves to never be outdated. The zipper details, ribbed padding, and shoulder pads give you that extra power to take on these New York City streets. Be a babe and a total badass!
Remember those bermuda shorts we used to wear in middle school that we had in a million different colors and prints? Well gone are the plaid prints, but the bermuda shorts are becoming a must-have this season for a chic schoolboy look. Pair them with tights, knee socks, or knee boots to beat any wind chills.
Fur Bucket Hats
It’s ugly and outdated until Rihanna says it’s not. This furry accessory is impractical, weird, and just what you need to slay the day. Who cares about practicality when you’re turning heads? Added bonus if you get your favorite color in faux fur.
Monochromatic is the easiest choice for the cold months ahead, but black and neutrals are what come to mind. Think outside the box and flaunt neon from head to toe. The 80s called and they want their colors back, but they won’t be getting them anytime soon.
One of my biggest dilemmas for winter dressing is finding something that feels warm, lightweight and breathable – the solution: a puffer coat. This winter closet staple is a must have for anyone who plans on surviving this winter season.
Socks with Sandals
Socks and sandals are the most interesting solution to spicing up your footwear game in the winter. Give your heels another life by pairing them with bright colored socks made in cashmere or wool material, for the maximum warmth. Your outfits will still feel and look like your own personal style, just more personality.
Animal Print Mania
Animal prints were previously a bold fashion choice but we have lately been spotting this trend down the runway – and even on our sidewalks. If you aren’t ready to rock a head-to-toe look, search for the right animal print for you and start with one clothing item. You will soon discover that this is just what you need to push your outfits to the next level.
If you’re looking to cure your winter blues, a statement sweater is just what you need. Pick a sweater that will fill you with joy whenever you read it because sometimes a cheesy saying is just what we need to lift our mood. Pair your statement sweater with trousers and bold colored shoes for a statement-making outfit.
Karissa Franklin is one of the fashion assistants at ELLE Magazine. She loves traveling, trying new recipes, and hunting for vintage designer goodies.