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9 Little Winter Fashion Rules You Need for Staying Warm AND Stylish

Just because it's cold outside, that's no reason to not look your best. Here are expert tips for expressing your style—and staying warm, all winter long.


Pair skirts with sweaters

Instead of the typical blouse, pair your skirt with a cute sweater this winter. You can layer a thin t-shirt or tank under your sweater to ensure even more warmth. Celebrity stylist Cristina Ehrlich told In Style to pick your sweater fit according to your height. “On the shorter side? Choose a more fitted sweater. If you have some height, the long shawl style is perfect,” according to Ehrlich. Here’s how to make your favorite sweaters last longer.


Layer, layer, layer

Ray Lowe, fashion market writer for, recommends wearing a thin shirt under your sweater and then top off the look with a stylish coat. This way, when you get to the warm indoors you can take off your layers in case you feel too hot.


Swap out thin tights for a thicker material

Try wearing fleece lined tights or leggings underneath your dresses, skirts, and even pants. Fleece lined tights and leggings are still relatively thin material, so you won’t look too bulky, but you will be much warmer.


Rock the faux fur

Turn heads with a stylish faux fur top layer such as a coat or vest. Glamour recommends keeping the rest of the outfit simple with a solid sweater and pants. Try these other fashion upgrades that make you look expensive.


Layer with a turtleneck

Turtlenecks are only for the ski slopes: Wear a turtleneck under your blouse to keep you extra warm. Add color to your outfit with a stand-out turtleneck, or keep the look more neutral. Depending on how tight your blouse fits, stay even warmer with a thicker material turtleneck such as wool.


Add color with hats and gloves

Add pops of color to your outfit with colorful hats, gloves, and other winter accessories. That way you can still make a fashion statement when you bundle up to go outside. Stylist Elizabeth Stewart, told In Style that she recommends wearing a thick black shawl with bright knit gloves and hats.


Wear ribbed clothes

“Trapping pockets of heat in your clothes while lengthening the lines of your limbs, these cottons are indispensable in a wintertime wardrobe,” Connie Wang, fashion features director at wrote on the site. Wear ribbed shirts and tights under your sweaters and dresses.


Layer with silk

Silk is an extremely warm material and since it’s very thin, it’s easy to layer underneath your winter clothes. Wear it under jackets, sweaters, and dresses for another layer of insulation while still making a fashion statement.


Sport knee-high boots

Keep your feet and legs warm while wearing a skirt or dress with knee high boots. Celebrity stylist Miranda Almon recommended to In Style to go up half a size with your boots. “Going a half size up allows room for wearing thicker socks over tights,” Almond said.

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Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Senior Production Editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works with our Production Coordinators to keep content moving and make sure that things are working well behind the scenes for all our digital sites. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.