8 Winter Outfits Professional Stylists Can't Wait to Put Together This Season

If you are in no way, shape, or form ready for autumn to end, same here. Unfortunately, the coming of winter is inevitable (this is especially true for the East Coast — fall lasts approximately .2 seconds in New Jersey), and our best line of defense against the chill is the clothing on our backs, aka cute winter outfits.

Believe it or not, frigid conditions actually make for optimal fashion moments. From cozy sweaters to statement coats, not to mention endless ways to accessorize with different style hats, scarves, and boots, there are so many pieces to play around with. The key is to create looks that are as fashionable as they are functional; pieces that look cute but that also keep you warm.

For inspiration, we asked stylists for the winter outfits they can't wait to put together once the seasons change, and it honestly made us excited for all the possibilities.

Embrace Seasonal Colors

More specifically, rich shades of green. Celebrity stylist Cindy Conroy tells InStyle she's "getting giddy just thinking about donning an emerald green showstopper" in the upcoming season.

As for how she plans to style the shade? "A mini dress all the way. With all that kapow, I want to tame it with a soft suede over-the-knee boot and a wool beret as the cherry on top."

Swap Lightweight Jackets for Statement Coats

With the introduction of cold weather, Conroy says she's more than ready for a dramatic coat moment.

"I treated myself last year to this heart-stopping faux fur pink number. It's very runway and ultra-fun. I swear I'll wear it till I'm 90," she tells InStyle. "Styled up with a silky slip dress, black leather gloves, and a vintage clutch, it makes me feel like Barbie."

Mix and Match Shades

But do so subtly, adds Bryn Taylor. "For example, my favorite [color combination] as of late is black and chocolate brown," the personal stylist and founder of Ouisa clothing tells us. "I'm excited about a chunky, oversized brown sweater paired with my Ouisa black leggings. The color combo elevates the look, while the chunky knits and leggings keep everything comfortable. I'll finish the look with some Western boots in a taupe suede to keep the tonal effect."

Spotlight Your Base Layers

For winter 2021, Taylor says that instead of wearing a turtleneck as a base layer, she'll be "riding the minimalist wave" and making the turtleneck the star of the outfit.

"My current favorite is the Ouisa mock neck, which is made in a stretch rib knit that never loses its shape," Taylor says. "I'll style it alongside high-waisted, relaxed-fit jeans and a '90s slim boot."

Look to History For Style Inspiration

Celebrity stylist Mickey Freeman says that while the military trend is always recurring this time of year, being more period-specific can put a unique spin on the aesthetic.

"For example, referencing WW2 fashion with pieces, like a modernized shearling aviator jacket or a double breasted leather trench coat with gold buttons, paired with a luxe cashmere turtleneck and premium blue denim pants," Freeman explains. "Finish off the look with long leather opera gloves, long line combat boots or knee high heeled boots, and oversized aviators to add just a hint of toughness. And don't forget your beret and an oversized scarf to add a dramatic 'cherry on top.'"

Rock a Power Suit

Freeman wants InStyle readers to know that in 2021, Savile Row's laser-sharp tailoring is no longer reserved only for menswear.

"Whether worn with a silk T-shirt or crisp collared shirt, trainers or sky-high pumps, the centerpiece to this look is in the overall fit," he says. "It's also a great idea to utilize understated accessories, as this preserves the suit as the focal point."

Break Out the Sweater Dresses

In an exclusive interview with InStyle, head stylist at Tobi, Joanna Angeles states that whether long or short, sweater dressers are and will always be a staple of winter style. For the 2021 season, Angeles suggests grabbing your favorite (the Mairah Mock Neck Ruched Sweater Dress is a personal favorite) and "add sheer printed tights, black knee-high leather boots, and a long trench coat for a mix of classic and trendy styles."

Opt for a Straight Leg Bottom

Angeles notes the cut in leather (like this pair) is slowly becoming a staple piece perfect for any wardrobe.

"Pair them with a classic turtleneck top, letterman jacket, chunky lug sole boots, and a beanie for added warmth."

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