Oh hey, winter — you came out of nowhere. Yesterday we were sipping on cider and taking in all those fabulous fall smells and sights, but today is a whole other story. Cozying up by a warm fire or staying snuggled up in bed seem like pretty prime ways to pass the time until spring, but emerging from the comfort of your home is, unfortunately, inevitable. There’s that thing called work and having a life, after all. So whip that handy parka out of the closet and get ready to take on the elements in style. Here are three new ways to make that warm winter coat feel fresh and on-trend.
How to Style a Parka for the Office
Shake up your work week wardrobe by rockin’ a few pieces you’ve never thought of sporting at the office. Ditch the suit for a bright wide leg jumpsuit and plaid top for a look that feels fresh and super classy. Crazy-chunky heels solidify the getup’s fashion-forward edge without compromising on the whole comfort thing, while a sleek minimalist watch is both practical and chic. Ditch the classic car coat for a cozy parka with a taste of the contemporary — aka denim — to keep your look on lock while you battle the elements.
Madewell Denim Parka ($298) + Zara Cropped Jumpsuit ($70), Topshop Checked Funnel Neck Top ($45), ASOS Color Block Hobo Bag ($51), Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($12), Aark Eclipse Watch ($199), Loeffler Randall Lia Boots ($425)
How to Style a Parka for a Night Out
Not every night out calls for pulling out all the stops, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your glam on. And that’s where a shimmery top, sleek heels and casual separates like wide-leg denim come in. This look is straight up sassy and effortless. A sleeveless top might keep you cool while you’re killin’ it out on the dance floor, but it needs a little backup when you hit those icy streets. Luckily, this denim parka has you covered. To really turn up the heat, throw a tailored blazer into the mix.
Madewell Denim Parka ($298) + Topshop Unique Whitcomb Trousers ($180), H&M V-Neck Camisole Top ($18), Lulu Guinness Lips Perspex Clutch ($439), Elizabeth Cole Caicos Mismatched Earrings ($168), Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insolent Plum ($30), Zara High Heel Court Shoes ($50)
How to Style a Parka for the Weekend
Think outside the box when it comes to your off-the-clock style and swap out your fave denim for a soft knit skirt instead. Pair it with a chunky knit for a super cozy and elegantly effortless look. Then, to really take the comfy factor to the next level — because you should totally go there — pair it up with graphic socks, shearling steppers and a Sherpa driver’s cap that commands attention.
Madewell Denim Parka ($298) + Mango Flecked Pencil Skirt ($60), J.Crew Collection Italian Stretch Turtleneck Sweater ($228), Aldo Structured Saddle Bag in Patchwork ($63), Genie by Eugenia Kim Jessa Cap ($75), Ganni Ankle Boots Astor Fur ($426), Stance Ophelia Socks ($16)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!