Yep, the Coolest Winter Outfits All Feature These 8 Pieces

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@emmaleger

Want to know the key to looking cool this winter? It's not about planning all your outfits days in advance, buying into a bunch of new trends, or nailing down a precise layering combo. While all of those things will definitely help you to achieve a good cold-weather look, it's actually much simpler than that. In all the research I've done on Instagram, I've found that the coolest winter outfits come down to a few key (and on-trend) wardrobe staples

I'm not saying you need to go out and buy all of the things I'm highlighting here (my wallet hurts at the thought), but hopefully, you'll see how swapping in one of these of-the-moment pieces will totally upgrade your outfits for the rest of the season. Whether it be wearing leather pants in lieu of your usual jeans or opting for some practical-chic chunky boots, scroll through to see the eight must-have pieces to keep you warm, snug, and stylish, and fill up on styling ideas from our favorite fashion people.

1. Leather Pants

leather pants winter outfit

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@emmanuellek_

Forget wearing jeans and a sweater—leather pants make even the simplest outfits so much cooler.

Style yours like fashion girls are right now with a cardigan and loafers.

2. Tall Chunky Boots

Leggings and this boot trend are a match made in heaven.

These trendy boots are comfortable and also happen to be practical for winter, so yes, they're elite.

3. Second-Skin Tops

second-skin tops winter outfit

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@nlmarilyn

Make a graphic-print top the centerpiece of your outfit.

winter outfits with second-skin tops

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@CHRISSYFORD

They're basically made for tucking into high-waisted jeans.

4. Knit Sets

Comfy, cool, and put-together—what's not to love?

winter outfits with knit sets

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@cassdimicco

Some chain jewelry makes the look so elevated.

5. Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans with a basic sweater and loafers make for the perfect casual winter look.

They also happen to pair well with chunky-sole boots, another A+ winter trend.

6. Asymmetric Tops

asymmetric top winter outfits

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@claire_most

Asymmetric tops are the kind of item that's an easy-to-wear basic but adds a little something extra.

asymmetric tops

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@linhniller

The simplest winter outfit—a long-sleeve top with jeans—looks all the cooler with an off-kilter neckline.

7. Retro Sneakers

retro sneakers winter outfit

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@sofiamcoelho

If you're going to wear sneakers right now, reach for a cool throwback pair from brands like New Balance and Reebok.

winter outfits with retro sneakers

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@deborabrosa

Wear them now with winter pieces like a camel coat and keep wearing them with your basics year-round.

8. Layered Collars

layered collars winter outfit

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@emmaleger

Two pieces that were made for each other, sweater-vests and collared shirts. Combine them to make a trendy winter 'fit.

winter outfits with layered collars

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@modedamour

Style the combo with your trusted black pants and ankle boots.

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next, I'm a Serial Wardrobe Repeater, and These Are the 7 Staples I Wear Over and Over

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