how to dress for a new york winter

by Krystal Bick
February 12, 2018

You won’t get much argument from me…

…when it comes to what time of year to visit New York, that is. Hands down, book that trip for early to mid fall (think those first few weekends of October) or mid-spring/early summer (think late May, early June). Between either of those times, you’re guaranteed amazing weather that makes both packing a breeze and all of New York smile uncontrollably.

But, for the rest of us that either MUST come here during the dead of winter (ahem, like now) or for you, my dear New Yorkers, who are undoubtedly holed up in your apartments ordering Seamless to avoid the winter winds, I FEEL for you. I really do. But I’m here today, to tell you, after almost three years and countless questions about how to dress for New York winters, I think I finally have the hang of it. Of course, a lot of this has been trial and error over the past few winters, and with Fashion Week now in full swing, I wanted to share some of my tried and true styling tips that have proven worthy the past few days where the temps have mercy on no one, Fashion Week or not. Let’s dive right in…

  1. Invest in a long wool coat, almost your height: Why you ask? Because it acts like a blanket when those winds pick up and all you want to do is wrap yourself up. I scooped this Zimmermann coat a few years ago and look forward to wearing it every winter when I need to look polished.
  2. Uniqlo heat tech under everything: It’s true, these guys are worth the hype. I always get a few new base layers each season (long sleeve tops and tanks) and add them to pretty much every outfit.
  3. Turtlenecks are your best friend: Speaking of layering, you’ll rarely find me without a turtleneck on this season. And I wear it under everything. Slip dresses (like this outfit here), my white button down collard shirts (great for an office look) and, if there’s a statement sleeve involved, I’ll layer them over each other. Just call me the turtleneck queen.
  4. Heat-generating leggings: Wear them under your jeans. You’ll thank me later.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Zimmermann coat (from a few years ago, similar style here) // Cinq a Sept slip dress (not available yet, but I LOVE this other slip dress also by them) // Zara turtleneck (sold out, similar style here) // Olympia Le-Tan clutch // Zara boots (sold out, similar style here) // Celine sunglasses // Monica Vinader necklace


5.Over the knee boots under cropped flared jeans: It’s easy to default to the over the knee boots worn OVER your skinny jeans, but in case you’re looking to switch things up, I’ve been loving my knit boots under my cropped flared jeans. I love the silhouette and it’s much warmer than their ankle boot counterparts that typically get paired with them.

6. Layer multiple coats: Of course, this comes down to finding the right coats to pair together, but lately, I’ve been loving my more oversized coats (think a teddy coat) worn with a more tailored jacket underneath (like a slimmer camel coat) or even a plaid blazer. Looking for a new teddy coat to call your own this winter? Take a look at some of the beautiful styles available from Lily Lulu Fashion for some much-needed winter fashion inspiration. Also, look for eye-catching color combinations (or even patterns!) in your own closet! Don’t be afraid to experiment, some of my favorite combinations came about because I was just throwing on different coats to see how they look together.

7. Belting a coat: Whether you’re wearing one (or multiple coats), try belting them once you’re done! It cinches you for a great shape and bundles in warmth.

8. Play with your winter accessories: You all know by now that I love a good hat, especially a winter one. Since moving to New York, I’ve acquired my fair share of hats and pretty much every other winter accessory you can think of — scarves, gloves, ear warmers, hand muffs, you name it. Why the collection? Well, even the most basic of winter uniforms (i.e. black Canada Goose jacket, skinny jeans, boots) can look so CHIC with the right accessories. Play around and fun with them! Berets, beanies with a veil, leather gloves, a silk scarf worn over your head and tied under your chin! Experiment!

And there you have it! Any winter laying tips you’d like to share? Do tell!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

7 thoughts on “how to dress for a new york winter

  1. I would’ve never thought to wear something like this in the winter, but the entire outfit is perfection! Really making me re-think my entire outlook on cold weather style!

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