“The bomb cyclone” is what some meteorologists are calling the powerful blizzard that is sweeping through the Northeast after hitting areas of the South on Wednesday. With it come chilling winds, severe sleet and snow, and shuttered schools. Even tennis champ Serena Williams was shocked at the quick drop in temperature, Instagramming Palm Beach’s frigid 39-degree temperature, while New York was set to dip down to 11 degrees on Thursday.
In situations like these, practicality often supersedes style, and our bomb cyclone and polar vortex style guide is the perfect place to start stocking up on all of your warm winter essentials. But if you dare to go a bit beyond, and aim to mix fashion with function, this is the guide for you.
Even when there’s a snowstorm, street-style stars know how to create show-stopping looks without sacrificing warmth. The “Snowpocalypse” during New York Fashion Week in February 2017 was a clear-cut example of that. Much of it comes down to knowing which colors and textures will stand out when mixed together — like opting for brightly colored puffers in crimson or metallic silver, for coats that are both fashion-forward and practical. We suggest mixing and matching these coats with chunky knitwear, wide-leg trousers, and a beret and statement earrings to create a high-end wintry look.
Ahead, find all of the best winter fashion tips from street-style stars who know how to do it best, even in the bitter cold.
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A model wears a chic black-and-white shearling moto coat — the only one you’ll need in your wardrobe to stay on top of your style game throughout the cold, winter months. You can easily pair it with trousers, jeans, or even leggings, and still look edgy. (Photo: Getty Images)
Stylist Rachael Wang is wearing an Everlane T-shirt, navy puffer coat, and black patent-leather skirt. This is a chic and feminine way to mix and match unexpected textures while still looking haute-fashion in the cold. (Photo: Getty Images)
One of the easiest style tips for dressing in the cold is to stay monochromatic. Match your hat with your coat, bag, pants, and shoes. To make it more interesting, forget black, and dress in a bright color like crimson (seen here), cobalt blue, or forest green. (Photo: Getty)
If you’re going to get one puffer coat this year, get a metallic silver one, especially if you enjoy wearing all black in everything else. Wear it low on your shoulders, in a style popularized by Balenciaga. (Photo: Getty)
Bold faux fur
If you prefer to wear fur during the winter, take a style cue from Giovanna Battaglia and opt for a bold colored faux version, accessorized with matching sunglasses. (Photo: Getty)
This is a classic all-American look — an oversized tan coat with large lapels, layered over a chambray shirt and black jeans, and pulled together with a pair of leather boots. These are all staples you probably already have in your closet, for a look you can easily recreate. (Photo: Getty)
Preppy and understated
Linda Fargo, fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, wears a parka, cableknit sweater, bright red, wide-legged trousers, gold booties, and a chic pair of wayfarers. Whether you’re 25 or 55, this is a great look for all. (Photo: Getty)
Dress like a Parisian by pairing a light khaki suit with a chic beret, furry bag, and winter boots. If it’s extra frigid that day, throw on a minimalist overcoat in grey or tan. (Photo: Getty)
This street style star embodies a skater-girl style that you can easily replicate. A plaid coat is a great option for those looking to opt out of another neutral look. Pair it with a baseball cap, tights, and your favorite Vans. (Photo: Getty Images)
If you love risks, embrace exaggerated details, from your coat all the way down to your hemline. Go for drama with high-heeled platform boots, a statement purse, earrings, and furry pom-pom hat. (Photo: Getty Images)
Low-key and casual
Miroslava Duma is one of the most photographed street-style stars, and proves that you don’t need to dress to the nines to look chic. If you prefer to be more casual, this look is all about the layers: puffer coat, hoodie, leggings, sneakers, and baseball cap. (Photo: Getty Images)
This street-style star pairs her hijab with an elegant plaid scarf, poncho, and crisp white blouse. Add a pair of oversized cat-eye sunglasses and a dark lipstick to achieve this stunning look. (Photo: Getty Images)
From Gucci to Prada, belt bags are a key fashion trend accessory. Add it to any winter look, and you’ll be turning heads left and right. (Photo: Getty Images)