8 Comfy & Casual Winter Outfit Formulas for Styling Your Wardrobe

Lena Davydova
by Lena Davydova

Are you ready for some comfy, casual winter outfits? A lot of winter fashion is focused on glamorous holiday party looks, but here, I’m going to be talking you through some trendy outfit formulas for a cozy fall and winter.

What’s an outfit formula, I hear you ask? An outfit formula is a premade outfit schema where all the looks created using this schema will maintain the same structure, but the cuts, colors, and little details or elements in the final look will vary.

How to use an outfit formula

So, for example, a simple formula is a white t-shirt, blazer, jeans, and ankle boots. You can choose what exact blazer or boots you want to go for, as well as the cut of the jeans. It will create different outfits in the end, but you still will be staying within this given formula. 

Blue jeans, white t-shirt, leather jacket

Formula 1 - Blue jeans, white t-shirt, leather jacket

Outfits with blue jeans and leather blazers

This is one of my favorite formulas for the fall season. You can create it completely from your base pieces, and almost any shoe can work here. It could be classic white sneakers, ankle boots, or whatever you fancy. 

Jeans with a white t-shirt and leather blazer

This formula is also the perfect canvas if you want to add some accent details, such as some trendy or interesting shoes, or maybe bring a pop of color with a bright bag.

For this formula, you could go with any leather jacket, but I think that a structured, blazer-type leather jacket works best.

Black leggings, sneakers, trench coat, cap

Formula 2 - Black leggings, sneakers, trench coat, baseball cap

Trendy winter outfit

I’m not specifying the first layer here; it can be almost anything - hoodie, sweatshirt, t-shirt, long-sleeve. It really depends on the weather and your personal preference. 

How to dress in winter with leggings

Leggings with side or front cuts are really in at the moment. They also elongate the legs and silhouette so you could opt for a pair like this to be on-trend.

White socks and black leggings

Another way to add a trendy element here can be by wearing long white socks that overlap the leggings.

Mini skirt, oversized sweater, chunky boots

Formula 3 - Mini skirt, oversized sweater or sweatshirt, chunky lug-sole boots

Mini skirt with an oversized top look

Here we are pairing the mini on the bottom with something oversized and loose fitted on top to get a contrasting yet well-balanced look. 

Mini skirt with a long coat for winter

One little hack that I can give you if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a mini but still want to try it, is to wear it with a long coat layered over the top. This will give you enough coverage while allowing you to explore this style.

Tweed jacket, plain top, blue jeans, sneakers

Formula 4 - Chanel-like tweed jacket, plain top, blue jeans, white sneakers

Tweed jackets with striped tops

For this formula, I would go for a plain top, but it would also look very fashionable if you go for a Parisian-style striped top.

Comfy and cute winter outfits

You can also add a baseball hat on top to look cool and chic.

Sweatpants, t-shirt or tank top, blazer

Formula 5 - Sweatpants, t-shirt or tank top, blazer

Trendy winter outfit with athleisure vibes

The sweatpants bring a sporty element to this outfit, a bit of an athleisure vibe and the classic blazer helps to balance the sweatpants out.

Structured coats for winter

If a blazer isn’t enough because the weather is too cold, you could easily switch it out for a structured coat.

Suit, t-shirt or turtleneck, flats

Formula 6 - Suit, t-shirt or turtleneck, flats

Mixing workwear and casual items for winter

This schema is so chic but so simple and easy to do. You take workwear, such as an office-style suit, and pair it with more casual elements. The first layer can be a solid color turtleneck or a simple t-shirt, and the shoes can be sneakers or some simple loafers. 

How to dress in winter trends

Because the suit is so formal, you want to dress it down with all the other elements of the outfit. The suit can be more tailored or more masculine and oversized; it’s totally up to you.

Jeans, button-up, chunky loafers, knits

Formula 7 - Straight jeans, button-up, chunky loafers or derby shoes, knit sweater

How to create layered outfits for winter

Here is a great example of how you can create an interesting, multilayered outfit from super simple basic pieces. 

Wearing a knit sweater over the shoulders

Wear the knit sweater over the shoulders, and if you need to include another layer, you can go with a classic trench coat. Sweaters on the shoulders over some outerwear are an interesting and easy-to-do fashion trick. It looks elegant but kind of effortless at the same time.

Knit skirt, long-sleeve shirt, flats, coat

Formula 8 - Knit skirt, matching long sleeve shirt, flats or ankle boots, structured coat

Matching knitwear set with a coat

Knitwear is so popular, and wearing a matching set is the easiest way to look put together and dressed up without thinking too much about it. 

Matching knitwear skirt and top sets

You can also find individual pieces in matching colors and just match them together. Knitwear is a universal thing, perfect for women who want to look feminine but still wear something comfortable. Here fits can vary; you can go for tighter versions or more oversized ones.

Comfy and casual winter outfit formulas

I hope you’ve enjoyed these eight comfy and casual winter outfit formulas. Outfit formulas can be really useful to keep in mind when putting together an outfit and there is scope within them for creativity and individuality. Happy styling!

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