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Planning a going-out look when it's cold is headache-inducing. Cold outfit conundrums to consider: How do you show off a little leg without freezing as soon as you walk out the door? How do you shield yourself from a brisk temperature drop while confidently showing off a plunging neckline? The temptation to resort to wearing your go-to sweatpants and winter parka can be very strong. But never fear — there are several ways to style a long-sleeved party dress or chic miniskirt that still look good with tights and a jacket.
The 40 ensembles ahead provide fashionable foundations for pulling off the task. These 'fits work for many going-out destinations, from restaurants and bars to concerts and clubs.
Whether you're wearing your favorite silk slip dress over a turtleneck or finishing a minidress with tights and Mary Janes, you're sure to appreciate the addition of these warm layers to your winter wardrobe. Throwing on a furry coat atop your classic skirt set, for example, brings your look even more texture and dimension. And wearing your leather pants with a long-sleeved ruffle blouse — instead of a corset or tank top — could just be the holiday party-ready combo you've been searching for.
Ahead, browse through examples of outfits to wear in the cold straight from the feeds of our favorite fashion content creators, models, and influencers. These expertly put together looks will help inspire a different approach to how you get dressed for an evening out in the cold. Then, shop winter fashion essentials to keep in steady rotation.