For some, the annual transition into chilly weather is a dreaded one. Cold weather can feel calamitous to one’s personal style as bulky puffer coats, chunky gloves, and clunky snow boots forcibly overtake outfits. However, the misconception that an outfit is ruined by winter layers is just that — a misconception. Cozy winter wardrobes keep us warm and toasty, but when done right, they can make a luxurious statement. Here, we receive some expert winter style advice and take a look at some of the enviable high-end winter pieces on the market that redefine cozy.
“Winter style is an opportunity to be cozy and chic,” Raina Silberstein, fashion stylist, luxury personal shopper, and founder of her own styling service told Unique Homes. When curating a winter wardrobe, Silberstein considers three factors: personal style, weather forecast, and lifestyle. “My expert advice: discover inspiration from your favorite outfits, just because it’s cold and gray doesn’t mean your style has to lack sophistication. Not all winter days are created equal — some days call for major bundles and other times a warm sweater may be appropriate.”
When investing in designer pieces with designer price tags, it’s crucial to know what to look for to ensure you’re making a high-quality purchase. “A winter staple will often be produced in a timeless textile like cashmere, wool, mohair, tweed, corduroy, leather, suede, faux fur, and velvet,” says Silberstein, noting that these materials are both fashionable and practical, making for a good investment. “A quality item will have impressive construction including details like the lining, seams, buttons, hardware, and zippers. When selecting your winter styles, look for versatility in the garment. If you plan to wear a coat several times a week, ensure you can style it in a range of outfits for work, weekends, and beyond.”
Silberstein emphasizes that adding layers is not just stylish — it’s essential. The beauty of creating layered outfits is it allows for the inclusion of more personality, colors, patterns, and textures,” For tasteful winter layering, she suggests garments of varying weights and materials, with the thinnest pieces closest to the body and the thickest further outward. “Accessories like hats, scarves, and gloves help inject color, pattern, and texture. These finishing details will elevate your outfit.”
Brunello Cucinelli Men’s Cashmere Mouline Beanie Hat: $550
This ravishing pearl gray beanie is crafted in Italy from luxurious mouliné cashmere yarn and serves as a perfect winter staple piece.
Loro Piana Darwin Cashmere Rib Beanie : $550
This unique beanie features a thick, padded, turnback rim distinguishing it as a true statement piece promising to provide warmth and coziness with a soft, textured knit pattern. Available in a vibrant orange-red and a natural off-white shade for a more neutral look.
Gorski Cashmere Goat Earmuffs: $150
Crafted from the fluffiest dyed goat cashmere, these Gorski earmuffs come in three sophisticated colors and add a soft touch to any look.
Loro Piana Men’s Guanto Leather Gloves: $975
Boasting a ribbed cashmere lining and lush leather exterior, these luxurious gloves from Loro Piana reflect sophistication.
Burberry Men’s Jumbo Check Wool Scarf: $1,050
Stylish wool Burberry scarf that can be styled a plethora of different eye-catching ways. It features a gorgeous teal stripe at the end near the fringes for the perfect pop of color.
Giorgio Armani Fringe Cashmere-Silk Scarf: $1,495
Eccentric green detailing makes this dreamy cashmere-silk scarf truly one-of-a-kind. It promises to give life to any look, a bold winter statement waiting to be made!
When it comes to outer layers, such as coats, Silberstein stresses the importance of proper tailoring. A tailored coat that fits well will allow for balanced proportions even when there are multiple garments underneath.
Brunello Cucinelli Glossy Napa Leather Puffer Jacket with Shearling Trim: $9,995
Exemplifying refined elegance, this mid-length leather puffer jacket has a two-way front zip, spread collar, and convenient side slip pockets. The relaxed-fit jacket is the epitome of casual luxury puffers.
Footwear is perhaps one of the most essential pieces of the winter fashion puzzle, especially in snowy areas. “Boots are the shoe of the season for a reason,” says Silberstein. “They provide comfort, support, and warmth, plus they are often produced in luxurious materials.”
Moncler Gaia Quilted Nylon Pocket Snow Boots – $895-$945
Those looking to make a striking footwear statement this winter need look no further than these chunky, quilted nylon puffer boots from Moncler. Available in white, black or a bright raspberry pink color and complete with a drawstring pull and logo snap pocket on the sides.