An Effortlessly Chic Winter Outfit Formula

When you live a casual lifestyle, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, wearing the same plain clothes every day. And when you do want to level up, the tendency can be to overdo it, so you feel out of place and out of sorts. Or is that just me?

Anyway, this is an outfit formula I started noticing awhile back on some of the other “influencers” (I hate that word) I follow for style inspiration, and it has become my go-to way to feel effortlessly chic yet still casual and comfortable in the wintertime.

J. Crew New Daphne Topcoat (6) // Jenni Kayne sweater (S) ( budget option) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) (option) // LØCI Sneakers (8) // similar sunnies

The outfit formula of which I speak is basically this: wool coat and sneakers over a sweater and jeans. Scarf optional.

It’s the juxtaposition of the long wool coat and casual-chic sneakers that makes the outfit fresh and fun and a bit unexpected.

This J. Crew New Daphne Topcoat is a new addition to my wardrobe this fall, and I love the traditional yet updated style. The camel color is classic and also highly versatile.

It’s unlined, but since it’s a boiled wool, it doesn’t cling or stick to your clothes like you might expect. I love the long lines, the welt slash pockets, and the single pair of buttons in front.

Camel looks good with so many colors and neutrals. For some reason, I usually pair it with black, but this time I wore my camel coat over an ivory fisherman sweater. I really like this combination of light neutrals, especially with these LØCI sneakers.

Speaking of which, I just discovered this brand, and I’m a convert!

I love the subtle “Ø” logo and the low profile styling. They’re made of all recycled materials, and they have a natural cork and recycled foam insole that is remarkably comfortable.

Plus, they incorporate the ivory and camel tones from the outfit, and keep the whole look casual and comfortable too.

While I love these shoes with this look, just about any modern and on-trend street sneaker works; you just don’t want to wear your gym shoes.

You also want to make sure the length of the jeans works well with them. I still like the slim straight leg ankle jean with a sliver of skin showing between the hem and the top of the shoes.

My ivory fisherman sweater is from Jenni Kayne, or Quince has a similar style and color that’s under $100. This is such a good wardrobe basic to have in a classic wardrobe; I find myself wearing mine almost every week.

I gave the sweater a front tuck and added a camel belt, which really elevates the look and makes it look complete. I just got this belt because I wanted something in this color tone, and I love the luxe suede and minimalist styling.

It is quite thick, which I thought would bother me, but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was a keeper. It’s not stiff at all, very supple, in fact, and it really has a nice look about it.

I kept the rest of my accessories understated and minimalistic, in keeping with the overall vibe of this outfit. I just wore a pair of gold puffy hoops (similar here), and my large square tortoiseshell sunglasses add the perfect finishing touch.

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26 Responses

  1. I’m a fan! I’ve been wearing this combo also, or with elevated joggers and love it! Two questions… have you tried this look with your new Mother jeans? And can you comment on belt sizing? That belt is great! I just bought a ysl but I may reconsider after seeing this one 😊

  2. This is one of my favorite looks too! I even like the top coat over leggings & sneaks when I go to the gym. It’s just such an easy piece. Love it worn with a crossbody bag too!

  3. Fun outfit. Loved seeing the jewelry in your email, one of my favorite topics! I prefer gold but the mixed metal pieces are up my alley.

  4. You have been styling the black Andrew Marc coat recently. I have never ordered from Sax. I usually wear a size 4 and extra small tops, sometimes small. Would you recommend a size small in the coat or extra small?

  5. Great outfit information….. love how put together and chic you look!!.
    Any alternatives or ideas for warmer weather? I would love to wear the items featured but don’t have many opportunities to dress up how I would love to do in a warmer climate.

  6. I love outfit formulas! So few bloggers do them any more, but I truly enjoy using them as inspo to “shop my closet”! Might be a fun idea for that dead period between the holidays and spring fashion. Also, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who hates the word influencer!

  7. Like this look a lot, however, if it’s cold enough for a sweater and wool coat, you can bet I will be wearing socks!

    1. Hi Renata, you may wera socks, however sometimes sockless with such kind of sneakers looks more chic and trendy. I defenitely like these kind of sneakers paired with jeggings where ankles do show. It makes your legs looks a bit longer.

  8. I just saw this outfit formula in the San Francisco airport. I was amazed at how many wore it and how chic it looks. I will be adopting it for my casual look this season. Update with boots, add a scarf and voila a “Ladies who Lunch” outfit.

  9. Love the sneakers. Do they run TTS? Do you know if they are part of the Bloomingdale’s friends and family going on right now? Would love the 25% off if possible.

  10. This is my uniform practically every day… Only a caveat:I like the sneakers but I don not like that they are not leather.I only wear leather,suede or canvas sneakers.My podologist always says that non leather shoes are not good for your feet because they don’t look let your feet transpire.And as much as I like recicled materials,the fact that they are made of recycled plastic bottles prevent me from buying them.Oh, and I always wear socks in ☃️.No way I’ll let my ankles freeze 😂

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