This story was updated in January 2019.Winter is in full swing, and as much as we are dreading the temperature drop, we’re also excited to bring out our fuzziest of woolens and puffiest of hoodies to step out in style without breaking a sweat. But sometimes, winter-wear looks too drab if you don’t style it the right way. More often than not, it ends up making you look super bulky owing to the many layers of clothes you stuff yourself in. And for a person like me who would rather look like an Eskimo than shiver to death, styling winter-wear correctly becomes relatively harder.
If you are looking for a game-changing number, here is our list of 35 winter wear essentials for women, and outfit ideas around these that will make this the best winter of your life. Jackets, coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts, we have it all under one roof with our seal of style and comfort check.
Best Winter Jackets For Women
There are different types of jackets out there for different seasons to choose your suiting. We have our hearts fixated on these seven winter jackets for women this season:
A biker jacket is a close-fitting leather (or faux-leather) jacket embellished with bulky zips, studs, and a spread collar. This type of jacket is often worn by motorcyclists, hence the name biker jacket. Layer on this chic brown number with dark-coloured jeans and a cute tee when you are going out to catch up with friends over lunch. Saddle up with your combat boots for a hot look.POPxo Recommends: Brown Solid Biker Jacket (Rs 1,999) by Mast & Harbour
A denim jacket or jean jacket, as it is sometimes called, is made out of denim material. Introduced in the US in the late 19th century, the denim jacket has become a style statement today. And this one in navy blue with a faux-fur collar will make you look your fashionable best effortlessly.
It ain’t winter without a leather jacket. And what better than the good ol’ black leather jacket to enjoy winter in, eh? This one by Zara comes with zip pockets and a matching fabric belt detail at the hemline that makes it look tough and tasteful. Style it with your favourite jeans and don’t forget your sunglasses for that killer biker chic look. This one is faux leather, which is what you should be wearing. But if original leather jackets made from the tanned hide of animals is what you’re after, they start somewhere around 6 to 7k.POPxo Recommends: Faux Leather Jacket With Zips (Rs 3,990) by Zara
Some call it puffer, others call it quilted, but the bottom line is that this jacket style has a signature quilted design with sections that are puffy between the stitching. They have padding (and hence are also called padded jackets) which can provide a high level of warmth depending on how well they are made. The latest trend on the block is of oversized puffer jackets, and we have our eyes on this brown checked longline jacket this season. It also comes with a detachable hood. From Rihanna to Gigi Hadid, everyone is wearing them. Now, here’s the ultimate way to nail street style fashion and stay warm!POPxo Recommends: Padded Hooded Jacket (Rs 4,499) by H&M
A parka is a large windcheater-like jacket, typically with a fuzzy hood. While a windcheater only acts as a protection against hard-hitting wind, a parka does that and keeps you warm owing to the lining inside. This dusty pink parka has a pile lining and an ultra-feminine vibe written all over it. The faux-fur trim hood is detachable so you can style it however you want. The statement-making drawstring waist and hem says something, doesn’t it?
As the name suggests, open-front jackets don’t have a fastening in the front. They are usually thrown over your OOTD for a casual-chic style. But they can be warm too. This fashionable brown jacket, owing to its suede look and feel, will help you declare your style this season. Wear this piece with slick black jeans, distressed if you will, and a fashionable top.POPxo Recommends: Brown Solid Open Front Jacket (Rs 1,649) by Roadster
This style needs no introduction. A bomber jacket is a short jacket tightly gathered at the waist and cuffs by elasticated bands and has a zip front. They have a naturally sporty look and feel, and that’s why we love ourselves some bomber to look like a bomb. This colour-blocked one in a varsity style with striped details at places will make you look hot, and cool, at the same time. POPxo Recommends: Black Solid Bomber (Rs 1,399) by Harvard
Stylish Long Coats For Women
You may want to dress in your fave jeans and top all year, you may even never want to bid adieu to your denim jackets, but as soon as the windows turn misty with a chilly winter in the offing, you’d be lying if you said you didn’t want a sophisticated coat wrapping you in its warm embrace. You won’t even mind ditching your sneakers and trading them up for winterproof heels for these babies. Here are seven stylish coats that will be perfect for you this season:
As is suggestive, an overcoat is a long coat worn over your OOTD. It can come in various colours, and patterns, but our absolute favourite is the checked variety. There is something about checks and plaid that makes surviving winter stylish and effortless. This one in grey is a wool-blend and such a trendsetter when paired with turtlenecks.
There’s nothing sexier than a woman who struts around in a statement-making trench. And we have just the right one for you. Typically, it is a loose belted, double-breasted coat in a military style. This long trench coat with a lapel collar features tabs on the cuffs, a matching fabric belt with a buckle, and front welt pockets in a dreamy brown colour. It is so versatile that it will go will all your outfits be it jeans, trousers, dresses or skirts.POPxo Recommends: Trench Coat With Belt (Rs 7,990) by Zara
A pea coat is a short, double-breasted overcoat made out of coarse, woolen cloth. This one in dark blue comes in a felted wool blend with wide notch lapels, concealed pockets in the side seams, and a single back vent. Style it with skinny bottoms for an instant high-street look. Fun fact: did you know that pea coats were formerly worn by sailors? POPxo Recommends: Wool-blend Pea Coat (Rs 4,499) by H&M
The first characteristic that defines a princess coat is that it is flared at the waist. It is usually a long coat in a frock-style and has a super feminine feel. Take your style quotient up a notch with this chic overcoat in a wintery burgundy. Wear it over a dress, we recommend a slightly longer skater dress to give a nice layering effect, and pair it will slim heels to flaunt your inner fashionista.
Faux-fur coats are just the best. They feel like a warm hug and look teddy bear soft. No wonder they are also referred to as teddy bear coats. This one in brown will look fantastic with your treggings and flat boots. POPxo Recommends: Soft Faux Fur Coat (Rs 4,990) by Zara
If it is a head-turning moment that you are looking for this winter, then this navy blue longline overcoat with quirky applique details is it. It is double-breasted, and has a notched lapel and popping applique work. You will love the warmth and style of this coat. Layer it over your OOTD when you’re going on a first date and make an impression of a lifetime.POPxo Recommends: Navy Double-Breasted Longline Applique Detail Overcoat (Rs 3,999) by Forever 21
Cashmere Or Wool Coat
Cashmere is the finest, and softest, wool that was originally derived from Kashmiri goats. That is why it is one of the most expensive in the world. This one in light grey is a straight-cut coat in a felted wool and cashmere blend. From H&M’s premium collection, this one is an investment that will keep you warm and stylish for a long time. Fun fact: the word cashmere is an old spelling of KashmirPOPxo Recommends: Cashmere-blend Coat (Rs 18,999) by H&M
Winter Wear For #SweaterWeather
It is officially sweater weather and we suggest you don’t hold back on the style statement that you can make with these knitted babies. Here are our seven sweater recommendations for women that are anything but boring:
A cardigan is a sweater that typically has a button-down fastening. This white cardigan right here is cropped, has a high-low hem, and cold-shoulder style sleeves making it an excellent addition to your winter wardrobe. Wear it over your turtlenecks or a black high-neck top for a stylish OOTD. Since its white, it will work with most colours. POPxo Recommends: Cable-Knit Crop Cardigan with Cold Shoulders (Rs 1,624) by Trendyol
A pullover is a regular sweater or as the British call it a ‘Jumper’. Add some freshness to your winter wear with this stylised pullover in olive green. It has contrast lace-up styling and that drop-shoulder sleeve style is drop dead gorgeous. Style it like a basic pullover and we promise, you’ll look anything but basic.POPxo Recommends: Round-Neck Pullover with Patterned Knit (Rs 1,399) by Ajio
My favourite thing about winter is the turtleneck. Whether the neck design is on a sweater, a dress or a bodysuit, it can make any outfit look instantly classy and suave. Liven up your winter wardrobe with this cozy and pretty turtleneck sweater in a color-blocked pattern. Team it with solid maxi skirts and Chelsea boots for a fun day out with the gang. Don’t forget to carry a cute sling bag along. POPxo Recommends: Colourblocked Pullover Sweater (Rs 1,499) by Forever 21
One might think an off-shoulder sweater defeats the purpose but think again. It’s perfect for that in-between weather when it’s too hot for a full-blown sweater and too cold for a half jacket. Yes, that weather. This self-ribbed sweater not only has statement-making fringes but is also 100 percent acrylic. It will keep you warm and modish all day long.
Ponchos, originally worn in South America, are made out of a thick piece of woolen cloth with a slit in the middle for the head. They’re the easiest way to slip into sexy when you are running late but don’t want to compromise on style. This grey high-neck poncho with a pearl embellished neckline is a must-have for this reason, and more. Style it with your regular jeans and make them look extraordinary in a jiffy.POPxo Recommends: Textured High-Neck Poncho Sweater (Rs 1,750) by Mela London
Front Open Sweater
Sweaters like these have the potential to take you from desk to drinks in style. This solid black front open sweater has an asymmetrical hemline. Style it with a statement belt like the model and see how it works for your AM to PM look. Let’s bring post-work-drinks dates back on the schedule, ladies!POPxo Recommends: Black Solid Front-Open Longline Sweater (Rs 2,392) by Mango
We all love layering but the struggle to nail a fashion trend and stay warm can often get tricky. In such cases, sweater vests are the ultimate OOTD saviors. A sweater vest is nothing but a sleeveless sweater. Wear this multicoloured striped number over a solid shirt and top it off with a long coat and boots.POPxo Recommends: Multicoloured Striped Sweater Vest (Rs 1,899) by United Colors of Benetton
Cool Sweatshirts To Sparkle In
Ah, sweatshirts! How I love them. They are a cottony soft, and comforting, version of sweaters that can take you on a stylish journey all day long without an itch. Keeping in tune with the hot athleisure trend, they are a blessing in disguise. Here are 10 of my personal favourite sweatshirts that have survived office, parties, and casual outings:
You are on your way to a warmer winter thanks to this cuddly hoodie with a statement-making Kangaroo pocket. This green piece can be matched with slick black jeans or white trousers for a relaxed look for the weekend.POPxo Recommends: Green Solid Hooded Sweatshirt (Rs 639) by DressBerry
Who says sweatshirts can’t be dressy? This powder blue-coloured solid sweatshirt with ruffled sleeves is a sight for sore eyes. Accessorise with hoop earrings or a kicky beret for a casual chic look.POPxo Recommends: Cotton Sweatshirt with Ruffle Detail (Rs 990) by Glamorous
Boho Chic Sweatshirt
This orange cropped sweatshirt with multicoloured tassels and embroidery is like summer in a shirt. Even if you skip out on accessories and just team it with your everyday blue jeans, you are good to go.POPxo Recommends: Orange Solid Sweatshirt (Rs 1,079) by Alsace Lorraine Paris
A Fandom Sweatshirt
This slogan sweatshirt inspired from the popular show F.R.I.E.N.D.S will be a conversation starter, and an instant hit this season. Pair it with light-coloured jeans and sneakers for a casual look, and with jet black jeans and booties for an all-black-everything look.POPxo Recommends: Slogan Print Pullover (Rs 1,081) by Shein
Speaking of slogan sweatshirts, this one in black with bright red taping on the sleeves is a hoot. You can tie the extended ribbon into a cute bow or leave it be, the sweatshirt will sell itself. Athleisure never looked cooler.
Florals are not just for spring. With ribbing around the neckline, cuffs, and hemline, this soft fabric sweatshirt has half-length puff sleeves to puff up your day in style. And it’s perfect for that not-too-hot, not-too-cold type of weather. Team it with patent leather pants and heels for the next date night, and pucker up with a nice nude lipstick.POPxo Recommends: Puff-sleeved Sweatshirt (Rs 1,299) by H&M
Yes, the drawstring fastening is making a comeback in sweatshirts too, after bags and boots that is. And this slogan sweatshirt by Zara is all the statement you need to set a trend effortlessly. Wait until you see what it’s written on it. Spoiler alert: it’s every fashionista ever!POPxo Recommends: Sweatshirt With Slogan (Rs 1,590) by Zara
I have never been a fan of colour-blocking, but sweatshirts like these are making it hard for me to diss the trend. This black, yellow, and white cropped hoodie will look great with black jeans (distressed or slashed-knee even better). Lace up with black sneakers for a stylish OOTD.POPxo Recommends: Cropped Sweatshirt With Slogan (Rs 1,890) by Zara
This burgundy hoodie in a faux-fur material can be teamed with high-waisted black jeans when going to a low-key dinner with your friends. We suggest you accessorise with silver-toned earrings for maximum impact. Who knew sweatshirts could be taken to dinner too?!
Did you know that POPxo has now ventured into a clothing line as well with sweatshirts and hoodies? So, this winter, wrap yourself in one of our own designs like this ‘On My Worst Behaviour’ hoodie ‘coz baby, it’s cold outside! Check out the entire collection here.POPxo Recommends: On My Worst Behaviour Hoodie (Rs 1,299) by POPxo Shop.
Simple Tips To Look Stylish In Winter
Now that you know what to wear this season, here are 10 tips on how you can look stylish this winter:
The Colour Theory
Image: ShutterstockAccording to the colour theory, colours that are on the opposite ends of the colour wheel actually look great together. Similarly analogous colours, that is, colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, also complement each other. Always keep these simple colour tricks in mind and you won’t ever go wrong with the basics in the winter. After all, winter isn’t all black and grey.
And isn’t this why we love winter the most, besides the cosy blankets and stolen hoodies from the boyfriend? Unlike summer, layering in winters won’t leave you sweaty. Depending on what you choose to wear, layering can add a ton of colour, structure, and panache to your winter look. Classic layering pieces like a pullover on top of a button-down shirt or a long coat cinched with a belt over a turtleneck top will never fail you. But you must experiment with other styles too. Include your favourite summer pieces like a mini skirt or a long dress and make the most of the evergreen layering trend in style. And, while you are at it, don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns for example floral with plaid or stripes.
Let Leather Do The Talking
Other than the fact that leather will keep you super warm, it will also add oodles of style and class to your look without trying. A leather jacket, or a faux-leather one, that we so love to buy, is a winter essential every woman swears by. Whether it’s a jacket or a pair of boots, every season calls for some leather investments. But we suggest you experiment with leather skirts and pants (read patent leather) this time. All your favourite Bollywood celebrities are doing it!
Belt It, Babe!
Either you can opt for trench coats that come with an attached fabric belt or you could try experimenting a bit and wear a belt over your usual overcoat, either way, a statement-making belt will give you an edgy look. Try different colours for the belt, not just black, and you will see how it adds a pop of colour to your outfit. If you are going with a bright coloured belt then try to keep the rest of the outfit neutral. This will draw the attention to your waistline while also making a style statement. If you are not sure, just match your belt to your shoes and see how it brings your OOTD together.
Bling Is King
The day I wake up to a hint of mist in the air, I dump all my jewellery, especially necklaces and bracelets, in a box. Just the thought of cold metal touching my skin gives me goosebumps. But there’s a way to make way for jewellery in your winter wardrobe too. Decorate your turtlenecks to add a dash of bling to your winter-wear. Wearing a necklace over your turtlenecks can make your outfit go from drab to fab in just seconds! So, go ahead and invest in those chunky necklaces and dainty pendants to glam up your everyday look. They are all-season and all-awesome.
Neck Warmers FTW
Winter accessories go far beyond necklaces and bracelets. Yes, we are talking about mufflers, stoles, and scarves. Not only do they keep you warm, but they also add so much colour and cuteness to your attire. You can even get one in a fun, quirky print to bring some life into a boring outfit. So, next time you’re wondering how to add a touch of glamour to your look, you know what to do.
Boot It Up!
Remember ladies, trends may change with every new season but some pieces are timeless! Sneakers may be ‘in’ all day, every day, but boots are a winter essential we are sure will never go out of style. If you are in a hurry and don’t know how to make your outfit look more stylish without running another minute late, just reach out for cute booties or fashionable knee-high boots. Here are 30+ different types of boots that are sure winners this winter.
Beanie Chic Bow Wow
Now that’s not something you didn’t already know. Beanies have a way of making even the hottest LBD look uber cute! So, stock up on a few beanies in cute colours and prints, and hide your bad hair days effortlessly while looking cute. You can also add pins and patches to your beanie for a funky look. It’s the easiest DIY in the books!
Do You Glove?
How could you miss out on fuzzy gloves?! Whether they are with finger cut-outs or regular, there is so much that a pair of gloves can do while keeping your hands warm and cosy. We are crushing on embellished gloves with beads, pom poms, and little bows this season.
Less Is More
We know they say ‘the more the merrier’, but sometimes less is more, and too much is a bore. If you are not sure how your layered outfit might turn out, just opt for the basics that you know will never go south. A plain sweater with jeans and boots is a combination we can vouch for any day of the week. If you want to add a statement piece to the look, go for oversized sunglasses or a cute handbag.POPxo is now available in six languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Bangla.AWESOME NEWS! POPxo SHOP is now Open! Get 25% off on all the super fun mugs, phone covers, cushions, laptop sleeves, and more! Use coupon code POPXOFIRST. Online shopping for women never looked better!