Getting dressed during the spring and summer is easy: perfect outfits tend to consist of breezy sundresses or T-shirts styled with denim shorts. But once it gets cold out (like, really, really cold), we suddenly become stumped. Does an easy winter outfit — one that's also cute, practical, and works for multiple occasions — even exist?
Well, yes. The trick is to go back to the basics, and wear a combination of a sweater, jeans, and boots. Celebrities approve, influencers are fans, and fashion editors love it, too.
Instead of overthinking, fussing with ruffled button-downs and a variety of printed trousers, this classic pairing is one we've come to rely on — and we never regret it when we do. By sticking with our favorite pair of denim, a cozy sweater, and a boot or bootie of our choice, our routine becomes a breeze, and we're able to get dressed and get out of the house pretty quickly in the morning.
Ahead, we've rounded up 15 photos to remind you how good this simple outfit can be.
If You're Really at a Loss For What to Wear
Break out a solid sweater, skinny jeans, and black booties, just like Brie Larson. It's a classic for a reason!
If the Goal Is Comfy-Cute
Follow Constance Wu's lead and go with something oversized on top.
If You're Worried About Warmth
Don't forget to layer. While out in NYC, Kendall Jenner wore a graphic tee over her knit turtleneck, and made sure to slip on a blazer to pull it all together. Her black combat boots gave things a fun, unexpected twist.
If Eye-Catching Is Your Goal
Trade a typical sweater for something vibrant and cropped. Dua Lipa even color-blocked her pink knit bit by accessorizing with a bright green bag.
If You're Stuck When It Comes to Statement Boots
Mary J. Blige proved that a great way to wear her beige Gucci boots was by going with a color story. She wore all earth tones as she sat court side, and even found a sweater and a hat that were similar in shade to her footwear.
If Your Pants Are Slightly Baggy
Go ahead and copy Martha Hunt's ensemble. Tuck those babies into a pair of boots of the same color, then add a solid, neutral sweater.
If Matchy-Matchy Is Your Thing
Irina Shayk's all-denim outfit managed to be the opposite of cheesy, and it was her black cardigan and chunky combat boots that did the trick.
If You Want to Revive Your Black Jeans
Dare to mix in prints like Gigi Hadid, who added a multi-colored sweater and booties to her outfit, letting those dark pants balance it all out.
If You're Digging Camel-Colored Everything
Style those piece together with light-wash denim, just like Cindy Crawford.
If You're Running Late
Don't fret: even the simplest, neutral sweater and jeans will still look sleek.
If You're a Fan of the Cardigan Trend
Then you're in luck: cardigans pair just as well with jeans and booties as the average pullover. You can even add some contrast by opting for chunky boots with buckles instead of a sleek, simple pair.
If You Want to Wear White Jeans in the Winter
Style them with a white sweater and black boots for something classic and clean.
If Your Outfit Needs a Little Something Extra
Pile on a handful of accessories, such as a hat or a pair of drop earrings.
If You're Used to Wearing White Sneakers
Invest in a pair of white boots. You'll find they can easily take the place of your kicks in any sort of fashion situation. And, bonus: they'll look great with flairs, too.
If You're Heading Out-Out
Yes, this combination can be sexy, too. Try wearing a cutout sweater and animal-printed boots to spice things up.