4 Model-Approved Ways to Master Basic Winter Dressing

There’s an art to shopping for winter basics—just look at some of the recent wintery outfits worn by our favorite celebrities, models, and fashion news makers. Sure, high-quality items that are warm enough to stand up to bone-chilling weather are a must. But the best pieces go beyond functionality, offering a hint of whimsical wonder. As of late, stars like Hailey Bieber and Elsa Hosk have been model citizens of minimalist magic, taking a less-is-more approach with their outfits. There are really only two words to perfectly describe the pared-back-basic movement taking charge this season: simply chic.

While running errands in SoHo, Bieber nailed basic (not boring) winter dressing with an outfit chock-full of dreamy pieces, from her rigid platform Marni loafers to her Balenciaga bomber. Retro-inspired outerwear is a key ingredient to master cool-girl dressing during the winter. If you didn’t have a chance to get your hands on Balenciaga’s leather jacket, this look could easily be replicated with a good vintage-store find. Plus, the boxy silhouette pairs nicely with baggy jeans, the season’s biggest denim trend.

Read on for a closer look at four chic outfits to copy this winter.

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Hailey Bieber

Go up a size to channel the effortless aura of Bieber’s oversized outfit. Don’t forget about the power of a few great accessories. Instead of slipping on a beanie, top things off with a logo-emblazoned Balenciaga baseball cap.

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Adut Akech

When in doubt, winter whites will never fail you. Wolford’s snow white Colorado bodysuit and Max Mara’s timeless coats have been a model and editor favorite for years. Bonus tip: If you’re experiencing boot fatigue, trade your galoshes in for even cooler Jordan sneakers.

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Kaia Gerber

Speaking of winter whites, a cream sweatsuit set will go a long way in your closet. Elevate the loungewear pieces with a polished trench coat and sleek boots. And remember, even on snowy days, a cool pair of shades evokes a laid-back vibe.

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Elsa Hosk

Blacks and grays don’t have to be boring, especially when you find a collection of pieces with intricately beautiful details. Start with Khaite’s classic sweater, trimmed with wide-ribbed panels, then wrap up in Eytys’s notched-lapel coat. Finish off your look with cult-favorite Bottega Veneta accessories.

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