After enduring 10+ winters in New York, I’ve come to realize that each year, the same thing happens: there comes the point in mid-winter where our wardrobe returns to a simple formula. Proven always to be both fashionable and practical in colder temperatures, the outfit combination of pairing your go-to coat with a pair of snug skinny jeans and a boot just works. Why? Let me break it down for you. In winter, the coat inevitably becomes the hero piece of every outfit and is typically paired with essential layering pieces underneath—think turtlenecks, chunky knit sweaters, and heat-tech body-hugging long sleeves—to ensure maximum warmth. As for the bottom half, you want to opt for a tighter jean, à la skinny jeans, to not only stay warm but also make for a seamless tuck into your winter boots. Trust me, there is nothing worse than a loose pair of jeans, leaving a gap between the hem and boot, allowing for cold air to slip through. There is a method to the madness.
Fortunately, this outfit combination is rather easy to execute. From structured wool coats paired with knee-high leather boots to puffers styled with dark denim and low-heel booties, these outfit combinations are endless. Ahead, discover the ultimate coat + skinny jeans + boots outfit pairings to inspire you this season, and let’s be real, get you through winter.