NYFW Street Style: The Do’s and Dont’s of Cold Weather Dressing

It was no shock to the fashion week crowd that New York was going to be exceptionally cold for the Fall/Winter 2015 shows. While the record-breaking snowstorm promised the week before turned out to be a dud, the temperatures are still dropping daily. Attendees were given plenty of time and alarming forecasts to purchase and plan for a freezing NYFW.

Being stylish in subzero weather is never an easy task nor is attempting to stand out during fashion week, but given the opportunity to pile on more clothes and display interesting layering techniques, it was disappointing to see how few rose to the occasion. While I applaud fashion’s elite for fighting through the freeze, I was shocked to see how extremely cold they were willing to be in order to show their usual personal style. The amount of jacket-less, bare-legged, and even bare-bellied bloggers was bewildering.

While this season’s street style pics were inspirational, they weren’t realistic — very few parkas, gloves, or socks were seen amongst the crowd outside of Lincoln Center. Scroll down to see the best street style from NYFW, and learn how to do cold-weather fashion right!


Showing a bit of skin is almost always a good idea, but when temperatures plummet store the crop tops for spring and pull out that parka. Take some tips from the style star on the right, and add interest to an ordinary parka with a geometric scarf and fingerless gloves.


Jeans are warm, except when they have giant gaping holes. If you must wear a distressed jean opt for a pant with smaller holes and wear flesh colored tights underneath.


While I applaud the functional footwear on the left the trench is just not warm enough for subzero weather. Take note from the fashionista on the right and invest in a camel color coat that is both warm and classic.


Bare legs are almost always a ‘no’ when it comes to cold weather dressing, but if you must show some skin, opt for a midi skirt and boot combo like Olivia Palermo. To look as polished and practical as Olivia, add nude nylons, leather gloves, and fur accessories.


A perfect skirt and shirt combo is bound to make a statement, but when it screams “I’m freezing.” Try again! Take tips from the trendsetter on the right and layer monochromatic knits underneath a wool jacket for an outfit that reads “fashion editor.”


Instead of risking potential frostbite, look both stylish and cozy with a pair of wool socks underneath your statement shoes.

Images: style.com by tommy ton, thestyleograph, vogue, theblondesalad, nydailynews

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