When it’s cold outside, it’s easy to reach for your favorite pair of jeans every day. But, there’s no need to push your skirts to the back of your wardrobe completely. Skirts can be comfortable and warm in winter too.
Below, you’ll find lots of inspiration on how to style your skirts for winter weather so you can still wear your favorite skirts without freezing.
How to choose skirts for winter
First, is there a difference between a winter skirt and a summer skirt?
Winter skirts are usually made of a thicker material, which makes them more comfortable for winter.
A winter skirt will usually also have some lining if the outer material isn’t that thick.
Below are some of our best tips and outfit inspiration when it comes to choosing the right skirt to wear for winter and what to wear with it.
Invest in a pair of opaque tights to wear with your winter skirt outfits
Opaque tights really are your best friend when it comes to wearing skirts during the winter months. Choose a pair that are at least 80 denier and look out for thermal or fleece-lined tights for extra warmth.
For more inspiration read our article on how to wear tights.
Dawn Levy Colette Crystal-Embellished Wool Coat – Splendid Avril Cotton Buttoned Shirt – A.L.C. Virgin Wool-Blend Draped Midi-Skirt – DV Dolce Vita Temecula Loafer – Commando Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights – Tory Burch Eleanor Logo Hoop Earrings
Melissa @melissabultburns above chooses a mini skirt or skort with her opaque tights and boots.
don’t forget your warm accessories
It’s important to take your warmth where you can get it when thinking about the best way to wear winter skirts for women. Add accessories such as a wool hat, a chunky scarf and a pair of leather or suede gloves as the finishing touches to your outfit.
Mercer Collective Marisa Cropped Wool Jacket – Theory Cashmere Rib-Knit Cropped Turtleneck Sweater – Eileen Fisher Merino Wool Skirt – Aerosoles Binocular Knee High Boot – Longchamp Large Le Pliage Recycled Canvas Shoulder Tote – Lisianthus Classic Felt Fedora – Achillea Large Pashmina Scarf
Choose a pair of long boots
A pair of knee-high, or even thigh-high boots, worn over your opaque tights (of course) will help to keep your lower legs warm, making this the perfect combination when thinking about winter outfits with skirts.
Look out for a pair which are insulated or fleece or faux fur lined if you want to make sure you stay cozy. You can even wear a pair of socks over your tights and under your boots to add an extra, unseen, layer.
Reiss Deo Wool-Blend Sweater – Rails Diana Alpaca Blend Sweater Skirt – Naturalizer Brent Knee High Boots – Longchamp Large Le Pliage Recycled Canvas Shoulder Tote – Dean Davidson Reign Dulcet Drop Earrings
Check out our list of the best boots to wear in winter.
combine with a blazer
A blazer always adds a touch of polish to any outfit. And, for winter it can add an extra layer of warmth, and you can wear your blazer indoors. You can always add a long coat over the top if you will get cold while getting to your destination.
J.Crew Willa Blazer – Splendid Avril Cotton Buttoned Shirt – Azeeza Sheridan Pleated Silk Midi-Skirt – Tory Burch Eleanor Pavé Pumps – Commando Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights – Comeon Velour Evening Clutch – Alexis Bittar Lucite® Crescent Pendant Necklace Alexis Bittar
Choose a warm material
If you run the risk of the bottom half of your outfit being a bit chilly, then make sure you keep your upper body warm. Choose a warm sweater to minimize any coldness from the rest of your outfit. Opt for a winter-ready material such as wool, which has insulating properties to trap in some heat. Make sure your skirt material is also warm so you’re cozy from top to toe.
Vince Funnel Neck Cashmere Sweater – Rails Diana Alpaca Blend Sweater Skirt – Steve Madden Eiffel Ankle Boot – Rebecca Minkoff Edie Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag – Tory Burch Kira Pearl Double-Chain Necklace
Opt for a winter long skirt
While you may think about a long, floaty maxi skirt worn with a pair of sandals for summer, you can wear a maxi skirt in winter too.
If you choose a long skirt you can wear a pair of warm leggings and your boots underneath.
Opt for or a thick material
Or, think about a thick material that will protect you from windy weather. Leather, denim and corduroy will all help to protect you from the elements while looking stylish.
COS Mouliné Wool Turtleneck Sweater – Proenza Schouler White Label Faux Leather Pleated Midi-Skirt – Aerosoles Binocular Knee High Boot – Marc Jacobs The St. Marc Chain Wallet – Tory Burch Eleanor Logo Hoop Earrings
Kimba @kimbalikes above opts for a sweater skirt and adds a pop of color to her neutral outfit with her bag.
Wear a sweater with an evening skirt
If you’re lucky enough to be heading out for dinner at the moment, or even if you just want to dress up a little at home for party season, you don’t have to wear a flimsy blouse with your formal skirt. Instead, make sure you stay warm and stylish.
Theory Cashmere Rib-Knit Cropped Turtleneck Sweater – Alice + Olivia Maeve Sequined Slip Skirt – Tory Burch Eleanor Pavé Pumps – Marc Jacobs The St. Marc Chain Wallet – Tory Burch Eleanor Logo Hoop Earrings
Wear a long coat over the top
If you are losing a bit of heat from your legs, then wearing a long coat can be a bit like taking a blanket out with you. Wrap up in your coat and you can keep off the wind and lower the chill factor.
Sam Edelman Belted Double-Breasted Coat – Splendid Avril Cotton Buttoned Shirt – A.L.C. Wayland Pleated Draped Midi-Skirt – Naturalizer Brent Knee High Boots – Rebecca Minkoff Edie Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag – EURKEA Wool Scarf – Dean Davidson Reign Dulcet Drop Earrings
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above teams a sweater and warm coat with her sequin skirt.
Your winter skirts outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule, so you can think about how you could mix and match to create different outfits.
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