A few years ago, you may have talked about how staying in was the new going out. But, having been stuck at home for many months, I’m sure you’re ready for going out again!

But dressing glamorously in cold weather can be tricky. We’ve got you covered with these winter going out outfits all chosen from Nordstrom who sponsored this article.

Nordstrom is the perfect one-stop shop where you can get your whole outfit sorted. These items will keep you warm and stylish no matter what the weather.

Easy tips for winter going out outfits

Dressing for a night out can be difficult as it’s likely to be cold outside and the temperature inside will be much warmer. So, how do you make sure your outfit works for both temperatures?

Add a pair of tights

An easy way to make your existing looks a touch warmer is to add a pair of opaque tights. That way, you can continue to wear your dresses and skirts into the cooler months.

Winter going out outfits - Commando Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights | 40plusstyle.com

Commando Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights

Wear boots instead of shoes

Simply switch your sandals for boots (you can wear over your tights) and you can make your outfit winter ready. If you want a dressier pair of boots, you could always look out for a pair with a block heel like the Jack Roger boot below.

Jack Rogers knee high boot | 40plusstyle.com

Jack Rogers knee high boot

Mix high and low

High-low dressing, where you mix formal and informal, is always useful for adding interest to your outfit, but it is particularly useful for winter. You could, for example, wear your dressy skirt with a sweater and pair of sneakers.

Wear a cozy coat

A touch of faux fur can add glamour to your outfit as well as ensuring you stay warm while heading to your dinner venue.

Winter going out outfits - Avec Les Filles Star Print Faux Fur Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Avec Les Filles Star Print Faux Fur Coat

Dresses with sleeves

It’s unlikely you’ll want bare arms during the winter. Perhaps you don’t like to show off your upper arms anyway, and you’ll definitely want more than spaghetti straps so you can stay warm. A dress with sleeves means you won’t have to wear an extra layer of outerwear while indoors.

Winter going out outfits - Eliza J Fit & Flare Sweater Dress | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Fit & Flare Sweater Dress

So, now that you’re thinking about how little changes can make your going out outfit winter ready, let’s take a look at some of the clothes, shoes and accessories you could choose to stay stylish and warm when going out this winter, and how you can put them together.

Winter going out tops

First, your tops. I would look for tops with longer sleeves to keep you warm. Ruching will be a flattering option, or you could also choose a graphic print.

If you want to add a little sex appeal, you could always show off just a little bit of shoulder without losing too much warmth. One-shoulder tops like the Open Edit cold shoulder blouse (below right) featured heavily on the winter and fall runways for 2021.

Winter going out tops | 40plusstyle.com

GIBSONLOOK Side Ruched TopOpen Edit Print Mesh TopFree People Jacquard Oversize Button Front TopOpen Edit Single Cold Shoulder Satin Blouse

Winter going out swEAters

Sweaters aren’t just for wearing with your jeans and sneakers. You can also wear your knitwear for an evening out. Look for choices with an unusual knit, or try an off-the-shoulder choice. Or, you could always wear your favorite sweater with a skirt and heeled booties to make it look more glamorous.

Winter going out sweaters | 40plusstyle.com

Madewell Mock Neck SweaterFree People Knit SweaterFree People Off the Shoulder TopOpen Edit Off the Shoulder High-Low Tunic Top

Winter going out jackets & coats

Of course, if it’s particularly chilly where you are, you’ll need a coat to get from home to your destination. You could look for a coat that you can leave on for the night, such as a blazer or a shorter option like a moto jacket. Or, try a luxurious coat such as a long cashmere coat like the one from Nordstrom, or an option with a faux fur collar like the Via Spiga choice (below, right) that you can check in to the cloakroom.

Going out jackets and coats | 40plusstyle.com

AllSaints Leather Biker JacketTed Baker London Cotton Corduroy Weekend BlazerNordstrom Signature Wool & Cashmere CoatVia Spiga Asymmetrical Wool Coat with Faux Fur Collar

Winter going out pants & jeans

Of course, you can still wear your pants and jeans for an evening out. You don’t necessarily have to wear a dress or skirt (although you’ll find some of those below too).

Choose a pair of versatile black skinny jeans that will go with all of your tops, or look out for pants in luxurious fabrics. Or, you could choose a pair of on-trend wide leg pants or jeans, depending on how formal the venue you are heading out to is.

Going out pants and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Pistola High Waist Ankle Skinny JeansAG High Waist Wide Leg JeansMilly Satin JoggersMax Mara Leisure Geo Print Silk Trousers

dresses & skirts

Now, let’s move on to some dresses and skirts. Look out for dresses with sleeves or on-trend options with an asymmetric hemline. I particularly like the blue Ted Baker handkerchief hem skirt.

Going out dress and skirts | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Fit & Flare Sweater DressDKNY Zipper Midi SkirtTed Baker London Handkerchief Hem SkirtTed Baker London Pleated Handkerchief Hem Skirt

Winter going out shoes

Swap your shoes for boots if you want to stay warmer. But, opt for a more glamorous pair than your usual day-to-day boots. Or you could always choose a pair of metallic loafers if you don’t want to wear heels. If you do opt for heels and you’ll be on your feet for a while, block heels can be easier to stand and walk in.

Going out shoes | 40plusstyle.com

Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel PumpVince Camuto Prenten LoaferMarc Fisher LTD bootieBørn over the knee boot

Winter going out accessories

Accessories are important to add oomph to any outfit, whether for day or night. But they are particuarly vital to ensure your winter going out outfits have impact. Look for on-trend metallics and rich shades such as burgundy and green.

Going out accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Reiss Leather ClutchOlga Berg Tassel Structured ClutchNordstrom Cashmere & Silk WrapKarine Sultan Hammered Collar NecklaceKarine Sultan Drop EarringsAkola Stud Earrings

How to put your winter evening outfits together

Take a look at different ways you could wear your winter going out clothes, shoes and accessories. You can see 9 outfit ideas below but you can definitely switch around the tops, bottoms and coats to create many more outfits.

Winter going out capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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