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What to Wear to Class: 3 Cute Cold Weather Looks for Fall & Winter


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A while back, we featured three outfits to wear to class that were easy to throw on, but still looked put-together. Now that the weather has changed and fall is here (with winter soon to come), it’s time to retire the shorts and sundresses and embrace cold weather fashion.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you need to resort to leggings and oversized “college” sweatshirts! Read on for easy tips on how to look chic for class while staying warm in fall and winter.

Tips on Dressing for Cold Weather

  • Layers are your new best friend. Most buildings on campus will try to overcompensate for the chilly weather outside by cranking up the heat inside. It’s a nice gesture, but if you’re not wearing layers, you can end up sweating through your classes. Layering in a casual way is easy: start with a tank or tee, add a cardigan or sweater, and top it off with another jacket, scarf, and/or hat (depending on how cold it is outside). You’ll still look cute and will be comfortable no matter where you go.
  • Make scarves and hats your signature accessories. I started my love affair with scarves a few years ago, and I haven’t been able to give them up since. They come in literally thousands of shapes, colors, and patterns, and instantly add excitement and warmth to any outfit. Hats are another great option to keep your ears warm and cover up any bad hair days you may have.
  • Invest in a great pair of boots. This is especially important if you live somewhere where winter brings lots of snow and ice. A truly great pair of boots will keep your feet warm and match with a lot of different outfits you already have. Whether you like desert boots, riding boots, or an edgier option, find a pair you love and wear them with everything.
  • Pants are not the only option. Dresses and skirts are still definitely options when the weather turns colder. As long as you pair them with tights (sweater tights are particularly warm) you can stay true to your personal style without freezing.

Outfit 1: Warm Neutrals

Outfit for cold weather classes 1: Bomber jacket, skinny jeans, tee, cardigan, desert boots
Shirt, Pants, Cardigan, Earrings, Necklace, Booties, Jacket, Bag

Outfit 2: Cute & Cozy

Outfit for cold weather classes 2: Striped sweater, boots, skinny jeans, bright coat, scarf, beanie
Sweater, Jeans, Hat, Boots, Scarf, Bag, Coat

Outfit 3: Cold Weather Fashionista

Outfit for cold weather classes 3: Sweater dress, faux fur vest, ballet flats, tights
Dress, Flats, Vest, Tights, Bag, Earrings, Barcode Bracelet, Chain Bracelet

What Do You Think?

What do you wear to class when it’s cold outside? What are your tips for staying stylish in cold weather? Which outfit is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment!

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60 Responses to “What to Wear to Class: 3 Cute Cold Weather Looks for Fall & Winter”

  1. 1
    November 1st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Absolutely love all of these outfits! Great post :) Also if you want to wear jeans but still get cold pair sweater tights underneath. I am a huge freeze baby & this helps when it’s freezing & windy~

  2. 2
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Hey, none of the links work, I really really love the first booties, and really want to know where to find them! Thanks :)

  3. 3
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Only thing I like about winter is the fashion….and hot chocolate. I like all the looks.

  4. 4
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Same problem as Maddie none of the links work and Im dying to look at the bomber jacket.

  5. 5
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    bah. Dying for that first cardigan. Links broookeeenn. QQ

  6. 6
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Please fix the links, I want that first jacket!

  7. 7
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Love these outfits – other important options are socks! Warm fuzzy socks in your boots can look cute when they’re sticking out, or you can hide them. They help a lot in snow to make non-ugg boots as warm as uggs.

  8. 8
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I love all of these outfits, especially the third! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sweaterdress for the longest time.

  9. 9
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    links are brokeeeeeen :(

  10. 10
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the whole second outfit! i need to find everything, but the links won’t work :/

  11. 11
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Aahh sorry about the links, totally spaced and forgot to upload the file! They’re all fixed now.

  12. 12
    November 1st, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    All these outfits are really cute, but my fav by far is #2! It has everything I love! Stripes, scarf, and a pair of grey boots. :)

  13. 13
    November 1st, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been reading this website for a long time, and while I love all the cold weather outfits, I live in Minneapolis. It’s only possible to stay cute and fashionable for so long before you need to pile on your whole closet or freeze to death. Perhaps people could have suggestions or do something for truly cold weather? I already rock the long johns under pants look, and three pairs of tights whenever I want to wear a dress, but it just gets so cold here! I’d love to stay cute year round, but when it becomes an option of freezing my bum off walking to class or looking like your stereotypical unfashionable person, the former always wins.

  14. 14
    November 1st, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    RE to my above comment: I meant the latter, not former.

  15. 15
    November 1st, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Really warm looking and all cute!! I especially LOVE outfit 2!

  16. 16
    November 1st, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    So glad this was posted! Unlike a lot of places, its already about 50 degrees every day where I live. This will definitely help.

  17. 17
    November 1st, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    love Love LOVE outfit 2!

  18. 18
    November 1st, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot lately about FLEECE tights, which are supposedly warmer than other ones. So far, I’ve only been able to find them on the internet, but they sound great!

    I’m really loving the outfits in this article btw:)

  19. 19
    November 1st, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I love the third outfit! I live in tights in the fall and winter.

  20. 20
    November 1st, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I survived last winter quite pleasantly thanks to my sweater tights. They are actually warmer than jeans.

  21. 21
    November 1st, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    When I wear my masculine cobalt boots..I love wearing my woolly socks that I got from Target, they have multiple shades of tan, blue, gray, brown which really make an outfit look put together…Pull them all the way up to almost your knee, then scrunch them down to the top of your boots :)

  22. 22
    November 1st, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    All the outfits are really cute, but in Massachusetts, none of them are practical…I would just freeze to death.

  23. 23
    November 1st, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Definitely cute outfits! I love the shoes in outfit 1.

  24. 24
    November 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Outfit 2 is PERFECT.
    Thank you.
    A dress however in Eastern Washington in the winter is a crazy insane idea.

  25. 25
    November 2nd, 2011 at 3:51 am

    For truly cold weather, even though the furthest north I’ve ever lived is NYC (but last winter was rather brutal), here’s what I’ve got in the name of staying cute but looking good:
    1. Get a puffy “sleeping-bag” coat in a non-black neutral, and make sure it can be belted at the waist. This will give you a shape still, and going non-black means you can add in some personal style.
    2. Invest in some NICE material scarves/hats/gloves. Look for wool, basically! Get a couple good wool (or alpaca) scarves, a hat or two, and some neutral gloves that you can switch up to change your look. I have gray wool lined mittens with a cute embroidery that are amazing for winter.
    3. Water-proof boots. I mean, you have to. There are a ton of cute options these days–look for fleece lined. Check the classic stores like LLBean, Land’s End, and other places that sell for serious outdoor people. Don’t rely on your rainboots–the rubber will crack in the cold.
    4. Finally, underneath it all, use a combination of wool sweaters, waffle shirts, wool tights (they make these at H&M!), skinny jeans to fit into your boots, thermal tanks (try Uniqlo), and flannel. You can definitely look winter chic even when it’s negative outside.
    5. Skirts? Not when it hits below 20 degrees for me. Sorry fashion, you’re just not worth losing feeling in my legs!

    Hope that helps.

  26. 26
    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Nice Autumn outfits, when it gets even colder I add up even more layers that pictured, like a beige tank under another t-shirt or top (or its long-sleeved variants, a cardigan (i wanted to buy a pretty and very warm sweater but haven’t found one yet) + good quality warm wooly coat. Sometime it’s even colder (like -20°C), then it’s time for my skiing jacket and pants. Luckily that doesn’t happen so often here.

    I’d say any thicker tights are warmer than jeans ;-)

  27. 27
    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Iv bought some really cute hats and gloves for the weather. I like outfit 3 although im not sure how practical the pumps would be!

  28. 28
    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Love this article. My friends always say that I’m scared of the cold. I get a lot of, ‘Why are you wearing that much? Isn’t it boiling?’
    I absolutely love wearing skirts and hence the abnormally large amount of tights that I wear. I actually wear up to two pairs of tights (even under skinny jeans) in the winter. Uber comfortable!
    For me, scarves = LOVE. They are so warm and colorful – can spice up any outfit. I care a lot about my voice and throat (love theatre…and speaking too much). Scarves can literally save me from a nasty cold.
    Love the warm looks, CF!

  29. 29
    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Love the outfits, but ballerina flats in the third one are not the best choice for cold weather

  30. 30
    November 2nd, 2011 at 9:19 am

    they all look so amazing! definately going to try them on!!

  31. 31
    November 2nd, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I’m really glad to see some winter fashion ideas finally! Last winter I was in Switzerland where it was MINUS 12 centigrade (10 degrees F!) Pretty much all notions of looking nice go out of the window and you end up just wearing EVERYTHING YOU OWN to stay warm!!

  32. 32
    November 2nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    It might be useful to point out that the author goes to Rice. My roommate is also from Houston, and the weather here in Philadelphia surpassed her concept of “cold” two or three weeks ago. Anyway, the outfits look great for the transition to colder weather, but an eventual post on even warmer outfits would certainly be appreciated. I don’t know how cold it gets here, but where I’m from it helps to plan for those days below zero. :P

  33. 33
    November 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The flats in Outfit #3 are so cute! <3

  34. 34
    November 2nd, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    i love all of these outfits! Unfortunately, being from Minnesota, I would have to modify all of these if I wanted to wear them anytime after December 1st. But these looks are all great and I’m hoping to getto wear similar looks as long as the weather holds out.

  35. 35
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I LOVE the outfits here! Really great ideas, I’ve been waiting for these kind of tips :)

    I especially love that jacket in Outfit 1 and the flats in Outfit 3

    Do you guys have a Polyvore account then? xxx

  36. 36
    November 2nd, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I’m glad y’all like the post! As some of y’all pointed out, I am from Houston so my definition of winter probably isn’t even close to what some of y’all consider cold (it’s in the 80s here right now). I tried my best to imagine what would be best to wear in very cold weather, but it was a little difficult. Y’all have some great tips and it sounds like most of y’all manage to stay fashionable no matter what the weather is!

  37. 37
    November 2nd, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    So amazing!

  38. 38
    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Good outfit ideas!

    I’m from Norway, a country pretty damn cold in winter, the usual winterday is about -10 to-15 C, and lots of days even colder. My best tip here is to invest in wool, wool is the best! Some cute wool sweaters to wear underneath a tank/t-shirt, cardigan (preferably with som wool here too), wool thights and some sort of jeans, and also wool coat! It’s also important to remember the need of good socks, hats, scarfs and mittens! You can look good and still be warm, it’s just a little bit more expensive (but soo worth it!), and a bit planning. And, of course, if it’s more than -25C, no one cares anyways..

  39. 39
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Furry vests are little out there for my tastes…but outfit number 2 is a fave with me :D

  40. 40
    November 3rd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Question: Would sweater/wool tights be warm in -25C to -30C weather?

  41. 41
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    hey i love this post! Can u do more of these cold weather fashion outfits??!!

    I always love your outfits but I can never wear them because where I live its too cold. Its already snowing.

  42. 42
    November 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Love the third one, esp the forever 21 vest!

  43. 43
    November 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love the first and second outfit. I especially like the first bag, but when I looked it up it just seems way too big. I feel like all the bags now are either comically huge or too small to hold all my things (I haul a lot around in my purse).

  44. 44
    November 5th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks so much for this blog! It’ll really help me, I’m only in middle school but your blogs really help me look put together. When I look presentable I have much more confidence.

  45. 45
    November 9th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Need the scarf in the second outfit!!!

  46. 46
    November 11th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    The #2 green coat is really cute!

  47. 47
    November 12th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Wow, I can imagine it being 80 degrees during November. Crazy! Like a few of my fellow CF readers, I live in Minneapolis too, where the Dec-Feb temperatures can reach -10 – -15 degrees. While these are cute fall looks, I’m definitely going to be getting out my parka, cold weather boots, and wool hat/mittens for those snowy treks.

  48. 48
    November 14th, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Well I like all items, but I would not recommend any one to wear ballerina shoes in this cold weather.

  49. 49
    November 15th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I love Colorado winters, because I can actually wear tights on many days and not be that cold. We definitely get a mix of 60 degree and 30 degree days here so I like the different outfits for different temperatures, especially the sweaterdress one!

  50. 50
    November 17th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I love the 2nd one!

  51. 51
    November 23rd, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Great fall pieces for me haha, I’m from northern-central Saskatchewan, Canada (go, open a tab and google a map of it, I dare you) Our Octobers always end in snow, -10 to – 20 Novembers, come December, BAM some -50 days (all in Celsius). These are really cute outfits thought!

  52. 52
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    i NEEDDDD that sweater dress… whereee did it come from?! :P

  53. 53
    July 30th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Love the last one! It never gets below freezing here. These outfits are perfect!

  54. 54
    August 14th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Nice cloths !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. 55
    October 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I love the first and the third I would wear those to school

  56. 56
    December 26th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I really love outfit number two also…..I reccomend this website to all of my friends cause it’s super helpful…..thanks for these helpful tips and the cool part about this site is the examples it gives u cause u can find most of the cute fashion exaples in ur closet!!:)

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