Dressing for the cold is a challenge all in itself, and it’s the comfort and warmth that often win over fashion and style whenever you find yourself sitting in front of the closet. In all honesty, when the temperatures start dropping, all you end up wanting is for your outfit to feel snug and cocoon-like at all times, but perhaps the chance of looking extra good in it shouldn’t be dismissed so easily.

Getting creative with your cold-weather ensembles is by no means complicated, sometimes it’s an unexpected accessory or a way of layering your favorite winter staples that can be making all the difference. And when inspiration is the one to find you, there’s little excuse not to at least give it a try.

Below, 11 ways to instantly elevate your fall/winter 2017/18 outfits to new heights.

Commit to shearling.

Shearling is the effortless way to add a rugged edge to your winter looks, and to keep extra warm and cozy while at it. But in order to make things all the more interesting, try to really commit to it and perfect your winter outfits with a matching pair of boots and backpack:

Commit to shearling
Commit to shearling

Layer your statement pieces.

Layering the basics is what everyone knows and does best, but in order to keep ahead of the fashion pack, you got to switch things up. In order to make your winter outfits really stand out, do try layering your statement pieces instead, structural skirts over skinny pants, luxe coats over biker jackets, you get the point:

Layer your statement pieces
Layer your statement pieces

Walk right on-trend with thigh-high boots.

Trust a pair of luxurious thigh-high boots to bring even the most basic of winter outfits into prominence. Go for rich velvet, snakeskin or sleek leather in choosing your sexy footwear, and pair it to everything in between skinny jeans and eenie-miniskirts:

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Walk right on-trend with thigh-high boots
Walk right on-trend with thigh-high boots

Go for exaggerated proportions.

Aside from looking super-strong, and kind of like what cool girls would be wearing during the cold winter months, an outfit of exaggerated proportions, slouchy but effortless nonetheless, is bound to stand out on the streets, not to mention it offers up the perfect excuse to layer up underneath:

Go for exaggerated proportions
Go for exaggerated proportions

Accessorize with a trendy cap.

Sometimes, taking your winter outfit to new heights is just a matter of investing in the right accessories. From on-trend berets to versatile biker boy caps, your headgear should be anything but basic this season, as the street-style darlings insist to prove:

Accessorize with a trendy cap
Accessorize with a trendy cap

Complement your outfits with ultra-cool sneakers.

Be them sweet and girly, or dark and minimal, sporty, tailored or super-sophisticated, there’s no cold-weather outfit that won’t benefit from a pair of ultra-cool sneakers. Chanel trainers to Adidas Originals kicks, invest now and wear them with everything, all winter long:

Complement your outfits with ultra-cool sneakers
Complement your outfits with ultra-cool sneakers

Use metallics for an unexpected touch.

Come winter, we all tend to favor dark colors and solid fabrics, but in order to break the monotony, you can always use a touch of metallic to enliven your outfits. In a skirt, a skinny scarf, or a top, metallics will look great both against black and gray and pastel-like hues:

Use metallics for an unexpected touch
Use metallics for an unexpected touch

Switch your basic knits for chunky fringed numbers.

Knits are the first wardrobe staples to be put to good use once the temperatures begin to drop, and while a chunky sweater is perfect for freezing winter days, make your cold-weather outfits twice as interesting with heavily textured, or fringed knitted numbers:

Switch your basic knits for chunky fringed numbers
Switch your basic knits for chunky fringed numbers

Go for new lengths with a maxi coat.

Maxi coats shape one of the most practical, yet statement-making fashion trends of winter 2018, so you won’t regret switching to new lengths in the outerwear department. Complement the maxi tailoring with equally lengthy silhouettes for the full effect:

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Go for new lengths with a maxi coat
Go for new lengths with a maxi coat

Rethink your denim staples.

Denim is as timeless as it is cool, not to mention highly practical and versatile, so it’s no wonder we tend to reach for it time and time again once winter arrives. But in order to elevate your cold-weather ensembles, rethink your blue jeans and opt for those frayed, flared & cropped denim staples for an extra touch of cool:

Rethink your denim staples
Rethink your denim staples

Keep warm with colorful patchwork faux fur.

The more colorful and patchworked the better when it comes to your faux fur this winter. The perfect item to throw on top of your basics and instantly feel like a street-style superstar, a brightly hued piece of outerwear is a must if you plan on getting your outfits noticed:

Keep warm with colorful patchwork faux fur
Keep warm with colorful patchwork faux fur

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