If you’re going to get together with friends for a festive holiday meal, doing it outdoors is still the safest option. But what do you wear when temperatures dip below freezing? Whether you’re catching up on the terrace at your local or meeting up with your pod in someone’s backyard, you’ll want to stay warm and comfortable enough to linger, but you don’t want to look like you left the house in a sleeping bag. Statement coats paired with oversized scarves, bright-colored layering pieces, chunky knits, and shearling-lined shoes will elevate your evening look without sacrificing practicality. Here, seven outfit recipes for dining out that won’t disappoint—or leave you cold before the appetizers hit the table.
A faux fur-lined robe coat and shearling-trimmed Prada sneakers will keep you toasty through the dessert course. Add a bit of polish by knotting the waist-cinching belt and tying on a bright scarf.
Most long puffers can make the wearer look ready for an arctic expedition, but this minimalist one from Proenza Schouler is the exception. Balance out the volume with a pair of ladylike boots and straight-leg pants.
Toughen up a schoolgirl skirt with a menswear-inspired topcoat and a glossy pair of heeled boots. All you need are a pair of HeatTech tights and you’re ready for sidewalk drinks.
A statement-making opera coat takes the pressure off the rest of your outfit. Layer warmly and casually underneath, and add a pair of shearling lined boots to keep your feet cozy.
Keep it classic with a cashmere dress and a perfect black coat—a touch of tartan turns it into a flawless holiday outfit.