The New Eveningwear: Seven Outfit Recipes for Outdoor Winter Dining

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.

Ludovic de Saint Sernin Trench Coat, $1,154,; Majestic Filatures Turtleneck, $96,; Kwaidan Editions Pants, $546 (was $910),; By Far Heels, $160,

A pair of silky trousers will keep you covered up but looking sharp, and a chic turtleneck adds warmth without too much bulk. Toss on an embellished trench to pull it all together.

Stand Studio Coat, $720,; Everlane Scarf, $68,; Marc Jacobs Cardigan, $210 (was $350),; Khaite Jeans, $162 (Was $270),; Prada Shoes, $749.

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.

Stella McCartney Jacket, $1,347,; Ganni Top, $128,; Loewe Skirt, $465,; Proenza Schouler Boots, $974,

A pair of over-the-knee boots make wearing a swishy skirt in sub-zero temperatures feel not just feasible, but appealing.

Proenza Schouler Coat, $695,; Acne Studio Scarf, $290,; Nanushka Top, $378 (was $420),; Stand Studio Pants, $238 (was $477),; Loewe Boots, $890,

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.

Junya Watanabe coat, $1,218,; Isabel Marant Etoile shirt, $190,; Vivienne Westwood Skirt, $553,; Prada Boots, $480,

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.

Paco Rabanne Coat, $1,452 (was $2,420),; Dion Lee Top, $390,; WARDROBE.NYC Leggings, $400,; The Row, $1,189,

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.

Pallas Paris Coat, $468 (was $1,560).; Johnston Of Elgin Scarf, $108,; Raey Cashmere Dress, $457,; Legres Boots, $649,

Keep it classic with a cashmere dress and a perfect black coat—a touch of tartan turns it into a flawless holiday outfit.