This winter we aren’t accepting any excuses when it comes to fashion. Sure, you’ll be donning oversized quilted jackets and pom-pom knit hats to weather the cold, but lucky for us, this season is all about layering and mixing textures and patterns – which means, when the jacket comes off, your outfit should heat things up.

Oversized, chunky sweaters are not only comfortable, but a necessity this winter. Pair a chunky knit with a mini-skirt and black tights, making it immediately more feminine, and appropriate for either work or a night out with your girlfriends. Want to go more casual? Add a button down (either solid, printed or plaid – the options are endless!) under an oversized sweater, throw on a pair of jeans and over the knee boots and you’ve got yourself a look that epitomizes classic, comfy chic.

Mixing textures and patterns is a must this winter, so start to experiment with the pieces you already have in your closet. A flannel, leather leggings and cheetah print pumps – does it get any easier than that? The answer is no. Want to mix it up a little more? For a look with more of an edge, try pairing a casual textured sweater or sweatshirt, floral shorts, tights and heeled boots. If you’re not feeling the heels, rock a pair of biker boots.

This winter the options are endless, making it the unexpected season to try new things and step up your fashion game.