Whether you’re heading to class in a blizzard or not, sometimes getting dressed for class can be a struggle. Cold weather makes us hide under our covers and wish for warmer days. For a warm and comfortable look, look no further than this Fashionista for inspiration and direction on how to look put together at your 8:00 a.m. class.

The key to this look is focusing on the look, versus the pieces that make it up. Sure, leggings aren’t appropriate and frowned upon, but it’s about the right sweater length and pairing that matters. Start off with a great quality pair of leggings. When looking for some, focus on warmth and thickness like these fleece-lined leggings. A sweater dress provides the right length to stay warm and make leggings appropriate to connect with professors. You can choose a body conscious or shift sweater dress depending on the silhouette you desire. This Fashionista’s houndstooth coat mirrors the simple silhouettes on both the runway and streets while providing proper warmth this winter.

Finish off your class look with a tote bag that feels more like a grown-up’s bag than your canvas tote or even backpack. No need to change bags to go with your look as this two-toned tote which makes it easy to pair with any look you’re taking to class. Accessorize with stacked rings. Don’t fear this trend, there is no right or wrong way to stack your rings. Mix metals, stones and sizes for your one-of-a-kind look.

Finally, don’t forget to choose the right shoe. In the cold winter months, it’s less about style in season and more about the shoe that will get you through the snow. Snow boots have come a long way, meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice your style for safety. These short boots are lined and the sole will get you to and fro without falling. Choose a boot with rubber on the bottom to avoid damage from salt and snow.

One Simple Change: Head to date night by leaving your tote at home and going for a cross-body satchel to hold your essentials.