The spring semester signals the end of break, but not winter and the start of classes. It is a time of getting back on that academic grind and reuniting with friends. Yet, it can already get daunting to try to look good when it’s freezing cold outside. Don’t let the cold hands of winter snatch you of your fashion sense! We’re susceptible to wear our pajamas or sweats topped off with UGGs, but being burrowed under coats doesn’t seem like the ideal way to start a fresh semester. However, this Fashionista is not letting her homework load and the cold lure her into wearing sweatpants and hoodies.

Simplicity is key for a guaranteed chic comfortability. Her classic pairing of black skinny jeans and booties is juxtaposed with an oversized oatmeal colored sweater. Since she is surrounded by snow, this Fashionista wore her fur-lined, black puffer jacket that enhances the neutral tones in her outfit while streamlining her black elements But under that coat, she has a back cutout that shows a little skin and a black lacy bralette, the perfect element of surprise. She topped off her look with a darker neutral colored scarf. Pro tip: she doubles her scarf as a blanket when she gets cold studying! This look is well balanced with its edgy blacks and neutrals. Her variation in texture—denim, leather, knits, lace—is what elevates her outfit from boring to chic.

This Fashionista’s outfit is appropriate for any day events and excursions one might come across, whether it’s plowing through back-to-back classes or grabbing lunch with your friends at your favorite cafe.

One Simple Change: Planning to head to a girl’s night out? Grab your trusty (warm!) leather jacket and replace your backpack with a sleek side bag or clutch for a quick transition from class to the restaurant.