Cold-weather outerwear that doesn't forget style

Cold-weather outerwear that doesn't forget style

There's something that happens when the temperature dips that makes putting together a chic ensemble just a little intimidating. But looking hot when it's cold (OK, freezing) doesn't need to be such an undertaking. We checked in with stores across town for the latest advice-and outfit options-for looking as great in January as you do in June.

MEN'S

1. Ibiza's reversible wool and faux-suede vest meets several needs: It has texture, it's ideal for layering and, since it's two vests in one, it's a fun piece you can wear often-without anyone being the wiser. $295, godfrys.com

2. Utility boots from Los Angeles-based Comune feature recycled-tire soles for a modern take on a timeless wardrobe staple. They're also perfect for trudging through Columbus' inevitable post-snow sludge. $215, clothingbrigade.com

3. "This can be worn like an outerwear piece but can also be a blazer," says Larry Robertson, manager of Brigade in the Short North, of this tweed Marshall Artist hunting-style jacket. "And it comes across as a little British and classy." Bonus: Texture is big for winter 2014. $298, clothingbrigade.com

4. At Godfry's, it's all about the accessories and the "little things" that result in turning clothes into an outfit. This super-soft, silk two-toned scarf from Chelsey by Joseph is more than just a warm addition-it's a statement piece, says president and owner Heinz Ellrod. $95, godfrys.com

WOMEN'S

5. Substance, located in the Short North, carries several pieces from eco-friendly apparel line Indigenous. This boiled Alpaca wool coat has been a best seller for years, says store manager Maggie Etter, for its "green" appeal, gorgeous hue and last-forever quality. $380, shopsubstance.com

6. Thread on Grandview's Amber Kuehn loves this Hoss Intropia poncho for its versatility-the thick-knit sweater-meets-cape stands alone, but it's also a great extra-layer option when you're on the go. It's shown here with a silky Equipment blouse ($204), a modern take on the classic white shirt. $268, shopthreadonline.com

7. Black Orchid Denim's motorcycle leggings are a sophisticated option for the woman who wants comfort-without looking like she just came from the gym. Kuehn suggests pairing this slim-fit pair with a chunky knit sweater. $174, shopthreadonline.com