The Best Outdoor Winter Travel Outfits For Women

Puffer Jacket
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Winter is a great time for traveling. Although the weather is colder, there are fewer crowds and all destinations have an entirely new perspective. From skiing to Christmas markets, there is something to suit everyone’s interests. Also, this is the time to look glamorous and colorful as cooler months arrive. Here’s a guide to some of the best winter outfits for women.

A Stylish Hat

When you visit a cold destination, always bring a warm hat with you. Heat can be lost from your head really quickly when the temperature drops. However, a warm hat will not only protect you from the weather but it can look stylish too. Used to compliment a jacket or coat, hats are the perfect accessory to add the finishing touch to a winter outfit. Also, fabrics using faux fur or tweed are great examples of hats that can be worn with style, especially on city breaks.

A Puffer Jacket

Puffer Jacket
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One of the most practical clothing for traveling in the winter is a smart puffer jacket. These accessorize well with trousers and are ideal for sightseeing or walks. Many are lightweight, so they compact easily into baggage. Also, these jackets work well on a weekend in the country as well as while on a tour. You can choose from a longline style or one in a bright color.

If you are planning to travel to a country with sub-zero temperatures and will be doing winter sporting activities, you will need to use a down jacket. Down jackets are significantly more effective at insulating you from the cold.


Winter Boots
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When it comes to winter travel, combining chic style with practicality is vital. A good pair of leather boots with low heels is ideal for walking around cities, keeping warm on icy days, and even going out to dinner. Boots can be dressed up or down. It can also be combined with several travel outfits for different occasions. Wear them with a skirt or dress for a more formal event and use them with trousers for sightseeing. Ankle boots are another popular winter travel item and can be paired with jeans and trousers for your journey. However, if you are traveling, do take a pair of leather waterproof boots and wear them with thick socks. Not only will they keep you warm but will prevent you from getting wet feet if the weather is rainy or snowing.

Smart Trousers

A pair of well-cut trousers look good on winter city breaks and will pair with an elegant blouse or jacket for business wear. Don’t forget to mix and match sweaters and shirts with these trousers so you get several outfits from a few items on the road. These trousers will keep you warm on a cold day and are ideal for winter travel.

Layering Works in Winter

Layering Winter Clothes
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When you plan your travel outfits, think about layering with clothes. It is easy to be outdoors on a cold day before heading inside to a centrally heated store or restaurant. By layering your clothes, you can remove an outer layer like a sweater and still have a beautiful blouse on underneath. That way, you won’t overheat, and you’ll be prepared for changes in temperatures when you go back outside.

Winter Walking Trousers

Travelers who like to do winter hikes should find a pair of walking trousers that are lined ideally for being outdoors. The fabric in outdoor clothing enables the wicking of sweat, which avoids the person from getting cold and wet. Also, these types of trousers work well for sightseeing in cities. This then makes them a practical item of clothing for winter travel. One of their perks is that they tend to come with several pockets perfect for loose change.


Some places get lots of rain during the winter. Be prepared for both heavy and light showers by packing a waterproof raincoat. This will protect you when outdoors sightseeing or exploring an area. Some raincoats are very lightweight and can be easily packed away in a rucksack. You can also layer a light raincoat with a heavier jacket. Using an umbrella will keep the rain off your rucksack when traveling. The new look for trench raincoats are designs that have a fleece lining. These will keep you warm on the inside and dry on the outside, making them another great choice for a winter travel outfit.

Fleece Leggings

Black fleece leggings are also comfortable for traveling and they look good with a shirt or sweater. They just pull on and make you look stylish whether you are enjoying a coffee or meeting friends. They are virtually crease-proof, so it’s a really practical item to pack for winter traveling. Another top reason for having fleece leggings in your winter traveling wardrobe is that many designs have a microfleece fabric that looks like a sweatpant. However, it is actually quite fashionable when worn with a blouse or tunic. Thick denier opaque tights are another travel essential. They look great with boots and will keep you warm on a cold day. You can also wear some of these tights as leggings. You can also use them as a layer under trousers when it is a freezing cold day.

Various Examples of Winter Outfits
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Loafer Shoes

A pair of flat loafer style shoes is one of the best items in outdoor outfits for women when traveling in winter. They work well with trousers or a skirt. Also, they are practical for getting around a city, traveling, and even business meetings. Sneakers are great for a casual winter break and are ideal for sightseeing. Choose your footwear wisely when traveling to ensure you have the correct shoes for the amount of walking you are doing. However, do try to minimize on items in your backpack. As with the boots, do ensure all your winter footwear is waterproof as you don’t need frozen, wet feet when traveling.

Warm Gloves

You can never have too many pairs of gloves, but just one pair will see you through vacation traveling. In winter, they are essential on cold days to avoid your hands getting sore from the wind and cooler temperatures. Gloves accessorize well with most travel outfits and are a must when traveling in the winter months. If you are planning a lot of winter walking or other sports such as snowmobiling, there are gloves with built-in heating insulation for extreme weather. A scarf is another great accessory that can smarten an outfit in an instant, but also keep you warm on a cold winter day. Pashminas are ideal and are lightweight, making them easy to pack. They can wrap around you on a cold plane and warm you up in an instant.

Matching Colors

If you want to minimize packing and still look great when traveling in winter, go for a single-color look. Take the same color of trouser and top in a dark shade and you can accessorize with a scarf or jacket in a contrasting color to look instantly glamorous. Use an oversized sweater to bring the outfit together or to layer when traveling. A nice piece of jewelry also works well with single color outfits. This is a comfortable outfit for travel but it’s also very smart looking.

An Oversized Coat Or Cape

A warm winter coat is a practical travel outfit and looks great when walking around town or in the countryside. These coats work well with trousers or a dress outfit. They can also streamline your appearance. If you want your coat to stand out, then team it with jeans and a neutral top. Another practical use of this type of coat is as a blanket, so they can be used on cold trains or planes. It’s great to be able to snuggle into a warm winter coat when the weather turns cold and you are traveling. 

Winter Coat
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Capes are also on-trend and are a practical travel item and winter outfit. These are stylish and come in a variety of designs, making a practical alternative to the winter coat. There are several on-trend designs this winter including tweed, checked patterns, and citrus colors.

Go Boho

Winter is the ideal time to dress in warm, vibrant colors. A long velvety boho style skirt is a great alternative to trousers when traveling and can be dressed up for evenings, worn with a top and coat for sightseeing, and looks different to the standard winter dress style. Dress up with a blouse and jewelry for an evening dinner or a visit to the theatre. Do coordinate your colors so that everything mixes and matches as winter wear is generally heavier in a suitcase than summer wear.

Bags & Sunnies

A classic handbag is a finishing touch to a winter travel outfit. When traveling in the colder months, you do need to think practical. You need to stay waterproof as you are more likely to encounter wet and windy weather. A classic crossbody bag or rucksack style is ideal for the winter. It keeps your hands free but will also keep items dry. Don’t forget to accessorize with a pair of sunglasses in the winter sunshine, especially if you are in snowy conditions. They will protect your eyes from the sun but it will also give that extra glamorous feel to your travel outfit.


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