A little background info about me that might make put this story into better context is that, while I now live here, I’m not originally from New York. In fact, ironically, I’m from L.A.—where the warmest thing in one’s closet is a sweater or perhaps a leather jacket. I actually didn’t even own a proper coat until I moved here. But now, here I am with a closet (or two) full of them. Oh, and I’m obsessed with jeans. That’s also noteworthy, as it’s the other half of this article’s premise.

So what now? Naturally, I’ve bridged these two fun facts and rounded up my favorite easy jean outfits that make dressing for freezing NYC winters a lot easier. From a cool way to wear a puffer to the one type of coat you could literally pair with anything and still look good, keep scrolling to see and shop all seven of the looks.

Fun fact: A leather trench coat is actually the solution to all your winter dressing woes.

When I have to wear a puffer—think snow days and such—this is my go-to look. The best part is that it’s also the easiest way to style the staple.

Coated jeans (or leather pants) give your outfit a slightly more polished look while still feeling laid-back. I love how they look with chunky boots and a fuzzy cropped jacket.

When in doubt, find a color scheme and stick to it. I love the way this blue coat looks with blue jeans and a blue bag. Of course, white tees and black boots are always welcome, too. 

Sometimes, you can just let your coat do the talking—especially when it’s a chic and flattering belted style that basically covers everything but your boots. 

On milder days like we had this past week, I like to layer a sweater (or two) under a black blazer and pairing it with jeans and lace-up boots. 

Last but not least, an animal-print coat is my secret weapon on lazy days. Since it steals all the attention anyway, it really doesn’t matter what you pair it with (but jeans and boots always work).

Next, every winter trend and basic you need, all under $100.