Bold red with yellow plaid. Florals paired with stripes. Chunky shoes in black and white. The individual elements of winter’s outfits may seem simple, but the calculus of finding the right stylistic balance requires an artistic eye. Mixing patterns? Do it in the same hues. Want to wear an especially busy top? Keep the bottom element clean. But always learn to have fun with the A+ offerings this fashion season.

Tartan Plaid

Plaid blouse, $40, zara.com
Red pants, $50, zara.com
Marni oxfords, $710, similar style at marni.com
Vintage steelcase desk, $500, studiobstyle.com
Pair of chairs, $300, studiobstyle.com

Candy Striper

Balenciaga blouse, $1,250, totokaelo.com
Floral Dolce & Gabbana pants, $500, tjmaxx.com
Tweed hat, $38, freepeople.com
White earrings, $48, freepeople.com

Racing Stripe

Veronica Beard blouse, $105, nordstromrack.com
Earrings, $10, nordstromrack.com
Derek Lam shoes, $220, nordstromrack.com
Stripe pants, $40, zara.com
Lucite eyewear, similar from $279 at seeeyewear.com

Houndstooth

Floral blouse, $30, target.com
Blue backpack, $12, target.com
Houndstooth pant, $78, freepeople.com
Phillip Lim shoes, $190, nordstromrack.com
Turquoise earrings, $12, nordstromrack.com

Chrysanthemum

Floral blouse, $40, zara.com
Ruffled pant, $17, tjmaxx.com
Ted Baker scarf, $125, nordstrom.com
Earrings, $10, nordstromrack.com