A warm black wool coat is a staple in most of our winter wardrobes. Problem is, the basic black can get boring very, very fast.

To keep your winter wardrobe fresh and stylish this winter, check out our tips for styling this classic piece…

1. Go for long
Don't be afraid to choose a maxi-length coat that's a little bit out of your comfort zone. A calf length coat – or even longer – will never date and will look equally elegant with jeans as it does with a gorgeous dress. Kim Kardashian manages to look the picture of style even in ripped jeans and a white tee:

2. Make a statement
If your coat can't do the talking, get noticed with a bold scarf. A luscious knitted circle scarf or a printed silk one will both look equally good with your basic black number – Blake Lively has the right idea:

3. Faux fur FTW
A faux fur collar adds a touch of luxury to your black coat. This street style queen went for a matching black version, but other neutral tones would work just as well:

4. Toe the line
Vividly coloured footwear is the perfect complement to a muted black coat – go for a bright suede ankle boot or killer heels like Miranda Kerr:

5. In the bag
A statement handbag, even if it's in the same colour palette, will add instant style to your look. A structured bag like this one is the perfect match for oversized outerwear:

6. Fit in
A well-tailored coat looks incredible all by itself – Olivia Palermo is the picture of winter elegance in this fitted number:

7. Two-tone
Contrast leather details like sleeves or collars add an edgy, high-fashion touch to your cold weather wardrobe. To really jazz things up, mix up the colour palette too – we love this maroon and black coat:

8. Keep things muted
An all over black and grey outfit might seem dull, but it is a great classic look that will make you look effortlessly stylish. Denim, leather and wool in different muted tones all combine to make this fashion blogger look as if she's just stepped off the catwalk: