Women’s Winter Style Guide: 30 Essentials You Should Own
A new season means a new wardrobe – that’s how the saying goes, right? While you may have a collection of pieces suited for winter wear, building what is essentially a capsule winter wardrobe will not only be beneficial in the long run, but it’ll take the guesswork out of trying to figure out how to dress for any occasion when it’s snowing, raining, or just too damn cold. From go-to sweater dresses and winter coats to cozy loungewear and layering pieces, here are 30 winter essentials that every woman should have in her closet.
1. French Connection Babysoft Mock Neck Sweater Dress
A long, body-hugging sweater dress, like the French Connection Babysoft Mock Neck Sweater Dress, is a winter wardrobe staple that’s equal parts comfort and style. This long sleeve midi dress comes in three colors – black, camel mel, and evening wine – and is easy to dress up or down. Throw on a long wool coat and a flat brim hat for a timeless look, or pair it with a denim jacket and a cashmere infinity scarf for a casual, cozy vibe.
2. Free People Skylar Jumpsuit
Okay, so the Free People Skylar Jumpsuit technically isn’t a dress, but it’s the perfect dressy piece for New Year’s Eve, a holiday party, or any other formal event that takes place in the colder months. Wear it with an oversized jacket and waterproof combat boots for the ultimate it-girl party look.
3. Revolve Leora Tunic Dress
Turtleneck dresses, like the Revolve Leora Tunic Dress, are the perfect way to stay cozy and cute all season long. The icy blue hue of this tunic dress is a welcome deviation from the standard neutral and dark colors typically worn during the winter, and it’s super-easy to style. Wear it with over-the-knee boots for a fun going out look, or pair with patterned tights, chunky booties, and a knee-length overcoat for brunch with the girls.
4. Burberry Check Cotton Poplin Tie-Waist Shirt Dress
The Burberry Check Cotton Poplin Tie-Waist Shirt Dress is a great addition to every designer label enthusiast’s closet and can serve as a transitional piece between seasons. Wear with tights, leather knee-high boots, and a wool beret for a fun twist on a classic style.
5. Topshop Knitted Collar Mini Dress
Sweater dresses will be your best friend during the colder months, and the Topshop Knitted Collar Mini Dress is guaranteed to be one of the most popular pieces in rotation in your winter wardrobe, thanks to its relaxed fit, chunky knit material, and neutral oat color.
6. Thom Browne Logo Patch Shirt
No matter what the season, you need to have a white button down in your closet, and the Thom Browne Logo Patch Shirt – which has the classic RWB stripe down the button placket – is the perfect way to add a little pop of color to an otherwise basic staple piece.
7. Athleta Foresthill Turtleneck
You can never have too many layering pieces, so stocking up on the Athleta Foresthill Turtleneck, which comes in seven different colors, is a great idea when building up your collection of winter essentials. These must-have long sleeve shirts are perfect for everyday wear and can be worn casually with jeans, joggers, or leggings, or underdresses to easily transition them from other seasons to winter.
8. Citizens of Humanity Scarlett Rib Henley
Comfortable garments are essentials in every wardrobe, and you’ll be living in the Citizens of Humanity Scarlett Rib Henley all season long. This must-have piece comes in five neutral hues and can be worn as a layering piece or on its own.
9. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
If you have to have just one pair of leggings in your winter wardrobe, the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are the pair to snag, thanks to their contoured Power Waistband, which will keep you comfortable while holding everything in. These leggings are also perfect for a night out when you want to stay warm and comfy, but want to add a little oomph to your outfit. Pair with an oversized faux fur coat and chunky booties and you’ve got yourself a perfect going outlook.
10. LuluLemon Scuba High-Rise Joggers
Loungewear is all about balance – you want to look cute but stay comfortable, even if you’re just on the couch watching Bridgerton for the fourth time – and that’s where the LuluLemon Scuba High-Rise Joggers come in. Available in seven colors and a wide range of sizes, these lightweight, breathable joggers are perfect for lazy days or running errands. Layer a pair of thin leggings underneath when it’s extra cold out, and throw on some boot socks and a turtleneck for the ultimate cozy lounge look.
11. Ralph Lauren Pleated Wool Twill High-Rise Pants
It can be hard to remember that you need some actual pieces that you can wear to work or other occasions or events where you can’t get away with leggings or sweatpants, so grabbing a pair of trousers, like the Ralph Lauren Pleated Wool Twill High-Rise Pants, is a great move. The relaxed, high-waisted fit and tapered leg are ultra-flattering, and the neutral gray color goes with pretty much everything.
12. Levi’s 70s High Rise Slim Straight Women’s Jeans
For those who still wear denim while we’re going into year three of a pandemic, I commend your bravery. While skinny jeans may or may not be in style anymore, depending on who you talk to, the Levi’s 70s High Rise Slim Straight Women’s Jeans are the perfect cut for those who are looking to branch out from their tried-and-true skinny fit and will also offer a little more comfort, thanks to the straight cut.
13. Frame X Ilona Hamer Jersey Hooded Sweatshirt
The power of a good, go-to hoodie should never be underestimated, and snagging in a piece like the Frame X Ilona Hamer Jersey Hooded Sweatshirt is an investment that you’ll thank yourself for years from now. Wear it with leggings or sweats for a classic athleisure look and throw on an oversized denim jacket, a beanie, and some high stop sneakers to finish off the casual but cool style.
14. Everlane Oversized Stroopwafel Turtleneck
Staple pieces like the Everlane Oversize Stroopwafel Turtleneck never go out of style, so investing in quality basics like this will save you in the long run. This baby comes in a whopping eight different colors, so you’ll find the perfect hue to add to your winter wardrobe.
15. Free People Say Anything Cardi
Cardigans are a must-have in every cold-weather wardrobe, and the Free People Say Anything Cardi, which has an oversized, slouchy fit with contrast detailing, can be dressed up or down no matter what the occasion, even if you’re just eating takeout and drinking boxed wine while binge-watching season two of Emily in Paris – which are coincidentally my weekend plans.
16. Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater
Cashmere anything just oozes luxury, and the Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater will not only keep you warm all winter long, but you will also no longer have to sneak into your partner’s closet and steal their sweater for a cool, slouchy, oversized look.
17. Patagonia Silent Down Jacket
If you live in a climate in which the temperature regularly dips below freezing, a puffer jacket, like the Patagonia Silent Down Jacket, is an absolute must-have. Featuring a protective stand-up collar, water-resistant finish, and lofty recycled 700-fill power down, you’ll stay warm and dry no matter what kind of weather you encounter.
18. SANDRO Panelled Shearling Coat
While cold weather may not be a favorite for most, it is an opportunity to show off statement jackets, like the SANDRO Panelled Shearling Coat, which will make you look like you just nailed your audition for season three of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. The block color detailing and shearling material of this jacket make for a funky and interesting design, and thanks to the neutral color pattern, this coat can be worn with pretty much anything.
19. Athleta Downtown Vest
For days where a full-on puffer jacket or a long coat is just a little too hot and stuffy, a long puffer vest like the Athleta Downtown Vest is great to have on hand. Throw it on over a turtleneck and a pair of fleece-lined leggings, and finish off your sporty winter look with a beanie and some snow boots.
20. ALLSAINTS Bree Wool Blend Coat
If you’re going to have just one fancy winter coat in your closet, the ALLSAINTS Bree Wool Blend Coat is the one to have. This full-length coat can be worn open for a more relaxed look, or belted for a classic trench coat silhouette that’s both timeless and classy.
21. Hunter Original Chelsea Boots
Hunter is a well-respected shoe brand that’s been around for decades, which is why the Hunter Original Chelsea Boots are not just a must-have, but a must-need item in every woman’s winter wardrobe. These babies will keep your feet dry in the wettest weather, and come in a large variety of colors so you’ll most definitely find the right style for your aesthetic.
22. Everlane The Glove Boots
Everlane’s The Glove Boots are not only comfortable and stylish but can be worn throughout the year if you style them correctly. For winter, wear them with anything from jeans, trousers, or faux leather leggings to any length dress with tights, and throw on a wide brim hat for a little hint of bohemian flair.
23. Stuart Weitzman City Knee High Boot
Knee-high boots will be your best friend in the colder months, especially when you need to dress up and keep warm. Pair with a sweater dress and full-length coat for the ultimate cold weather party look.
24. Sorel Explorer II Joan Felt WP Boots
Everyone needs at least one pair of all-weather boots to rely on in the winter, and the Sorel Explorer II Joan Felt WP Boots are the boots of the season. These boots are waterproof, feature a microfleece lining to keep your feet extra warm, and have a rubber outsole so you won’t be slipping and sliding all over the place when it’s snoring or a little icy.
25. Allbirds Wool Runner-Up Mizzles
The Allbirds Wool Runner-Up Mizzles are perfect for a multitude of activities for any season, like running errands, doing work around the house, and of course, working out. Made from renewable materials, these shoes are lightweight, flexible, and machine washable, and will keep you comfy all day long.
26. Gucci Wool Bobble Hat
The Gucci Wool Bobble hat, which is crafted in Italy from wool and features a classic cuff and pom pom, is an easy way to add a bit of luxury to a winter wardrobe. Wear it on your commute, while running errands, to lunch with friends, or just around the house – no matter how you style it, you’ll look like a million bucks.
27. Banana Republic Cashmere Scarf & Glove Set
There’s no arguing that winter weather calls for go-to accessories that’ll keep you looking stylish while staying warm, and the Banana Republic Cashmere Scarf & Glove Set will do just that. The neutral color means the set will pair well with anything, and the cashmere will feel cozy and luxe.
28. Shinola Sibley Large Satchel
You can never have a bag that’s too big, and that’s just a fact. The Shinola Sibley Large Satchel is not only the perfect winter bag, it’s the perfect year round bag and a great investment that’ll just get better over time. Use it as a work bag, a purse, or even an overnight bag for a quick business trip.
29. GENTLE MONSTER Slo BRC1 Sunglasses
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it doesn’t get sunny, so grab a pair of sunglasses like the GENTLE MONSTER Slo BRC1 Sunglasses, which feature 99% UV-protected lenses, a round frame, and come in four different colors.
30. Canada Goose Twist Ear Warmer
By now you probably have a good collection of hats going, but you shouldn’t sleep on ear warmers, like the Canada Goose Twist Ear Warmer, which is perfect for those who want to wear their hair up and out of their face but keep their ears warm.
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