As the weather cools, you’ll need to start thinking about changing your outfits to suit the changing temperature while making sure you still stay stylish. What are the 2021 winter essentials you would like to have in your closet this year?
You’ll find mine below. Let me know if you agree with my list of winter clothes – or if there’s anything you would add.
Casual winter wear
I’ve concentrated on casual clothes for winter when putting together the following winter essentials.
You may also want to take a look at this article on 33 wardrobe essentials to see you through the year.
Now, onto your cozy, casual, winter essentials…
1. A cozy sweater
It goes without saying that a warm sweater is one of the first items of clothing you will want to think about when putting together your winter essentials for the upcoming season.
Think about what style suits your body shape. For instance, do you find v-necks or crewnecks more flattering? You could choose to add an element of luxury to your closet by choosing a cashmere sweater, or you could use your sweater to add color to your look.
2. A long cardigan
A long cardigan is a great addition to your closet for many reasons. If the weather isn’t quite cold enough for a coat, you could wear a sweater instead. A long cardigan also creates long, lean lines so can be a good choice if you want to hide a belly or you want to look taller and slimmer.
The cardigan (below) is very long so could double as a coat, depending on whether you’re expecting rain.
3. A long sleeved top for layering
A lightweight long-sleeved top is incredibly useful for wearing as a warm layer under your other clothing.
4. A turtleneck
You can wear your turtleneck alone, with your jeans, pants or skirts. Or, you could layer under your summer dresses to make sure you can wear them as the temperature dips.
5. A casual shirt
A shirt, whether you choose white, checked or striped can be worn under your sweaters for added interest and warmth. Or, you could always wear as outerwear over your t-shirt or dress.
Abi @stealmystyle40 above chooses a casual look with her shirt and skinny jeans. If it’s chilly where you are, you could always add a sweater.
6. A leather jacket
A shorter jacket is a useful closet staple, particularly for transitional weather. You can create interesting layers with a moto jacket by wearing longer layers underneath. Or, wear over your summer dresses so you can continue wearing them when the weather cools down.
7. A long warm coat
Of course, you’ll want to either shop your closet for your winter coat, or treat yourself to a stylish new one to make sure you stay warm.
The De La Creme winter coat (below) comes in a similar camel shade, or you could add a pop of color with the red option. Reviewers say it is amazing quality and looks more expensive than it is.
Take a look at how to choose a coat for more inspiration.
8. A warm casual coat
As well as a long winter coat and a short winter coat, you may decide you would like a warm casual style, for winter walks and lazy days. The puffer coat (below) nips in at the waist to give you some shape as well as having a warm layer of insulation.
An on-trend option for you this year, the shacket, or shirt-jacket hybrid will update your existing outfits.
10. Warm winter leggings
Leggings are a good addition to your winter closet. You can wear them with a long shirt or sweater. Or you can wear under dresses for extra warmth. Choose a warm, fleece-lined pair of leggings to stay cozy.
11. A pair of winter pants
A pair of winter pants can be perfect to wear with your sweaters. Choose a versatile black pair or opt for an interesting pattern.
12. A great pair of jeans
Jeans are a closet staple, no matter what time of year it is. If it’s really cold, you can always wear your leggings underneath.
If you choose a skinny pair, you can wear knee-length booties over them.
13. A leather skirt
Winter can be a great time to play around with different fabrics and textures. A leather skirt (or a pair of leather pants if you prefer) will look great with a blouse or sweater.
14. A sweater dress
Your sweater doesn’t have to be waist-length. You can wear a sweater dress if you prefer dresses to jeans and pants. You can wear your leggings and a pair of booties with it.
Pysche @economyofstyle above wears her sweater dress with chunky boots and a colorful scarf. You could also choose a longer style if you aren’t so comfortable showing off your legs.
15. A warm hat
It’s a well-known fact that heat escapes from your head in cold weather. A hat can add an extra element to your outfit as well as keeping you warm.
16. A scarf
A scarf adds warmth and can also tie in the different colors in your outfit or add a pop of different color. Maudie @my_silver_years above keeps her look neutral and adds interest with the pattern on her scarf.
17. Base layers
In cold temperatures, it’s impossible to stay truly warm unless you layer properly. Opt for a camisole, vest or long-sleeves base layer under your outfit.
18. A pair of gloves
As the weather cools, choose a pair of gloves that will keep your hands well-dressed and warm. Either add a pop of bright color, or choose neutrals.
19. Warm tights
They fulfill many of the same functions as a good pair of leggings, but you may prefer to add tights to your wardrobe if you like to keep your feet covered rather than have to wear a pair of socks.
You could opt for black, or perhaps add a different wintery color such as navy or burgundy.
Suzie @suzie.richetti above shows you can still wear your white jeans when the weather gets colder by adding a pair of booties.
A pair of short booties are very versatile. You can wear your booties with your skirts, dresses, jeans or pants.
21. Tall boots
As well as ankle booties, you may wish to add a pair of knee high, or over-the-knee booties. You can wear over your skinny jeans or with your dresses and skirts.
Eileen @eileenternullo above matches her long boots to her jacket.
The Dream Pairs boots (below) have 4,000+ largely positive reviews from women who say they are warm, well-made and amazing boots for the money.
22. A crossbody
As well as your clothes and shoes, you’ll want to add some accessories to your closet. A crossbody is a good match for a casual winter capsule.
23. A tote
If you want to fit more in than you can in a crossbody, you could choose a tote to take all of your daily essentials with you.
2021 winter essentials capsule wardrobe
Now that you’ve looked at all the individual essentials you might think about for winter, how will you put them together? Take a look below at 9 outfit ideas.
You can see you could easily change the tops, bottoms and coats around to get many different looks.
- How To Create The Perfect Winter Capsule Wardrobe To Keep You Cozy And Chic In Colder Weather
- The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You
- The Best Winter Coats For Women This Season And How To Choose A Coat
What are your own winter essentials? I’d love to hear what your favorite closet staples are during the winter months.
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Feature image Pysche @economyofstyle
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