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 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 28 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.
Kim (above) chooses a bright red sweater which looks fabulous with her red hair.
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.
Fonda (above) opts for a long black cardigan with her leather-look pants and leopard print booties.
The drape cardigan (below) from Amazon is available in 22 different colors and has good reviews, with women saying they bought several cardigans in several shades.
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.
Julia (above) wears her long-sleeved top under her poncho.
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.
Suzie (above) wears her turtleneck with utility pants and buckle booties.
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.
Nagore (above) creates a classic, casual look with her white shirt and v-neck vest top.
6. 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.
Take a look at how to choose a coat for more inspiration.
7. A leather jacket
A shorter jacket is also a useful closet staple, particularly for transitional weather. You can create interesting layers with a moto jacket by wearing longer layers underneath.
Cassie (above) wears her moto jacket with a long maxi skirt.
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.
Lou (above) wears her long puffer coat with her athletic outfit.
9. 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.
Deborah (above) wears her leggings with a warm sweater and calf-length booties.
10. 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.
Melissa (above) wears her jeans with a casual outfit of a sweather, parka and sneakers.
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 on-trend plaid.
Fee (above) wears her winter pants with a cowl neck sweater.
12. 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.
Tanasha (above) wears over-the-knee booties and a stylish hat with her sweater dress.
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.
Nikki (above) wears an animal print blouse with her leather skirt.
14. 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.
Sally (above) opts for a casual look in olive green.
15. A scarf
A scarf can add instant style to any outfit, it can help to pull the colors in your outfit together, and – of course – can keep your neck warm.
Hailey matches her blue and green scarf to her sweater and jeans.
16. 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.
Patricia (above) opts for tan gloves with her warm, winter outfit.
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.
Oxana (above) layers her top, cardigan and coat.
18. 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.
Melinda (above) wears her tights with her leopard print skirt and booties.
A pair of short booties are very versatile. You can wear your booties with your skirts, dresses, jeans or pants.
Marina (above) keeps her outfit neutral with a pair of tan booties with a camel coat and check scarf.
20. 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.
Shanna (above) wears her beige ankle boots over her jeans.
21. 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.
22. 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.
Sarah (above) chooses a classic tote with her check blazer and leather-look leggings.
Here’s how you can put them all together into one winter essentials capsule
- 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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