Fourteen Winter Wardrobe Staples
I thought I would share the staple items I have to have in my wardrobe every winter. I mix them up each season with new on-trend colours, patterns and little tweaks, but they’re called classics for a reason.
Ankle boots are my favourite winter shoe. They’re just such a classic. There are so many variations on it, heeled, flat, with cutouts, elastic, buckles, all kinds of things. Edgy or chic too, so you can really find one that suits your outfit for that day or night.
Probably the most know staple ever, but the jean is one that there isn’t a chance of me sporting in the heat of summer. Black, denim, patterned, ripped, boyfriend, straight, skinny, whatever. You can make them work for almost any outfit or occasion. They’re so easy to pair with any top or jumper too.
A parka is a classic jacket alternative. It’s not a thick coat, but it’s enough to keep the wind and cold out. A slightly waterproof one is also really good. They look great paired with any pants or leggings and some thick boots. Loads of stores do them at the moment, in loads of colours with all kinds of detailing to suit your personal style.
A jumper or sweater is the most comfy addition to any outfit in my opinion. I love to throw one on with every outfit. Pair with any dress, skirt, pants and shorts. My favourite winter outfit is any pants and a sweater. You can dress it up or down with accessories.
Flats are basically all I can wear all day long. And although I love Vans and Converse, they’re usually too casual. Since I can’t handle a platform heel to work or anywhere I’m walking far, I’ll pair my outfit with a ballet flat.
I think a classic fit tee is one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. Wear with a pair of black trousers, jeans, a skirt, the blazer or cardigan. I’m loving outfits with other statement pieces and a tee to balance them out. That’s why I have so many variations in my closet.
The year round staple, but a little less little. A black dress can be worn with any shoe, any jacket or cardigan to suit pretty much any occasion. One classic black dress can change your whole wardrobe. The best thing is that you can get whatever shape suits your body best. I tend to wear tights under mine on cool days and throw a cardi, or jacket over for going outside.
Walking from the car to work in the morning can be so cold so I love to have that one coat that I wear out of the house all the time. I find since they’re so pricey that it’s best to have one classic one that goes with basically every outfit.
A great cardi thrown over your shoulders, with a blouse and skirt or little black dress is an easy outfit to throw together when you’ve stayed in the warmth of bed too long. A slouchy grandpa sweater is a super comfy addition on a cool night to the outfit you’ve sported all day too. These are one of my favourite pieces because when I’m in the air-conditioned office, I need it, but when I go outside and it’s warm it’s so easy to take off and throw in my bag or over my arm.
We can wear black jeans and pants at work, but no denim, so these are an everyday item for me. Wear to work any day with a blouse or glam tee and flats or heels on the weekend. The thing about these is you can wear them normally or cropped and rolled up, depending on the shoe.
You can mix and match a skirt with any top to make even more outfits. It’s too cold for a mini but a midi skirt can be paired with just about anything. Plus it’s not floor length so it won’t get wet if it’s been raining. I would probably wear one every day if I owned more.
I like to have heels at home for special occasions. But when I wear them, I tend to be sitting most of the time. Not everyone has this problem though. I know girls who wear them every day. But some occasions you just need them for that extra glam. I’m very fond of the jelly inserts. You can basically have every type of heel under the sun, strappy, wedge, bedazzled, whatever suits your look.
I love wearing blouses on any day, work or weekend. To be honest, that fabric also hides some bumps I’d normally be body conscious of because it just flows over the top without clinging. Plain, coloured, long-sleeved, short sleeved, sleeveless. I’m quite keen on any kind. I love contrasting a blouse with a pair of rugged pants, or a pleather skirt.
I love using a blazer to dress up any outfit, even if it’s ripped jeans and a white tee. It works wonders. Either a plain black or a coloured or patterned one, either can work for your wardrobe and you can style it whichever way suits your personal style.
What’s your favourite style staples for the colder months?
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