As we enter the peak of winter, it is time to consider our wardrobes. The coldest months of the year are here and it is imperative to be prepared. Without the winter essentials in your wardrobe, the cold days might be difficult (style-wise and physical temperature-wise) to navigate. Especially take into consideration your own personal lifestyle needs and what your day-to-day looks like. This is a list of must-haves for this winter season.
1) Long, hooded, puffer coat – Going outside, even just for the walk to your car, warrants a cozy coat. One that is long to cover more body area and hooded to protect against rain, snow, or any weather in between.
2) Wool coat – A timeless piece to get your through the cold winter weather. It can be worn for a casual day, or dressed up for a night on the town.
3) Snow boots – Walking through snow is not fun if your boots are not waterproof, thick enough, or warm. Find a pair that are comfortable, protective, and as stylish as possible. Finding cute boot socks are another way to stylize your snow boots.
4) Boots – Besides snow boots, it is important to have a few different styles of other types of boots. Weatherproof ankle, calf, knee, and above-knee boots (particularly leather) are great ways to be fashionable, while protection your feet and legs (especially if you got for the knee and above-knee boots). Pair them with cozy socks or leg warmers and you’ve got an extra layer of stylish protection. Plus, many boots can be dressed up or down, providing multi-usage.
5) Lined leggings – Feeling the cold air pass through my pants or leggings is the worst. Fleece lined leggings specifically are an amazing way to fight the cold air and protect both your temperature and your style.
6) Vest – These are great for days when your sweater or sweatshirt is too chunky for your winter coat, or when your shirt is so thin that you need an extra layer for braving the weather. Vests are versatile for layering and are great in the fall, too, so they are not single season item.
7) Scarf – Covering your neck is one way to ward off sickness. Scarves are practical, as well as stylish, so they are a two-for-one deal! While blanket scarves are on their way out, traditional scarves are here to stay. Regardless, whatever your favorite scarf is, you really cannot go wrong. A scarf is one of the best fashion additions of the winter wardrobe so have at least one you love and can pair with many outfits.
8) Hat – Did you know that 10-30% of our body heat escapes from your head if uncovered? Even wearing a thin beanie can help. However, it is probably safer to find a nice thick, knit hat to cover your ears, as well as your head.
9) Gloves – If you are outside often during the day, gloves are a staple. From waiting for the bus to walking the dog, gloves can protect the hands from the wet and cold weather.
10) Turtleneck – One turtleneck can go a long way. They can be layered under thinner sweaters, shirts, and dresses, or be a stand along shirt accented with a scarf or chunky necklace. They protect the neck and chest, which is great for preventing colds, while being trendy at the same time.
11) Layering tee – Great way to add layers in order to be prepared for all situations, as well as keep your wool and cashmere sweaters cleaner, longer. A layering tee can also be helpful for those super cute short-sleeve sweater dresses in your closet on a day that short sleeves just won’t cut it.
This list covers several essentials for getting through the coldest months of the year. With these plus whatever your favorite articles of clothing are, you should be all set! Don’t forget to factor in items that might be pertinent to your daily routine and lifestyle.