I love winter fashion. It’s comfortable, easy, and hides all the weight I inevitably gain over the holiday season. The start of every good winter wardrobe is in the basics, so while none of these items are particularly ground-breaking or awe-inspiring, I think they’re the perfect way to begin putting together a killer winter outfit. It can be really easy to fall into a yoga-pants-and-tee-shirt routine everyday, and while I definitely am guilty of that on lazy days, I think a great way to beat the winter slump is to look good, because you’ll likely feel good in return.
Aside from the obvious warm winter coat and winter boots, here’s a list of what I think are staple items to have to start creating stylish but comfortable outfits this winter!
I feel like the classic camel coat will never go out of style, especially as part of a winter wardrobe. Its rigid structure provides an outfit with a bit of added formality, even when paired over a simple t-shirt and jeans. Not only is the structure a good characteristic, but the color is such a great option to pop into an outfit when winter, since winter attire tends to stay in the cool-toned color lane.
The one pictured is from Topshop. I recently got during their Black Friday sale, and it’s such a great addition to my closet #noragrets
While black leggings are obviously a winter wardrobe staple, black jeans elevate your outfit into something a little less casual and definitely look more thought-out, not to mention they’re a good base for pretty much any other items you want to pair them with.
My favorites, pictured, are from Zara, similar to these. They’re high-waisted, stretchy and comfortable but still provide enough structure to keep it looking flattering.
My favorite place to shop for affordable knit-type sweaters is H&M. They’re great quality and in my opinion are really affordable. I’ve bought cheaper knits in the past (*cough* Forever 21), and while they’re nice and cheap, they don’t last for nearly as long, so I’d rather invest in better quality pieces that I know will stay in my closet for much longer. A big trend this year is high neck sweaters, and if you hate full-on turtlenecks like me, this is a great option. They’re still comfortable, you don’t feel like you’re choking, and they pull your look together.
I usually stick to neutrals, this one from H&M (but in beige) being my current favorite, but since this dusty rose color is really on trend right now I also picked up this one from Topshop, which is not only a gorgeous color but also a unique fit, with the sleeves being tighter at forearms.
As nice as heels are, sometimes you just want a little more comfort, or a look that works better with a flat shoe. As I’m sure you know so long as you don’t live under a rock, over-the-knee boots are all the rage right now. I must admit, I fell into the hype.
I have these flat over-the-knees from Steve Madden, and I think they add a level of sophistication to a lot of basic looks. My favorite way to wear these are with an oversized t-shirt dress, since it combines casual and dressy.
Another option is something a little more out-there: I bought these from Topshop, and I am obsessed. A statement pair of boots like this, or something like a colored velvet pair (that I have yet to get my hands on) are a great way to spice up a really simple outfit, without really having to put much into it.
Being that I’m 5’2, I love a heel when I’m going out with friends in the winter or have an event. But since stilettos aren’t the greatest of options with slippery and snowy roads, I opt for a heeled boot, preferably with some traction and a thick heel so I don’t fall and make a fool out of myself.
My go-to are the black ones pictured, from Steve Madden – I’m honestly surprised they’re still in tact considering how much use I’ve gotten out of these over the past couple of years. I can’t find the exact model online, but these are a similar style.
Oversized or fitted, having a few button-downs in your closet make it so easy to put together an outfit quickly. Fitted button-downs are great on their own, but I prefer pairing them under a loose cardigan for a more pulled together outfit.
I like this one from H&M, and usually pair it under a cream colored cardigan.
Oversized plaid button-downs are another great option. I just put them on over a pair of black jeans or leggings, add some accessories, and you’re good to go. If you like more layered looks, pairing an unbuttoned oversized flannel over a slouchy t-shirt adds a bit of edge to your outfit.
That’s a wrap for my winter wardrobe staples, simple right? Hopefully you’ll find some of it useful!