Here are the 9 Best Cold Weather Clothing Essentials Every Woman Should Own
The transition from fall to winter is a little less dramatic on the closet than say, summer to fall. Just a few minor updates to your wardrobe and you’re set ‘til April. So, cozy up with a cup of cocoa, shake off those winter doldrums, and start shopping for warm clothes at up to 90% off.
1. Wool Coat
A wool coat is the hardest-working piece in your winter wardrobe. It’s the one thing you and everything else will be seeing the most of over the next few months. Typically relegated to cute-outfit cover status, modern silhouettes and bold statement colors give the wool coat it’s time to shine.
-Pick one in a classic neutral—navy, camel, black, or gray. And one in a bold statement hue.
-Look for modern silhouettes and fashion-forward details to stand out from the crowd.
-Consider a looser fit to ensure wearability over chunky layers.
2. Shell Hooded Rain Jacket
Practical and cool, a protective, water-resistant shell is a must-have rainy-day layer. Look for one that you can easily slip inside your tote in case of an unexpected shower.
-A hood is a must. A hood you that zips up along the collar when you don’t need it, even better.
-Black and white are always good options, but when it comes to rain day clothes, the brighter the better.
-Zip it on over a dress, jeans and a tee, or a chic jumpsuit.
3. Chic Turtleneck
The under layer of all under layers, a chic turtleneck does double duty as heat protector and style essential. It’s the foundational piece for all your winter outfits—from work to weekend.
-Style under a sleeveless shift dress for an unexpected (and warm) winter transition.
-Stock up in basic colors to last you all season long.
-Brands we love: Gap, J.Crew, LOFT, and Old Navy.
4. Long-Sleeve Layering Tee
Stock up on the long-sleeve tee in multiple colors and fabrications. It’s the layer you’ll reach for over and over this season.
-Pick one in a bright solid and let the hem and cuffs peek out from underneath a neutral sweater.
-Layer under a dress or sleeveless jumpsuit.
– We love basic tees from Zara, Old Navy, and Madewell.
5. So-Soft Scarf
Don’t forget the one extra that’s guaranteed to keep you cozy. Stock up on various styles and experiment wearing them different ways. Long and loose, wrapped closely around your neck, or knotted once at the chest.
-Try an ‘Infinity’ scarf—an endless circle of comfort and cozy.
-Invest in a cashmere scarf in a neutral color. You’ll reach for it over and over again.
-Find a scarf that’s long enough to be worn draped loose or knotted for extra versatility.
6. Wide-Leg Pants
Don’t banish your jeans to the back of the closet just yet, but the wide-leg pant is the style to own this season. Made famous by the cult favorite designer Jesse Kamm, you can now find this must-own silhouette from your favorite brands like Everlane, Madewell, and Gap.
-Create a super flattering silhouette by tucking a flowy blouse or tee into a high-waisted pair.
-Get a little lift by wearing a heeled clog or ankle bootie.
-Look for sturdy fabrics that will hold up to the elements like a thick, denim-ish cotton.
7. Coziest Beanie
Super functional and always stylish, the beanie is your chilly weather (and hair!) savior. Don’t underestimate the power of the beanie. It’s undeniably cozy and comfortable, and adds the perfect amount of cool-girl non-chalance to your everyday look.
-Stock up on cotton and cashmere versions in neutral and bold colors.
-Style it with your favorite off-duty looks.
-Adjust the wide fold for a more slouchy look and to create the signature beanie shape.
8. Warm Boot
Step it up this season with an insulated winter boot to keep you cozy all season long. Look for a water-resistant upper and a warm lining to protect your toes from freezing temps.
-Pair with a pair of cute graphic socks for extra warmth and extra cool.
-Cute warm boot styles we love: furry-lined clog boots, Timberlands, and shearling-trimmed ankle boots.
-Wear them with everything this season, from dresses and skirts to jeans and wide-leg pants.
9. Chunky Cableknit Sweater
Trade in your lightweight crew for a chunky knit sweater when the temps drop. Sometimes it’s all you need to ward off the chill. Jacket not required.
-The ‘it’ knit right now? A Fair Isle intarsia ski sweater in a bold pattern.
-Pair it over a dress for a quick top-skirt changeup.
-Look for a relaxed fit that you can comfortably layer over a long-sleeved tee.
What are you favorite winter essentials? Tell us about all your cozy secondhand finds in the comments below!