We’ve been asked a few times now what we consider to be winter clothing essentials, and now that the summer stock is all on sale and the winter clothing collections are starting to trickle in, we figured now was a good time to put together our winter wish list.
In doing this, we have to note that we’ve put together this list from the perspective of people who live in a cold climate, with even colder winters: obviously if you live somewhere warmer, your winter wish list will look completely different – please feel free to tell us about it in the comments!
1. A great coat
If we could only purchase one thing for winter, a great (and warm!) coat would be right at the top of our list. The right winter coat is well worth investing in: some days it’ll be the only thing people see you wear, after all, and if you choose well, it’ll last for years. We like to stick to fairly neutral colours, so the coat will work with different colours of shoes and tights, but a bright colour can also be a great way to cheer yourself up in the dark days ahead – and stand out from the crowd. This season, we’re loving classic camel – ideally in cashmere, but any warm fabric will do! (If your climate is particularly cold, and you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may also want to get yourself a puffy, weatherproof jacket of some description too)…
2. Smart Boots
Once you have the coat covered, it’s time to think about what to put on your feet. We like to have a pair of knee boots (to wear with skirts and dresses) plus a pair of ankle or shoe boots (to wear with trousers), either heeled or flat, whichever you prefer.
3. Practical Boots
If you live in a very cold climate, or do a lot of walking or outdoor activities, you’ll probably also want to invest in a pair of snow or rain boots: ones that will hold up to whatever kind of weather your country likes to throw at you, and allow to to trek safely over snow and ice.
4. A selection of knitwear
Cardigans, sweaters, knitted dresses… you can’t have enough of them at this time of the year, so if you find something you love at a price you can afford, it’s worth stocking up on a selection of colours and patterns. Cardigans are great for layering over dresses or short-sleeved tops to keep out the chill, while sweater dresses can look casual or dressed-up, depending on what you wear with them. For hanging out at home, some kind of zip up hoodie could also come in handy.
5. Tights in a variety of colours and patterns
Gone are the days when tights were black or tan, and that was it. These days they come in every colour and pattern imaginable, and while the trusty black opaque will always have its place, hosiery can be a great way to inject a bit of fun and personality into an outfit. Thick socks are also great for wearing under boots.
6. Scarf, hat & gloves
You know what they say about losing most of your body heat through your head, and the extremities are always the first to feel the pinch of cold, so these are practical essentials, although they can also be fashionable ones. We’re currently loving the look of wide-brimmed floppy 70s-style hats for this winter, but fedoras are always stylish, and it’s hard to go wrong with a beanie or beret.
7. Layering pieces
You’ll feel warmer, and be able to adjust your temperature better, in lots of thin layers rather than one thick one. Long-sleeved t-shirts are perfect for wearing under dresses and sweaters, while leggings can also make a good alternative to tights under a dress. If it gets really cold, consider thermal versions of these instead: you won’t regret it!
8. A great-fitting pair of jeans
We’d argue that these are an all-year-round essential, but a good pair of jeans will come in particularly handy during the cooler months, so if you haven’t found the perfect pair, now’s the time to look!
And there you have it: our winter wardrobe essentials! What are yours, though?