Remember when the coming of winter meant the return of marshmallow Michelin man coats and chunky Ugg boots? When faces were hidden behind oversized beanie hats to mask the identities of the fashion offenders? Those were the fashion dark ages, when warmth meant sacrificing your fashion sense. Luckily, with pieces like the ones listed below you can bundle up without dressing down. Because we all make sacrifices — your style shouldn’t have to be one of them.
- A (snuggly) Statement Coat
We’ll begin with the basics – a warm coat is a closet staple during the winter, and doesn’t have to be boring to be functional. Try a statement coat in a bold color – bright red, yellow – that matches neutrals and blacks. Length is a factor as well, something that hits just at or below the knee will add sophistication and can be dressed up or down depending on your day.
- Skinny Jeans
Another must-have that will add edge to your winter wardrobe is the skinny jean. The tight fit allows for lots of layering, and is perfect for your ballet flats or ankle, knee (even snow) boots. Stock up on multiple colors; dark denim and black will go with anything and work for any almost any occasion.
- An Oversized Sweater
You know the one. The biggest, coziest, warmest sweater that every celeb and their squad is wearing. It’s cable-knit or cashmere, layers like a dream and keeps you uber-comfortable while still looking ultra-cool. It’s too good not to have; the only trouble you’ll have is trying to make your self take it off at the end of the day.
- A Knit Dress
Comfortable and classy, a knit dress is the perfect option for days you want to stay warm without sacrificing your fashion sense. Choose from fitted or relaxed and add warmth with tights or one of those must have statement coats. Added bonus? Almost any shoe can complete this look.
- Knee High Boots
By no means a new trend, if you don’t have your knee-high boots now’s the time to invest. They scream feminine appeal while adding an extra layer of protection to ward off the perils of sleet and snow. Dress them up with a winter mini skirt and tights or that oversized knit dress, or pair them with a longer pencil skirt for something very workplace appropriate. Make sure you have the perfect socks to keep those tootsies comfortable and warm inside your boots. Since no one will see them with those high boots, find something that personally gives you a little pep in your step. Pay homage to your inner nerd with star wars socks or find a pair of socks with funny little pineapples on them—look classy on the outside, pay tribute to your interests on the inside.
- Black Turtleneck
This classic is back in style, and we’re not talking about your mom’s old turtleneck. Fitted to layer perfectly and look sleek in any setting, you’ll be thankful for the extra fabric up top once winter kicks into high gear.
- Blanket Wrap Scarf
Be at the forefront of winter fashion with the blanket wrap scarf – the bigger, warmer cousin of the everyday scarf variety. It’s an easy addition that can be added to any outfit for an effortlessly chic look. Added bonus? It serves as an actual blanket when the office AC is cranked too high for comfort.
- A Black Blazer
While this is a go-to for any season, a blazer is particularly handy in the winter months when converting your tank tops and short sleeves into winter wear. It’s one item you can count on to never go out of style, so stock up before the cold season hits.
- Wide-Brimmed Hat
Say goodbye to ski hats and beanies and opt instead for the ultra-chic wide-brimmed hat. These oversized hats have been gaining popularity over the past few seasons, and are perfect for keeping in the warmth while keeping up with the latest trends.
- Leather Jacket
Another timeless addition, the leather jacket adds instant edge to any outfit and is designed for warmth to boot. The last few years have seen a serious resurgence of this particular jacket, and it comes in a variety of cuts to fit your personal style, from classic zip up to biker chic.
And that, ladies, completes this year’s latest in winter must-haves. Update your wardrobe with these ten pieces and you’ll be ready to hit the streets in high style.