Winter means something different in different parts of the country and the world. But regardless of where you live, you can count on winter bringing cooler temperatures than at any other time of year. What this means is that you need certain wardrobe basics you probably won’t wear unless it is winter.
In this post, learn about the 4 wardrobe essentials that fashion experts are recommending for this upcoming winter season.
First, a Word About the “Capsule Wardrobe”
A “capsule wardrobe” is at its core a collection of certain key basics that can mix and match with just about anything. Your winter wardrobe essentials should have all the qualities of a capsule wardrobe.
In other words, they should be neutral enough to pair well with lots of different colors and classic enough to bridge style gaps. Finally, they should also be functional enough to do the job of protecting every inch of you from winter’s chill.
Winter Wardrobe Essential #1: A coat for cool to crazy-chilly.
The coat you want can change with the temperatures with zip-on/zip-off hood, sleeves and inner lining. On mildly cold days you can wear the shell as a windbreaker or unzip until you are down to just a lightweight vest. On days of severe cold you can cover up the outside and insulate from within.
Winter Wardrobe Essential #2: Un-clunky all-weather waterproof wear-to-work boots.
These are not your mother’s workman’s boots. As it turns out, you can still look good even while keeping your feet warm and dry. Look for weatherproof ankle or calf/knee-high boots with a modest wedge heel. Alternately, you can spray-weatherproof your current favorite pair of winter boots or buy the slim waterproofing covers to slip on and off for commute times.
Winter Wardrobe Essential #3: A stylish, warm hat/scarf/gloves set.
An estimated 80 percent of your body heat will be lost if you don’t cover your head. In cold and flu season near the holidays, this is a sick day just waiting to happen! So you definitely want to have something stylish on hand to cover up your extremities, and preferably something that is a seamless match with your winter coat and all-weather boots. Look for wool (cashmere is softest) because it has natural moisture-wicking properties to keep warmth in and cool/damp out.
Winter Wardrobe Essential #4: Thick warm tights.
No matter how low the temperatures plunge or how high the snow piles up, you can be guaranteed there will be at least one occasion this winter where you will want to wear a dress. When you do, you will want to have a pair of thick warm winter tights to pair up with it. Cashmere wool is a good choice because it will keep the warmth in and the damp cold out. Here, you may be able to get away from the solid staple colors with some fun patterns in knit/weave or colors.