Mariah Carey has kicked off this year’s holiday season, so I guess now’s the perfect time to start talking about winter staples, too.
Similar to the picture-perfect vacation or Chris Hemsworth-like boyfriend, winter fashion staples are a dream come true once you find them. You know, I have in mind a timeless piece (think black wool coat, knee-high boots, gorgeous camel coat, or cashmere sweater) that was trendy last year but will also be for many to come because it’s listed under key winter basics in the fashion dictionary.
Long story short, your best bet would be that Savina (hi, that’s me, nice to meet you) has done her research and is ready to cover all your personal needs when it comes to staple wardrobe pieces for the upcoming cold winter months.
From sweater dresses in classic colors to all other clothing essentials that will stand the test of time and fill in the vacant space in your own closet, today’s winter staples list brings all the staple wardrobe pieces 2023 has to offer, and an extra layer of warmth without extra cost. In other words, cold days have never looked better. Sorry, Mariah.
Your winter staples are here to get you through the cold season in style. These layers have you covered. Pun intended.
ALL THE ESSENTIAL WINTER STAPLES YOUR WARDROBE NEEDS:
1. Oversized Belted Wool Coat
Voluminous. Stylish. Warm. What else do you need from this coat? That’s right, an excuse to get it out for a walk. Feel free to put it on top of your office look, or go bold and finish that sweatpants winter outfit. In case you don’t want to break the bank, you can opt for this budget-friendly option. And if you’re vegan like me, and trying to avoid wool, here are some great ethical alternatives for your winter wardrobe staples.
2. Straight Fit Long Coat
This fashion finding does not help my long coat obsession. Join me in adoring the straight fit, the squared shoulders, and the beautiful, almost out-of-this-world color of this stunning cream coat. Button it up and no one will care what you wear underneath. Get creative with your winter staples ideas. Just make sure you haven’t left the Chelsea boots and matching bag at home.
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3. Everyday Black Long Puffer
Once freezing temperatures become the only kind of temperatures we know, we need puffer jackets among our winter essentials for women. This one has double-ended waterproof zip and snug cuffed sleeves, so it will provide both comfort and warmth when everything you want is to go home and literally – not metaphorically—Netflix and chill. It’s sustainably crafted and will look amazing with statement jewelry pieces!
4. Cropped Puffer Jacket
Talking about statements, meet your brand-new favorite heavy-duty puffer because winter season does not equal boring. The stand collar stands out (pun intended), but the cropped fit makes it an elegant choice. Dress it up with faux leather leggings and heels, or down with light-washed denim and your favorite sneakers. Apply all steps to this lower price option too.
5. Knitted Half-Zip Stripe Sweater
Love them or hate them, there’s no in-between when it comes to stripes. I choose the first, which explains why I also love this knitted striped sweater. Crafted from responsibly sourced wool and pure cotton, feel free to pair it with wide-cut pants and ankle boots for that big fashion energy even Pete Davidson would envy.
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6. High-Neck Wool Jumper
Trust me, once you put on ARKET’s knitwear, you’ll never (ever!) go back. T Swift said it first. However, this high-neck wool jumper is made ethically, using wool certified by the Responsible Wool Standard. It’s a casual day deal, but I managed to find an even better fit in terms of price. Order your latte, it’s on me.
7. Brown Oversized Roll-Neck Sweater
An oversized chunky sweater is an absolute MUST-HAVE winter wardrobe staple. Brown is super trendy this season, especially paired with monochromatic styles, whether we are talking two-piece suits or yoga wear. Add it to your cart or explore this budget-friendly option which is just as good in terms of looks.
8. Black Roll-Neck Sweater
If you like expressing yourself through bold choices, but don’t go over the top that easily, let me introduce you to the black roll-neck sweater. The slim-fit design is detailed with thumbholes at the end of the sleeves. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it will look like *fire emoji* with black pants and black skinny jeans in an all-black combination.
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9. & Other Stories Signature Blazer
I’m convinced everyone needs to invest in this & Other Stories blazer. It’s a timeless piece that will elevate any winter day outfit you have in mind. It’s totally worth the hype (and the money). You can also check out this budget-friendly alternative, but let me take you back to the padded shoulders and how great they will look with a gold necklace.
10. Cream Cardigan
Everlane is my go-to brand for everyday wardrobe basics. Made of a unique cotton-recycled polyester blend offering a bold, textured (warmest fabric ever!) finish yet a bouncy, voluminous feel, this cream cardigan is both something you need to own AND something your sister will appreciate underneath the Christmas tree. Just saying.
11. Black Loose Trousers
Loose trousers have entered the chat, and they are here to stay. Whether you go to the office or that last-minute birthday invite, these mid-waist wool trousers will save the day. Match with your favorite red shirt/sweater/top and add shoes in the same shade. Oh, don’t forget to check out the slit detail in the back. SO good.
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12. High-Waist Brown Trousers
I have this exact same pair, so I’m obliged to let you know the relaxed fit is really flattering. Actually, ARKET is a good place for such pants (along with most autumn winter staples) as they always look perfect. The quality is amazing too! Tuck in your favorite satin shirt and pick a belt that will draw everyone’s eyes to you and your impeccable winter wardrobe essentials.
13. Straight-Leg Vegan Leather Pants
Made from Nanushka’s signature vegan leather that’s exceptionally soft and comfortable, these pants are nothing like the ones Ross rocked in the Friends’ NY episode. They sit high on the waist, so you can make slides, mules, and even sports shoes the accent here. They have a well-deserved spot on your list of winter outfit staples. If you prefer saving some $, here’s a budget-friendly option in a similar style.
14. Classy Straight-Leg Jeans
These jeans are like Harry Styles. They’ve got it all. Do you want a high waist? A full-length slim leg? Maybe a comfortable stretch? Sure, sure, and hell yeah! You’ve just stumbled upon the classic IRL epitome of classic jeans. If that’s not enough reason to love them unconditionally, I don’t know what is.
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15. Knitted Dress
It’s a jumper, it’s a dress, it’s love at first sight. Having a knitted dress amid your wardrobe basics means you will never have an I-have-nothing-to-wear kind of morning. It’s super soft and allows you to move. It’s also an excellent prop for bathroom-mirror selfies. You know, we still snap some of those. Looking for a more affordable one? Here you go.
16. Midi Slip Skirt
Midi slip skirts are super trendy right now, so feel free to style yours with an oversized knitted sweater or a fitted roll-neck and blazer. Go for the traditionalism or choose a daring pop of color to make the whole thing less prepster and more let-me-show-you-how-to-do-it. Yes, high waists are back too.
17. Tall Boots
No matter how simple they look, black tall boots make everything – from glamorous crop tops to classic white T-shirts – ten times hotter. The chunky rubber outsoles come to help if you have planned a long date night. No one will be able to look away, even if they try. Psst, check out this budget-friendly alternative too.
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18. Flat Chelsea Boots
The ankle booties, but Chelsea style. AKA the shorter, chunkier, yet super cool version you totally need to put on a pedestal this winter. They are comfortable, warm, and easy to mix and match. Consider us hooked. Not ‘Penn Badgley in the series “You” kind of hooked, though. There’s also a less is more price-point option. Tap here.
19. Heeled Chelsea Boots
The Chelsea boots, but heeled. There was a time when these shoes were living their moment – back in the Tumblr aesthetic era – but if the last few years have proven anything, it’s that fashion trends leave, circle around, and come back with a bang. Wear these with your dark wash jeans and a beige coat. It’s simple.
20. Essential Scarf
An oversized scarf is something like a pep talk over a cup of hot chocolate – optional but highly recommended. This cold-weather accessory is made of recycled cashmere and recycled wool and is available in three different colors. It’s an excellent finishing touch, so feel free to check this budget-friendly option as well.
It’s not like you haven’t realized it, but today’s post is full of great timeless staples. It literally doesn’t matter if you need a winter coat in a neutral color or crave a puffer coat that’s far away from all winter basics known to humankind.
Bookmark it in your browser and say hello to your new winter wardrobe 2023. Embrace the softness of the sweaters, explore different cotton blends or look for cozy loungewear, there’s no better way to find and/or upgrade your cold weather essentials. This is coming from someone who has tried to do it MANY TIMES.
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