12 Winter Wardrobe Essentials That Will Keep You Fashionable And Warm

When the temperature drops, it’s time to get your winter wardrobe in order. Here are 12 winter wardrobe essentials you need in your wardrobe. 

Keep in mind that the type and style of each essential you choose will depend on your climate, lifestyle and personal style goals. Some us of have very mild winters and others have cold winters.

What is essential for one may be different for someone else. These winter wardrobe essentials are a guide for building your perfect winter capsule.

12 Winter wardrobe essentials for cute winter outfits. The must haves for creating winter outfits to be warm and chic.

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

1. Coats:

Whether you choose a classic trench coat or an oversized puffer jacket, having a chic coat is essential for the winter season. Look for timeless pieces like a classic wool coat that will last more than one season and coordinate with multiple outfits.

winter coat and scarf outfit

The classic wool coat can be worn with dressy and casual outfits, while a puffer coat will be worn mostly with casual outfits. 

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2. Scarves:

plaid scarf and cream sweater outfit winter wardrobe essentials

A cozy scarf is both practical and stylish—it can keep you extra warm on chilly days but also add some nice color and texture to any outfit you put together. Look for scarves in colors that complement your wardrobe and mix patterns for added interest. Plaid is a popular pattern for a winter scarf.

While styles of scarves change as to “what’s in style” a scarf as an accessory is always in style. Blanket scarves are no longer trendy, but a classic rectangulare scarf is still stylish. Scarves are a great choice for adding some necessary warmth in a cold climate.

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3. Beanies:

shackent and beanie outfit

Beanies are a great way to keep your head warm and still look stylish. Choose beanies in colors that match the rest of your wardrobe, or opt for one with an eye-catching pattern. A neutral cream colored beanie is also a good choice as it goes with everything.

I love this lined beanie because it doesn’t create static or mess up my hair. 

Related: Outfits to Wear With a Beanie

4. Boots:

swetaer and boots winter wardrobe essentials pieces

A good pair of boots can be worn in so many ways, from dressy to casual looks. From ankle boots to chelsea boots to over-the-knee styles, there is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to winter footwear.

Buy boots in neutral colors like black, cognac or taupe. The climate you live in will dictate whether you need weather-proof or water-proof winter boots for snow and rain.

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5. Sweaters:

bright color sweater

Investing in some nice sweaters is key for winter fashion. Look for pieces made from comfortable materials like wool and cashmere, as well as those with interesting details like zippers and fur accents. A cashmere sweater might be a splurge but cashmere is warmer than wool.

Sweaters come in lots of necklines- vneck, turtlenec, mockneck or crewneck. Layer them over button ups or tee shirts for more warmth. Interject some color into your outfit with a bright colored sweater. 

Sweaters, jeans and boots are pretty much a must have winter uniform. 

See also: 9 Ways to Wear a Crew Neck Sweater

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6. Jeans:

Denim is always a fashion essential, and during the winter months, look for jeans in heavier fabrics. Choose jeans with bold details like rips or embroidery to really make your outfit stand out, but ripped jeans are more appropriate for those in milder climates. 

Flare leg jeans are on trend for 2022-2023 and pair nicely with boots. Straight leg jeans will work with a number of boots too.

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stack of sweaters

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7. Turtlenecks:

striped turtleneck outfit winter wardrobe essentials

Turtlenecks are a wardrobe staple that can be worn year-round but especially come into play during the colder months. Look for solid-color turtlenecks in muted tones to pair with other staples from your winter wardrobe. Knit turtlenecks layer well under sweaters.

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8. Hats:

shacket and wool felt hat

A wide-brimmed hat in felt or wool is great for adding an extra layer of warmth and style when you’re outside on cold days. There are lots of options when it comes to hats—from luxe fur styles to trendy bucket hats. 

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9. Gloves:

colorful winter gloves winter wardrobe essentials

Keeping your hands warm is essential during the cold winter months, and gloves are a great way to do that in style. Opt for classic leather or wool styles if you’re looking for timeless pieces, or look for bold prints for something more eye-catching. 

Tech gloves that allow you to operate your phone and devices have become a winter capsule wardrobe must have.

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10. Socks:

boots and socks with leggings

While not always seen, socks can still add an interesting element to any outfit—and since they keep your feet warm when you’re outside, they definitely belong on this list of winter fashion essentials. Look for fun prints and colors to brighten up even the darkest days.

Wear socks over leggings with chelsea boots for a fun stylish way to show off your socks.

11. Layering pieces:

A key component of winter fashion is layering, and having some versatile pieces to do so with will give you options for creating different looks. Look for lightweight sweaters that can be worn alone or layered under coats or jackets, as well as camisoles and t-shirts to wear beneath sweaters.

12. Vintage Dresses:

Vintage dresses are always a great way to make a statement in the colder months. Look for vintage styles with interesting details, like fur collars and velvet fabrics that will keep you warm and stylish when the temperatures drop.

Sweater dresses are also a good choice for you winter wardrobe staples.

sweater dress outfit

With these essentials, you’ll be prepared for any winter occasion, from cozy days indoors to festive nights out. Layer them together for stylish looks that will keep you comfortable—and fashionable!—all season long.