We all love winter fashion for the ability to layer pieces together and make a statement with bold coats and accessories. The festive season in particular, encourages many of us to step outside of our comfort zone with regard to our outfit choices, thanks to shop rails lined with novelty jumpers, sequined dresses and fur-lined footwear. Still, even for those of us who are keen to make the most of the outlandish winter fashion trends, there are some classic, staple essentials that no winter wardrobe would be complete without.
The classic white shirt
White shirts are a staple piece all year round, but really come into their own in winter when paired with denim and ankle boots. Opt for a long line style and layer under a slouchy, mid length cardigan for a look that’s both stylish and comfortable.
White Longline Shirt – Tu at Sainsbury’s
The oversized scarf
Winter accessories always look better oversized. Channel the Olsen twins and drape yourself in an oversized large scarf when the weather gets colder. A classic camel or grey colour is sure to go with everything and adds a luxe, cosy vibe to any outfit.
The ankle boot
Ankle boots are a must at this time of year. They work with practically everything and can be effortlessly paired with trousers, skirts or dresses depending on the occasion. Style up with a block heel, or keep things casual with a pair of leather flats.
Black Flared Ankle Boots – TU at Sainsbury’s
The fitted cardigan
When it comes to winter workwear, there really is nothing more sophisticated than a crisp white shirt layered underneath a simple cardigan. I love this mustard ripple trim option from Tu at Sainsbury’s both in terms of style and comfort – the colour is just perfect for this time of year.
Ripple Trim Cardigan – TU at Sainsbury’s
The trench coat
Make like some of the most influential style icons in history and invest in a classic beige trench coat this A/W. Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot and Francois Hardy are just some of the names who bought this staple to the forefront of women’s fashion in the 1960’s. It’s as timeless now as it’s ever been.
The turtle neck top
The ultimate layering piece, a classic turtleneck looks great on its own, but comes alive when worn underneath dresses and pinafores. The roll neck also negates the need for a scarf, but I’d always recommend adding one anyway for extra cosiness.
The knitted jumper dress
There’s nothing I love more than a cosy jumper dress that is guaranteed to see you through winter. Depending on how brave you’re feeling, it’s easy to pair with thick tights and ankle boots or bare some leg. Longer styles look particularly great when teamed with a long line duster coat for the ultimate comfort and warmth.
Teal Cashmillion Jumper Dress – TU at Sainsbury’s
The oversized sunglasses
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Have you ever noticed how the sun can seem even brighter during the colder months? I won’t bore you with the science, but crisp, bright mornings are the perfect excuse to invest in a pair of always on-trend oversized sunnies this winter.
The knee high boot
Knee high boots have made a welcome return to the fashion pages over the past couple of seasons. There are plenty of ways to style this trend, either with skinny jeans or a simple mini skirt. They’ll keep you warm and snuggly and look pretty great, too.
The skinny jean
No winter wardrobe essentials article would be complete without the mention of the classic skinny jean. Their slim lined silhouette makes them the perfect option on days when you want to layer up on the top half, balancing out any excess bulk caused by the multitude of jumpers that you’ve hidden underneath your favourite winter coat.
Do you own any of these essentials?
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