10 Winter essentials you need in your wardrobe

10 Winter essentials you need in your wardrobe

I'm always chilled to the bone in the winter. Even the fall and spring can be a real struggle for me. I never know what to wear and I always end up wishing I'd worn something more weather appropriate. I leave the house looking lovely, but spend the day freezing! Arm yourself with a few winter essentials and quiet your chattering teeth.

1. Long underwear

You may have never tried long underwear outside of a ski or sledding outing, but you should give them a try. Start with silk long underwear. They are the perfect layering piece for anyone who needs a little extra help staying warm. They feel so nice against your skin; once you own a pair you will plan your outfits around them for at least three seasons of the year. Try wearing silk long underwear in place of tights with your sweater dress. A silk-long underwear top works as a first layer under your dressy blouses.

Synthetic long underwear, like Lands' End Thermaskin, is another option. This style has performance properties, which make it great for more active work. It wicks moisture, halting those hot/cold/hot moments from sweat buildup while you work. They are great under clothing while you work or play in the winter snow, but did you know they also make great pajamas?

2. A cozy vest

When winter comes calling, you'll need a good winter jacket, sure. But don't discount the added comfort of a cozy down vest. Wear it under your wool coat for added warmth, or as a casual layer indoors. That's the same beauty of a fleece vest. Armed with a vest, you'll have what you need for absolutely any winter activity that involves fighting the elements....even if your winter activity is something as simple as walking to your vehicle.

3. A toasty turtleneck

Isn't it great when a shirt designed for total warmth becomes popular? Turtlenecks are all over the fashion magazines. Nothing beats a turtleneck for heat-sealing comfort. It also is a slick way to add a dash of color to your neutral and black cozy sweaters.

4. Plenty of scarves

This is a fun accessory because it can be functional and fashionable. A scarf adds a dash of something new to your favorite staples, but their first function is warmth. Your deep v-neck sweaters aren't quite so chilly when you artfully tie your scarf into a gorgeous knot around your neck.

5. Real winter boots

Slush is an absolute fashion foe and it is everywhere once all of the shoveling and plowing begins. Always keep a pair of well-insulated weather-proof boots on hand. They will be the saving grace that allows the shoes you actually want to wear with your outfit to shine once you get to where you are going.

6. A packable jacket

Sometimes winter can be unpredictable. You might leave in the morning with not a cloud in the sky. Around lunchtime, a slushy snowstorm might blow in unexpectedly. You never know! For those times that you can’t predict the weather, make sure you have a packable jacket. You can keep one of these in your desk at work, your car, or even your purse. A packable jacket folds up into itself so it’s compact and easy to carry. However, don’t think that their compact nature makes them any less warm. These jackets can be just as warm as your regular jacket–they’re just less bulky. Make sure you always have one on hand, in a pinch!

7. Sturdy gloves

Cold hands are the last thing you want on a winter day. If your hands are left to the elements they can get dry, cracked, and even bleed. You need a good pair of gloves to keep your hands warm and dry. Make sure you buy a pair that is soft on the inside with a waterproof or water-resistant outside. That way, your hands will be protected, and you’ll be more comfortable.

8. A cashmere sweater

No winter essentials list is complete without cashmere. Cashmere is a warm breathable fabric that can be worn across most of the four seasons. Cashmere sweaters are classy and look equally great with a pair of slacks or a pair of jeans. It comes in so many colors and styles as well. So, layer your cashmere sweater under a coat, or wear it out without a coat if it’s just a little cold. Cashmere is great quality and will last for many winters if you care for it properly.

9. Flannel pajamas

There’s nothing like snuggling up in your bed on a cold winter evening. Make sure you’re extra cozy in a pair of flannel pajamas. Flannel is super soft and easy to care for on laundry day. Make sure you grab at least one–or five pairs of flannel pajamas for your next winter’s nap!

10. Winter hat

Like cold hands, a cold head and ears in the winter are uncomfortable. Make sure you buy the best in winter hats to keep your head and ears warmer. Winter hats come in many materials, sizes, patterns, and colors. For best results, try on the hats before buying them, or order several in different sizes so you can make sure you have the softest and most snug fit.


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