I consider basics to be the true foundational elements in my closet. These versatile staples act as the base pieces to my go-to looks and help to balance out the more trend-driven items. Given how important basics are to my wardrobe, I'm routinely on the hunt for fresh finds to build out my selection, and right now, I'm all about updating my winter staples for the bitterly cold temps upon us.
Nordstrom is one of the first places I'll make a beeline to when shopping for basics. The retailer carries practically all of the brands I love for tried-and-true staples and offers a range of price points for every budget. Below, I'm highlighting seven chic winter basics I'm prioritizing that are not only chic but will also keep me toasty.
The secret to a chicer winter wardrobe? Unquestionably, a turtleneck. Opt for a classic and easy style in luxe-looking knit fabrics and solid neutrals such as black, white, and gray for a fashion-forward winter look.
It's all about relaxed-leg jeans this winter that you can style easily over a pair of boots. Whether you go for low-rise or high-rise, they'll make your ensemble look altogether on-trend.
Long Wool Coats
Practically every fashion person this winter has been sporting an elegant, long wool coat. It's the one staple that will instantly make your outfit look polished, no matter what you're wearing underneath.
Black Leather Ankle Boots
Whether you're looking for chic kitten heels or cool Chelsea boots, a sleek pair of black leather ankle boots is one important winter basic you can't live without.
Style them under your jeans with slingbacks or wear them with a skirt and knee-high boots. Whatever you choose, there's no doubt sheer tights are having a moment this winter. Choose whatever number denier you feel most comfortable with.
Chic Base Layers
Layering tops are an integral part of winter dressing. Choose soft and comfortable tees and tanks and effortless button-downs to create a cool layered look.
A quality cashmere sweater is a timeless investment you won't regret. For the utmost versatility, choose a neutral hue that will work with everything in your closet.
Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.
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