We’re all about the stylish add-ons that take an outfit to the next level, but before considering such things, we have to make sure we have the bread and butter nailed down—especially when it comes to winter. Whether you live in a place so cold it snows, or somewhere more temperate that’s a bit easier to dress for, having a closet stocked with basics you can mix and match with everything is necessary.
So what are these magical items we think you should own? You’ll have to click through to find out, but they’re all pieces you should buy if you don’t already own them. Thankfully, because they’re so timeless, you’re sure to find these staples at a range of price points, many of which we’ve included here for you to shop.
Check out the top five winter essentials to stock your closet with this season, and if we missed any of your favorites, leave them in the comments at the end.
A Versatile Sweater
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As simple as it sounds, nothing compares to an insulating, versatile sweater that you won't get bored with after wearing for months on end. We suggest building a collection over the years, but starting with a few in colors you love to wear is a smart idea.
Winter months bring about the most brutal weather conditions; no better way to get through it all than in a pair of all-weather, durable boots. If you live somewhere it snows, we also suggest investing in snow boots (Sorel's are stylish and affordable).
We know hat hair can be the pits, but when it's freezing outside and the wind is whipping around, a beanie is the only way to go. We also suggest grabbing the beanie's counterpart—gloves—for the road, too.
Wearing a coat isn't an option when temperatures cool down, so make sure you have one you can wear with everything in your closet. If you live somewhere especially chilly, we also recommend considering a down coat for added warmth.
While we love neckerchiefs as a statement accessory item, when it comes to winter, the bigger the scarf the better. If you have the budget for it, invest in one that's cashmere to stay nice and toasty.