The Perfect Winter Work Wardrobe Requires Only These 7 Items

As we've been serving you, our lovely reader, ample amounts of spring 2020 content so that your wardrobe never skips a beat, I started to get a little depressed. Why? Because as a New Yorker, I know that winter has really only just begun and I have already run out of outfit ideas that will both keep me warm and make me look good. If you can relate, then you're in for a treat. Since getting dressed for work every day has proven to be a bit of a personal challenge for me as of late, I decided to scan the street style set for looks that incorporate all of the winter basics I already have sitting in my closet

No matter what kind of dress code your office requires, there is sure to be at least one look out of the seven below that will resonate for you. Chances are your closet is already full of things you love wearing to the office, but without the seven winter work wardrobe basics we've identified for you ahead, those looks won't stand a chance in the low temperatures that are here to stay for the next few months. From basic layering turtlenecks to knee-high boots, go ahead to shop the perfect winter work wardrobe via these seven essentials.

Tailored Coat


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A tailored coat (I prefer one that is a tad oversize) is a must among a well-versed winter work wardrobe. Whether you're wearing a T-shirt or a suit underneath, that last-minute addition of a crisp, strong-shouldered coat will add just the right amount of polish every time. 

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Versatile Black Trousers


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If you don't already own a perfect pair of black trousers, let today be the day you finally buy a pair. Having a staple like that in your closet will be life-changing, I promise. Choose a silhouette that makes you feel the best about your body and the plethora of winter work outfits will flow from there. 

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Roomy Suit


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During the winter, there is a lot of layering involved which can make your normal clothes run a tad snug. To ensure you still have that cool-girl feel while wearing a suit to the office, opt for one that fits on the looser side of the spectrum allowing you to wear sweaters, turtlenecks, and maybe even tights or leggings underneath on those really cold days. 

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Interesting Sweater


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Basic sweaters are great and all, but showing up to the office in one that is a tad more interesting will have the same effect as a statement top in the summer. Having a sweater be the focal point of your work ensemble will allow you to feel comfortable while still looking office-appropriate. 

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Basic Layering Turtleneck


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Basic layering turtlenecks allow you to feel like you're wearing fewer layers than you actually are. Take the above look, for example. Sans the turtleneck, this might be an outfit you'd wear to work during any season, but with, it suddenly becomes warm enough for winter and appropriate enough for the office. 

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Knee-High Boots


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For those days when you simply can't put on another pair of pants, a skirt or dress is your only option. To ensure your legs aren't freezing, we suggest slipping into knee-high boots. Not only are they trending hard right now, but they will cover that area of your leg that an ankle boot could not. 

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Midi Skirt


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Speaking of skirts, midi skirts are the way to go in the wintertime. With the addition of tights and knee-high boots, you'll be sure to stay warm despite low temperatures while feeling like you actually put on an outfit that day versus the same sweater and jeans you probably always reach for.

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Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.