4 Winter Essentials You Need to Have in Your Closet

“Winter dressing is all about having chic outerwear.” ~ Former fashion consultant to the New York Times George Katsiopoulos.

If you’re going to be out and about during the cold cruel months of winter, warmth will always take precedence. Looking fashionable, however, matters in your basic winter pieces. Style staples don’t have to look dowdy, because there are wonderful choices in color and trends.

4 Winter Essentials You Need to Have in Your Closet:

1. Boots. Even though most of us rely on cars or public transportation to deliver us safely around town, you will be stepping out and into various kinds of precipitation. Style experts love the trendy over-the-knee boots, because they look glam, sophisticated and add warmth to the entire foot/calf. In addition, these versatile boots enhance any outfit.

The true winter footwear that will serve you best as you trudge through snow mounds, muddy puddles or worse, is the classic work boot, says TheNewYorkTimes’ Fashion & Style. It’s a rugged boot that provides excellent movement in urban, rural or suburban settings. Stars like Rihanna and Jessica Alba like kickin’ it in hiking/construction footwear.

2. Statement Coat. Big and toasty doesn’t have to mean unattractive. Your winter coat is your ensemble’s flagship item, so you can go wild with color. Choose pretty details like unique buttons, belts, epaulets, and play around with length and texture.

Fashion pros suggest investing in both a parka and nice, thick cloth coat. The style possibilities are practically endless, says Trendspotter.com.

The classic parka offers a large protective hood. The cloth coat serves up polished chicness, while keeping out the chill.

3. Cashmere Sweater. If there were ever a global classic, it is this one. Cashmere is like the Rolls Royce of the knit brigade. While acrylic eventually peels and looks rough, a cashmere sweater remains the ultimate soft, warm piece you will turn to again and again.

The high moisture content of cashmere’s wool allows it to adapt effectively to temperature. It costs more, but its value and beauty are incomparable. Turtleneck, crew neck or v-neck, a cashmere sweater is a timeless staple.

4. Hat. Winter weather can do a number to our hairstyles, ruining them in a matter of moments. A snug, comfy hat is another winter functional must-have. Chic women adore their fedoras and beanies.

Beanies are cute knit headwear that hug your hair and keep you warm. They’re ideal for those ponytail days or when flatter hair doesn’t matter.

The fedora is sexy and glam forever and adds the perfect touch to a gorgeous winter wardrobe. Wool, fur or curved brims, it’s sharp and sassy.

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