Dressing for winter and pulling it off in a stylish way can sometimes be a tall order. This editor learned the hard way. While I’ve lived on the West Coast for most of my life, I spent two years in NYC before moving back to L.A. last spring. Dressing for the long winter in New York was an adjustment, to put it mildly. While I was used to bundling up in Arizona or California, a leather jacket and a few light layers were all I ever really needed to get by. On the East Coast, though, it’s another story.
As a minimalist, I never wanted to buy too many pieces, but after a little trial and error, I discovered a winter capsule wardrobe that allowed me to stay both warm and stylish with a few key essentials. First, the turtleneck top became the ultimate layering piece. When worn with jeans or under a dress, it lends a sophisticated spin to any look. Next, a heavier sweater was perfect for colder days. While I didn’t want to give up dresses, I learned to love longer hemlines. Another winter must? Ankle boots, which are essential for pairing with long dresses and navigating snowy sidewalks. And finally, faux-fur coats are the ultimate topper for both banishing the cold and looking stylish. Go on to shop pieces from my winter capsule wardrobe.
Splendid 1x1 Turtleneck ($58)
A wardrobe necessity.
Reformation Navia Turtleneck Organic Stretch Cotton Bodysuit ($55)
Complete the look with black cuffed jeans and neutral boots.
Orseund Iris Cropped Ribbed-Knit Turtleneck Sweater ($555)
This turtleneck is cool girl–approved. Wear yours with trousers or a plaid skirt.
Veronica Beard Jean Wyeth Turtleneck ($148)
The perfect top to wear with jeans.
Loulou Studio Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($410)
Timeless and classic.
Nili Lotan Catalina Sweater ($695)
Style it with a half tuck.
The Reformation Tatum Sweater ($160)
This is the perfect cozy sweater for the cold winter days.
Calson Chunky Jacquard Sweater ($69)
Dress up this sweater by pairing it with leather trousers.
Deitas Hermine Gathered Silk-Satin Maxi Dress ($627)
Wear this dress with heels or knee-high boots.
H&M Dress With Stand-Up Collar ($35)
This print is perfection.
Staud Ivy Dress ($375)
The cutout and bow details are epic.
Khaite Leather Ankle Boots ($890)
These classic boots can be worn season after season.
The Row Leather Ankle Boots ($1290)
We love the zipper detail on these chunky booties.
Mango Croc-Effect Ankle Boots ($80)
Faux croc looks extra luxe.
Paige Willa Bootie ($295)
A favorite style among Who What Wear editors.
Stand Studio + Pernille Teisbaek Clara Oversized Belted Faux Fur Coat ($700)
Apparis Sarah Quilted Faux Fur Coat ($290)
The quilting details on this make it look super expensive.
Eloquii Faux Shearling Car Coat ($95)
This coat is a wardrobe staple.
I.Am.Gia Nya Oversize Faux Fur Jacket ($250)
For an oversize fit.
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