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.
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.
Shop tailored coats:
& Other Stories Hourglass Tailored Coat ($249)
Violeta Structured Wool Coat ($90)
Alexander Wang Embroidered Wool-Blend Felt Coat ($1995)
Versatile Black Trousers
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.
Shop versatile black trousers:
Leith High Waist Slim Pants ($30)
Theory Edition 2 Custom Max Pants ($295)
AYR The Sizzle ($225)
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.
Shop roomy suits:
Pixie Market Brown Suit Blazer ($119)
Tibi Double-Breasted Woven Blazer ($650)
H&M Double-Breasted Jacket ($50)
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.
Shop interesting sweaters:
Zara Ballon Sleeve Jacquard Sweater ($50)
Ganni Hand Knit Wool Sweater ($540)
Tory Sport Fair Isle Sweater ($298)
Basic Layering Turtleneck
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.
Shop layering turtlenecks:
Three Dots Heritage Turtleneck ($55)
Cuyana Slim Turtleneck Long Sleeve Tee ($55)
J.Crew Perfect-Fit Turtleneck ($40)
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.
Shop knee-high boots:
Mango Croc-Effect Boots ($100)
Steve Madden Kinga Knee High Boot ($54)
Neil J. Rogers Eva ($745)
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.
The Frankie Shop Espresso Panel Pleated Skirt ($145)
St. Agni Manami Belted Cotton-Linen A-Line Midi Skirt ($190)
Staud Simone Belted Checked Wool-Blend Piqué Midi Skirt ($171)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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