Winter Wardrobe Essentials


I rounded up a few closet staples for winter based on things I’ve loved for a long time and new additions to my wardrobe! I’ve said before that I don’t buy outfits, I buy pieces that can mix and match. I found that is the best way to get the most use out of my clothes.

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Striped long sleeve tee – To me a striped tee or tank (or both!) is one of the most versatile options in my closet. I can wear it alone, with a statement necklace, with delicate jewelry, with leggings or denim. I can dress it up or down with my makeup and hair, and wear pretty much any pair of shoes that I want to. I can layer a poncho, vest, or a light jacket over top, too. It’s a step up from a plain tee but functions as a completely neutral basic in my mind.

poncho (similar) – I got a great poncho last year in a trunk from Trunk Club and just added a pretty camel one to the mix this year.

open cardigan – I mention this open cardigan a lot because I get so much dang use out of it. The length is great and it’s perfectly casual for every day life.

bright winter jacket – This is a new addition this year and I love the bright orange-y/red color.

ankle boots (similar) – I usually wear slip on sneakers, ankle boots, or knee high boots throughout the winter. I love an ankle boot because it can be dressed up or down.

knee high boots – A classic, in my mind. And a rich brown shade can’t be beat.

simple bag – I don’t like changing out purses often, so a few good neutral choices that I can wear year round are perfect.

great jeans (also great!) – A great pair of jeans goes a long way in making me feel good about my outfit. I love that these are high waisted and don’t loosen up throughout the day, while still having some stretch to them.

blouse (similar) – My wardrobe is pretty casual but I like to dress up a pair of jeans with a blouse from time to time.

leggings (similar) – I’d call these unbeatable because they are the only leggings I’ve found that don’t slide down during the day. If I could add up the money I’ve wasted on other leggings, I’d have a few pairs of these.

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  1. Posted December 5, 2018

    Great list, I agree with so many of these things and have most of the pieces myself! An open cardigan is a must, must, must for me, even during the summer. And of course, cute ankle boots! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Angela says
    Posted December 5, 2018

    Your daughter is such a cutie! Great picks – my winter essential is a turtleneck, I’d wear them all year round if I could.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  3. Jamie says
    Posted December 6, 2018

    I love all of these items. I would love to see a similar post for those of us that have to dress business casual daily for work.

  4. Meridy says
    Posted December 6, 2018

    My favorite is that pop of color red coat. But I have to ask, what dress is Emily wearing? So cute! I’d love that for my baby. 🙂

  5. Danae says
    Posted December 6, 2018

    Totally not related to this but have you tired the T3 hairdryer and if so what are your thoughts?

    • Kate says
      Posted December 6, 2018

      Yep, it’s great. I love the Cura.

  6. Patti says
    Posted December 6, 2018

    I’m dying for a reliable pair of black leggings that stay put and don’t look old after a few washings. The reviews on these mention frequently a problem with pilling. Have u had any issues? Thank you!!

  7. Jennifer says
    Posted December 8, 2018

    I agree with a neutral bag.. and where is this one pictured from?? I love the tie on the front!

  8. Inger says
    Posted December 14, 2018

    Hi, love your bag in the first picture. The one with the knot.
    Where is it from?

    Thanks, Inger

  9. Emeli says
    Posted December 26, 2018

    Thank you for sharing your ideas! Most of your ideas are also suitable for my style this winter. Although lately I have been trying to complement any kind of jewelry from the site, it helps me look better!
    Have a nice day!