'Tis the season for soft-knits and sweaters! I can't lie, this is one of my favorite times of year to get dressed because a) you get to layer and b) everything is so soft and cozy! I know sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect essentials that are comfy,stylish, and protect you in the cold, which is why I have compiled a few of my favorite things that help me get through these upcoming chilly seasons!
My first recommendation is finding a scarf that is going to work for you in many occasions and that is neutral enough to be styled with most winter coats. I've had this one for almost 2 years and the simple plaid design has allowed me to dress it up or down from occasions like going to the ballet or a morning walk to class! Also having a pop of color, like the orange in this one, is great for those of you who like to have a little flare in your accessories when adding to an LBD or simple outfit like mine above. The best part though is finding a scarf with some length to it so you can wear it long, like I did above, to add a layer to an outfit or so you can double wrap when it gets extra cold! I also wore it with a little black dress and floppy hat and booties for a nicer look, but can easily through it on with a sweater and ripped jeans for something cozy. Unfortunately I got mine 2 years ago from Urban Outfitters and it's no longer in store, but I've found some great options that I've put below for you all! The versatility of a scarf is what makes it so great as a winter accessory, and investing in one that will last you through the years, like I did, is totally worth it!
A chilly weather look wouldn't be complete without a great soft-knit hat to throw on on the extra bitter days! I just got this one from The Gap and I am so so in love with it! I'd been dying for one with a little pom-pom on top because I think it's way more fun, and this hat was exactly what I was looking for. In the winter that dry air can do the worst things to my hair, I'm sure many can relate, so having a hat to put on, on those especially bad days is exactly what I needed! One of the reasons I love this one is that it doesn't make me feel like I'm about to go tobogganing or that I HAVE to be in some tundra to wear it. It's a great accessory for a casual outfit on a nippy day, and keeps your hair in-check while looking cute!
My next winter essential is a chunky sweater you can throw on with any outfit. The sweater featured above is my go-to sweater for the winter/fall! Having a good chunky knit turtle-neck is perfect for throwing together an effortless outfit that still looks polished. I just tuck the front into my jeans to give it a flattering, less-boxy shape, and voila you've got an easy cute outfit for the winter months that doesn't involve leggings and baggy clothes! It can be worn with more than just jeans or leggings though. I've thrown it on over a flowy minidress with tall boots to add some warmth or pair it with a skirt and tights and tuck the front in for a cute evening look too! The best part about this sweater is that I randomly found it at a consignment store 2 years ago, but I found one from H&M that I think you all will love and it has the same versatility and comfort as the one I have!
My favorite winter essential is the going-out sweater. Just because you want to look cute and wear something flattering, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort and warmth! This sweater from The Serendipity Shop is proof of that and I actually wore it twice in a span of 4 days on the week that I got (no shame)! Each one they make is a different sweater or thermal so everyone gets a unique patter/design/or color which I think is really cool. Its such an easy swap from day-to-night with this sweater, you can keep that hat and daytime winter accessories and swap them out for a cute little bag and some earrings for night! I'm carrying my small Louis Vuitton clutch cross-body with it because I love the tan strap's contrast with the outfit, but I've founds one other great options that I've included too! This lace-up sweater also goes perfectly with cropped black jeans and black booties for even more of an evening look. I seriously can't get enough of it and it's the perfect staple going-out sweater for your closet during the colder seasons!
These are some of my essentials because they are so versatile and work from day-to-night so effortlessly. I've shown you two looks with the simple swap of a sweater and adjustment of some accessories and each can take you from an afternoon of walking around to an evening outfit the girls! The hat, scarf, and both sweaters are perfect winter staples to have in your closet during these cold seasons!