Just In: The Formula for a Truly Easy Winter Wardrobe

Maxine Eggenberger

I'm going to make a bold claim: By creating a winter capsule wardrobe, I have genuinely managed to cut my time of getting ready in the mornings to just 30 minutes. That's including my hair and makeup. For obvious reasons, this is great because I can maximise my time in a warm bed.

This is also brilliant (if I do say so myself) because it means I don't have to think about what to wear every morning. However, I hear you ask, can you still look good? Well, to do this, I've narrowed down my winter wardrobe to just eight key pieces that I wear on repeat and that I know will keep me warm whatever the elements throw at me.

Want to know what they are? Keep scrolling to see how to recreate a high-performing winter wardrobe.

#1: A Bright Knit

Style Notes: While you might want to stick with neutrals for all your other pieces, when it comes to chunky knits, you can afford to go for a bold hue. Try green, violet and red to give your outfit a bit of life. Pro tip: If you get too warm, take it off and layer it over your coat like a scarf.

KEY BUYS

Marks and Spencer Alpaca Jumper (£35)

& Other Stories Ribbed Mock Neck Sweater (£75)

Arket Cropped Melange Jumper (£59)

#2: Checked Suiting

Style Notes: Another purchase you won't ever regret is investing in a checked suit. Worn day or night, look for styles that feature wool to ensure they really keep the heat in. 

KEY BUYS

Warehouse Check Blazer (£65)

Warehouse Check Wide Leg Trousers (£39)

Sea Rowan Blazer (£550)

Sea Rowan Trousers (£365)

#3: Felt Beret

Style Notes: Berets made a comeback last winter, but seeing as there are so many styles to choose from, we reckon they're going to be even bigger in 2019. Just ask Liv Purvis.

KEY BUYS

River Island Light Blue Felt Beret (£5)

Topshop Plain Beret (£10)

H&M Premium Beret (£10)

#4: High-Necked Dress

Style Notes: Winter doesn't mean you need to cast aside dresses. We recommend looking for frocks with high necklines. Much like roll-necks, they'll keep the chill out. For extra cosy points, opt for midi hemlines. 

KEY BUYS

Warehouse Scarf Print Dress (£59)

Pastel coats are so pretty and chic. 

& Other Stories Printed Ruffle Bib Dress (£95)

De La Vali Clara Floral-Print Satin Dress (£550)

#5: Classic Camel Coat

Style Notes: Consider this your biggest purchase. A winter coat that you love will last you close to six months is a good idea (which is incredible for cost per wear when you think about it). They don't come more versatile than camel

KEY BUYS

Weekend Max Mara Aris Coat (£610)

Topshop Cream Twill Belted Coat (£89)

Theory Belted Crepe Trench Coat (£276)

#6: Tread-Sole Boots

Style Notes: Shoes need to do these three things in the winter: Keep your feet warm, keep you from slipping and be able to withstand the grim and slush. These tread-sole boots have got you. 

KEY BUYS

Stradivarius Croc Effect Lace-Up Chunky Soled Boots (£45)

Vagabond Kenova Chelsea Boots with Tread-Sole (£90)

Dr. Martens Classic Boots (£139)

#7: Pleated Midi Skirt

Style Notes: Midi skirts are just as essential for winter as they are for the warmer months. That said, structured pleated styles are significantly better at keeping the chilly breeze at bay compared to that of floaty iterations. 

KEY BUYS

La Redoute Pleated Midi Skirt (£39)

Arket Pleated Skirt (£69)

Joseph Ade Handkerchief-Hem Pleated Skirt (£295)

#8: Versatile Crossbody

Style Notes: Crossbody bags often get a bad rep, but really, they're a cold-weather saviour—mainly due to the fact they require no holding, so you can keep your hands toasty and tucked into your pockets. Choose a versatile hue like navy, black or tan to ensure it goes with every single one of your outfits. 

KEY BUYS

Loewe Gate Small Leather Bag (£1450)

Zara Crossbody Bag (£26)

AllSaints Polly Crossbody Leather Bag (£248)

Next: Is it just us, or is everyone in London wearing one of these ten buys?

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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