Winter is the most brutal season of the year, with bitter temperatures, bland skies, and sloshing snow. How do you combat those things without sacrificing style? The answer is simple, create a list of must haves and staples that you can't live without, and translate that into the winter season. Like scarves? Go for a knit one. Love tank tops? Layer tanks under chunky cardigans for a casual indoor look. So many possibilities!
My winter must have list is short and sweet: an interesting coat, chunky knit scarves, wide brim hats, and fleece lined legwear.
Plaid Coat -- Vinted
Coats in themselves are the most necessary item for the winter. Without a coat, you quite literally freeze. But, if you're forced to wear a coat, you might as well make it interesting! A plaid coat, marled colorful coat, a color-blocked coat--anything besides black, and you're bound to stick out in the crowd like the stylish person you are. My favorite places to pick up coats are secondhand stores and consignment stores, but I can't help but to lust over Zara, Topshop, H&M and even Target's collections this year.
Chunky knit scarves are perfect for the winter because they trap in your heat and keep you toasty warm. Choose one with cable knitting for a classic look, or one with a cool design for a pop of interest to any look. Scarves like this are everywhere, and if you're on a budget, I'd definitely recommend a secondhand app like Vinted or Poshmark for a gently used one, or if you don't mind waiting, eBay or Amazon. But, if you're an instant gratification person, you can find quality ones, at Target, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, pretty much any place in the mall.
Wide brim hats are great for every season, because they add drama to your head. But, they are particularly helpful in the colder months because they protect your face from the filtered sunlight from the clouds. Filtered sunlight is the absolute worst for your skin, so this hat is a definite must have for the winter. My favorite place for inexpensive hats is Forever 21, because I'm not breaking the bank on headwear, but I also recommend checking out ASOS for better quality ones.
Over the Knee Socks -- Steve MaddenSimilar / Similar / Similar
And, fleece lined legwear. Now, this is a little hard to photograph, but fleece lined legwear is a godsend invention to those of us who refuse to wear real pants. Fleece lined tights under a dress and a coat, and I am warm as can be in positive degree temperatures. Fleece lined leggings are great under jeans on those super cold days. Fleece lined high socks are perfect for the not so terribly cold days, and look even better atop tights. I cannot preach the benefits of some insulated, trendy legwear enough. Forever 21, Target, Kohls, TJ Maxx--they all sell affordable, opaque fleece lined legwear. My favorite site for legwear is SockDreams because they cater towards us plus sized girls, and they have a great collection of really warm legwear.
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Winter is a season of creativity and comfort, so I'm interested in what your winter must haves are.
What do you swear by, let us know down below!