Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wardrobe Essentials - Winter '09

The most recent addition to my personal wardrobe was a new black turtleneck. Yes, here's a picture of me wearing it while I write this post. :)
Although the turtleneck didn't seem like an exciting purchase at the time, it was a necessary one and (surprisingly) it has quickly become one of my favorite pieces in my winter wardrobe. It fits perfectly, feels great, and makes a wonderful backdrop to all my other pieces. So this black turtleneck has me thinking about the subject of wardrobe essentials--basic items of clothing that are foundational to an outfit and can be accessorized in a variety of ways to look great for any occasion. So here are a few of the pieces that I think every woman should have in her closet this winter.

Essential #1: The Sweater Dress
I love the warmth and comfort of a snugly sweater dress on winter days. This versatile piece can be worn with tights and heels for a night out, leggings and flats for a comfy daytime look, or even as a cute topper over a pair of jeans.

Essential #2: A Coat You Love to Wear
Unfortunately, the winter coat is often a necessary evil in our wardrobes--a utilitarian piece that self-preservation instinct forces us to put on over an otherwise cute outfit. It doesn't have to be this way! Perhaps more than any other wardrobe essential, the winter coat is an investment piece: if you live in a chilly climate, you will probably wear it almost daily for several months; and if you're on a budget, you'll probably have to keep it for more than one season. So spend a little, and buy a coat that you love--with some design detail please. I think this one by Nanette Lepore is beautiful.

Essential #3: Boots You Can Actually Walk In
I love those pointy-toed, spikey-heeled, calf-hugging boots as much as the next girl (and I thoroughly recommend owning a pair) but for my day-to-day life, I need a pair of boots that are a little more practical--while still looking great. Here are some by Naughty Monkey that would work well.

Essential #4: Jeans That Can Go Anywhere
Need I say more? This is an essential for any season, but for winter especially, jeans can provide the warmth and the style that you need. Take the time to find a cut that fits you perfectly (more on this topic in a later post), and keep them versitile by going with a dark wash. I love the Rocker Flare by Joe's Jeans pictured here.

Essential #5: The Black Turtleneck
You already know how I feel about this. Here's the one I bought.

I hope these tips were helpful. Let us know what your winter wardrobe essentials are by posting a comment. We'd love to hear what you think!

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