Totally unaware, I woke up this morning in Siberia. Or so I thought, seeing about 10cm of snow outside my window and a perceived temperature of -15°C. “What the *beeeeeeeeep* am I gonna wear today?!” was the first question that naturally popped into my head, before being awake enough to decide how to even spend the day to begin with. I took a glimpse of my closet and that’s when it hit me: I’ve been wearing the same clothes on rotation this season! Call it safety net, personal style awareness or simply just lazyness, in the last couple of months I have been sticking to my trusted staple pieces and have played the mix & match game non-stop – which, to my eyes, totally works especially as the accessories (aka statement necklaces, ear parties, arm swag – you name it) do the trick by freshening up every look.
I have gathered them on a rack and decided to make it a concept called: my 10 winter essentials. Ha! It consists of:
#1: a warm knitted BEANIE – not only because it’s über trendy, it’s absolutely necessary to avoid a major forehead freeze [mine is from ZARA & in a lovely shade of burgundy].
#2: a SWEATSHIRT, great for layering and to keep the outfit casual – unless you wanna vamp it up with a great heel which I love.
#3: an oversized, fluffly BLACK KNIT – possibly the most versatile item of clothing I own, I love this one from MANGO with leather details on the stitching and buttonless. Tip: add a belt around your waist for a more flattering, chich take.
#4: a BRETON TOP – preferrably longsleeve. My obsession for breton stripes does not seem to disappear within the next couple of years so it’s gotta be on this list, duh! No need to mention how versatile stripes are but you should know that are timeless, so go ahead and wear them at any time of the year. So glad I got this breton COS top last year, it still looks impeccable.
#5: a PREPPY SHIRT – best if white with a cute print. Bought this one ages ago at ZARA with studs on the collar & a cute owls print and it is still one of my favorites. Tip: button it up, add a statement necklace or stack lots of dainty ones for the perfect look.
#6: BLACK SKINNY JEANS – because they slim anyone down and look amazing with eerm, e v e r y t h i n g !!!
#7: a SKATER MINI SKIRT – the same applies for a cute (preferrably black) mini skirt. Tip: try a scuba fabric like the one I got at ZARA & have fun mixing prints and textures.
#8: an OVERSIZED COAT – after my desperate search for THE perfect coat, I settled for this cutie at H&M with the right amount of fluffiness and a great fit.
#9: ANKLE BOOTS – I tend to stick to black when it comes to shoes as well for the fall/winter season and I can only recommend a cute pair of ankle booties (pointy, round, cowboy, biker..I could go on for hours) for the same versatility bla bla ;-)
#10: UGG BOOTS – I saved them for last because the fashionistas world splits into two when it comes to Uggs. Love them or hate them, I do love them because, let’s face it, they keep my feet SO WARM. They might not look oh-so-fabulous like a pair of Manolo’s but when it’s cold it’s cold for Mother Nature’s sake – am I right ladies?
Rather than style lazyness, this actually looks like a smart way of shopping to me – investing in a handfull of good quality basics and combining/layering them however one will please.
Can you relate to this concept? What would be your 10 winter wardrobe essentials? I am super curious to find out!