9 Must-Have Items for Winter

Despite experiencing the wrath of old man winter, the season has yet to officially start. Fortunately, there’s still time for you to update your closet with a few winter must-haves before he really gets here on December 22. Just because the forecast may not be looking its best, there’s no need for you not to. Here are nine winter must-haves to keep you stylishly warm this season.


This fall/winter season the cape makes another strong appearance as a must-have outerwear piece.  It’s a great layering item that can be worn over extremely thick sweaters and pullovers. It is also a great piece to layer over another jacket for extra warmth.

(L to R) Chris & Jamie (barneys.com, $275), Anthroplogie (anthropologie.com, $80), J.Crew (net-a-porter.com, $200)


Corduroy Pants

Although thick and durable, corduroy hasn’t always been look as a cool fashion must-have piece.  But this winter keep those legs warm by stocking your closet with a few pairs of heavy-duty corduroy trousers.  New shapes and hues have stepped on the scene to make the once boring textile a bit more fashion-forward.

Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com, $54), Jag Jeans (nordstrom.com, $80), AG Adriano Goldschmied (anthropologie.com, $168)



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There’s no other way to stay lavishly warm then to wear fur. The luxe fabric is always a must-have for the winter season.  Whether you choose to be fur-real or faux-fake, the look and feel of fur double as both a warming agent and a great fashion piece.

(L to R) H&M (hm.com, $64), Quicksilver (quicksilver.com, $119), Topshop (topshop.com, $170)


Leather Jacket

There’s nothing more fab than a badass leather jacket. Even though it’s not recommended to be worn in extreme winter conditions, a sleek leather jacket can be great for layering.  Instead of your blazer or cardigan, include a little leather jacket to your look for a bit of an edge and extra warmth while indoors.

BCBG Max Azria (bcbg.com, $200), Zara (zara.com, $129), Topshop (topshop.com, $118)


Bright Coats

It is so easy to be drawn to the typical dark colors for winter when it comes to coats, but why not brighten up the mood of the season with something on the vibrant side.  Let your coat make a bold statement in hues of orange, yellow, cobalt and fuchsia.  You’re guaranteed to stand out in winter’s dreary weather.

(L to R) Zara (zara.com, $89), J.Crew (jcrew.com, $298), Asos (asos.com, $422)


Rugged Boots

Just because there might be slush and snow on the ground does it mean you should for-go your keen fashion sense.  Rugged boots that keep your feet both warm and dry is a must-have shoe option for the winter season. Bad weather should never stop you from looking your best and walking fabulously.  Keep those feet looking chic even in the snow.

Madewell (madwell.com, $175), Sperry Top-Sider (bloomingdales.com, $160), Chinese Laundry (heels.com, $100)


Statement Hat

A great way to trap much of your body heat during the cold months is to cover-up your head.  This winter is no different then when you were a child and your mother urged you not to leave the house without your hat. If the beanies style reminiscent of your childhood doesn’t fit your personal style, this season we have many different toppers to choose from.  Pick your style of choice –fedora, floppy, trapper, or turban—they all can keep you warm and take your look to the next level during the winter months.

(L to R) Juicy Couture (piperlime.com, $68), Lulu (nordstrom.com, $12), Gap (gap.com, $40)


Oversized Sweater

What’s winter without an awesome chunky oversize sweater to get cozy in?

There’s nothing more comfortable and relaxed than an oversized sweater.  An oversized sweater provides the right amount of room you may need to pack on the under garments, thermal tops and henlys for maximum warmth—remember it’s all about layers—pack them on.

(L to R) Allsaints (allsaints.com, $195), BDG (urbanoutfitters.com, $79), BCBGeneration (zappos.com, $95)


Textured Tights/Socks

No need to put away your mini’s and skirts for old man winter.  Keep them front and center by pairing them with this season’s hottest textured and heavy weight tights and socks in a variety of colors. Don’t be afraid to also layer your socks over your tights.  Tights and Socks are a great way to let your personal style shine through while keeping your legs warm in the winter.

(L to R) Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com, $14), Anthropologie (anthropologie.com, $14), Asos (asos.com, $9)

Now that you know what are some of winter’s must-haves, the fun part can begin –shopping for them!  Don’t let winter scare you into a fashion rut.

Misha is a fashion devotee who spends her days trekking into Manhattan putting in long hours in the showroom of a major fashion label. She’s a lover of great personal style. She has spent many of her days studying the business of the fashion world. She also passionately spends her nights moonlighting as a fashion/lifestyle blogger on www.thefabchick.com, which gives her an outlet to express her subjective views on fashion, style and all things considered fabulous in her world.

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  • Crystal

    I need some fur in my life…