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5 Winter Fashion Essentials You Need This Season

Wintertime, with its below zero-degree temperatures and wet snow, makes it hard to look put together and polished. When I’m more concerned with keeping warm than looking stylish, I end up looking a bundled-up blob of fabric. However, these five wardrobe staples provide warmth while remaining fashionable. The best thing about these pieces is they remain timeless, meaning you’ll keep them for future winters to come.

1. Puffer jackets

Puffer jackets are great for bundling and layering over sweaters or hoodies. You can find a basic black puffer jacket just about anywhere. My personal favorite is the Water and Wind Protection Cropped Puffer Jacket from Zara. Zara is the holy grail when it comes to basics and this jacket is no exception.

2. Neutral sweaters for layering

Tan, cream, brown, black or white-colored sweaters pair with just about anything. You can easily dress them up by layering under dresses, with a pair of funky pants or under your favorite coats. I prefer lightweight turtlenecks because your neck can keep warm. You can get neutral sweaters anywhere, from Forever 21 to Amazon. But I suggest investing in a quality sweater that you can wear for multiple seasons. Everlane sweaters are a bit pricey but never pill and are made of merino wool that is certified by the responsible standard.

3. Black boots or Dr. Martens

Everyone needs a good pair of waterproof boots, especially if you’re in college. Walking to and from class is miserable when it’s freezing, but there’s nothing worse than soggy socks. Chunky black boots that are comfortable to walk in are a necessity for the winter. I Love my Dr. Marten Jadon Platform Chunky boots. I know they’re an investment, but these shoes are built to last a lifetime.

4. Wool socks

Not necessarily stylish, but definitely a winter must-have. As I said earlier, there’s nothing worse than water soaking into my socks or boots. I wear wool socks all winter to keep my toes from freezing off even when I don’t leave the house. Every winter, I order a pack off of Amazon and wear them almost every day.

5. Leather

I prefer, faux leather over real leather, but any type of leather can dress up an outfit. Leather pants, for example, make a basic sweater and tops look way more polished. Long leather blazers or trench coats keep you toasty without looking too bulky. Even a nice leather tote bag goes everything.

Kate Lickert

Mizzou '23

Hello! I'm Kate Lickert and I am a Junior at the University of Missouri. I am a Strategic Communications Major within the school of journalism. I am a current writer for EMI Network, HerCampus Mizzou, and Mizzou Tri Delta's blog. This past summer I was a writer for Vox Magazine based in Columbia, Mo. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in marketing, branding, development, or design.
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