THE 6 PIECES YOU NEED FOR WINTER.
I talked about how to effectively clean out your closet for a fresh start in the new year… but didn’t tell you what should be in your closet once it’s leveled. I’m a firm believer in layering. Obviously you want to be seasonally relevant (no bright spring florals), but much of your rest-of-the-year wardrobe still works for winter with just a bit of layering.
The key to the winter wardrobe: OUTERWEAR.
Above is my take on the essential outerwear pieces, and next week I’ll show you some of the
outfit combinations you can put together with each, but for now, here’s your to-keep or to-buy list:
— OUTFIT: Part of it: Blazer stays on, so integrate how it hangs & works with your blouse/dress into the overall look.
— FIT: Completely fitted is the key. The blazer needs to have the shoulders hit just right and be able to button comfortably without pulling. Unless you’re going for an intentionally retro look, it should hit at or right above the hips.
— COLOR: If you go with black, it will be the most versatile, but a colored or patterned blazer is a great statement piece.
2. FLOWY SWEATER.
— OUTFIT: Part of it. Statement piece over a simple look.
— FIT: just make sure the shoulders are fitted well. Length/volume is up to you after that.
— COLOR: As with the blazer, black or dark grey are the most versatile, but for this piece in particular, it’s great to have a fun pattern. Easy to throw on over complete basics and Voila! You have an outfit (I do this at least once a week).
3. BLACK LEATHER (OR FAUX) JACKET.
— OUTFIT: Part of it, or an addition. Up to you.
— FIT: completely fitted. Needs to be able to fully zip up and not pull.
— COLOR, ETC: black. period. This jacket can dress up or dress down pretty much anything. How much embellishment (zippers, belts, epaulets) you choose will determine how versatile it is. Simpler & cleaner lines: wear with everything.
4. WOOL PEA COAT.
— OUTFIT: strictly outerwear.
— FIT: Fitted, but not too snug. People can tend to do this piece a bit too boxy. Get tailored lines, but with room for extra layers underneath.
— COLOR: Sometimes you can find an awesome bold colored pea coat, but usually you find black, grey and navy. You know your colors, and what you’d be wearing it over. Your call, as it is outerwear.
— OUTFIT: outerwear or integrated. This is my ultimate easy-day cheater winter piece. Leggings, a comfy stretchy long sleeved top and flat boots. Throw a poncho over it and it’s suddenly an outfit (I laugh when I get complimented on this look, but it’s awesome!)
(Did you see my post with the poncho? )
— FIT: loosey-goosey, comfy awesome. Whatever volume, color, you do it and be happy with your easy look.
— OUTFIT: outerwear only.
— FIT: the more fitted, the better. Make sure all the buttons line up and fit you well. If the shoulders are great but you need a little tighter / looser fit, it’s often easy to have a tailor adjust the button placement.
— COLOR: I’m trench obsessed… I have 7 or 8. All thrifted, all different colors. The fit is most important on this one. Have fun with color & pattern!
Are you all stocked up for winter?
Kari Shipman is thrifty, eco-conscious, and knows the importance of supporting local charities. She has been our featured blogger since we started the blog in 2010, and has a serious passion for fashion. In addition to owning a Fashion Consulting Business, Juniper James, Kari is also the owner of her own boutique that carries all locally made clothing. Kari lives out her passions in Northern California with her wonderful husband Charles, and their black lab, Gracie.