Winter is coming.. had to! My inner Game of Thrones fan couldn’t contain itself! But in all seriousness, cold weather is definitely on the horizon and if you’re anything like me, being cold is one of your least favorite things.
I grew up in Arizona where flip-flops are an appropriate shoe choice year-round so when I moved to Connecticut, I had to adjust my wardrobe stat! Buying lightweight jackets didn’t cut it anymore and toe-baring shoes went straight to the back of my closet come winter.
In the process of building a new wardrobe for a colder climate, I learned there are certain pieces you just shouldn’t skimp on. Yes, the short-term reward is that you save a little cash but in the long run the item won’t last and you’ll just have to replace it season after season.
That’s why today I wanted to touch on 3 wardrobe pieces to invest in this winter. You don’t have to buy all three at once but I would recommend keeping an eye out for ones you love.
A sweater dress that’s actually warm
Sweater dresses are literally everywhere – they’re a staple come fall and winter. But do you own one that’s actually warm? I went through my closet the other day and found a good amount of sweater dresses that didn’t actually have the substance to keep me cozy on a really cold day – except for the one I’m wearing in this post! It’s a super chunky, cowl neck knit sweater that really delivers on the warmth and guess what? It’s the only one I’ve ever splurged on.
I chose a very neutral, timeless style because I know I can wear it for many years and it’ll always be on trend. This is a piece that can be taken from day to night with a quick change of accessories and keep you warm on a chilly night.
Well-made OTK boots
Over-the-knee boots are another fall and winter favorite and like many things, you can find a cheap pair for around $30 or $40 that might actually last you all season long. I’ve done it before and my toes certainly paid for it. Boots are painful if not made right and they wear very quickly. I highly recommend investing in a boot not only looks good but will keep your toes warm and pain-free.
I love to look at the reviews section of different websites that sell the boots I’m eyeing and I’ll do a major search to see them on different people. If I remember correctly, it took me a good four months of research to finally pull the trigger on the OTK boots I’m wearing in this post and I’ve gotta say, the research paid off. They’re one of my favorite timeless, wardrobe pieces and I’ve never felt guilty about splurging on them.
A coat that suits your silhouette
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, finding pieces that suit your body type is the most important thing when shopping for new clothes. And it’s no different when coat shopping. I’m 5’1 so finding coats that don’t swallow my frame can be a little intimidating. Yes, the first focus is to be warm and comfortable, but the fit has a lot to do with it. I found this coat last year and the silhouette hugs me in all the right places. I don’t lose my shape (I actually feel it accentuates it) and it really is super warm.
If investing in a new coat is just not in the cards for you this year, still search and try on different styles. Narrow it down to a few top choices and wait until the season is over (designer and popular items always go on major sale!). That’s what I did on this coat and ended up paying well under $100 for a coat I’ll have for years to come.
Are there any wardrobe pieces to invest in this winter that I didn’t include? I’d love to hear your thoughts and what winter wardrobe staples you’ve splurged on in the past?!
Until next post loves!