As I mentioned in my latest blog post, I’m a plain Jane girl. I love the basics. I love filling my closet with staple clothes and dressing my outfit up with a high end luxury bag, hats, an oversized scarf, statement jewellery, shoes or boots for winter. I’m the type of girl that prefers to spend my money on 5 identical tops in different colors, rather than 5 different tops. Do you get me? Is that weird? Well, for me it isn’t. When I see something I like, I want more of it! And when I find a pair of jeans I like, I generally buy 2-3 of the same in different colors (denim fade, dark denim and black). I don’t necessarily follow the latest fashion trends or the latest looks because I find that the latest goes out of fashion just as quick as it came in. I like to have good style, rather than buy something because it’s in fashion but it doesn’t suit my body shape or just looks down right, ugly.
This is just my style. I’m not a ravving fashionista. I’m not a fashion blogger but rather, I’m a lifestyle blogger with a love for fashion. And I have my own style. I won’t be sharing on LaBeaute about the latest fashion trends just because they are in. I only share fashion trends that I like myself. I mean, when you see suggestions from Elle Magazine like this here, really – are these winter looks that practical? I just can’t do those at all!?
Anyway, this list today will form the basics of my winter wardrobe. Some things I currently have in my wardrobe, others I don’t but I will be buying soon and I can’t wait to create endless looks for winter, just with these few essential winter outfit staples. I believe these are 10 essential pieces of winter clothing and accessories you need in your wardrobe for this season!
Also – stay tuned as in the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging about my favorite skincare products for winter to keep my skin hydrated, aswell as my winter beauty essentials including which foundation you need to use for winter and I’ll share a few winter makeup looks that I use everyday.
#1 Black Coat
This is just a staple. Every girl should have one. Nothing more to be said here 🙂 However, if you don’t have a black jacket and you are scared to go all black (I have a friend that hates wearing black with a passion), then it might be a good idea to opt for a pattern black jacket. I particular love this black coat because it’s softer and less bulky than other traditional black coats and has a more feminine look and feel.
Again, this year I’m opting for neutral tones, such as white and beige. My husband is starting to call me a beige bear as with my latest obsession with beige is covering every accessory I have (except #6)! This time I have my eye on the beige sweater from Ralph Lauren. I already have the white and navy in this one, but I spotted the Beige at the shops the other day and feel in love. It’s a must for me this winter. I think this is way nicer than some other high end luxury brands like here, that just look so horrible. What do you think?
#3 Pattern Scarf
Ok I know I said I was a basics sort of girl, but I also said that when it comes to accessories, that’s when I like to get my fancy on. My number one tip if you are a plain girl like me, is to NOT go plain when it comes to buying a scarf. Buying a scarf that is patterned or animal print can really add depth to your outfit, which is something you need to bring life to a rather simple outfit. And, for winter, the bigger the scarf, the better. For me personally, animal print scarves are one of my one true loves. I came across this one on a fashion blog here and I was pleasantly surprised that its’ from one of my favorite stores, Zara! I can’t believe I didn’t even know!!! I’ve got my eye on this and hoping to purchase it in the next week or so (before Christmas, that is!).
#4 Oversized Shoulder Bag
In my last blog post (which you can read here), I talked about my obsession with the Gucci Soho bag. I want this bag so much but I know it’s a little pricey. Generally, cross body bags are super handy in winter as they allow you to keep your hands warm by placing them in your coat pockets rather than holding a handbag. Another great alternative is an oversized bag as they allow you easy store and carry extra winter essentials such as a beanie, gloves and scarves when not in use or your makeup and cosmetics bag so you can touch up your makeup when on the go. This one in particular that I have featured is the Celine Cabas Tote.
#5 Plaid Shirt
This is probably only one of a few pieces of clothing in my winter wardrobe that isn’t a plain or neutral color and I’m not sure whether most fashion bloggers would view this as being in fashion, but I believe Plaid Shirts are considered a staple for every girl (and guy for that matter!). I typically don’t wear a green plaid shirt, but I’ve grown to like this color as it tends to have more of a natural earthy feel. I’m tending to stick to more earthy colors this winter, rather than bold red which I already have in a plaid shirt.
For days that aren’t so wintery, or just to cover up a bad hair day, a winter hat is a perfect addition. I’m in love with this burgundy color at the moment, only because I don’t tend to wear or even own anything burgundy in my wardrobe. You can grab this anywhere, including H&M, ASOS or Forever21. And if you struggle to keep your hair in good condition during winter, don’t forget to read my blog post about how to keep your hair looking healthy especially during colder months of the year.
#7 Oversized Turtle Neck
The reason why I say oversized is because that is what’s in fashion. Despite me not considering myself the ultimate fashionista, a classic style turtle neck is no longer in fashion. Oversized doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a trend, because as far as I know, oversized turtle necks have been around for a few years now and should be included in every woman’s winter wardrobe. This turtleneck in particular is my favorite as it has a flared bottom which makes it more feminine. It’s especially flattering for women with or without curves. You can purchase this from Amazon.com
#8 Neutral Toned Wool Coat
Now this is something that I don’t currently have. I have a beige puffer jacket but I’ve been wanting a really good quality beige wool coat for a while now. Good quality wool coats can tend to be a little pricey and I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. It’s just a matter going ahead with the purchase. To be completely honest, I am not sure if it’s the wool coat or the beige that I am more excited about at the moment. It seems that all I want to wear is beige rather than black. It’s a softer and warmer color. Including the beige Gucci bag that I am so in love with right now and that I included on my Christmas Wish List. I also love this Thanksgiving Look with the beige Gucci bag that I want so bad and the beige vest! I love Brandi’s look and style!
#9 Skinny Jeans
These are staple pants in winter as they are the easiest type of pants to wear with boots. Any other type of jeans such as flared, will not allow you to wear ankle or over knee boots with.
#10 Over the Knee Boots
Ok I have to admit, this is a first for me. I have never purchased or even worn over the knee boots before! Does that sound kind of weird? The reason for this is because I am not that tall and I’ve always had a fear that I’d look shorter than I already am. It wasn’t until a friend of mine (who is the same height as me) bought the nicest over the knee boots ever, and I was instantly jealous. If she can, so can I. I have my eyes set on a few and I’ve learnt at little bit more about them from TrendSpotter, but I think these are my favorite. Will be saving this purchase until the New Year, after we settle down financially from all the Christmas festivities.