Not sure how to achieve a comfortable and chic wardrobe for fall and winter? Today’s style list outlines everything you need to be stylish and cozy.
Comfortably Chic Fall and Winter Style EssentialsMy favourite sorts of looks always combine comfort and style; and it’s my belief that you should never have to sacrifice one for the other. I love casually combining my polished midi skirt with a more laid back t-shirt, or styling my favourite slouchy boyfriend, mom, or retro-style jeans (like these Levi’s 501 Jeans!) with a more prim style of blouse. Especially during the fall and winter seasons, I feel comfort is key to a look and always maintaining an element of practicality is essential. Also during the cooler seasons, I feel it’s important to invest in an oversized purse or side bag to carry around a few extra layers – just in-case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
15 Must-Have Items a Comfortable and Chic Wardrobe
1. Over-sized Knit Sweaters
In my opinion, there’s no piece of clothing that’s more essential to your winter style than a super cozy oversized knit sweater.
I live in oversized sweaters during this time of year. I style when with button ups and slacks for work, leggings when I am at home, and jeans if I am going out with friends. Even though they are oversized and slouchy, you can really style them to look quite cute and chic.
2. Leggings and/or Leather Leggings
During the fall and winter months, I love to wear leggings and leather leggings. They are the most comfortable bottoms you can wear. And, they tuck into boots nicely.
When I am at home, I’ll often just wear simple black leggings. Occasionally, I’ll wear them out if I have a oversized sweater on. Normal leggings are quite casual so when I am going out but I still want legging-level comfort, I’ll wear my leather leggings instead.
I’ll still wear an oversized knit or large shirt (to cover the bum area), but the leather look of the leggings just steps the look up a bit over all.
3. Slouchy Jeans
Another style essential, year-round, is a pair of slouchy jeans.
Slouchy denim looks great when paired with a crisp tee, a cozy knit, or even a button up blouse. They are super versatile which makes them a total style essential.
I personally have been obsessed with styling my slouchy denim with fitted black turtle-necks and black ankle boots lately.
5. A Peacoat
Alright – during this time of year ANY coat is a style essential. It doesn’t have to be a peacoat. You just have to have something that will layer well and keep you warm.
But for the sake of fashun, a peacoat is a style must. It looks crisp, chic, and smart while also keeping you warm. It’s a win-win.
6. Thinner Layering Knit Sweaters
Have you ever gone outside in your sweater and coat, feeling cozy, just to go inside and find yourself sweating bullets? Yeah, we’ve all been there.
Layering your knits will help you be able to be comfortable whether you’re out in the cold, or in the cozy indoors.
Lately, I’ve been finding myself reaching for my Zara basics sweater more than any other – I love how comfortable they are and how beautifully they layer up.
Another must-have has to be cardigans. In particular, I love oversized style cardigans or better yet – coatigans. I live in “coatigans” at work. They are cozy, and coaty, and officey and I’m into it.
Whether you are into cardigans or coatigans doesn’t really matter – so long as it’s something knitwear/sweatery that can be worn overtop of your thinner layering knits.
You’ll wear your cardigans and coatigans time and time again during the fall and winter season. Plus, they’ll make your more summery t-shirts and tanks more wearable and cozy during the cooler months.
8. Ankle Boots
Yes, we’re getting into the boot essentials section of this list – and to start it… ANKLE BOOTS!
I love most styles of boots, but I pretty much wear ankle boots every single day. Ankle boots (that are flat or low heeled) go stylishly and practically both with my work slacks and my more casual jeans, and they are super comfortable.
Ankle boots can be styled in a ton of different ways. Whether you’re into flats, like me, or prefer a tall heel, you’ll find that your ankle boots are super versatile.
9. Knee High Boots
Another style of boot you’ll get a lot of wear out of are knee-high boots.
Knee-high boots are great to wear over jeans, jeggings, and leggings. They are a classic boot style that are super versatile and cozy.
10. Over the Knee Boots
In the last few years, over the knee boots have really become a fall and winter style staple.
They make your summery dresses and skirts wearable during the cooler months. They look great with more winter-ready sweater dresses. And, they add another cozy and stylish layer when wearing leggings or leather leggings.
11. Sweater Dress
It’s just been in the last few years that I’ve really come to appreciate the sweater dress. I used to never wear them, but now I just love how cozy and stylish they can look during this time of year.
I tend to go for more slouchy shapeless knit dresses that I then add a belt to in order to have more definition at the waist. I love pairing my sweater dresses with knee-high or over the knee boots so that I am extra cozy.
I wear scarves every single day. Seriously, every day. I don’t go to work, to the store, out with friends – anywhere – without having a scarf on. To me they are the ultimate chic and comfortable wardrobe / accessory.
Scarves are such a great style focal-point. They can be patterned, printed, and textured which makes them a great go-to when you’re wearing simple outfits. Plus, they keep you nice and warm and that’s pretty dang essential during this time of year.
Toques have really become a style essential for me these last few years.
I used to only wear toques if I was going skiing, or doing something in the snow. Now, they are my go-to when I am going anywhere and its cold out.
I love toques that have a bit of extra fabric in the back that folds down. I just think it looks so casually cute.
14. Wide Brim Hat
Wide brim hats look so incredibly chic and they are a great way to keep your noggin nice and cozy.
I tend to wear simple hats in neutral shades – black, grey, beige, or sometimes burgundy – but I have to say that lately I have really loved the idea of a blush hat!
15. Cross Body Bag
I’m not a huge purse person. I know a lot of people love super fancy expensive bags – I am just not one of them.
Instead, I’d rather a bag that’s practical. I typically go for something that I can just throw over my shoulder and not really worry about.
While not all of my bags have zippers, I usually do prefer bags that have a zipper to keep my wallet and miscellaneous items safe.
I also tend to go for small or medium size bags that will just fit my essentials – wallet, lip-balm, maybe a scarf. I don’t like anything too small (if it can’t hold a normal size wallet… What’s the point of it?) or anything too big and bulky.