Winter Wardrobe Essentials

As we move into Winter, it is time to update our wardrobes accordingly. The good news is that we don’t have to buy reams and reams of new clothes, we just need to make a few savvy purchases that can be used in a versatile manner to ensure that our wardrobes stay fresh while we stay warm.

Here are my key pieces that will keep you warm and gorgeous this Winter.

A Blanket Scarf

A blanket scarf is an item I discovered last Winter, a real versatile piece that you will wear loads. Why? Well on milder days the scarf can be worn rather than a coat, layered over a cosy jumper for just the right amount of coverage. This is a great look if you are shopping in heated shopping centres where you melt in your winter coat. But, come the big freeze, you can actually layer this over your coat, it is so much warmer than your traditional scarves. Good places to find blanket scarves this year include Joules and Dorothy Perkins.

 

Pink Pearl Embellished Blanket Scarf
£15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

A Chunky Knit

Chunky knit jumpers have become one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe. The simplest way to wear it has to be the jeans, jumper and boots combination, but chunky knit can also be worn over tea dresses to extend their life from Spring.Summer to Autumn/Winter wear. Another gorgeous way to wear your chunky knit is over a tulle skirt, a look which combines a mixture of fabrics and styles to devastating effect. Look to Boden for elegant knitwear.


Imogen Roll Neck Jumper £90 Click to visit Boden

Cashmere Socks

The ultimate in luxury, a pair of Cashmere bed socks are the epitome of pampering yourself and proof that some of your best and most beloved wardrobe items never need leave the house, Look to The White Company for the softest bed socks around in the best shade of baby pink.

Cashmere Bed Socks – Pale Pink £26 Click to visit The White Company

Knitted Gloves

I love leather gloves, but here’s the thing, they look great, but they are not warm. For warmth you need to opt for a knitted version instead. M&S have a great range of soft knit gloves in a range of colours for less than £10. Definitely worth a look.


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Soft Knitted Gloves
£7.50 Click to visit M&S

If you are in need of some winter wardrobe inspiration you could look to Lyst who have curated everything from new season style to stone cold neutral shades, as well as some of the most current sales if you are looking for a bargain. All the big High Street stores are also now well stocked with great ideas and ranges that embrace Winter weather in great style.

What are your Winter Essentials?

 

Sweater Weather: 12 Cozy Outfit Ideas

Do you have a favourite time of the year?

For some, it is summer because they just cannot get enough of the warm, summer sun beaming down on their skin…

For others, it is the winter because there is just something so calming about bundling up in layers and warming up by a bonfire with friends…

Or, you might be one of those people that just embrace each season as it arrives, because let’s be honest – each one has its perks.

Either way – now that fall is upon us, we can officially dress warmly for the next few months. The cool breeze is here to stay for a little while and that means it is time to pull out the sweaters and all your cozy garments that lie tucked away in storage for the majority of the year.

Check out a few cozy outfit ideas for this year’s sweater weather:

Leg Warmers

One of the best things about Autumn – and winter – is that you can pull out those adorable, knee-high boots that you save all year long just for this time of year.
But, while boots are cute unless they are like UGGs, they aren’t really all that warm.
So, throw on a pair of leg warmers under your boots – they will add extra warmth while still coming right outside the top of your boots and therefore adding a little jazz to your outfit.

Blanket Scarves

A scarf is one of the best ways to look fashionable while still being warm and cozy.
Blanket scarves have revolutionized the scarf world. They are big, warm, and super versatile.
A blanket scarf is definitely a staple clothing article for your fall wardrobe.
Try wrapping it around you like a shawl and then add a belt at the waist to really switch things up.

Oversized Sweaters

It wouldn’t really be sweater weather if you aren’t wearing a sweater, right?
Oversized sweaters are just about always in style, and here’s a little secret…
They are great for layering! You can easily throw on a long sleeve shirt under your favorite oversized sweater and nobody will know the difference. Meanwhile, you will be nice and warm.

Layered Clothing

For those days where you do want the layered look…
Grab a nice jean jacket and wear it over your favorite long-sleeve plaid shirt.
If it is really cold outside, you could also throw on a V-neck under your plaid shirt for an extra layer. 

Leggings

Every girl should own at least one good pair of leggings. For sweater weather, throw on some leggings with your leg warmers, favorite boots or some great sneakers, and that perfect oversized sweater and your perfect cozy outfit will be complete!

Turtlenecks

Do you remember being forced to wear turtlenecks as a child?
Maybe you thought they were a thing of the past.
They have made their way back and are actually very fashionable – from a loose turtleneck t-shirt to a turtleneck sweater – by keeping your neck warm, the rest of you will feel even warmer.

Overall Dress

Of course, this doesn’t sound like the warmest clothing idea, but all you have to do is add a little flair. Throw on a great velvet overall dress with a long-sleeve shirt underneath and some leggings for an adorable cozy outfit idea!

Cardigans

Aside from sweaters themselves, cardigans are the perfect closet staple item for sweater weather. You can easily mix and match cardigans with several different shirts and scarves for a new and revitalized, but warm look.

Knit Gloves

I don’t know about you, but my hands are just about always cold – and gloves are the perfect solution. Grab a great pair of knit gloves with a versatile pattern to add a little warmth and flair to your cozy outfit.

Rubber Boots

These don’t exactly sound fashionable, but rubber boots – such as those sold by Sperry’s – are quite fashionable in today’s society.
But, they are also incredibly practical as they will help keep your feet warm even in wet conditions.

Infinity Scarf

So, since you likely aren’t wearing your blanket scarf as an actual scarf, you will still need the perfect fashion accessory to keep your neck warm. This is where an infinity scarf comes in.
An infinity is just that – it is infinite. It doesn’t have a cut in it like a normal scarf. Rather, an infinity scarf is in an infinite circle. It can be wrapped around twice for extra thickness.

Trench Coat

The trench coat is a classic look that has stood the test of time.
If you work in a professional setting, a classic – and solid colored – trench coat is a closet must-have. You can easily leave it unbuttoned and untied if there isn’t a breeze, or you can completely close it up for a warmer look.

Either way – you will look professional and put together all the while.


When it comes to dressing for sweater weather, it is all about getting cozy. Bundling up and staying warm is the key to being fashionable and comfortable when the colder weather days arrive.

Let me hear your thoughts: What are your favorite cozy outfit ideas for this fall? Share your ideas in the comment section below.

 

Preparing for the Chill with Esprit

January. I have to be honest, it’s my least favourite month of the year. The one that replaces the Christmas glow, glitter and glamour with dark, cold weather and a decidedly chilly air. This month is proving to be the norm rather than the exception. By the end of the week we could be looking at sleet and snow across most of the UK, and those sparkly days of December seem an awful long way away. It’s time to dig out those Winter Woollies.

The thing about dressing when the weather turns bad is that style often goes out of the window. It’s all about those chunky layers, puffa style coats, Wellington boots, and basically dressing like Scott of Antarctica getting ready to leave the tent. But it doesn’t have to be like that. We can maintain our style whilst keeping warm and snug, and the current collection from Esprit certainly proves that.

Esprit have been applying a few of their own rules to Winter dressing that ensure that your look could take you just about anywhere in style. If you follow these rules, you can be sure of a look that is both sartorially acceptable and warm. Totally win/win.

  1. If you have to wear a cardigan, take your tips from Chanel.

Chanel showed that wrapping up and adding layers could be the height of elegance. Esprit have added Chanel style cardigans and jackets to their collection, so all you need to do is add a string of pearls for your own iconic look.

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 Smart cardigan in effect yarn £ 45.00 Click to visit Esprit

Smart cardigan in effect yarn £ 45.00 Click to visit Esprit

 Soft mouliné cardigan £ 55.00 Click to visit Esprit

Soft mouliné cardigan £ 55.00 Click to visit Esprit

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Esprit / Textured cardigan with fringing £ 55.00 Click to visit Esprit

2. If you are wearing a jumper, take your tips from Jane Birkin

A jumper and skinny jeans is a no brainer, but you can gain extra style points by taking your tips from Jane Birken and her love of Breton Style (think also Alexa Chung and Kate Moss). A stripe is a classic and also works well with a denim skirt or Matelot style with wide legged trousers.

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 Striped jumper + lurex effects, wool blend £ 39.00 Click to visit Esprit

Striped jumper + lurex effects, wool blend £ 39.00 Click to visit Esprit

 Appliquéd cotton jumper £ 29.00 Click to visit Esprit

Appliquéd cotton jumper £ 29.00 Click to visit Esprit

 Striped jumper, 100% Cotton £ 29.00 Click to visit Esprit

Striped jumper, 100% Cotton £ 29.00 Click to visit Esprit

3. Add shine to your accessories.

When the weather is cold, you may reach for a scarf or a hat. Why not make these the perfect way to add some sparkle to your look?

 Wool/silk woven scarf with shiny sequins £ 29.00 Click to visit Esprit

Wool/silk woven scarf with shiny sequins £ 29.00 Click to visit Esprit

 Knitted hat with beads and fleece lining £ 19.00 Click to visit Esprit

Knitted hat with beads and fleece lining £ 19.00 Click to visit Esprit

 Touchscreen fleece gloves with a sheen £ 25.00 Click to visit Esprit

Touchscreen fleece gloves with a sheen £ 25.00 Click to visit Esprit

What will you be reaching for when the temperatures drop?