Your Winter Basic Wardrobe, Sorted

Inevitably, there comes a time every year when mornings get chillier, boiling cups of tea replace iced coffees and one layer is no longer warm enough.

That time is now. Unless you live in a country with a year-long summer climate of course – in that case can I come visit?

The weather changes before you’ve had your first pumpkin spice latte of the season and before you know it you’re curling up with your blanket, heater or boyfriend to fight the chill. But you can’t stay inside all winter (can we try?) so in order to to avoid looking like the abominable snow woman,  I’ve rounded up the best winter basics and shopping tips to get you through this seemingly never-ending season – and a few rules to keep you snug and stylish.

The Three Truths of Winter Dressing:

1. Go for key quality pieces you’ll reach for again and again.

This includes sweaters (can you ever have too many cable knits? We think not), leggings and winter accessories like scarves. Good winter coats are a must – when having a dubious outfit day, throwing on the right coat can pull together the entire look beautifully.


2. Have a uniform.

When it’s cold, the last thing you want is to figure out your outfit when you’ve already hit the snooze button five times and are running late. If you have a go-to look (mine is leggings and oversize sweaters) you can easily create a simple, stylish base and then play it up with accessories.


3. True basics don’t need to cost a fortune.

Scoop up long-sleeved shirts and tanks at a low-cost shop – they’re amazing for days when layers are the only option. I like Target and H&M, where I usually stock up for the season and wear my new basics to pieces. 



Our key must-have basics…and where to shop them

  • A chic coat (Vaute Couture)
  • A soft, fuzzy, non-itchy scarf (Accessorize, The White Stuff, Miakoda New York)
  • Leather-free gloves (Topshop, ASOS, H&M)
  • Plain black or white long-sleeved shirts (H&M, ASOS)
  • Leggings  (PACT, Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Forever21)
  • Jeans (Levi’s, Nudie, Kuyichi)
  • Sweaters (The White Stuff, Miakoda New York, ASOS)
  • Boots (MooShoes, Cri de Coeur, Compassion Couture)



The Top Seven of Cold-Weather Style:



Winter Basics Vilda Magazine




1. Coat, Fashion Conscience

2. Furry scarf, Accessorize

3. Faux fur earmuffs, Anthropologie

4. Boots, Airseal at Vegetarian Shoes

5. Sweater, Miakoda New York 

6. Cable-knit gloves, Topshop

7. Snood, The White Stuff 

8. Faux leather jacket, Free People


Cover photo by Eric Prunier

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Nicole Hoffman

Nicole is a native New Yorker and graduate of New York University with a Bachelor's in Media, Culture and Communication. Her cruelty-free style is girly and carefree with lots of sparkles thrown in for good measure. She blogs about NYC life and animal-friendly fashion at Too Chic for Meat.

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