Winter Closet Staples Every Gal Needs

As Summer fades away, it’s time to move beyond breezy dresses and bikinis and start plotting your layering tactics for winter. Find fresh colors, fabrics, and silhouettes to update your style. Browse these winter must-have wardrobe items and dress to impress this season while still keeping it simple and casual.

Winter Closet Staples Every Gal Needs

Trendy Tops

  • Graphic Tees
    Make a statement while staying casual in a graphic t-shirt. Sport an iconic image—Beyonce’s face won’t hurt.
  • Flowy Shirts
    The bohemian fashion trend isn’t going anywhere this winter. These loose peasant tops hide your imperfections and look great with fitted bottoms. Find a flowy shirt with ruffles for a flirty touch.
  • Turtlenecks
    Turtlenecks got a bad rap until recently, but have since turned into an essential wardrobe item. Wear a slouchy turtleneck by itself for a cute, simple look or slip it under sleeveless tops and dresses to make them seasonally appropriate.
  • Flannels
    Flannels are the super-comfy go-to items for fall and winter. Wear it alone buttoned up or layer it with another shirt.
  • Sweaters
    Chunky, cable-knit sweaters will be seen everywhere this winter, but you can also show a bit of your personality with some hilarious, holiday-appropriate designs. Buy ugly Christmas sweaters for all of your Christmas parties and rock your statement piece year after year.


Denim Jeans

Denim Jeans

  • Ripped jeans are versatile and can be paired with nearly any top. They’re both casual and sexy, and look great with blazers, shirts, and coats.
  • Skinny
    The skinny fit is flattering and highlights your legs. Be sure to grab both a light and dark wash pair to keep your outfits fresh.
  • Boyfriend
    This key staple looks great with a pair of ankle boots and a beat-up bomber jacket. Remember these are baggy, so make sure to keep everything else fitted.
  • Straight
    Falling between the slim skinny and the baggy boyfriend, straight-legged jeans will give you a clean-cut look. Wear them with a fitted sweater and casual flats.

Alternative Bottoms

  • Leggings
    Leggings are cozy must-haves, and can be worn outside of the gym or house.
  • Corduroy Skirts
    For warmer winter days, wear a camel-colored, high-waisted corduroy skirt. These are great for creating easy, understated outfits.
  • Overalls
    Overalls are great all year, but work especially well for casual winter outfits. Layer it with a plaid shirt or add a cozy cardigan over the top.

Outer Ware

  • Leather Jackets
    For a biker look, the more fitted the better. To make it more casual, opt for something oversized or lined with fur.
  • Bombers
    Bomber jackets are no longer exclusive to aviators, and work well to block out chilly winter winds. The style offers cool appeal with a polished edge.
  • Funny Sweaters
  • Denim Jackets
    A basic but stylish outerwear is the classic denim jacket. Its natural boxy shape looks good on anyone and stays in trend all year round.
  • Tuxedos
    Each season gives new ways to wear these timeless blazers. Keep it casual with a loose fit and distressed denim.
  • Cardigans
    Layer on in cozy style with a cardigan. The possibilities on how to wear them are endless, and they’re excellent for bundling up on colder days.

Simple Shoes

  • Sneakers
    Wearing tennis shoes doesn’t mean you look messy. Stay chic and comfortable by wearing stylish sneakers. Pick up a fresh pair of Converse to stand out.
  • Ballet Flats
    Flats are excellent for a dressed-down look. Pair them with skinny jeans to appear chic yet casual.
  • Over-the-knees
    Find a slouchy pair of boots that rest just above the knee. These are great to pair with leggings and chunky sweaters for a simple, trendy ensemble.
  • Boots
    One of the biggest reasons we look forward to winter is the opportunity it brings to pull out our favorite pair of boots. Keep it casual with some ankle-high booties to complete any look, or stay classic with a taller pair of riding boots.



  • Bralettes
    Having a bralette peek out through an off-the-shoulder sweater is a great way to spice up an otherwise boring ensemble.
  • Hats
    Find a wide-brimmed panama hat in darker colors for winter fashion. Wear one of these to complement an effortless look.
  • Beanies
    For casual style, wear a slouchy beanie off the back of your head. They keep you warm and save you on bad hair days.
  • Scarves
    Scarves are great staples to dress up a t-shirt and jeans. Pick from a variety of materials and colors to look cute and comfy.
  • Handbags
    Rocking the right handbag can up the ante on a basic outfit. Carry a purse with fringe or stud accents to stay up-to-date with this winter’s trends.

Combine these pieces successfully to achieve a winter look that’s comfortable, casual, and polished.


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