5 go-to winter wardrobe essentials

Old Man Winter. Jack Frost. Mother Nature. Bring it on! Bring on the snowing, blowing, icicles-on-your-eyelashes weather. With these 5 go-to winter wardrobe essentials, you’ll be warm, cozy and ready to whip down the sledding hill or coast across the ice-skating rink.

This is what to wear in winter!

Puffy vest

Great for that winter walk through the woods or even skimming down the slopes, a puffy vest is one of the most versatile winter wardrobe essentials. It keeps the body’s core warm while giving arms the freedom to move. A puffy vest can be worn over any type of clothing, like flannel shirts and sweatshirts. It also can be worn as an underlayer of winter jackets.

Layering leggings

You can’t go wrong with leggings in the winter. A good pair of leggings is great for a thin layer of wind whipping protection underneath pants. If you’re a skirt girl, keep them out for winter; leggings are a perfect substitute for tights. Pour some color into the white of winter. There are countless styles, colors and patterns to choose from to help you do just that.

Cardigan sweater

A classic cardigan sweater is a winter wardrobe essential that allows you to dress up for work or dress down for a sleigh ride and stay warm doing it. For work, pair a cardigan with a tailored button-up shirt and dress pants. For even greater warmth, wear a mock neck sweater underneath. An open cardigan creates a more casual appearance but will help keep you warm nonetheless.

Chunky sweaters

Think chunky sweater and think cocooned in the coziest winter wardrobe essential there is. It’s high on the what to wear in winter list for its warmth, comfort and versatility. You can wear almost anything underneath it. Plus, it can be worn with any type of bottoms: leggings, skinny jeans, skirts and more. The options are limitless and so is the warmth.

Stylish sweatshirts

You’ll be ready to build that snowman or have an epic snowball fight in a must-have winter sweatshirt. If it’s not too chilly out, a sweatshirt may be all you need. Throw a turtleneck underneath it, wrap a scarf under the hood (if it has one) and get outside! It, too, comes in many styles and colors: crew necks, hooded, zip-ups. Sweatshirts simply are must-have winter wardrobe essentials.

So throw on one (or more) of these winter wardrobe essentials, get outside and make this winter a wonderland! You may even turn a snowman’s head while you’re at it.

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