Update Your Winter Wardrobe With These Key Staple Pieces


When winter is approaching, it’s time to take a peek inside your closet. Naturally, with cooler temperatures on the way, you’re going to be swapping out your sandals, lightweight summer dresses, and shorts for warmer apparel, like sweater tops and stylish booties.

Cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t still look chic, either. In fact, winter time offers some unique opportunities for creative layering. And who doesn’t like an excuse to invigorate their wardrobes with some new pieces?

If you’re ready to rotate your closet over for the winter months, make sure to incorporate these key staple pieces. To boot, we’ve included some style tips on how to wear them, no matter the occasion.

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Sweater tops
It doesn’t get much cozier than a sweater in winter — and the good news is, you can still look super stylish wearing one.

Consider a sweater with shoulder cutouts, which has a vibe that’s subtly sultry but still casual enough for daytime, especially with patterned leggings and flat booties.

A simple V-neck sweater gets a spunky upgrade with lace-up detailing at the top — and all you need are skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots to pull the whole look together.

Don’t overlook a simple wide-sleeved cardigan, either. Wear it open over a long-sleeved knit top with rolled up faded jeans and pointy flats, and then top it all off with some simple crystal or pearl stud earrings. It’s a combo that manages to be both classic and contemporary.

Dressy leggings
Who says leggings are just for the gym? Sure, this piece is perfect for lounging, but in the right fabrics and with the right details, they can be downright dressy.

Colored leggings, for example, have a little more intrigue than basic black. For the winter months, consider a pair in burgundy, eggplant, or a deep green. They’re stunning even with a long, slouchy sweater or blouse in a soft hue like cream, taupe, or gray. Top it all off with a belted wool coat and some ankle boots for a look that’s totally on-trend.

There’s nothing wrong with neutral leggings, either. Black is a stellar staple to have in your closet because it’s obviously ultra-versatile. You can make black leggings look instantly elegant with a lace top and pointy pumps, or dress them down with a floral blouse and flats. The bottom line is that you’re bound to get a lot of wear out of them.

Charcoal gray is slightly less dramatic than black, and also an ideal pick for winter. Gray leggings look phenomenal with graphic tees and slip-on sneakers for a more casual look, but can also be dressed up with a white silk tunic and crimson platform heels, for example.

This winter, seek out a pair or two of leggings that have some subtle detailing on them, which have a little added visual interest. Studs, embroidery, and distressed slits or tears all make for an edgier pair of leggings that you can sport with a graphic T-shirt and blazer to strike a compromise between professional and rock ’n’ roll.

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If there’s one style of shoe you’re going to want a pair (or three) of this winter, it’s booties. They’re practical in the colder months for obvious reasons, but they’re also super cute with a wide variety of ensembles. Plus, they come with an endless array of heel heights, toe shapes, materials, and details, so you’re bound to find a pair that works for every outfit and occasion.

You can’t beat a flat brown leather bootie with distressed jeans and an oversized scarf for the ultimate low-key daytime outfit. On the other hand, suede booties in charcoal gray or jet black look stunning with a sweater dress, opaque tights, and a statement necklace — and that’s an ensemble you can easily wear to work at a casual office or on a date.

You’ll also find that moto booties add edge to just about anything, whether gray leggings and a tunic or a cowl-neck top and a midi skirt.

Velvet tops
There’s no doubt that velvet just oozes winter charm. So this season, embrace the luxe fabric with some new velvet tops, which give any ensemble a dose of understated glamour. ../../Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202017-11-01%20at%209.47.41%20AM.

We love a long-sleeved off-the-shoulder velvet top with black skinny jeans and wedges for date night or drinks with your girlfriends, or a velvet cardigan with a basic tee and boyfriend jeans for a more laid-back, yet still fashion-forward outfit.

A flutter-sleeved velvet T-shirt has a romantic look, peeking out from under a wool parka. Pair it with leather leggings for an edgy vibe, or gray denim for a softer look.

Tunics
Talk about versatility! Depending on the length, a tunic can be worn as a top or a dress, layered over hosiery or leggings, and worn for chill daytime activities, as well as dressier evening affairs.

During winter, go for a tunic in a soft hue like dusty mauve, purple, or mocha — crochet trim or floral lace along the neck or sleeves will add even more femininity to this piece. You can sport it over leggings or tights with slouchy suede boots for a boho look, or with nude pumps when you’re going out at night.

A velvet tunic with long bell sleeves has a subtle ‘70s feel, but it feels instantly modern when worn with wedge boots and textured tights.

Florals aren’t just for spring and summer. Go ahead and slip on a tunic with a flower print — with a black, navy, or otherwise dark background, it’s still seasonally appropriate. Then pair it with knee-high riding boots and an infinity scarf, and you’re ready to roll.
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7 Booties to Add to Your Christmas List

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If there’s one shoe we can’t live without, it’s the bootie. Practical for cooler months, comfy enough to rock all day or night, and versatile enough to work with a wide range of ensembles, it’s a must-have style in every girl’s wardrobe.

Not just one pair will do, either. With a variety of heel heights, hues, toe shapes, materials, and embellishments, we like having more than one option, especially depending on the look we’re going for. In short,: you can never have too many booties.  

While compiling your Christmas list, you’ll surely want to include some footwear to get you through the dreary remainder of winter. And we can’t think of a better item to add than some new booties, which can carry you through the cold months, well into a spring transition.

With an endless array of booties to choose from, it can be tough to decide which ones are going to make the best additions to your collection. This holiday season, consider adding these seven styles to your list.


The basic leather bootie
Whether it’s black, cognac brown, or taupe, every girl needs a basic leather bootie in a solid neutral color. This is a shoe you’re sure to get tons of wear out of because it can easily be worn with everything from dark jeans and lace/crochet dresseslace or crochet dresses, to leggings and tunic tops. It’s a style that sort of acts as a blank style canvas, meaning you can strike a vibe that’s feminine, edgy, boho, or anything in between, depending on what you wear it with.

Consider a flat pair for everyday wear, which you can rock with slouchy sweaters and leggings. You may also want a pair with a chunky 3-inch heel and flirty side cut-outs for a night on the town — this style looks stellar with dark jeans and dressy silk blouse tops.

The velvet bootie
Indeed, velvet seems to be everywhere these days — shoes included. A pair of velvet booties has undeniable elegance, and the texture of the fabric adds a luxe look to literally any outfit. A gray pair with bedazzled straps looks super glam, and — with a simple outfit like an off-the-shoulder top and black skinny jeans, your feet will be the focal point.

You might also look for a pair of velvet booties in a rich tone like teal or red, which can instantly enliven a neutral ensemble likesuch as a black tee and distressed denim. They’re also a fun, festive alternative to pumps with a holiday party dress.

The classic cowgirl bootie

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Here’s the thing about the cowgirl bootie: It’s timeless. That makes this style a smart pick for your list because you know you’ll be getting wear out of them for years to come.

Look for a sleek pair in tan, chestnut, or chocolate brown, with a burnished look around the heel and toe. During the winter, you can pair cowgirl booties with boyfriend jeans, a printed button-down, and an infinity scarf for the ultimate casual- yet- chic combo. In the spring, sport them with an crop topolive crop top and a denim skirt for a sassy spin, or even a lightweight floral dress, tights, and a denim jacket for a more feminine take.


The wedge bootie
There’s a reason why wedges have remained popular over the years — they’re fashion-forward but also incredibly comfortable. So you’ll definitely want a pair or two in your rotation this winter into the spring.

Go for a pair of wedge booties with exposed zipper trim or buckle details, which have an edgy vibe that can toughen up sweet dresses and skirts. You also may want a basic pair of wedge booties in a neutral color, like gray or brown, to wear to work with blouse tops and blazers or simple knit dresses and patterned tights.

Need a pair of wedge booties for your next big night out? We don’t blame you — they’re a little more practical than high heels because they give your feet some extra stability for standing around at a cocktail bar or dancing. An eye-catching pair of metallic wedge booties will surely stand out, no matter where you’re socializing.

The suede bootie

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Sometimes it’s nice to mix it up from the leather booties we obviously love. Suede is an equally versatile fabric, and sometimes lends a softer look to your outfits.

Consider a suede bootie with a block heel, which looks darling with a denim dress and a long duster sweater. Or, you might try a flat suede bootie with braided side detailing — it has a subtle boho vibe that works nicely with oversized sweater tops and maxi dresses.

Suede booties don’t have to be basic, either. If you want a pair that will punch up any outfit, seek out some booties in a striking hue, like royal blue or rust.


The moto bootie
Nothing adds a little edge to an outfit like a motorcycle bootie. Go for a sleek flat black leather pair — some subtle detailing like studs or exposed zippers aren’t a must, but definitely add some intrigue. Of course, a moto bootie with a stacked heel is one way to turn heads.

Black moto booties look equally stunning with glitzy dresses as they do with simple leggings and a velvet top. You can’t go wrong with moto booties that have a chunky heel when they’re paired with a tank top and midi skirt.

The fringe bootie
Who doesn’t love a little fringe? This simple accent adds some spunk to a pair of booties, whether they’re flat or have a sky-high heel.

Charcoal leather booties with fringe down the side are striking without being over-the-top. Plus, you can rock these with colored denim and pullover sweaters in the winter, or floaty frocks and a denim vest in the spring.

Flat burgundy suede booties with plenty of fringe are a chic choice, as well. We love these with a long-sleeved little black dress and tights in the winter for a look that strikes the perfect compromise between casual and dressy.

 

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