Why is it that we’re surprised by the arrival of winter every year? I mean, the sudden drop in temperature around November time is as predictable as Anna Wintour wearing sunglasses on the FROW, yet we exclaim at its coming all the same. If you’re like me, what typically ensues is a last-minute scrabble to find the winter coats that have lain dormant in your wardrobe for the last nine months and a hurried reacquainting with the art of layering. Well, as always, we’re here to give you a helping hand in the fashion department. And now that the temperature has dropped and snow is on its way, our first port of call is always winter basics.
We all know that staples are an important part of a wardrobe, yet we find that during the colder months, having your foundations in place is more important than ever. It’s all about simple pairings: a chunky knit and straight-leg jeans, a long-line puffer and lace-up combat boots. Minimal effort, maximum impact. To get you started, we’ve rounded up the seven winter staples that we personally turn to year after year and never fail to give our cold-weather capsules a boost. From Arket’s staple puffer coat to Uniqlo’s time-tested knitwear, scroll down to see and shop our edit.
The cosiest crew-neck knit in an earthy taupe – a great addition to a capsule wardrobe.
If you’re looking for a forever knit, Navy Grey has you covered. The Oversize is the ideal slouchy style and comes in nine different colours, but we love this classic navy hue.
Stripes are undoubtedly the motif for 2023 and COS’s contemporary take is one of the best out there.
Uniqlo knitwear is of the highest quality at a sensible price point.
The time is nigh for stomping boots and John Lewis have some strong contenders. This sole is particularly great for gripping in the snow.
A polished take on the traditional Chelsea boot with a slightly sharper toe. Pair it with anything from dresses to jeans.
You can always rely on Chelsea boots come winter. They’re practical, stylish and weather-wicking. Win-win!
Vagabond is my go-to for footwear, particularly in the colder months. The riding boot trend continues to dominate and this style offers a slightly grungier take.
Arket longline puffers are a sell-out every single year, so if you’re in the market to invest in some chic (yet warm) outerwear, this style is tried, tested and true among satorialists.
Slouchy with a touch of formal. It’ll carry you from the office to date night and beyond.
The most impressive coat I’ve seen on the high street this winter. It’s made from soft wool and double-lined – the highest quality with a weighty feel.
Leather outerwear is big every winter but even more so this year. The sheeny fabrication will add a touch of a matrix vibe to any outfit, all whilst keeping you toasty.
Wolford crafts the ultimate soft, stretchy tights so rest assured you’ll have no ladders.
Heist Studios’s tights are one you will never regret buying.
Not only are Swedish Stockings a sustainable brand (crafting tights from 100% recycled nylon) the tights also have a comfortable anti-slip high-waist band.
A longline maxi is a steadfast item in any capsule wardrobe.
The colour and the fit make this piece appear more premium than its price point. Plus, it’s guaranteed to suit everyone.
A staple needn’t be boring, and this knit dress in hot red will lift the dullest of days.
Whether you’re team mini or team maxi, a chic roll neck will never let you do.
The fact is, you cannot beat a cosy cardigan. Wear on its own as a top or layer over a roll neck knit when it’s around the zero degree mark.
This Albaray knit is as classic as they come. The cropped shape and double pockets make it look very luxe.
I discovered Alex Arigato’s knits last year and have been lusting over them ever since. Their pieces are wonderful if you’re looking to invest in knitwear. Just look at those cuffed sleeves!
Everyone needs a wrap cardi in their arsenal and this one is 100% chic.
There’s nothing that says plush quite like a cashmere scarf. It’s a piece you’ll wear forever.
The fitted hood may have divided opinions, but one thing is for sure, it’s super snuggly!
The perfect pop of colour.
Cashmere gloves? Yes please.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.