9 Winter Wardrobe Essentials You Should Have In Your Closet 

As winter is coming we should start preparing for it. But make sure you don’t buy stuff that you won’t wear later or wear only 2 to 3 times. Knowing what you should buy and what you shouldn’t save you money and you don’t end up with a closet full of clothes but still nothing to wear. 

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Here are the 9 winter wardrobe essentials that you need in your wardrobe to nail your winter looks. And the best thing is that you can mix and match these pieces to create multiple looks. 

9 Winter wardrobe essentials: 

Let me clarify this first. We’re not going to talk about styling or different types of pieces you can own because that’s not essential. For example, a jacket is a winter basic but a leather jacket isn’t. You can literally have any type of jacket you like. 

So I’ll first talk about the tops then we’ll move towards bottoms, shoes and then winter accessories. 

  1. Sweater or cardigan:

How can we forget sweaters? This is the first thing that comes to my mind while thinking about winter essentials. 

There are a lot of options like high-neck sweaters (they look chic and comfy) and cardigans. You can go with fitted ones and loose baggy ones as well. Both give different vibes and you can style them differently. 

Winter wardrobe must have is a sweater


winter closet essential cardigan 

  1. Jacket: 

My favourite winter clothing items are jackets. They look so classy and elegant (if you style them right). If you wear a basic outfit like jeans and a woollen shirt a jacket can give a whole new vibe to this basic outfit

This is a winter essential and there are a lot of options in jackets you can go with according to your own personal style. Leather jackets, denim, and hoodies are a few prominent ones. 

winter wardrobe essential jacket 




  1. Trench coat:

Another layering option in winter is long coats. Jackets give you a casual vibe while trench coats are more classy. For outer layering in winter long coats are the best for formal occasions. You should have at least one long coat for formal occasions and professional events.

trench coat is an essential clothing item for winter


long coat is a must have clothing piece for women in winter


  1. Warm shirts: 

You’ll need warm woollen shirts to keep yourself warm and to wear under the jacket and coats. Invest in full-sleeved shirts so you can pair them with different pieces while being warm. Sweatshirts are also a casual and vibey option here to go with. 

A tip here is to buy neutral colours so you can style them in multiple ways. Bright colours and printed shirts are harder to pair compared to solid and neutral tones.  

Warm shirts are essential for women in winter


  1. Sweater dress:

If you miss wearing dresses in winter then you should get a sweater dress. It’s a dress but it’s made with sweater fabric to keep you warm in winter. You can wear thick socks or leggings with them to keep your legs warm. 

You can wear it on a semi-formal event with a blazer, or this will make a good winter office outfit as well. 

winter wardrobe essential is a sweater dress


  1. Jeans:

Jeans are the most common option in bottoms for the winter season. The best part about jeans is that they can go with any top or jacket. So it’s worth adding a good pair of jeans to your winter wardrobe.  

jeans are a winter wardrobe essential item 


  1. Leggings:

We’re not going to wear jeans throughout the winter, right? So leggings are the next winter essential in bottoms. The black classic ones go with every outfit. Try to buy such neutral colours so you can easily pair them. 

leggings a must-have clothing item in winter


  1. Boots and socks:

Invest one time in some good pairs of boots and shoes. For casual use, you can go with shoes. However, in winter leather boots, both knee-high and ankle-length look flattering.

Boots and shoes are essential in winter


  1. Gloves hat and muffler:

These are some basic winter accessories. Why I’m calling them accessories? Because they accessorize our winter outfits. In the cold season, we don’t get a chance to wear jewellery too often as we layer a lot. Gloves, mufflers and hats then become are accessories. 

You can turn basic jeans and sweater outfits into cute ones by adding a beanie and a muffler. 

Gloves hats and mufflers are must-have winter items 


Frequently asked questions: 

  1. What do you consider winter essentials? 

Warm clothes like sweaters, long coats, jackets, boots and gloves are some winter essentials. But it can vary from person to person depending on their personal style and what vibe they want to go with. 

It’s better to define your own winter essentials by looking at what you want to wear. Your winter essentials are what is essential to you. 

  1. How many items should you have in a winter wardrobe? 

This is subjective but around 30 on average works best but it can vary from person to person depending on their needs. 


These are the 9 winter wardrobe essentials for women. Buy them for winter and you won’t end up with a full closet but nothing to wear situation. And remember to buy such colours and prints that you can easily mix and match. 

Happy Winter Shopping!


Shanzay Aziz