the sunday brief | 10 classic winter basics

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew cozy striped cardigan, Everlane cashmere crewneck, Talbots girlfriend jeans, J.Crew Ryan loafers

today i’m sharing ten classic winter basics you should have in your wardrobe. recently i heard a phrase coined ‘weardrobe’ as these are the items you actually wear. sounds good because a solid seasonal wardrobe (weardrobe) gives you something to wear every single day. these ten classic winter items will create the foundation of your wardrobe. since winter is sticking around for a few more weeks, let’s take a peek at the ten classic items we’ll reach for until the daffodils make an appearance.

cozy cardigan

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears workout gear from Athleta

bottom | similar tunic | cardigan | shoes

 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew cozy striped cardigan, Everlane cashmere crewneck, Talbots girlfriend jeans, J.Crew Ryan loafers

denim | rib neck sweater | similar cardigan | shoes | similar handbag

a cozy cardigan is a perfect sweater for lazy days. choose an oversized sweater with pockets in a neutral color. but don’t forget to add a favorite pattern like stripes.

crew neck

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears an Everlane grey cashmere crewneck, high rise black cigarette jean, Tory Burch black ballet flats and a double-breasted trench coat

denim | sweater | shoes | similar trenchcoat | tote | bracelet | lip shade frenemy

a crew neck looks terrific popped over shirts or wear it all by its lonesome. this sweater is a great layering piece and all-around foundation of many of your outfits.

turtleneck

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears J.Crew polka dot chinos, Everlane cashmere waffle turtleneck, J.Crew Factory puffer vest, and Ann Taylor leopard flats

pants | sweater | vest | shoes | handbag | similar belt | lip shade frenemy

beth from style at a certain age wears plaid pants, cobalt blue turtleneck, green wool coat, blackwatch plaid cashmere scarf, and green beanie

turtlenecks look chic all by themselves. it’s a universal piece that brings your outfit to life. turtleneck, jeans, and hoop earrings are a simple and easy outfit. don’t forget a ribbed texture adds interest.

thick hoops

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a Ralph Lauren blazer, Helmut Lang winter white blouse, J. crew Maddie pant, Ann Taylor suede pumps, and Gucci handbag

day in and day out i reach for hoop earrings. they add simplicity and polish to any outfit. recently, i purchased these gold hoop earrings from Macy’s. the goal was to find a pair that didn’t drag my earlobes down. these thick gold hoops might look heavy, but they’re featherweight and quickly turned into my go-to earrings.

black skinny jeans

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears an Everlane cashmere waffle square turtleneck, J.Crew Factory black high rise skinny jean, Ann Taylor coatigan, Via Spiga black slouchy boots, Ralph Lauren black handbag, and wool scarf

 denim | sweater | coatigan | similar boots | similar scarf | handbag | lip shade frenemy

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears an Everlane grey cashmere crewneck, high rise black cigarette jean, Tory Burch black ballet flats and a double-breasted trench coat

denim | sweater | shoes | similar trenchcoat | tote | bracelet | lip shade frenemy

look for a pair of black skinny jeans that fit like a glove. tuck them into boots on a chilly day or wear them with ballet flats when the temps are mild.

sunglasses

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew cozy striped cardigan, Everlane cashmere crewneck, Talbots girlfriend jeans, J.Crew Ryan loafers

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew camel ruffle neck sweater, slim boy chinos and a Boden modern classic shirt with a bold print.

sunglasses

sunglasses are a must-have even in winter. while the sun may be absent on any given day our eyes still need protection.

belts

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears Ralph Lauren pinstripe pants, Misook white blouse, J.Crew black blazer, cap toe pumps and black handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age is wearing Ralph Lauren faux leather pants, chunky cashmere sweater, green utility jacket, Frye boots, and Frye hobo handbag

similar belt here and here

choose a belt with silver hardware or gold hardware. the good news is there is a prominence of belts in fashion again. belt your shirts, coats, or pants. belts give a style element to any outfit. go up one size if you want the tail to hang down.

lightweight coat

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears Ralph Lauren distressed jeans, Talbots cashmere turtleneck, J.Crew brown loafers, and Ralph Lauren glen plaid coat

similar denim | turtleneck | loafers | coat similar here and here | similar handbag

choose a lightweight coat that has big enough sleeves that you can wear bulky sweaters underneath. 

blazer

beth from Style at a Certain age wears velveteen black watch plaid pants, blue ribbed turtleneck, and loafers

denim | turtleneck | blazer | shoes | handbag | lip shade pirate

a black blazer is a must-have item. but then look for a herringbone or plaid as a cool alternative to basic black.

ballet flats

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears an Everlane grey cashmere crewneck, high rise black cigarette jean, Tory Burch black ballet flats and a double-breasted trench coat

ballet flats

ballet flats are a comfortable alternative to heels. the advantage is i can walk for miles in a pair of ballet flats. and they look chic with a pair of blue jeans.

there you have it, ladies, ten classic winter basics that you will reach for time and again. enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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