the sunday brief | 10 winter wardrobe staples

if it’s winter then it’s time to bundle up. but there’s no need to sacrifice style the next few months just because the wind is blowing. today, i’ve rounded up ten winter wardrobe staples that will keep you on your style game all winter long.

boots – short, tall, and otk boots are essential winter footwear. wear them with dresses or skirts for work. or pair with skinny jeans for a chic weekend look.

over the knee boots –  opens in a new windowSteve Madden, opens in a new windowStuart Weitzman, and opens in a new windowMarc Fisher

talbots friends and family

tall boots opens in a new windowJ.Crew, opens in a new windowTalbots, and opens in a new windowFrye

rainy days and tuesdays

short boots opens in a new windowFrye Vicky, opens in a new windowFrye Chelsea, and opens in a new windowMadewell

boots and bits

tights – it’s a blue moon when i wear hosiery of any type. but when it’s cold outside i don’t mind adding a pair of tights for warmth. try a pattern for a little extrra style. my favorite brands? opens in a new windowcommando, opens in a new windowDKNY, opens in a new windowwolford, and opens in a new windowspanxx for added shapewear.

blue christmas

winter neutrals

skinny jeans are perfect to tuck inside those tall or over the knee boots. check out opens in a new windowOld Navy Rockstar, opens in a new windowJ.Crew or opens in a new windowAnn Taylor


boot up

sweaters opens in a new windowcashmere, opens in a new windowmerino wool, opens in a new windowchunky turtleneck are perfect cold weather layers. look for natural fibers as blends tend to pill.

suede over the knee boots, denim skirt, chunky sweater

faux fur vest – wear it underneath a lightweight jacket or let it fly solo. either way, a faux fur vest is a versatile addition to your winter wardrobe. opens in a new windowJ.Crew, opens in a new windowINC., and opens in a new windowVia Spiga

ralph lauren striped tee, j.crew striped shirt, banana republic denim, adidas sneakers, j.crew leopard vest

casual coat – the perfect weekend look starts with a puffer jacket. technology has improved this tried-and-true coat so look for ones that can be packed inside a suitcase  opens in a new windowOld Navy, opens in a new windowMarmot, and  opens in a new window32 degrees

fridays with oscar

ode to winter

work coat – look for classic military style  opens in a new windowRalph Lauren or a neutral camel coat opens in a new windowTrina Turk

marks and spencer home for the holidays

scarf – nothing is more versatile or warm than a scarf. look for neutrals for versatility. want a little pizzazz? try a pattern. opens in a new window Vince Camuto, opens in a new windowAnthropologie, and opens in a new windowEileen Fisher.

modern preppy

baby it's cold outside

technology gloves – an absolute necessity when you want to answer your phone in frigid temps. opens in a new windowRalph Lauren.

INC. coat, vince camuto black cropped pants, cashmere crewneck, sock booties

hats – last but not least don’t forget to wear a hat when you head out the door during the winter months. a opens in a new windowbeanie or opens in a new windowwide-brimmed wool hat is long on style and keeps you warm. 

think pink




  1. DriftwoodLover wrote:

    Just love how you take staples to a new level with color and pattern play. Bu tthen that’s why I’m here! You are teaching me so much how to up my style. I did a direct copy of an outfit you posted a few months ago … wore it last week for the first time and received two compliments.

    Posted 12.17.17
    • awww, that’s music to my ears! i’m always happy to hear you are finding inspiration. that’s what it’s all about!

      Posted 12.20.17
  2. Bonnie Schulte wrote:

    Beth, ALL of these photos of you wearing these wonderful outfits leaves me speechless. What a beautiful, beautiful collection. The double breasted coat, to DIE for. Your boots..awesome!! Each and every one, but my very favorite, is the picture of you seated wearing jeans with the silver belt buckle, sweater over blouse, and jacket. You look absolutely AMAZING!!!

    Posted 12.17.17
    • DriftwoodLover wrote:

      Love that one especially and also the houndstooth jacket over the blue polkadot sweater.

      Posted 12.17.17
  3. Rebecca Saffer wrote:

    Some great winter looks to keep us warm and stylish – thanks Beth!

    Posted 12.17.17
    • hi rebecca! are you staying warm up there? NYC has had some cold temps blow through. and a bit of snow that may already be gone. if you blink the weather will change. wishing you a very merry christmas.

      Posted 12.20.17

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