7 Winter Wardrobe Staples to Buy Now
By Lauren Caruso | Dec 15, 2020
I did not Marie Kondo my apartment like everyone else in 2018. In fact, I’ve always been pretty terrible at letting go of things — not necessarily because of any deep emotional attachment, but mostly because I never felt like I was done with anything. Maybe I’d find a use for that vintage beaded dress with the tassel hem, or perhaps I’d need to disperse forty pairs of ankle socks among my friends at a moment’s notice. That’s all to say, I own a lot of stuff. Well, owned a lot of stuff. I recently sold off about half of my wardrobe to prepare for a cross-country move.
In the shuffle, I realized I had tons of duplicate items that were never as great as the original that I thought it'd replicate, meaning I’d continue to wear the same hoodie or coat or beanie to shreds rather than add the new one I’d just accumulated to “my rotation,” as they say.
This winter may look a bit different than previous seasons, but the sartorial bones are still the same: I want to invest in elevated, responsible basics that I’ll wear over and over. And with my great purge, I was able to whittle my wardrobe down into seven winter essentials that feel impossible to live without.
Ahead, the timeless pieces from sustainably-minded brands that I believe everyone should own.
Winter is arguably the best season for getting dressed: It allows for the perfect amalgamation of practicality and creativity. The challenge lies in finding fabrics and silhouettes that’ll keep you warm while also letting you feel like yourself — not some bundled-beyond-recognition iteration of your former autumnal style. This coat from Acne is exactly that: relaxed but not huge; timeless but not boring; and most importantly, great alone or with four layers hiding underneath. Plus, it lands a ton of compliments.
Acne Studios Belted Wool Camel Coat Melange ($1300)
A basic turtleneck is my winter MVP thanks to its ‘layerability’ — and this style from Gucci, a label that’s committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, is as chic as they come.
Gucci Cream Wool Fine Turtleneck ($980)
While an all-weather boot has wedged its way into the trend cycle this season, not every winter day calls for a snow-proof lug sole style. This pair from Aurora James’ Brother Vellies is the perfect everyday boot, what with its mid-calf height and democratic squ-oval toe.
Brother Vellies Lauryn Boot in Midnight ($795)
Loose Wide-Leg Pants
Stella McCartney paved the way for sustainability years before it was trendy. Not only is the British label a member of both the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, it also doesn’t use leather, down, fur, or exotic animal skins and hairs. Add in the perfect ‘70s silhouette of these jacquard pants, and you’ve gotInstagram gold.
Stella McCartney Beige Claudia Tailored Trousers ($513)
Stockholm-based brand Filippa K is filled with the kind of minimalist basics you’d expect from a Scandinavian label; each piece makes me want to ditch 90% of my closet in favor of a capsule wardrobe. Not only does it reuse materials from previous collections to reduce waste, the brand is like the poster child of hygge.
Filippa K Lina Sweater in Navy ($220)
I didn’t believe in the perfect hoodie until I met this paragon of comfort from eco-conscious brand Pangaia. It’s cropped hem means that it won’t overwhelm your frame, and the light hue will pair perfectly with any oversized long-line coats or blazers in your closet. Instead of wearing it with matching sweatpants, I like to dress mine up with wide-leg trousers and pretend it’s nice enough for a dinner outfit. (Nobody’s challenged me on it yet.)
Pangaia Lightweight Recycled Cotton Hoodie in Sand ($150)
If a beanie seems too basic to splurge on, you haven’t met Naadam. The brand’s ribbed cashmere style is so good that I have it in two colors: it doesn’t stretch out, never static-shocks me (important!), and looks great with everything.
Naadam Signature Ribbed Cashmere Beanie in Smoke ($53)
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