Dressing for winter and pulling it off in a stylish way can sometimes be a tall order. This editor learned the hard way. While I’ve lived on the West Coast for most of my life, I spent two years in NYC before moving back to L.A. last spring. Dressing for the long winter in New York was an adjustment, to put it mildly. While I was used to bundling up in Arizona or California, a leather jacket and a few light layers were all I ever really needed to get by. On the East Coast, though, it’s another story.
As a minimalist, I never wanted to buy too many pieces, but after a little trial and error, I discovered a winter capsule wardrobe that allowed me to stay both warm and stylish with a few key essentials. First, the turtleneck top became the ultimate layering piece. When worn with jeans or under a dress, it lends a sophisticated spin to any look. Next, a heavier sweater was perfect for colder days. While I didn’t want to give up dresses, I learned to love longer hemlines. Another winter must? Ankle boots, which are essential for pairing with long dresses and navigating snowy sidewalks. And finally, faux-fur coats are the ultimate topper for both banishing the cold and looking stylish. Go on to shop pieces from my winter capsule wardrobe.