Back to Basics: Winter Wardrobe Essentials We All Need

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Now that the days are getting shorter and the mornings are getting colder, it’s important to stock up on those much-needed winter essentials. It happens every year in our house – the cold days creep up on us so discretely that before we know it the sub-zero temperatures hit and we don’t have any practical winter items to throw on.

After I found this winter fashion guide, I decided to create a little list of my own must-have winter essentials. If you’re also lacking in the warm clothes department, take a look through my back to basics guide and see if there’s anything you need to quickly pick up before the big chill hits.

A Warm Winter Coat

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We all need a warm winter coat when the temperature starts dropping, and luckily there are plenty of options out there. If you want something you can wear again and again, it’s a good idea to opt for something neutral-toned – either in a grey, camel, black or olive. Puffer coats are ideal when the dead of winter hits, while something slightly lighter like a wool coat – either hip or knee length – or even a versatile leather jacket can make for a great transitional piece too.

 A Snuggly Pair of Slippers

On chilly days there’s nothing more comforting than a pair of soft, warm slippers. During the winter season they’ll be the first thing you put on in the morning and your go-to item of choice when you get home from work, so it’s important to get the decision right. Luckily slippers for women come in all kinds of shapes and styles, each pair as good as the last when it comes to warming you up on those frosty mornings. This year’s selection of slippers from Tu cover everything, from ballerina-style slip-ons to knitted boots and suede moccasins.


Over the Knee Boots

Thigh-high boots are all the rage this season, and for good reason. Weather you wear them with tights, leggings or skinny jeans, they’re very much a fail-safe option that looks great, keeps you warm and promises to be something you’ll be breaking out every year. If you’re unsure which pair of boots to buy this season or simply want some help picking a new style, let this online quiz guide you in the right direction.

 An Oversized Blanket Scarf

We all love a versatile fashion essential, defined as something you can wear again and again in numerous ways. The blanket scarf is just that – a true mix and match piece that should be top of your to-buy list this season. From thick knits to the finest cashmere, there are endless ways to wear them, including as a poncho, shawl, or in a regular loop.

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Tech-Friendly Gloves

Lastly, don’t even think about going out this winter without a handy pair of tech-friendly gloves – pun definitely intended. A life-saver for those of us whose mobile phone is their most-worn accessory, no longer will you need to worry about taking off your gloves to answer your phone or put an address into Google maps. They come in a huge selection of colours and styles too, proving that you don’t always have to sacrifice style for practicality.

Like these ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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13 Discussion to this post

  1. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    I agree with all of these, you forgot a cosy dressing gown to go with those cosy slippers though, and some thermals ? xxx

  2. ooh. I need slippers – my toes are freezing!
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  3. I totally agree about slippers being an essential, they are always high on my Christmas wish list.

  4. Tech friendly gloves – yes!! I recently got some of these so I can use my phone with gloves on!
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  5. I haven’t dug my scarf out yet as I just can’t bring myself too. Snuggly socks and slippers are always a must x

  6. Emma Lofthouse-Burch says:

    A great list of winter basics. I really need to get myself a new blanket style scarf x

  7. Emily Leary says:

    Layering up in Winter is a must! I’ll definitely be adding some of these pieces to my list to pick up so I’m well prepared for the colder weather.

  8. Jayne Townson says:

    Some great ideas there, I love that jacket and those slippers look lovely and warm.

  9. Sarah Ann says:

    I don’t yet have snuggly slippers and I really need to get some. I have been wearing cosy socks though, but they lack the snuggle factor.

  10. Emily Leary says:

    When the winter starts to really bite I basically live in a blanket scarf!

  11. Mandi says:

    Totally agree with all of them, although I do need to invest in a new pair of slippers as the puppy seems to have taking a liking to my old pair and there isn’t much left of them, at least I will have something on my Christmas list!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Oh I am so tempted by the over knee boots, keep your knees warm!!
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  13. Sandra Bald says:

    Totally agree with all of these. Definitely cannot do without my lovely snuggly slippers during the winter.

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