7 Must-Haves for Your Winter Wardrobe- Some people dread the end of summer.No more beach days or warm trips to the lake, no more tank tops and minimal outfits. There are, however, some people who embrace the seasonal change. When the leaves start to fall and the air takes a chill, it means it’s time to throw open the closet and start to layer.

Fancy sweaters, boots, cardigans—all things that weren’t appropriate a week before suddenly become mandatory. Style lives in winter. However, if you want to take full advantage of the season, there are some wardrobe items that you absolutely need. Pull out your notepad, and prepare to bring your winter collection to the next level.

Cozy Winter Boots

No matter who you are or what you typically wear on your feet, every person needs to invest in a good pair of winter boots. If you live in a place where it snows, you know how cold your toes can get walking around with canvas shoes. Do your research and figure out where the shoe retailers are in your area, and find a pair that fits with the rest of your wardrobe (or the wardrobe that you aspire to have). You won’t regret it.

A Real Parka

You don’t need to belong to an Inuit tribe to successfully pull off a parka.No matter where you live, it’s the ultimate outerwear piece to keep you warm the winter through. Not only are parkas incredibly comfortable, they’re a fashion staple that seems to trend every winter season. While they can cost a pretty penny, high quality parkas can last for years and will make you look stylish in your holiday social media posts.

An Ugly Sweater

 

Let’s be real, every piece of clothing you own doesn’t need to be in constant rotation. Some should be saved for special occasions, like bright green t-shirts for St. Patrick’s day, or, more applicably, a good women’s or men’s ugly Christmas sweater. When holiday parties come around, don’t be the person scrambling around the thrift store looking for ugly sweaters only to find that they’ve all been taken, and being forced to settle for a somewhat ugly sweater (a very different thing).

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Find the most discordant, lurid, and gaudy piece of knitting you can find and hold onto it. You’ll be thankful when the party starts.

A Trio of Flannels

Flannels are wonderful. They’re cozy and dynamic, and can be worn in countless settings. Some are subtle, some are bold, but all of them are warm, and can either be paired with an undershirt or buttoned up to the neck. Without fail, a set of three flannels that fit your aesthetic preferences will become a quick staple in your winter collection.

A Beanie

Everyone loves a good beanie. They’re not only stylish but also incredibly functional, and can be the perfect piece to top off your winter wardrobe. If you live in a snowy climate, find a beanie that is large enough to cover your ears and is thick enough to keep your head warm during a snowstorm. If you’re buying for a little one, opt for a colorful beanie that will by the envy or his or her classmates.

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Comfortable Socks

Even if they won’t be the highlight of your winter wardrobe, they’ll be the secret piece you’re most thankful for. For the most part, your socks will remain hidden. This gives you the chance to wear the puffiest, coziest pair you can without having to worry about them being incongruous with the rest of your outfit.

Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere is expensive, but if you get the chance to feel the material you’ll understand why. It’s lightweight, feels like it’s made of clouds, and provides a ridiculous amount of warmth and comfort. Both men and women can sport a good-looking cashmere sweater, and with multiple color options they can be worn in almost every single setting. It’s also possible to find really good deals if you’re shopping through online retailers. If you find a good deal and couple it with a coupon, it’s possible to get these expensive items for a fraction of the usual in-store cost.

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