Written by Kathryn Andes
Every season, new must-have staples hit the stores, but these 8 everyday winter essentials are truly what you need to take you from January to March. This time frame is known as the “fashion limbo”, where we are repelled at the thought of wearing a blanket scarf, but it's not quite time to break out the floral skirts yet. With so many trends and fads to keep up with, it's hard to know when to invest in your personal style. But trust us, looking cute and staying warm is not as difficult as you might think.
With capsule wardrobes taking over 2021 and here to stay in 2022, we are sharing our most beloved basics that you can wear again and again. Statement outerwear, classic loafers, and tote bags are pieces that will always be in style, shop our best selections below.
1. A Cozy Cardigan
Cardigans are at the height of popularity right now with micro trends within the classic fashion trend itself. Some include peter pan collared cardigans, a matching tank top and cardigan knit sets, oversized cardigans, and cropped cardigans. But nothing is as timeless as a perfect everyday basic cardigan. This Brunello Cucinelli Gray Cashmere Monili Trim Cardigan will keep you warm and cozy in those bitter winter days, while also leveling up your winter wardrobe. Not only will a piece like this last for years to come, it will always be in style.
2. A Spacious Tote Bag
Tote bags are not only for school teachers and lawyers anymore. If 2021 proved anything to us, it’s that the tote bag trend is here for a long time. After the logomania craze of 2021, designers are digging into their roots and bringing back simpler, classier styles. The Prada 2 Tone Saffiano Lux Shopper Tote is the perfect subtle designer handbag to add to your growing collection in 2022.
3. Comfortable Winter Boots
Planning your outfit around what shoes you’re going to wear is always an interesting conquest, especially if you reside in the northeast. One day you need waterproof knee length snow boots just to successfully walk to the mailbox, and the next day you need the most luxurious pair of leather ankle boots to wear to a dinner party. Fashion is always a game of dichotomy. Instead of going for the same pair of Uggs for the fourth time this week, switch things up with these Roger Vivier Black Leather & Fur Trim Bootsthey are guaranteed to keep you just as warm complete with a mink fur interior. It's all about comfort and style this season.
4. Leather Pants
With freezing temperatures in full effect, there is no better choice to add to your winter closet than these Brunello Cucinelli Black Leather Front Pants. Instead of opting for the mainstream leather leggings, grab these contrasting leather front and traditional trouser back pants, they are anything but basic. Pair them with an oversized t-shirt and a trench coat and you have mastered the art of street wear.
5. Burberry Scarf
The Burberry Vintage Lambswool Check Scarf is just what you need to add a layer of sophistication to your evolving personal style. The classic Burberry nova check is synonymous with New York winter, and has a cozy, familiar, nostalgia to it. Pair it with a black peacoat, a white turtleneck, and trousers for an opulent look. Or style it with blue jeans, uggs, and a casual blouse for a laid-back look. It's the perfect core piece for a capsule wardrobe.
6. A Cozy Sweater
Just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean that fashion is lost on you, especially if you live in the North East. Winter is about nesting and nothing says cozy like this Gabriela Hearst Ivory Cashmere Cable Knit Sweater. Layer a turtleneck underneath for maximum comfort, and throw on some wool socks and you’ll be warm and toasty all day long. Take this piece from day to night by adding a structured jacket and black skinny jeans.
7. A Puffer Jacket
During this time of year puffer jackets are a crucial part of mastering the winter months. A puffer jacket needs to be warm and cozy while also remaining fashionable. You’re in luck, we have the perfect jacket, shop the M. Blaustein Fox Fur Hood Trim Coatin store and online. It will instantly add a layer of comfort and style to any winter outfit. The Schultz and Blaustein families joined forces to provide the most luxurious outerwear in the tri-state area. When you shop at DoubleTake you are also supporting local designers.
8. Suede Loafers
Like most of America, and even the most influential fashionistas, we have retired high heels from being a shoe for the office. They are perfect for a night out, but with a large portion of the workforce working from home, they are no longer practical for your day job. The trend that took over 2021 and is now making its claim on 2022, is platform loafers. It’s no surprise that this comfortable and sensible shoe is the trend that stormed Instagram, the runways, and even fast fashion retailers. They add a polished and affluent vibe to any outfit, and they were the most popular item amongst a fashion trend saturating TikTok called the “Old Money” aesthetic. Shop the Aquatalia Navy Suede Platform Loafersin store and online.
These eight everyday essentials are all you need to take you through the frostiest weeks of winter, and into the hopeful months of March. Shop everything listed above on our website, and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.