You guys want the good news or the bad news regarding my winter closet?
Bad news first, right? Always. The bad news is that the 10 most-worn pieces in my winter closet this year are not very exciting. Working from home, multiple weeks in a row of not leaving the house, and the need to feel hugged at pretty much all times has led to my current favorite clothing pieces being almost exclusively soft, comfortable and neutral basics (I’m of course looking at you, 2020 sweater pants). A cute Zoom top or fun boots here and there, but they unfortunately didn’t make the top 10.
Winter Wardrobe Top 10: What I’m Wearing On Repeat That’s Totally Worth It
The good news? The outfit pieces that did make the top 10 are fabulous and TOTAL winter closet workhorses (and NOT just for staying home)! They’re the perfectly simple pieces you can wear over and over and over (great cost-per-wear value), and most of the styles can be incorporated into your regular rotation year after year. Some of my specific pieces have sold out (it’s that time of year), but I included similar alternative options as well.
Drum roll please, everyone…and the awards for hardest working clothes in my closet go to…
It was a hard decision on this one because I also wear my shearling lined Danskos a TON. I wear these waterproof UGG hikers slightly more, though. They’re ridiculously cozy, super-warm, and the laces are just so darn cute. The tiny pop of red makes me very happy. AND, when I tie them loosely I can easily pull them off and on without having to redo the laces (huge bonus points there). I’ve walked miles in the city on very cold days without any problems (comfort or warmth wise).
More Shearling-Lined Boots
This year’s ReCashmere Stroopwaffle version is thinner than previous years’, but I still grab it as a go-to in both the white (shown above with the UGG boots,) as well as black. I love the boxy shape and the slight high-low cut. This other favorite square turtleneck is better if you want uber softness in a similar shape (I wear that one a bunch too), but I’m a huge fan of the texture of this one’s waffle knit. Also a fan that it’s made from 100% recycled cashmere.
More Boxy Sweater Options
Blue flare denim FOREVER!!! Always a favorite of mine…year after year…despite the trends. And this pair of jeans from MOTHER is worn with old tees around the house, with heels and earrings on date night, and with sweaters, tops and cardigans for everything in between. The perfect amount of stretch, as well as the perfect mid-rise to make them comfortable for every day (and adaptable to weight fluctuations).
More Blue Flare Jeans
I should probably be embarrassed about how much I talk about these sweater pants, but I’m not…so there’s that. I have been a very proud sweater-pant-wearer during the cold months of 2020—and they’re still going strong in 2021 as well. Once I put them on, they are VERY difficult to take off. I wear them mostly around the house, but I’ve also thrown them on with sneakers or my warmest boots for outside wear as well.
More Sweater Pants
I have ALWAYS loved a good gray wash denim. More interesting than black and easy to pair with pretty much everything. These MOTHER jeans are the denim I grab almost every time I leave the house, but they’re comfortable enough to wear all day IN the house as well. Just the right amount of stretch and a really cool acid-wash look.
More Gray Wash Denim
A Nordstrom Anniversary sale purchase that I didn't know if I should splurge on, but am so glad I did. It's so soft, the perfect weight for cool mornings in the house, and is really pretty in person. Most often I'm throwing it on over my pajamas or a tank and my sweater pants, but it also looks lovely with jeans and would do well for a work setting too. This Vince cashmere sweater has limited sizing left (it was hugely popular--remember that if something similar is offered during this year's Anni sale), but other similar ones available below.
More Beige Cardigans
Of course, my SLIP Silk Face Mask is on this list. So soft on my skin, strong nose wire (to prevent glasses fog), adjustable ear loops and extra replacement pieces. It is very pretty. Most-worn mask for sure. Not great for exercising, but other than that...a total winner.
More Silk Face Masks
Oh, Cashmere hoodie...where would I have been during the winter without you? Everyone in my house is VERY sick of seeing this sweater. During the Nordstrom Sale I debated during whether or not the idea of a cashmere hoodie was ludicrous, but if we're talking cost per wear...this was one of the most practical things I bought all year. Feels much cozier to me than my sweatshirt hoodies, and I've even dressed it up a bit on occasion with real shoes for the outside world. Only a few of these cashmere hoodies left in stock, but Nordstrom Signature now has another version in two colors fully stocked and more options below.
More Sweater Hoodies
Another piece that I'm sure you regular readers predicted would make my list. Third year in a row of loving the Uniqlo basic puffer. I bought green this year, but the navy from three years ago is also still going strong. All colors on super sale -- limited sizing left in some.
More Solid Puffer Coats
These are the boots I wear when I get to leave the house sans kiddos. In actuality, I could wear them WITH the kids too (they're super-comfortable), but when I have the opportunity to be out and about without the kids, I am more motivated to put on "something cute," and these shoes are usually involved. Most often, I'm just wearing my other winter basics (often all black), so the pop of green works. They also work well with blue denim for something a bit different from my usual black or brown boots. Limited sizing left, but other good options below.
More Green Booties
You know I have a hard time limiting my picks....so just one more. These GLORIOUS house shoes were begging to be included, so I couldn't hurt their feelings. Cozy, super-soft, supportive, warm (but not TOO warm), and perfect for toes (like mine) that like their wiggle room when in the house. Worn most often with my absolutely favorite socks of this winter.
My plan for this coming month is to work on incorporating a few more interesting/exciting/playful pieces in to my rotation....2021 is calling for some brightness. Look for that soon, but until then...I'd absolutely LOVE to hear what your closet work horses have been so far this winter. Please share!