The 10 Most-Worn Pieces In My Winter Closet

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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…

1. Waterproof Shearling-Lined Hiker Boots

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).

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

At Nordstrom | At Zappos
Denim (27) | Sweater (S) | Socks

More Shearling-Lined Boots


2. A Boxy Turtleneck Sweater

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

Recashmere Turtleneck (XS)
Denim (28) | Boots

More Boxy Sweater Options


3. Blue Flare Jeans

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).

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

MOTHER The Weekender Fray Flare (27)
Heels | Sweater (XS) | Mask

More Blue Flare Jeans


4. Sweater Pants

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

Sweater Pants (XS)
Sweater Hoodie (S) | Sneakers

More Sweater Pants


5. Gray Wash Denim

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

At Nordstrom | At Bloomies | At Shopbop
Sweater (S) | Boots

More Gray Wash Denim


6. A Beige Cardigan

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

Vince Wool & Cashmere Cardigan
Pajamas | Denim | Striped Sweater | Boots

More Beige Cardigans


7. Silk Face Mask

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

At Nordstrom | At Bloomies | At Anthropologie

More Silk Face Masks


8. A Cashmere Hoodie

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Hoodie (XS)
Denim (27) | Boots

More Sweater Hoodies


9. Basic Puffer Coat

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

Uniqlo Seamless Down Coat (S)
Denim (27) | Sweater (S) | Hat (Similar) | Boots

More Solid Puffer Coats


10. Olive Green Booties

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

Vince Henderson Bootie
Black Skinnies (Similar) | Black Crop Flares (27) | Bag (Similar)| Striped Sweater (S)

More Green Booties


One more....

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.

UGG hiker boots, MOTHER jeans, a Vince cardigan & the coziest Birkenstocks for winter — the wardrobe workhorses I'm living in these days.

At Nordstrom | At Zappos | At Anthro | At DSW
Sweater Joggers | Sweater Hoodie | Gold Tank (Similar) | Denim

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!

-Linzi

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. workhorses this winter for me: the shearling lined birk arizonas (cozy and supportive!), quince cashmere shrunken sweatshirt, everlane cloud cable cardigan

    • I am so in love with my shearling lined birks too…who knew I needed such a thing in my life! And of course, Everlane’s basics are so good! I keep meaning to try Quince….thanks for the reminder.

    • Yes! We will absolutely have some posts coming soon on upcoming spring fashion ideas. I have in my head that hopefully summer (at least late summer) might have some sort of out-and-about “normal” feel to it, so I can totally picture what I want to be wearing for summer. I’m personally having a hard time, though, picturing what I want to wear this spring…will I be doing school drop offs again? Will I be going in to stores and running “real” errands? Will I be back in dance class? Will I be going to the office? Will I still be stuck in my house wearing sweater pants? Hopefully I’ll come up with some ideas, Molly, that include your request for cute lighter boots and tops and outfits that DON’T include sweater pants. Thanks for the comment!

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