My Friend Wants to Elevate Her Wardrobe—I Sent Her These 11 Luxe Winter Staples


Life as a fashion and shopping editor means fielding many requests for recommendations, especially seasonal advice, from all your friends and family. I am, of course, only happy to oblige. I'll take any chance to wax poetic about my favorite pieces of the moment. In fact, my friend recently asked for help elevating her wardrobe. She is incredibly busy and not an avid shopper, so she requested a guide of sorts to get her winter outfits in order. I sent her a breakdown of luxe staples to get her stylishly sorted this season.

With the right pieces, any wardrobe can be brought to a chicer level. With fall in mind, I narrowed down my selection to include a healthy balance of classic options like button-down shirts and straight-leg jeans along with trendier picks like cinched-waist blazers and sculptural jewelry. Keep scrolling to check out 11 luxe winter staples that can easily be mixed and matched to create a seamless rotation of looks to wear for many years to come. I included outfit ideas for added inspiration.

Chic outerwear options are abundant this season. Whether you're looking for a sleek leather layer, an elevated belted coat, or a classic trench, there's a little something for every personal style. I prefer to stick to basic colors like black, gray, and tan.

Cool flats continue to be top of mind for fall. They are super versatile and comfy to boot. Try classic ballet flats, a Mary Jane style, or a trendy take with mesh or embellishments.

These come in black and neutral options as well. *If the link for the white flats does not work above, please try this link.

When winter rolls around every year, I like to add a timeless sweater or two to my collection. I look for flattering fits in simple stripes or basic colors. This season, I'm very into mock-neck styles and wide sleeves.

Maxi skirts are having a major moment for fall in a variety of styles. One style that reigns supreme this season is the denim maxi, but any minimal style will do.

A quick glimpse at the runways and the latest street style makes it obvious that sculptural jewelry has taken over. Thankfully, there is a plethora of stunning styles in both silver and yellow gold.

No matter the season, classic jeans are always welcome. The main style that has become my go-to is straight-leg denim that hits right at the ankle—these are perfect for showing off your favorite shoes.

Black boots are a must for winter, and I have my sights set on the sleek options this season. I recommend three styles at the moment: a dressier pick with an architectural heel, knee-high or ankle-length moto boots, and a chic pair of riding boots.

Sweaterdresses are perfect for getting ready in a flash without sacrificing style. I recommend opting for styles that have an interesting sleeve shape or a cool texture. Midi and maxi lengths are also a current favorite.

A cinched-waist blazer is an easy way to instantly elevate any look. You can wear the style on its own with jeans for a more fashion-forward vibe or wear it as a chic layer that completes your next ensemble.

I'm loyal to elevated shirts in a variety of colors and patterns. My top picks are button-downs in solid whites and blues as well as striped options. These pair well with jeans, skirts, and trousers.

Everyday trousers have been a mainstay for many seasons now, and for good reason—the pants are sleek and add a polished feel to even the most basic of tops.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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