Cold, wet weather means the time has come to adjust our wardrobes! While wintry conditions can be rather uncomfortable, gorgeous outerwear is something I always look forward to. With all its autumnal glory, Fall marks the beginning of warm essentials like long cardigans, a Belted Trench with Hood, peacoats, faux fur vests, and ponchos. Keep reading for a list of must-have and cruelty-free outerwear essentials that will keep you warm and chic all throughout Fall and Winter.
Must-Have Outerwear Essentials
- Warm and Stylish Coats
When the temperatures drop below 70 degrees, the number one wardrobe essential you need is a stylish coat; it’s non-negotiable. Choose a coat that complements the majority of your wardrobe, and you’ll be able to wear it as often as you like.
Take the coats below, for example. Black goes with everything, and Tuscan Brown looks stunning in any season. The Tommy Hilfiger Down Alternative Coat and the London Fog Belted Trench are great choices for rainy weather because they have a detachable hood!
2. Faux-Fur Vests Make Warm Layering Pieces
Don’t negate the practicality of a faux fur vest – they’re not just ornamental! They’re actually a really warm layering piece and have been a trendy must-have staple for Fall and Winter outfits for several years now.
Faux fur vests can be found in a variety of different colors or in an ivory shade like this one from Lotus York boutique, shown below. Wear your faux fur vest over a long shirt, some skinny jeans and knee-high boots, and you’ve got yourself an amazing outfit!
3. Ponchos Are Effortlessly Chic and Easy To Style
I wish I could personally thank whoever invented the poncho because they’re JUST so comfortable and elegant. The poncho has been in style for decades all across the world, and for good reason. They’re one of the easiest wardrobe staples to style; all you have to do is throw it on over a pair of fitted jeans like the ones shown below, and a pair of knee-high boots like this Black Stiletto High Heel.
Plus, ponchos are so warm that it almost feels like you’re wearing a blanket! They come in so many different prints and fabrics, like this houndstooth poncho below, so have some fun picking out one that suits you!
4. Cozy Long Knit Cardigans
What could be more comfortable than a long cardigan? It’s definitely a must-have outerwear essential for cold weather, and it’s also the perfect outfit topper for when you’re in a hurry but need to look put-together. With so many prints and styles to choose from, you’ll never be low on options!
TIP: Look for a long cardigan made of cotton because it’ll be ultra-soft. I love this cardigan show below because of its interesting print, and because I love anything with a little fringe on it!
5. Capes: The Oh-So-Chic Outerwear Essential
Capes have been all the rage the past few years. If you haven’t tried this trend, you should! A cape does an excellent job of lending elegance to almost any outfit; it can even elevate a casual outfit like distressed jeans and a white tee. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of looking chic and polished if you wear a cape to the office!
The olive green cape below is the perfect color for any season, and the faux-fur collar cape will lend elegance to almost any outfit you wear. I think it’s such a great piece to have for the Holiday season, too.
5. Tips for Shopping for Outerwear
My favorite thing about outerwear is its durability. In fact, when well taken care of, outerwear pieces such as ponchos, capes, and coats, can last for years on end, season after season. Good outerwear staples are worth the investment if they’re made from sturdy, cruelty-free materials that can withstand harsh weather conditions.
When you’re shopping for a new coat or a warm vest, make sure that it not only looks beautiful and flattering on your figure but is made from quality materials.
Now that you’ve gone through this list of must-have outerwear essentials, I hope you have many warm and stylish days ahead of you!