Revati Vaidya The Time Has Come: Fashion Essentials For Winter Layering December 30, 2015

Winter is here and so does come the new fashion. These are the pieces that you can’t live without; the necessary building blocks for creating your everyday and formal outfits.

Here you will find the chunky parkas, knitted bomber jackets, skinny suits for Christmas parties and lots of winter accessories like blanket scarves to see you through the cold in style.

Come the grey of winter, we could all use a thing or two to brighten our wardrobes and boost our moods. These layer-friendly fashion essentials are the building blocks of a solid, stylish wardrobe and you’ve to get these gorgeous pieces that will get you through even the coldest of cold weather. Delhi, are you listening?

Pastels were hard-hitters on the fall runways—though often reminiscent of warmer weather, the fall and winter season is full of oversize coats, cosy sweaters, and midi skirts in the soft shades.

Investing in such staple pieces will mean you’ll always have something to wear, no matter what is in or out of fashion, here are the absolute winter wardrobe essentials. Ladies, let’s get started, shall we?

1- Style it up with pants.


Style it up with pants!

This is the time to try that bell-sleeve top you’ve been coveting. It will add just the right amount of flare to your classic pants-and-top office combo. If you choose to pair it up with jeggings or maybe a denim skirt, make sure to avoid vibrant colours.

2- That midi skirt.


That midi skirt.

Those traditional wool skirts have had their moment in the sun. This season, skirts are taking a cue from Grandma’s rug, coming in carpet-like materials with modern flecks of colour and bold florals. Tuck in a distressed chambray shirt or pair with a slouchy sweater and you’ll look a lot cooler than Granny’s interiors.

3- The Faux-Fur Scarf.


The faux-fur scarf.

British line Shrimps’ faux-fur phenomenon has carried over to this season as fellow designers from Gucci to Carven showcased not-trying-to-look-real plush pieces in whimsical hues like pastel pink, lime green, and electric blue. You can probably pair it up with just anything and everything. Be it a plain kurta or shirt or a long cardigan.

4- The all-weather Boot.


The boot-style!

You can’t get through winter without a meant-for-the-snow boot. It’s just not possible. But, practical footwear doesn’t have to mean ugly. Look for colour blocking and neon accents on the stylish, all-weather styles that will rival your fancy shoe collection.

Knee length boots are not in trend these days, so the best you can do is avoid them. Look out for some cool rugged bike shoes, which are all season and look absolutely 0h-so gorgeous.

5- Flaunt that dress.


Flaunt that dress!

Just because it’s freezing cold outside doesn’t mean you have to hide all of your dresses away until the temperature goes up a little bit. Dresses can be worn even in the middle of the winter, and all it takes to make them cosy enough is a little bit of layering knowledge.

In fact, you SHOULD wear your dresses in the winter. They have the potential to look really adorable and stylish! You can pair your lacy white summer dress with a leather jacket or blazer, black tights, and black booties. Black and maroon tight are the two gorgeous colours which can be used to pair with any dress. You can even add cute knit socks for added warmth.

6- Fancy sneakers are to the rescue.


The love to the sneakers!

When the idea of stilettos makes you never want to leave your house, you’re a certified sneaker girl. Fortunately, the not-meant-for-the-gym trainer ruled the runways of Opening Ceremony and Dior.

We all secretly crush over sneakers, we wear them to the gym, on dates to the office and to every place possible. Because they’re comfortable like that. Also, white are in and it’s the craziest trend of this year.

7- Cashmere Sweater.


The cashmere sweater!

Nothing says off-duty chic like a crewneck cashmere sweater. This chic layering piece can be as easy to dress up as it is to dress down. This sweater looks great with a collared shirt protruding from underneath but goes with everything including midi skirts, leather pants and maybe some cool and vibrant printed trousers.

8- Classy Statement coat.


The classy statement coat!

We all love statement coats like completely adore them. Make sure to stick to coats that are designed to be oversized rather than something a few sizes too big.

An oversized coat should look like a deliberate fashion choice, not something you found in your closet and threw on. Give a baggy coat some shape by cinching it at the waist.

With coats made of thick, heavy materials, choose a belt that’s wide and sturdy. This is also a great trick to accentuate your curves. Remember, never go for coats with heavy embroidery or neon colours. Rather choose to go minimal with warm hues.

P.S. – Make sure to keep the rest of the outfit in mind while pairing it with a coat. Overdressing is a big no.


At this point in the season, you probably have your winter layering routine down to a science. Whatever the reason be, dressing for winter can be a challenge.

Everyone wants to look chic but sadly keeping warm often means dressing like a crazy bag lady Eskimo. Like always, dress chic and be comfortable. That counts. Play with colours and new styles, rush to the nearest stores and lookout for everything. Girls, we can never have enough, right?

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