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Holiday Style Checklist: 6 Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Your Essential Holiday Style Checklist: Build Your Winter Wardrobe

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, there’s a certain magic in the atmosphere that can only mean one thing: the holiday season is upon us.

From cozy family gatherings to glamorous New Year’s Eve parties, winter is a time of celebration and togetherness. And what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by elevating your seasonal style and building your ideal winter capsule wardrobe?

With our essential holiday style checklist, we’ll help you curate the perfect pieces that keep you warm and comfortable and ensure you make a statement at every event. Whether you’re a fashion enthusiast or someone who wants to step up their style and look their best during this special time of year, this list is for you.

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Style sneak peek! One of our must-haves for your winter wardrobe is a lightweight, easy-to-wear layering tee.

Your Holiday Style Checklist

The holiday season is here, and it’s time to plan and shop for your holiday season essentials. There are several key elements to consider to be sure you’re well-prepared for every occasion. Let’s look at your winter capsule wardrobe checklist and explore the important aspects to keep in mind:

Seasonal Fabrics

When it comes to winter dressing, thoughtful fabric choice is crucial. Embrace the luxurious warmth of seasonal fabrics like cashmere, tweed, and wool. These materials keep you cozy and fit the trends of the season. 

You can easily incorporate these fabrics in one or more aspects of your outfit. Better yet, they can add texture and dimension. For example, a tweed coat with a lightweight sweater and cashmere wrap is a quintessential look that artfully pairs several seasonal fabrics.

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Who doesn’t love cashmere? Embrace any chance to have to wear it, like this lush cashmere wrap.

Essential Styles

As you plan your holiday outfits, you want to stay in tune with the latest trends and find versatile cozy winter pieces that are both fashionable and functional. Velvet vests, leather boots, and cozy cashmere sweaters are some of this season’s must-haves, serving as your winter wardrobe essentials. Consider finding pieces that work in more ways than one, like a reversible vest. 

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This reversible vest features velvet on one side and nylon on the other, making it perfect for packing light.

Pieces for Every Occasion

Your holiday season is likely to include a range of events, each with its own dress code and ambiance. From casual family gatherings to formal parties, it’s essential to have the right pieces in your wardrobe to suit every occasion.

6 Staples to Get You Through the Holiday Season

To make your holiday style truly shine, we’ve handpicked six essential clothing categories to guide you through the festivities. These staples keep you looking fabulous and ensure you’re ready for whatever the season brings, creating your perfect holiday wardrobe capsule. Let’s explore each of these essential pieces:

Wrinkle-Resistant Travel Clothing

Wrinkle-resistant travel clothing is a must-have for the holiday season. These garments are designed to withstand long journeys without losing their polished appearance. Whether it’s a road trip to visit family or a last-minute flight to a luxurious destination, these pieces are a lifesaver. 

With wrinkle-resistant clothing, you can look put-together even after hours of travel. Imagine stepping off a plane and heading straight to a holiday soirée in a velvet pant and tank set or an elegant lace-hem skirt and tunic without worrying about creases or wrinkles. Pair these with some comfortable boots or flats for a put-together travel look. 

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Can you believe this lace hem midi skirt is wrinkle-resistant? With such lovely details and easy fabrication, it’s perfect for holiday travel.

No Iron Shirts

When you need to achieve a sharp appearance in a hurry, choose no-iron shirts. These shirts are designed to stay smooth and wrinkle-free throughout the day.  From flare-sleeve tunics to stretch shirts, their versatility allows you to effortlessly transition from an afternoon of gift shopping to an evening of cocktails with friends. 

No-iron shirts are perfect for those impromptu holiday gatherings or last-minute office parties. Pair them with denim and statement jackets for a sophisticated yet effortless outfit that can take you from daytime festivities to nighttime parties without a hitch.

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This asymmetrical tunic is easy-to-wear and easy-to-pack, with a comfortable A-line body and wrinkle-resistant fabrication.

Elevated Athleisure

The holidays just got cozier. Elevated athleisure is a trend that combines comfort with style, making it perfect for the holiday season. Fashion mixing is a great way to be prepared for what the holidays bring without breaking the bank. This category includes comfortable yet chic athleisure pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Think sleek suede and cashmere pants, stylish cowl neck sweatshirts, and athleisure-inspired outerwear, like velour vests. That way, you can effortlessly go from family brunch to a night in by the fireplace.Whether it’s a tailored coat for formal events or a soft cardigan for a relaxed family gathering, having a variety of statement toppers in your wardrobe ensures you’re always ready to step out in style

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This cashmere blend cowl neck sweater features upscale fabrication and sparkle details on the cords, elevating it from a comfy piece to a look you can wear anytime.

Statement Toppers

Statement toppers are the ultimate winter wardrobe essential. These can include elegant coats, eye-catching jackets, and cozy cardigans that make a big impression. A statement topper often serves as the focal point of your look and can transform a simple outfit into something extraordinary.

For a festive touch, consider donning an embellished topper–like one with embroidery or bead work. A leather topper can elevate your holiday party look or a luxurious faux fur vest can keep you warm and stylish during those winter strolls through decorated streets.

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We love this embellished denim blazer for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Elegant Pull-On Pants

Elegant pull-on pants are a must for holiday events that require a touch of sophistication. They offer both comfort and style, with no-fuss zippers or buttons. Look for versatile pull-on pants with pockets–like our comfortable and slimming Brigitte fit pants–that can be paired with feminine blouses and layered with sweaters to create elegant holiday ensembles.

We especially love wide-leg styles for the holidays. Combine these pants in rich, seasonally inspired hues with statement toppers for an effortlessly chic look for festive dinners or office parties.

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These pants have it all: pintuck details, pull-on waist, and wide leg fit.

Cozy Cashmere

No holiday wardrobe is complete without the luxury of cozy cashmere. Cashmere accessories provide unparalleled warmth and softness. They’re perfect for staying bundled up during the chilly winter months while adding something special to your look.  Pair cashmere accessories with statement toppers–like a soft blazer or leather cropped jacket–for an elegant, layered look that can work for everything from upscale holiday gatherings to a romantic evening out. 

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This season calls for cashmere everything! We love this embellished cashmere blend hat, perfect for plush warmth.

Look & Feel Your Best All Holiday Season

We hope you’ve found our holiday style checklist to be a valuable guide as you curate the perfect winter wardrobe. Whether you’re jetting off for a snowy escape, attending a celebration, or simply relishing the coziness of home, these winter wardrobe essentials have you covered. 

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge and inspiration to build your own seasonal wardrobe, we invite you to explore our Holiday Lookbook for even more outfit ideas and style inspiration. 

And don’t forget to shop our New Arrivals. Our latest pieces work together to build the ultimate capsule wardrobe for winter. For more tips on picking pieces for the holiday season, check out these style suggestions: