Talking winter style might seem a bit unnecessary, even insensitive during a pandemic. 2020 was a year that taught us a lot and allowed us to refocus our priorities. Many of us are simplifying our lives, and taking things back to basics. The days of spending on style trends may be behind us, and minimal, low-buy habits are becoming the norm. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a little fun with our winter style. After all living in Canada a lot of these items are more of a necessity to brave the cold temperatures.
When it comes to winter style, I’ve always been one that prioritizes comfort, warmth and style. Even as a kid, you’d never catch me on the playground without a toque, scarf and mittens. To this day, I’d rather be bundled up than freezing cold. So for me, my winter style essentials focus on practicality just as much as they do aesthetic.
This year as I planned my winter wardrobe, I opted to play around with pieces I already owned versus buying new things. And the few things I did buy were essential pieces I know I’d get a lot of wear out of, rather than trendier pieces which tend to be less versatile. Knowing we’d probably spending most of the season in a second lockdown I decided that casual chic was going to be my vibe. I focused on items of clothing I could wear at home during the day as well as out to run errands. Sweatpants, basic t-shirts and cozy knits are all at the top of my winter style list. I narrowed down my essentials to a list of 5 items you need if you’re looking to add to your winter wardrobe this season.
Winter Style Edit 2021
1. Chunky Knits
If there’s one way to brave a Canadian winter while looking good, it’s with chunky knits. I always recommend you own a couple of these to make it through the colder months. Whether it’s a cardigan or oversized sweater, chunky knits are super versatile and work with pretty much any pieces you already have in your closet. Pair it with leggings for a casual weekend look or a wide legged trouser for a more elevated look.
2. Dr.Martens Boots
I’ve included Dr.Martens boots in most of my style picks, but they truly are one of my go-to pairs of boots. The interesting thing about Dr.Martens is they’re just as much of a classic as they are a trend. There is no disputing that they are having a moment in the fashion world, but at the same time Dr.Martens have been a style classic for generations. They’re a great boot for the winter because not only are they durable but actually keep your feet quite warm, even without doubling up your socks.
3. Wool Coat
Parkas are unofficially the official coat of Canadian winters. But if you ask me I think everyone absolutely needs a wool coat in their closets. Wool coats, especially with a high wool content, are extremely warm and a great way to elevate your winter style. They can be easily layered with sweaters or blazers for extra warmth. A big trend lately is wool coats paired with casual basics like sweatpants, sneakers and hoodies. So if you’re looking to make your next trip to the grocery store a little more chic, get yourself a wool coat.
4. Cashmere Socks
Cashmere socks may seem like more of a luxury vs an essential, but just hear me out. Because I totally thought the same thing until I got a pair. If you’re looking for the perfect cozy socks to wear at home with your sweatpants, cashmere is the way to go. And you don’t have to break the bank to get yourself a pair. There are a lots of affordable options you can go with to treat your feet to a little luxury.
5. Knit Toque
Asides from parkas, toques are a big part of any Canadian’s winter wardrobe. For my non-Canadian readers, you probably know them as beanies. They’re probably one of the most effortless ways to keep warm while still looking good during the colder months. And toques aren’t just for snow days tobogganing. Whether you’re spending a weekend in the woods, or walking the city streets toques are the winter accessory everyone can agree on.
Shop My Winter Style Edit:
- CHUNKY KNITS: Dex Long-Sleeve Oversized Sweater (similar), available at Hudson’s Bay, $79
- DR.MARTENS BOOTS: Black Mono 1460 Boots, available at Ssense $200
- WOOL COAT: Zara Wool Blend Oversized Coat (similar), $199
- CASHMERE SOCKS: Banana Republic Cozy Socks (similar), $39.50
- KNIT TOQUE: SOIA&KYO Cuff Beanie (similar), available at Nordstrom, $55