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4 must-have wardrobe staples to get you through the winter

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

There's something about the new year that puts my brain on the fast track to thinking winter would soon be over, but I obviously couldn't be more wrong. The spike in temperatures got the best of me, but since the cold snap returned I'm back to reality.

I am one of those people who is always cold, so I wanted to share four must-have wardrobe staples to keep you warm this winter. All these items are versatile. They can be worn various ways and adapted to meet your needs. This is in no way a comprehensive list, however these cold weather staples are a good place to start to keep you nice and warm this winter season.

1. Multipurpose jacket or coat

I'm a fan of leather or wool for this, but really it all depends on your style. Opt for a nice jacket that can be worn from day to night. With any coat or jacket, you can use it to top an outfit to keep warm, but another trick to give the outfit a different feel while keeping you extra warm is to layer on a hooded sweatshirt under the jacket or coat. This adds another layer, gives a more casual vibe, and it can change things up so you can style the coat in a different way. Versatility is key, and layering a hooded sweatshirt under a jacket is a simple way to add warmth and style.

2. Blanket scarf

All scarves are great, but the beauty of a blanket scarf in particular is that it is big enough that when you take it off, you can put it on your lap to keep you cozy at work. Additionally, the large square shape of a blanket scarf allows you to style it a ton of different ways. I even will keep one of these in my car in case I get cold while I'm out, or if I need something to keep me extra toasty during long car rides.

3. Fleece-lined leggings

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I know there are a lot of you out there that are a fan of leggings, so let me up the ante a bit and tell you about fleece-lined leggings. When the temperatures are so bitter your teeth chatter and that relentless wind is whipping away, you'll be so glad to have a pair of these lifesavers. I think we can all agree that comfort is key but with an added warmth factor of fleece you just can't lose. Wear them under your dress pants or slacks, under jeans or even as a substitute for regular stockings, and you'll be shouting from the rooftops how warm you are. Get a pair (or two) stat!

4. Down vest

I'll admit I hadn't worn a down vest in a number of years, but I've recently become all about them again. Keeping your core warm really does make a difference, and a down vest is a great cold weather staple because it doesn't constrain your arms. I love layering a down vest under jackets because it adds warmth but doesn't add much bulk. Since you don't have the sleeves, it's much easier to fit under a variety of coats. It's also good to keep it hanging by the door so you can grab it to go for a quick walk with the dog, or even just to run the trash out.

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(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at thesassypeach@gmail.com, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)

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