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5 Must-have winter wardrobe items

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Winter style essentials

If you shop for anything this winter, there are five items we suggest adding to your cold weather wardrobe. Our picks are not only practical (and warm), but they look good too. Read on for a look at the best in must-have winter fashion for a cozy and stylish season.

Turtleneck

There is nothing cozier than a snug, form-fitting turtleneck on a cold winter day. This simple, timeless piece is good to have in several colors including basic black, charcoal gray and one or two brighter hues. While they may seem more casual, a turtleneck can be easily dressed up. Pair one in black with a pencil skirt, a slim-fitting cardigan and knee-high wedge boots for an office-ready winter outfit.

Our pick: Black cotton and modal blend turtleneck top (net-a-porter.com, $37)

Our pick: Black cotton and modal blend turtleneck top (net-a-porter.com, $53)

Chunky knit tights

Keep your legs warm this winter and avoid having to say goodbye to dresses with a few pairs of chunky knit or heavier weight tights. Add interest to neutral dresses by pairing them with tights in eye-catching colors or patterns and keep a few pairs in gray and black on hand for days when you want something simpler.

Our pick: Openwork sweater tights (GAP, $20)

Our pick: Openwork sweater tights (GAP, $20)

Heavy cable knit cardigan

A cable knit cardigan is a must for any cold weather wardrobe. Not only will it keep you warm all winter, but it'll look great with your favorite pair of jeans, layered over a fitted Henley tee. We suggest opting for something a little oversized (boyfriend style) so you have room to layer and picking up something in cream or another neutral, easy-wearing hue.

Our pick: Long shawl collar cable knit cardigan (Top Shop, $98)

Our pick: Long shawl collar cable knit cardigan (Top Shop, $98).

Warm but stylish boots

It can be tough to find boots that look good and keep feet warm and dry. There seems to be endless options that offer fashion over function and even more that would look more at home in the Arctic than in the city. But boots that offer style and substance do exist. Look for something lined, ideally waterproof and in basic black so they go with everything.

Our pick: Waterproof and lined black Sperry Top-Sider Hingham boots (sperrytopsider.com, $98)

Our pick: Waterproof and lined black Sperry Top-Sider Hingham boots (sperrytopsider.com, $98)

Wool coat

Winter outerwear comes in all shapes and sizes, from pea coats to parkas. We suggest meeting somewhere in the middle with a warm, heavy wool coat. Choose something fitted with an oversize collar for a bit of extra flair (and warmth when the wind whips up). As for color, choose what works for you. Gray or black are easiest to accessorize but going for a brighter hue is fun, too!

Our pick: Nicole Miller black wool-cashmere ruffle front coat (bluefly.com, $172)

Our pick: Nicole Miller black wool-cashmere ruffle front coat (bluefly.com, $215)

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