As autumn winds down and winter inches closer, you might be starting to think about adjusting your autumn wardrobe so that it’s more accommodating for cold weather. Depending on where you live, the start of winter might mean heavy snowfall, pounding rain, icy-cold temperatures, or just slightly cooler air. If you anticipate changing weather, you’ll definitely need a few new pieces to winterize your wardrobe. But what exactly do you need for your cold-weather closet? We’ve compiled a detailed list of plus-size winter wardrobe essentials to get you through the season. We’re talking warm jackets, waterproof outerwear, boots, sweaters, and accessories––you can’t forgo winter accessories!
How to Dress for Winter
If you’re a curvy woman and wondering how to dress for winter, look no further. Our winter wardrobe recommendations include a cold-weather coat, wear-anywhere boots, the perfect jeans, cozy sweaters, warm dresses, layering basics, and accessories galore. Keep reading to discover all the plus-size winter wardrobe essentials you’ll need over the next few months.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: The Perfect Coat
If you live in a climate with distinct seasons, you need a winter coat. There’s really no way around it! However, depending on the specific environment you live in, you might get the most use out of a down jacket, wool coat, or rain jacket.
Does winter mean heavy snow or sub-zero temperatures to you? If so, you’ll definitely want to get a down jacket this season. Even if you expect more mild temperature dips in your area, it’s a good idea to consider investing in a super warm puffy coat to get you by. Down jackets come in cropped styles as well as several below-the-waist hems ranging from mid-thigh to ankle-length. They come in virtually every color, print, and style, and can be worn over any outfit including jeans, skirts, dresses, workwear, and formalwear. If you expect to be sporting a down jacket almost every day this winter, you may want to opt for a neutral color such as black, gray, navy, or tan. You’ll get tons of use out of this versatile and practical winter wardrobe essential––bonus points if it’s waterproof!
A wool coat is one of our favorite winter wardrobe must-haves. This piece will keep you warm, toasty and looking your best. Wool coats are excellent for pulling on over work outfits, they can be worn effortlessly during the day or night, and they work well for both casual and fancy looks. Wear a wool coat this winter with jeans and sneakers, slacks and heels, or a formal dress. We recommend selecting a classic camel color, neutral gray, off-white, black, or navy. However, wool jackets also look great in statement colors such as red, pink, green, or a bright shade of blue.
If you know you’ll be facing frequent downpours this winter, a rain jacket should definitely be part of your winter wardrobe essentials shopping list. Raincoats are available in heavy-duty thermal materials, lightweight shells, and everything in between. Not only will a rain jacket keep you dry this winter, but it can also be a statement piece! Basic colors are always sensible, but raincoats come in so many fun colors and patterns that you may want to go for a more lively hue for this essential outerwear. Bright yellow is a classic color for rain jackets, while red, blue, green, pink, and even clear are great choices for livening up your winter wardrobe as well. You can also find raincoats in cheerful patterns such as floral, polka dots, plaid, and stripes. Many lighter rain jackets can be compressed to easily fit into your bag so you can pull it out for unexpected rainfall.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Boots for All Occasions
At Perfectly Priscilla, one of our favorite parts about winter fashion is boots! The right pair will protect your feet from icy temperatures, snowy walkways, and rain puddles. For winter, we love over-the-knee boots for all occasions, rubber rain boots for wet climates, and ankle booties for a professional or fancy look.
Tall winter boots are stylish, warm, and go with just about any outfit. Over-the-knee is our go-to length for winter boots, but we also love the look of knee-high boots as well as shorter insulated options. Whatever you choose, select a pair that fit well, are weatherproof, comfortable, and can go with pants, skirts, dresses, jeans, leggings, and athleisure-wear. For this winter wardrobe must-have, we recommend knee-high boots in leather, canvas, synthetic material, or suede if you live somewhere that doesn’t rain very often.
You can also pick up a waterproof boot spray that will create a protective moisture-resistant layer on leather or canvas boots. Check out the comfortable and adjustable over-the-knee boots from Perfectly Priscilla in brown, taupe, or black. They can be worn to work, on a date, out shopping, or to a holiday party for just about any plus-size winter look.
Rain boots have come a long way from the dorky galoshes of your childhood. In fact, the right pair of rain boots will help you make a head-turning fashion statement while keeping your toes dry. Rubber rain boots are available in the super cute Chelsea bootie style, mid-calf options, knee-high statement waders, or even a heeled style. Similar to raincoats, rubber boots come in virtually any color and make a perfect winter fashion statement. If you know you’ll be constantly hopping puddles this season, be sure to get a pair of rubber boots that can be worn over thick, warm socks.
You won’t be able to wear ankle booties every single day this winter, but if the weather is dry enough, they’re a great option for dressing up your look and adding a little height. Booties are endlessly versatile and effortlessly trendy. You can find ankle booties for your winter wardrobe from Perfectly Priscilla’s super cute bootie line. We carry ankle booties with varying heights including a short, chunky heel, a tapered medium heel, and a high-heeled option. Wear them with pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, and even semi-formal winter wear.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Skinny Jeans
Denim is seasonless. Just because the weather is getting colder, it doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing your favorite pair of jeans. A must-have for your winter wardrobe this year is a great pair of skinny jeans. They can be worn under any of our recommended winter jackets as well as with every type of boot. We are especially fans of the look of over-the-knee boots with skinny jeans for the cold season. At Perfectly Priscilla, we offer an extensive line of plus-size jeans and jeggings including skinny jeans in just about every wash you can think of. Our favorites include deep indigo, medium denim, distressed, black, and our lightest blue wash. Skinny jeans can be worn with a casual daytime outfit or dressed up for a dinner or party look. For winter, try to go for full-length skinny jeans instead of ankle-length so that you can stay as warm as possible. A favorite pair of flattering jeans can be a lifesaver if you’re ever in a fashion crisis, so get one or two pairs you absolutely love.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Sweaters
When you’re indoors without a jacket this winter, it’s important to make sure you wear clothing items that help you stay warm. A winter wardrobe shopping list wouldn’t be complete without sweaters!
A Cozy Pullover Sweater
We love cozy pullover sweaters for winter, especially longer options that can be worn over leggings as well as pants or jeans. The plus-size sweaters from Perfectly Priscilla will keep you comfortable and toasty all winter long. Not only that, they come in several colors and styles to compliment any cold-weather outfit. This season, we’re obsessed with comfy knits, slouchy pullovers, chic turtlenecks, and trendy colorblock sweaters. Pair this winter wardrobe essential with skinny jeans, leggings, a skirt, or even a dress, and finish the look with your favorite cold-weather boots.
A Long Cardigan
If you prefer a buttoned-up or open look when it comes to winter sweaters, long cardigans are also one of our favorite pieces for plus-size women. A long cardigan can be layered over tanks and shirts and is a great item to throw on mid-day when you get chilled. Check out the trendy plus-size cardigans from Perfectly Priscilla. We carry endless options including solid colors, plaid, lace, and tons of flattering prints.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Sweater Dress
We might love sweater dresses just as much as we love winter sweaters. They’re perfect for a casual weekend vibe, a chic and professional office look, or even a dressy evening ensemble. The plus-size line of sweater dresses and plus size tunics from Perfectly Priscilla includes countless options that can be worn over tights or leggings with your favorite winter boot. Our most beloved sweater dresses include a burgundy floral shift, a deep green knit, and a heather-blue maxi.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Leggings
During the coldest days of winter, you’ll definitely want to wear leggings under your sweater dress. The comfy plus-size leggings from Perfectly Priscilla are cute, trendy, and a crucial winter wardrobe essential. The right pair of leggings can turn a tired winter outfit into a sassy statement look. Our leggings are available in several different colors and prints. Stock up on leggings this season, and you’ll always have something to easily spice up your look. For winter, we love navy, taupe, charcoal, and leopard print. We’re confident you’ll find a pair that compliments your unique style.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Versatile Formal Dress
Sweater dresses can be worn for most occasions, but it’s important to have at least one versatile formal dress on hand during the winter. Super cold temperatures shouldn’t deter you from donning a fancy dress. Formal dresses for winter can offer a posh look as well as comfortable warmth. We recommend a dress with long sleeves in a mid-to-long cut, if possible. Our favorite plus-size winter party dresses from Perfectly Priscilla include an elegant black maxi, a flattering navy wrap, and a flirty polka-dot V-neck.
Winter Wardrobe Essential: Cold-Weather Accessories
As we mentioned above, perhaps the most important winter wardrobe essentials are cold-weather accessories. A practical and stylish winter outfit won’t be complete without the right scarf, hat, or gloves.
A Warm Scarf
Warm scarves are a winter wardrobe must-have for when the temperature takes a drastic plunge. A wool or cashmere scarf is ideal for keeping your neck, face, and chest toasty when you head outdoors. Blanket scarves are a trendy alternative to the classic wrap-around cut. Add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe with a scarf in a bold shade.
A Cozy Hat
Your winter wardrobe will not be complete without a cozy hat. Cold climates call for winter hats that keep your head and ears warm when you venture out. We love wool beanies, knit pom hats, trappers, and lined duck hats.
Don’t even think about heading outside this winter without a pair of gloves. Even with a coat, boots, hat, and scarf, keeping your digits warm is critical. Pick up a pair of leather, wool, cotton, or fleece gloves. Fingerless and texting gloves are perfect for on-the-go gals and frequent phone users.
At Perfectly Priscilla, there’s so much we love about winter, especially the fashion! You don’t need to sacrifice great style just because the weather is getting colder. To look sharp and stay warm this season, all you need are a few clothing staples. Our plus-size winter wardrobe essentials will give you endless styling options for every occasion. The right jacket, boots, jeans, sweater, dress, and accessories will allow you to look your best and beat the cold over the next few months.