I’m a Shopping Editor & Here Are the 22 Items I’m Most Excited to Buy This Winter

Warmth, function and style

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Shopping Editor Winter Wishlist: collage of shoppable fashion items
Dasha Burobina for PureWow

Spring cleaning walked so winter hoarding could run. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself as a financially irresponsible means to justify my recent and upcoming purchases. (A shopping gaslight, if you please.) The drop in degrees calls for me to basically buy a brand-new wardrobe. This season, I’m taking notes from my colleagues and fellow PureWow editors, Abby Hepworth and Rachel Bowie, to garner style inspiration, leaning in to a winter wardrobe capsule. From weather-resistant ankle boots like these suede stunners from Dolce Vita (was $160, now $97) and blanket scarves ($105) courtesy of Sezanè to sophisticated silhouettes like this Meshki dress ($249) I’m itching to wear to a winter wedding and this Mango satin blouse ($50), I present you with the 22 items this shopping editor has on her winter wishlist.

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I’ve been hesitant to hop on the red craze, but I always begin to cave as I lay my eyes upon non-negotiable beauties. First, it was the Reformation sweater and now it is this Coach bag. And I’m not the only one, people! Everyone and their grandma is talking about the iconic style. ICYDK, Coach created modern renditions of the archival ‘70s Tabby design like this soft leather number I can’t stop thinking about. It’s structured, like it’s original muse, though it has some give and slouch that feels more practical than a stiff, boxy silhouette for my day-to-day needs. And it’s equipped with enough pockets and storage to hold all my essentials, including my gargantuan phone. If you’re hesitant to embrace bright color trends like me, accessories are the best way to add that pop-of-color to your ‘fit (but there’s also neutral colorways available, too).

It’s the season of the long sleeve, so instead of opting for my usual plain black and white options, I’m liking the looks of something fun and interesting. This Boden top is made from a soft jersey blend and is decked out in an eye-catching metallic striped rib design. I’m really taken by the back, which dips and frames the shoulder blades in a sexy way that I never thought possible for a casual long-sleeve T-shirt. (I’m here for it, though.) And fluted sleeves, ladies! Comfort and cuteness? Sign me up.

Confession: I stole my mother’s jacket…don’t worry, she’s aware. I was in desperate need of a cute walking jacket and taking hers seemed like the easiest route in the moment. The time has come to purchase one for myself and return hers, and this one from Tuckernuck is exactly what I’d hope for in a winter-approved fleece. The quarter zip is made from a soft shearling fabric that looks oh-so cozy and cute, and I appreciate that it has a slightly oversize, relaxed fit that won’t feel suffocating when I play pickleball or make me sweat on mile three of a stroll. Other details that make my heart flutter? The fold over collar, drop shoulders, zip pockets, extra length on the bum and contrast faux-leather trim.

This beautiful satin dress is breathtaking and drapes like liquid on the body. When it comes to silk and satin material, I’ve learned that less is more, and this slip dress definitely got the memo. It has a slight cowl neckline that elegantly scoops at the chest and ruching along the sides of the waist to accentuate the shape. I’m especially taken by the spaghetti straps, which are adorned in jewel bead appliqués. It’s such a simple addition to a popular silhouette that’s known to be rather understated. And can we talk about that affordable price tag? Easy purchase.

Purchasing workout leggings can be hit or miss, especially if you don’t have the luxury of trying them on in stores. The Zella pair is made with the same moisture-wicking and stretchy material as the matching shorts and sports bra I already own from the brand, so I can count on these to bend and move with me while I complete my set of reps, finish up my morning meditation or lounge on the couch. I’m usually a size medium in other activewear brands, but took a size small in this brand, thanks to its flexible fabric that’s like a second skin.

If you’ve been stashing away your favorite footwear every winter, then we’re one in the same and this is our time to stop. These Dolce Vita boots are just as pretty (and flattering) as some of your summer favorites, so you don’t have to sacrifice on heel height or style as you lean into functionality. Seriously, I tried these on in a department store and they made my feet look so dang cute. Speaking of function, the soft suede on these Chelsea boots is waterproof and the soles have great traction—i.e., there will be no soaked feet or slipping ‘n sliding in your future.

Classic, chic and designed to be layered, this wool blend coat boasts traditional elements that make for a timeless staple. Take, for instance, the double-breasted front and notch lapel. It’s one of those topcoats that’ll look sharp when worn buttoned up or left open. I’m not crazy about the fact that it’s dry-clean only, but I’m pretty sure I never wash my nicer coats myself, anyways. Admittedly, I take them to the dry cleaners once a year (yikes?!). It’s intentionally meant to fit oversize, so I’d suggest sizing down if you prefer a more tailored look. As for me, I’m all about layering, so I’ll stick to my usual size and pair this with my chunky sweaters.

One year ago, my sister wore this as a base layer when she visited during the holidays. I remember thinking how luxe and cozy it looked on her with its thin, soft modal cashmere blend, and now it’s all I see on social media. It’s sold out multiple times in various colorways, so I think it’s about time I listened to my gut and add it to cart while I can. Apparently, it’s unbelievably lightweight, so it makes for a great travel companion. My sister wore it over a lace bralette, but if you don’t want to embrace the sheer trend, I’d suggest throwing it on over a tank top or wearing it under sweaters, shirts or dresses for the upmost warmth and insulation.

Puffer jackets are my kryptonite, and I’ve had my eye on premier winterwear brand Canada Goose for some time now. The silver metallic color is bold-yet-wearable, and the company’s iconic red label provides a striking contrast on the arm. The down-filled coat has a cropped hem that hits at the top of the hip, featuring a waist drawcord to customize the fit, change the warmth or add ventilation.  There are even recessed cuffs and pockets to keep you feeling extra toasty in the unpredictable elements. Oh, and it’s water-repellent and water-resistant, too.

A little black dress looks different in the wintertime. It’s softer, cozier and less revealing, like this sweater dress from LPA. Honestly, the mock neck, flowy sleeves and loose-fitting shape really sold me here as I tend to prioritize fashion pieces that keep comfort and function at the forefront come the colder seasons. It comes highly recommend by Revolve customers, and the reviews don’t lie. One thing some buyers note is that it runs slight large; however, others found they had to size up because it ran too short on those with long torsos. My advice: Proceed with caution and reference the size chart for best fit.

After finally getting my hands (err, body) on one of the cult-favorite sweaters, I quickly realized why Jenni Kayne is the reigning champion of knits. They’re incredibly warm, lavishly soft and exceptionally well-made with the upmost attention to detail, care and craft. With my obsession at an all-time high, I’ve set my sights on the gray Hayes crewneck cardi. It’s slouchy without veering on sloppy and looks like such an easy item to wear solo or over a plain white T-shirt. And the contrasting dark button closures add an interesting touch to the causal knit. And did I mention that the brand notes that the alpaca, wool and poly blend fabric feels fuzzy? Blanket or clothes? The jury is still out.

Finding a pair of vintage jeans that fit like a glove is like searching for a needle in a haystack. I was about to spend $500 on a custom pair, but then my sister turned me on to Reformation’s jeans, which she swears by. After reading that the Cynthia is fitted with straight legs that are slightly skinny, I decided to give them a try because why not, and I like that Reformation offers free alterations. Not to be dramatic and all, but these are my personal best buy of 2023. If you, too, yearn for vintage-inspired jeans that hug your butt to a T and slurp you in like a delicious shake (too far?), then these are it, people. And if you prefer a more giving fit to rigid, they offer the same style with stretch.

13. Jeffrey Campbell Ensue Heels

Jeffrey Campbell

It’s no secret that heels with bows are having a moment, and who am I to ignore the trend? In fact, I think this is one style that I’ll wholeheartedly embrace with open arms. First on my bow-centric list are these Jeffrey Campbell heels. They have a fashionable square toe that I—if I’m being completely honest—prefer over a pointed-toe shoe. (Don’t all come for me at once!) And that plays a substantial part in the whole ballet-esque vibe it’s got going on. From the soft pink satin material to the dainty bow embellishment, this is the heel version of our beloved balled flat. And if you ask me, a heel is so much sexier on the foot.

Can I tell you a secret? I already bought this in the color Brindle, but I now need it in Gargoyle. It took me years to find myself a trench coat mostly because I’ve been extra picky, but it was worth it once I slipped this jacket on. It’s crafted with all the traditional, timeless elements I was on the hunt for—from a belted waist to notched lapels to a double-breasted front—but with a modern take. For instance, it has an oversize fit that’s en vogue and belt buckles at the sleeves, which creates a stylish balloon effect. I was surprised to discover that the poly-blend material feels and looks high-quality, plus it has a luxurious weight to it that seems expensive. I get showered in compliments every time I wear it, so if that doesn’t tell you how good it is, then I don’t know what will. Oak + Fort stylists recommend sizing down as it runs large, but I found that I preferred the medium to the small as it didn’t fit like a glove and provided ample room for layering sweaters under (I am a size four for reference and fluctuate between 26 and 27 in waist).

We’re bringing ‘90s back, yeah! Soft and romantic, this silver dress is a gorgeous gown to wear to a wedding or gala. It’s strikingly subtle, but if you look closely, you’ll see that it’s adorned with intricate rose beadwork throughout that’ll catch in the light. And it has a very sexy high slit in the center that not only spices it up, but also allows you to walk freely and easily. Other details, like the classic V-neck and scoop back, make this all the more breathtaking.

Three letters, one word: Wow. This sleeveless satin blouse from Mango screams luxury, beauty and sophistication. At $50, it seems too good to be true. The straight silhouette slightly tapers, accentuating the smallest part of your waist. The fabric is flowy and has a shiny satin finish that’ll pair well with denim, trousers or a skirt, and it has strong, structured sleeves that really elevate the whole piece. Best of all? Whether you’re 25 or 55, this pleated peach is ageless.

Most of the sweaters I own are plain. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes I crave a little bit of print. This brown, white and gray Faire Isle number from Tuckernuck looks comfortable and authentic, like it might have been knitted by a loved one. I may go skiing in the new year, and this is the sweater I want to take with me when I do. Reviewers can’t get enough of it, either, specifically calling out the fit and feel, saying it’s the softest sweater they’ve owned. One adds that the turtleneck doesn’t feel like a neck brace, either.

Love it or hate it, the fashion in Netflix’s Emily in Paris is noteworthy, to say the least. I, for one, cannot stop thinking about that pink coat Lily Collins’s character wore in season one. After years of waiting, J.Crew finally delivered. This bright pink, 100 percent wool topcoat is polished and so chic. The wool undergoes a boiled treatment in the company’s Italian Carmignano mill, which ICYDK, means that the material is cleaned of impurities and the fibers aligned, resulting in a non-itchy fabric with extra warmth. Plus, it’ll make the coat more durable, breathable and water-resistant. TLDR? The Emily-reminiscent coat is not just for looks after all.

Let’s circle back to the bow aesthetic with this charming barrette. I found out about Emi Jay from none other than the “It” girl herself, Matilda Djerf, who practically carries around the brand’s best-selling Big Effing Clip with her at all times. I already own one myself and couldn’t love it more, but as I previously mentioned, I’m reaching for bows and setting down my claw clips for now. The velvet material is a nice touch for winter, plus that charm and stone adornment at its center adds the sweetest touch. It’ll elevate my half-up hairdos with no extra effort at all, and that’s a win in my book.

Anyone else look out for best-sellers? (‘Cause same.) The Sloane pleated pants are a fan-favorite, and I can only imagine why. They’re ultra-high rise (so long, bloat!), wide-leg and comfortable, thanks to that partially elasticated waistband. What’s more, they’re meant to have a tailored-yet-relaxed fit that skims the body, elongating and slimming the leg. What I’m taking away from all of this, you ask? These are the pants you want to wear after a big meal, on the heaviest day of your cycle or just because.

Another way to add a splash of color? Scarves. Crafted in Italy, this cozy scarf is made from alpaca, polyamide and elastane. It’s fluffy and thick, so I don’t doubt that it’ll keep my neck and face warm on those windy, bitter days. And at 78.7 inches in length and 15.7 inches in width, it’ll be great to travel with—acting as a blanket for when the cabin gets too cold. With 13 hues to choose from, I’m thinking I need them all, especially the grey and pink.

This dress caught my eye from the moment it was released. From the moody reds and mauves mixed with the subtle floral print to the fitted knit bodice, this dress is romantic in every respect. The fabric is made up of a machine washable Tencel Lyocell and spandex, so you can expect it to feel soft and stretchy, like a jersey knit with medium weight.

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