5 Winter Wardrobe Items to Splurge On (and 5 Where It’s OK to Scrimp)

Sure, you could spend these dark winter days venturing out into the cold. Or you could cozy up on the couch and engage in some good old-fashioned digital window-shopping. Here are five items worth investing in for the long haul, and five you can totally go cheap on.

5 Stylish Layering Ideas for the Coldest Winter Days

bp trendy colorblocked sweater

Save: Trendy Sweaters

Flared sleeves, bow details and sporty fleeces are in style now…but who knows what winter 2020 will bring. Save your hard-earned cash for pieces with more staying power.

BP. ($49) and extended sizing ($49)

cuyana crew neck cashmere sweater in black

Splurge: Classic Cashmere

You can never go wrong with a crewneck cashmere sweater, even one that’s pink. Stock up on basic neutral hues and your favorite solid colors.

Cuyana ($145)

sperry rain boots

Save: Rain Boots

A rubber shoe is a rubber shoe. There’s no need to spend over $100 with so many affordable options out there. (Pro tip: Add a set of insoles to make them a bit more comfortable.)

Sperry ($65)

sorel winter snow boots

Splurge: True Snow Boots

You’ve got more important things to do than slip and slide across the pavement in a pair of boots with no traction. Invest in a solid, well-reviewed pair of snow boots and your feet will be eternally thankful.

Sorel ($160)

leith purple faux fur jacket

Save: Super-faux Faux-fur Coats

Most cheap faux furs that try to mimic true animal prints end up looking, well, cheap. But unabashedly unnatural hues and prints feel fun, fresh and totally fabulous. Pick up an inexpensive showstopper you won’t feel guilty about retiring after only one or two seasons.

Leith ($89) and extended sizing ($89)

oros super warm parka

Splurge: An Ultra-warm Coat

It doesn’t matter if you prefer sleek wool or sporty down, so long as you own at least one coat that will truly keep you warm no matter the weather. (Yes, including that freak cold snap that sneaks up in mid-March.)

Oros ($300)

save on trendy headbands

Save: Headbands

Blair Waldorf’s favorite accessory is back and better than ever. Instead of investing in one expensive version, spread the wealth and pick up a couple of cute options so you can be a bit more versatile with the trend.

Tasha ($22); Cara ($26); Tasha ($26)

sunday somewhere oversize sunglasses
Sunday Somewhere

Splurge: Xl Sunnies

Tiny, Matrix-inspired frames had their moment, but now oversize Jackie O styles are back at the front of the pack (hallelujah).

Sunday Somewhere ($270)

quay australia phone crossbody
Quay Australia

Save: Phone Crossbody

We’re a sucker for an adorable mini bag, but we think the price tag should be equivalent in size.

Quay Australia ($19)

timbuk2 leather tote bag

Splurge: A Great Everyday Tote

Look for something that will be dependable no matter what’s in fashion. Bonus points if you buy a bag, like Timbuk2, that comes with a lifetime warranty.

Timbuk2 ($200)



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...