New year, fresh wardrobe. Use your "downtime" this holiday season to clean out your closet (you know the rule: if you haven't worn it in more than a year, it's time to retire it), and stock up on these winter staples every Southern woman should own.
1. Perfect-fit chambray shirt. Chambray is the new neutral. Wear Ann Mashburn's "Camp Shirt" tucked into a pencil skirt to the office, or relaxed over black jeans for weekend outings. During the colder months, we love it layered under a cozy sweater.
2. Tailored dress. This is your go-to for casual business meetings, supper clubs, and any other occasion you need to look put-together, yet still be comfortable. Troubadour nails it with the "Tuck Dress"—dark hue, pretty print, nipped at waist. Plus, it doubles as an overcoat.
3. Cocktail dress. Most style outlets prescribe an LBD for this occasion, but in the South, we like to embrace color. Go for the gold in Leona's "Duffy" frock.
4. True blues. Denim is one of women’s toughest fashion finds. With more styles, shades, and cuts than there are days in the year it’s hard to filter through. New denim company Blue Delta Jeans Co. from Mississippi asks for exact measurements before stitching your made-to-order pair.
5. Lightweight coat. You should own a lighter version of the heavy coat for mild winter days (and we have a lot of those). Annie Griffin's "Heidi" is easy to throw on, and the dark hue goes with just about anything.
6. Carry-everywhere bag. Leather is your friend when it comes to finding the perfect everyday purse. Look for sturdy construction and eye-catching accents like Zink's "Small Steamship" bag. A sparkly clutch and overnight tote rounds out your handbag collection.
7. Patterned skirt. Bridal-wear designer LulaKate recently transitioned to ready-to-wear, and we give her an A-plus on the "Hampton" skirt—the geometric pattern is perfect for day and night.
8. Slim black pants. Dress Billy Reid's "Desmonde Trouser" up with a sparkly top and heels or dress them down with a plain T-shirt and sandals.
9. Pretty blouse. Georgia-based Annie Griffin is a pro at delivering silky blouses in punchy hues that brighten up even the gloomiest of days. Shown below, the "Donna Circle."
10. Riding boots. A pair of tall boots, like Elaine Turner's "Murray" style, wear well in winter with tights and a dress or tucked into jeans. So versatile, they're worth the small investment.
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