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Winter has arrived, meaning it’s time to update your wardrobe. It can be difficult going from a uniform of denim skirts and light tees to layering it up enough to keep the cold out. If you’re struggling for inspiration when it comes to winter fashion, you don’t have to worry. You’ll have your winter looks down in no time after you’ve read up on these key pieces that are sure to upgrade your winter wardrobe in an instant.

Knitwear

Get stocked up on knitwear because big jumpers and cosy cardigans are back in fashion. There are so many different styles, there’s guaranteed to be one to suit your everyday looks. Cable knits have always been a must-have for all wardrobes, but why not buy one with a roll neck? Achieve a high end look on a budget by adding a casual roll neck into your wardrobe. Wear it with ripped skinnies and biker boots for a grungy look or try tucking it into a skater skirt with some tights.

Shirt dress

If you’re still mourning summer, incorporate some of your favourite pieces but give it a winter twist. Superdry’s shirt dresses are super stylish all year round and can be worn in the colder months with just a few tweaks. Pull on a classic longline duster jacket and a pair of heeled boots with a shirt dress, but don’t forget the accessories to help you stay warm. Scarves, gloves and tights are all essential when it comes to wearing your favourite dresses during the cooler months.

Boots

Boots aren’t just stylish, but they offer more protection against ice than trainers or heels. Over the knee boots can be dressed down with paired with some super skinny jeans and a casual cashmere knit. Biker boots offer a better grip and give any look that rebel vibe that’s always popular. Look for boots that are equally stylish as they are functional. Faux fur lined boots are fashionable but still insulating, helping you stay warm and look good throughout the colder months. Get inspired by Vogue’s affordable winter boots guide for the 2018 winter season.

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Teddy jacket

Everyone needs at least one warm jacket in their winter wardrobe and there are so many to choose from. Teddy jackets have been incredibly popular this year thanks to their super snug appearance and have an oversized look that is perfect for layering. If you’re after something more subtle but equally as warm, a parka may be for you. Still not sure which jacket to go for? Try taking a look at the Cosmopolitan guide to the best winter coats.

Jumper dress

Knitted jumper dresses are absolutely effortless but still look as if you’ve put some major thought into your look. Go for a slouchy dress with a shearling lined denim jacket and some trainers for the ultimate casual winter look. If you prefer a more form fitting look, go for a bodycon knit dress, heeled ankle boots and a lined leather jacket. This sort of outfit can be worn anywhere, from business meetings to drinks with your friends. Make sure you nab a knitted jumper dress when shopping for your winter wardrobe.

Accessories

Let’s not forget the accessories; they form a surprisingly key part of your winter wardrobe. Tartan scarfs and gloves are always popular at this time of year but you could also go for more subtle patterns that can blend into any outfit. Stay snug and stylish with a faux fur lined scarf, as they are sure to add instant sophistication to all looks.

Want to keep it a bit more low key? A classic check scarf is a must-have as it’s so easy to incorporate into any outfit. Go for some denim skinny jeans, a plain long sleeved top and a denim jacket – so the scarf can take centre stage. Warm accessories are key to turning summer looks into more winter appropriate outfits, so stock up on your favourites.

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Trousers

Finally, make sure you’ve stocked up on some cosy trousers in your favourite style. Slim fitting joggers with cosy linings are always one to stock up on, especially as the athleisure trend sees no sign of dying down.

Skinny jeans are a must, but have you thought about branching off into some boyfriend style jeans? This comfy cut isn’t as restricting as skinny jeans and can really up your outfit. Tweed is in this year according to Grazia and there are plenty of cigarette-style trousers that rock this pattern.