5 Items To Add To Your Winter Wardrobe, Stat.

Cold snap be damned.

If the temperature has suddenly plummeted where you are -- like it has here -- then we imagine you'll be heading out to buy yourselves a few winter warmers to get you through (er, yes, we are too!). But what should we buy to stay cosy for the rest of the season? Should we invest in certain things or just go for warmth over style? Is it worth buying a coat or can a few well-chosen layers do the job? And does my bum look big in this?

So many questions.

Who better to answer them all than fashion stylist Rosie McKay who happily talks us through her rules for winter dressing and suggests the five best things to buy to see you through the cold snap.

  • Layer up Layering different textures and weights of wool is key to keeping warm without resembling a giant ball," says Rosie.."My favourite combo is a fine merino wool roll-neck under a cashmere or cable-knit jumper topped with a leather jacket."
  • Accessorise Don’t have loads of money to splash out on new winter clothing? "Give your existing winter staples are refresh with accessories. A printed scarf, a chic pair of gloves and a beret will easily update your faves," she says.
  • Spend wisely "I always think quality over quantity is better," says Rosie. "Spend more on a winter coat with intention to wear it again next winter and the one after that. Also keep your eye out for sales and buy pieces in quality fabrics like cashmere, leather, cotton and linen."

And what are Rosie's 5 winter must-haves for keeping the chill out? Glad you asked...

A cashmere jumper

"You might have to invest a little initially, but spending a bit more on a cashmere jumper in a classic colour like black, grey, navy or cream will pay itself off over time," says Rosie. "It can easily be layered with a jacket without adding too much bulk and it looks equally good with denim and leather as it does with a tailored pant for work."

"The reason I love cashmere is because it’s warm, feels soft and lovely on the skin unlike acrylic or synthetic fabrics, which can sometimes feel scratchy on the skin." Boden Clothing Cashmere Jumper, $240

A Printed Scarf

It’s no secret that a lot of us tend to gravitate to darker colours in the cooler months, so adding a printed scarf will not only keep the chill at bay but also add a bit of personality to your outfit too. I personally love a leopard print or a traditional check. Witchery Leopard Print Scarf, $49.95

The Classic Trench

"I believe investing in pieces that surpass trends is key. The trench is a classic coat shape that is reinvented each season in different textures and colours.

It’s one of this season’s key outerwear styles and feels extra lush in suede."

"The beauty of the unstructured nature of a trench is that you can easily layer warm pieces underneath it, but still avoid looking like a Michelin by cinching in your whole outfit with a neat tie of the coat belt at the waist."Decjuba Suedette Trench, $159.95

Leather gloves 

Not only will leather gloves keep your hands warm, they will add a chic finishing touch to your winter style too.

"Plain black is always a winner, but ASOS does a range of tricked-up styles like these ones that mix leather and suede mix. It's another great way to give a simple winter outfit a special touch." ASOS Plain Black Leather gloves, $22

A Beret

"Thanks to Chanel the beret is back. I owned my first one about 10 years ago and I wore it all winter," says Rosie. "I love the way the beret adds a bit of effortless French-girl cool while keeping your head warm!"Cotton On Beret, $20

Rosie McKay is a Sydney-based stylist and founder of My Virtual Stylist, a personal styling platform that offers a range of digital styling and personal shopping services.

Feature image: Boden / Cotton On