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Spice up your win­ter wardrobe with these key es­sen­tials and get ready to rock the sea­son’s look.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­liefs, win­ters aren’t about dull ap­parel, heavy lay­er­ing, and mo­not­o­nous styling. Well, at least not in this part of the world. For most of us in Oman, win­ter is a sea­son much looked for­ward to. And for our wardrobe, all we need are few win­ter ba­sics to en­sure we’ve em­braced the win­ter look fash­ion­ably! Here are 11 items to bring out this win­ter.

Turtle­neck pullovers

Noth­ing says win­ter like a ribbed turtle­neck sweater. And the best part is the ver­sa­til­ity that it comes with. You can wear it with a blazer for of­fice and then tran­sit seam­lessly to a din­ner party later in the evening by cou­pling it with a pretty skirt and fancy boots.

Throw-on long cardi­gans

All you need to turn a skimpy sum­mer dress to its win­ter ac­cept­able form is a colour­ful cardi­gan. Get some in bright colours to liven up a gloomy day.

Knit­ted slip-on dresses

Win­ters tend to make one lazy; and clothes that come on and off easy be­come favourites. It’s, there­fore, no sur­prise that warm slip-on dresses are a win­ter sta­ple. For­get the thought­ful lay­er­ing, just cou­ple these with knee-high boots and you’ll look ef­fort­lessly, el­e­gantly, win­ter ready.


An­kle or knee-high, win­ter de­mands new footwear, and boots are the first that spring to mind. They come in a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als, styles and colours, and can be worn with pretty much any­thing ‘win­tery’ to make a state­ment of their own.

Snug­gly scarves

Long, thick ones that can dou­ble as blan­kets if re­quired. But hey, scarves can be worn fash­ion­ably too. You can wrap them around your neck, throw it over bare shoul­ders or even use as a head­scarf to keep the cold out of your ears.


When the tops get bulky, leg­gings can cre­ate a great sil­hou­ette for your legs at least. As op­posed to jeans, skintight leg­gings are also eas­ier to slip into knee-high boots. Though blacks are ev­er­green, you can al­ways ex­per­i­ment with other brighter colours.


Cou­ple this with a cof­fee mug and you’ve got your­self a per­fect win­ter shot right there. Bea­nies pro­tect your head from dew, keep your ears warm, and make for a snug win­ter look. And no, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to go for ones that have pom-poms on the head.

Hooded sweat jack­ets

If you are one of those who sud­denly de­vel­ops a keen lik­ing for long, out­door runs in win­ter, these jack­ets are for you. Hey, your gym clothes can do with a win­ter ad­di­tion too.

A light­weight denim jacket

A win­ter wardrobe with­out one of these? No way! When a fore­casted cold win­ter day turns out to be a lit­tle warmer than ex­pected, denim jack­ets are the smartest way to cover up with­out feel­ing out-of-place or un­com­fort­able.

Cro­chet pon­cho

And if you are tired of jack­ets, pon­chos are the way to go this win­ter. It is fem­i­nine, com­fort­able and a wel­come change from the reg­u­lar sweaters. It’s also ex­cel­lent to hide those few ex­tra ki­los that come with win­ter. Just make sure you’ve got your­self one in a fab­ric that will keep the cold out.

Cor­duroy skirts

For­get leather, bring out the cor­duroy skirts this win­ter. They are great for the day­time when you want to walk around and soak some sun. At other times, you can cou­ple a cor­duroy skirt with leg­gings and a sweater for a clas­sic win­ter look.

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