For the longest time the idea of luxury was associated with a massive wardrobe, the kind where you can easily get lost, or end up losing bits and pieces of your individuality. Sure, the thought of owning every single piece of clothing available out there can be tempting, especially as it forces us to believe that style is somehow directly proportional with the number of garments lying in our closets.

Nothing further from the truth, as most wardrobes today are based on the illusive principle of impulse shopping. Grabbing things in the spur of the moment, rarely thinking about what the closet really needs can lead towards building an extensive wardrobe overflowing with items that one doesn’t really care for.

Luckily, today’s new idea of luxury involves a curated wardrobe, one that defies commonality and further stands for refinement. A small wardrobe where high quality and low cost essentials coexist beautifully is the path leading to an effortless display of personal style. If you find yourself at the stage of building an entirely new wardrobe, you will want to start with the perfect foundation pieces.

After the break, we help you select the key pieces for a perfect winter 2013 wardrobe based on three different budgets. So regardless of how much you have to spend, you can still have the key pieces you need for a brilliantly stylish season.

womens winter wardrobe on any budget

$500 budget

A small wardrobe is not necessarily an expensive wardrobe. From fast-forward stores to the world’s fashion powerhouses, the options lie plenty and it’s the personal style to eventually determine the cut. How much you’re willing to spend on the key pieces building your future wardrobe should be leaving you feeling at ease. The secret is to pick up those garments that are classic enough to go with much else of what’s in your closet, but that are also remarkable enough to stand on their own.

winter wardrobe foundations low budget
Mango Chunky Knitted sweater at Asos; ASOS Vintage Style Cocoon Coat at Asos; River Island Anty Zip Smart Boots at Asos; ASOS Croc Constructed Bag at Asos.

$1000 budget

We are currently experiencing a time when the low cost products and the ones coming from the luxury brands work beautifully when paired together. Either you choose to invest in a coat, or a pair of leather boots, make sure the items you indulge in hold a certain timeless quality about them and are able to maintain their styles relevant for many seasons to come. Opting for neutral colors and classic cuts helps. Once you have a few key pieces of knitwear and outwear, you can simply mix and match up with different skirts and pants accordingly.

Winter wardrobe key pieces
Davidson Chunky Knit Jumper at Reiss; Talais Wool and jersey peacoat at Reiss; Catarzi Exclusive To ASOS Classic Fedora Hat at Asos; ASOS Leather Cross Body Bag at Asos; ASOS MOODY BLUES Leather Brogues at Asos.

$4000 budget

If your budget allows it, opt to build your wardrobe upon key statement pieces that withhold both indisputable quality and timeless elegance. Even if you choose to follow the fall 2013 fashion trends, make sure whatever you end up buying is not just a one season-wonder. Choose subtle patterns, classic hues and sturdy materials. Search for versatility in your wardrobe’s foundation pieces, for them to work in any given combination. A solid pair of gloves and a warm scarf are essential to a complete winter wardrobe. Again, you can work the right knitwear and outerwear back with any bottoms.

Winter wardrobe key pieces
Covent Leather Collar Coat at Reiss; Agnelle Eden leather gloves at Matches Fashion; Stella McCartney Plaid-intarsia knitted sweater at net-a-porter; Jil Sander Polished-leather ankle boots at net-a-porter; Chan Luu Cashmere and silk-blend scarf at net-a-porter; Sophie Hulme Leather satchel at net-a-porter.

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