15 Winter Investment Pieces Worth Every Penny

When you're on a budget, it's easy to settle for winter staples that aren't quite up to par. Of course, we love a good Uniqlo buy, and we still get excited every time we stock up on long-sleeve tees at Costco (yup!), but it's when the cold-weather hits that the true meaning of investment pieces comes into play. Why? Because there really is a difference between a $40 coat and a $400 one. Sure, a more expensive price tag can be way more intimidating — but chances are, that $400 coat will also legitimately keep you warmer.

Life — and your closet — is all about balance, especially when it comes to the basics: If you save on turtlenecks, splurge on a coat. If you save on jeans, consider spending a little more on your hat, scarf, or gloves. Not only are you sure to get your money's worth for an item you'll wear all season long, but you'll have pieces that are guaranteed to last — not fall apart after just one wash. And if that's not reason enough, then allow us to remind you that you're more than worth it. So just go for it.

A longline puffer will do you good from that first snowfall onward.
Mansur Gavriel Mega Coat Blu, $1,295.00 Buy
Winter isn't necessarily skirt season, so invest in a great pair of black pants you can wear non-stop.
Nanushka Jude Belted Twill Slim-Leg Pants, $340.00 Buy
Under sweaters and on its own, this turtleneck will be your new best friend.
Theory Wool Wide Rib Mock Pullover, $265.00 Buy
A warm, striped scarf can make even the grayest winter days feel bright.
SONIA RYKIEL Striped wool-knit scarf, $225.00 Buy
Moto jackets are still a sound option for evenings when you don't want to wear a giant coat.
Acne Studios Merlyn Mid Gray, $1,650.00 Buy
Fleece-lined anything is a major must.
Athleta Polartec Power Stretch Tight, $89.00 Buy
Stomp through winter in a boot that won't let you down.
Prada Leather Ankle Boots, $875.00 Buy
A reversible coat? Talk about getting twice as much for your money.
Barneys New York Double-Faced Reversible Coat, $1,895.00 Buy
A classic red glove is an easy way to add a pop of color.
Amato Corto in Red, $127.00 Buy
Mom always said when your head is warm, you're warm.
Eugenia Kim Rain Fox Fur Pom-Pom Beanie, $275.00 Buy
With fancy socks, those open-toed shoes suddenly work for winter.
Rachel Comey Lang Sold Socks, $138.00 Buy
For those "meh" mornings, which you know happen more frequently when temperatures drop below freezing.
COS Textured Wool-Mohair Jumper, $115.00 Buy
If you haven't found The One yet, consider Frame for body-hugging jeans that won't leave your side.
Frame Le Nouveau Straight Reverse Cascade Hem, $235.00 Buy
Meet your weekend uniform.
Wesley Ludlow Oversized Hoodie, $168.00 Buy
It's never a bad idea to invest in toasty loungewear, too.
The Elder Statesman Stripe Cashmere Robe, $1,855.00 Buy