Having a winter uniform is a fool-proof way to get out the door on time in the mornings. For us, comfort is priority, and cooler weather means relying on a few basics to carry us through the dreary, short days. The key to staying warm is plenty of layers and quality material, so we are sure to stock our closets with comfortable, statement pieces that will take us from the office to holiday soirees. Here are our top five wardrobe staples for the upcoming season:

Leather: Leather is winter’s texture of choice, and whether you prefer the real thing or a vegan version, there are plenty of ways to incorporate the edgy material into your daily routine. Our pick is a pair of black leather pants that pair perfectly with a chunky sweater or sleek blouse.

Ankle Boots: Ankle boots are a sure-fire way to keep your feet happy and dress up any outfit. Jeans, dresses and skirts all look instantly chic with the addition of a pair, and retailers are stocking their shelves with plenty of styles this season.

Holiday Dress: You never know when a last minute party invitation might appear in your mailbox, so be sure your closet is stylishly prepared. An elegant, floor-length dress is the perfect sartorial piece to don for cocktails or a full-blown fete. Add a box-clutch, red lip and sleek pony tail and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way.

Chunky scarf: What’s a woman to do when her coat falls short of providing complete warmth? Don a scarf! Scarves are an easy way to stay warm and keep your look evolving even if you wear the same coat the entire season. Plus, a scarf can stay on indoors long after you checked the coat at the door.

Neutral Turtle Neck: Whether layered under dresses or holding its own with a pair of pants, every woman should have a turtleneck in their reserves. Plus, it’s the perfect piece to rely on when you’re rushing to get holiday errands done and you don’t have time to contemplate an outfit.