Tami is a very active 47-year-old mother of New York City late-adolescents. She spends a great deal of time with them and their friends, since they will be leaving home soon. She chose these as her five winter fashion essentials because “I am the sort of woman who likes her basics to be functional and not fussy,” and because frequent exercise is a big part of her life.

Exercise has become a passion for me in the last decade. It keeps me physically fit and toned, but, just as important, it is a way for me to be calm and grounded. My workouts range from long walks in Central Park to yoga, cardio, and strength-training classes.

My winter five basics are necessary for the fast-paced way I live. I do not want to get up in the morning and think about what I have to pull together. Of course I change my seasonal basics as I age and as styles change. I have an 18-year-old daughter, and setting a good example for her in terms of dressing as an adult woman is important to me. I do not shop in my daughter’s closet.

This winter I could not live without:

Photo: Cheryl Fleming Studios

My winter coat. It is a Rick Owens fur-lined gray leather swing coat. t was a great buy when I got it, and I have worn it for years. It is timeless, stylish, and—not to forget—really warm.


Rick Owens boots that work for day and night are low-platform wedges that are not hard to walk in and add some high style to my otherwise simple look.

I also love these Aquatalia by Marvin K “Minnow” suede boots, which are available at Nordstrom. They are chic, economical, and waterproof.


I have a great black long-sleeved Stella McCartney jersey stretch dress with a simple scoop neckline and enough back exposure to be fun but not over-the-top. I put this on with boots and opaque tights for day and at night wear with tights and heels.



This Donna Karan dress, on sale at Net-A-Porter, is a budget-friendly alternative.



Danskin and Wolford leggings are a necessity in the winter time.


I am crazy about these Lululemon long sleeved tops, which are made of a really comfortable cotton stretch knit.




I am not an accessories person.   Hoop earrings are my only adornment.



These classic white gold hoops are so simple, but add an interesting touch to any outfit.


And yes, almost everything is black.