I have gotten several emails from readers asking suggestions of what to pack for a winter trip, so I thought I would post my key items when packing for Amsterdam this past December. Winter is tricky, of course you want to look put-together in your photos of all these new and beautiful places, but winter pieces are bulky and take up a lot of room in the suitcase. I recommend keeping it light and minimal (the few times I've over-packed its a big hassle). Plan it out ahead of time. Bring pieces you can mix and match, and re-wear. Winter is all about the layers, so pack basics.
As far as pants go I only brought three; my favorite pair of skinny denim, one colored or print pair, and leggings (great for travel, perfect for the plane). I always bring a stripe shirt, its a neutral to me (Check out Madewell) Also color tees always look great in photos. You have to remember that the majority of the time exploring the streets, sight-seeing, etc. you will be in a coat - so don't go crazy bringing loads of statement tops - they won't be seen. I put more thought into my coat. I bring one classic black peacoat, one statement coat and of course - the puffer! Puffers are not the most flattering, but its a must in cold weather and you can find cute ones (check out Zara). What makes an outfit in the winter is the acccesories. I always bring my rayban aviators, they work in any country, anytime of the year. Scarfs add instant style! You'll need one pair of black leather gloves, one cross body bag, possibly one tote bag as a carry-on for the plane, and one or two beanies! Then, you are good to go and well under the suitcase weight limit.
The perfect start to a wonderful trip!