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The Perfect Winter Capsule Wardrobe

The Perfect Winter Capsule Wardrobe

I’m not much of a fancy dresser, so I’m all about that winter capsule wardrobe.

Give me all of the beanies, turtlenecks, and wool coats!

I love having a winter capsule wardrobe because 1. it’s budget-friendly and 2. it’s eco-friendly.

I won’t go out and say that I’m a sustainable person, because I’m not.

Personally I think it’s just about trying your best where you can, ’cause no one is perfect. Ja feel?

Here’s everything that’s in my winter capsule wardrobe!

What is a capsule wardrobe?

Okay, so what the heck is a winter capsule wardrobe, anyway?

A capsule wardrobe is basically a collection of versatile and staple clothing pieces that you can mix and match with each other.

They include timeless pieces that will literally never go out of style, so you can wear them every winter for the rest of your life.

That’s why you’ll want to invest in basic staples that are good quality and timeless!

Instead of buying an entire new wardrobe every season, why not invest in a capsule wardrobe that’ll last you for years, if not forever?

It’ll save you money in the long run, and it’ll cause less harm to the planet.

You don’t have to invest in sustainable fashion, but you can help to do your part by being more sustainable when it comes to fashion.

What items should be included in your winter capsule wardrobe?

Basic layers, bottoms, coats, and boots should be included in your winter capsule wardrobe.

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

These should be staple items in your wardrobe that can be mixed and matched together.

You can literally wear the same black turtleneck everyday and swap it out with jeans or trousers and different coats to make completely different looks!

How do you build a winter capsule wardrobe on a budget?

You don’t have to shop at expensive stores in order to build a capsule wardrobe.

You don’t even have to shop from sustainable fashion brands – let’s face it, they can be pretty pricy, and not everyone can afford it.

The key is to invest in high-quality and well-made pieces, and there are plenty of affordable brands that you can shop for your capsule wardrobe.

What are the benefits of having a winter capsule wardrobe?

Having a capsule wardrobe is beneficial for many reasons, including:

  • Making it quicker to get dressed in the morning
  • Saving you money in the long run
  • Better for the planet

How to build a winter capsule wardrobe

I’ve separated this winter capsule wardrobe guide into a few different sections to make it easier:

  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear
  • Footwear
  • Accessories

Keep on reading to see my winter capsule essentials!

Winter capsule tops

Winter outfit idea featuring a beige wool turtleneck, dark wash high waisted jeans, and red Hunter boots
Turtlenecks are the perfect winter basic.
Balzac's St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
Knit sweaters are super easy to style, and they’re warm.


Turtlenecks are one of my absolute favourite pieces to wear during fall and winter seasons.

They keep your neck warm and make you look so much more put together!

My go-to outfit with turtlenecks is usually a pair of high-waisted jeans, but you can literally wear them with anything and everything – trousers, miniskirts, pleated skirts, you name it.

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Throw on blue jeans with your black turtleneck for a Steve Jobs look or add a gold chain for a Dwayne Johnson look.

Knit sweater

I absolutely adore knit sweaters because you can literally throw them on with anything – they’re the perfect layering piece!

You can also layer heat teach tops or turtlenecks underneath to keep you extra warm and toasty on those extra cold days.

I love this black sweater from VERO MODA, this tan sweater from VERO MODA, and this grey sweater from Reformation.

Plaid shirt

Picture this: you, a cup of hot cocoa, a cozy fireplace, and an oversized plaid shirt.

Sounds like the perfect winter evening to me.

You can wear plaid shirts or flannels as an outer layer, tie them around your waist, or layer them under denim or leather jackets.

I’ve owned a lot of plaid shirts over the years (I kinda had an obsession), but I’ve narrowed it down to red, green, navy, and black and white.

I love this Lovers + Friends plaid shirt.

Winter capsule bottoms

Casual fall outfit featuring black leather jacket and black denim
Black denim pairs with everything.
Winter capsule wardrobe
White denim also looks chic with your winter outfits.

Black denim

Not gonna lie, I pretty much wear the same pair of high-waisted black skinnies every single day during the fall and winter.

I’m all about the darker colours during the cold seasons, and black denim goes with pretty much everything.

I love the Levi’s Mile High Super Skinnies, Levi’s Wedgies, Levi’s Balloons, and Topshop Jamies.

White pants

While white pants may seem more like a summery thing, they also look great with your winter outfits.

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Pairing white pants with knit sweaters or turtlenecks can completely elevate your look!

Plus, it can look extra cute in the snow.

I adore my Levi’s Balloon Pants, which are sold out, but the Levi’s Ribcage Jeans are similar.

Topshop Jamie Jeans also come in white!

Winter capsule dresses

Winter outfit idea featuring American Apparel red beanie, Aritzia turtleneck midi dress, Mackage black leather jacket, and Michael Kors booties
Sweater dresses make you look more put together.

Sweater dress

I absolutely adore sweater dresses during the fall and winter.

Maybe not feasible during -20 degree weather, but still nice to wear for festive occasions or on warmer winter days.

Bodycon dresses are my go-to, but if you’re not into fitted clothes, an oversized turtleneck dress is another great winter capsule wardrobe piece.

I just freaking love sweater dresses.

Winter capsule outerwear

Winter outfit idea featuring a white button down, black leather jacket, brown wool coat, and Levi's dark wash denim
Wool coats keep you warm and chic during the winter.

Wool coat

On days where I don’t want to be constrained to my puffy down jacket, I love wearing a chic wool coat.

Of course, living in Toronto, you’ve got to layer up underneath to stay warm.

Aritzia always makes amazing wool coats!

Winter capsule footwear

Jeffrey Campbell black booties
Booties pretty much go with any winter outfit.
Call It Spring Frosted Winter Boots
You can’t endure snowy winters in Canada without proper winter boots.


For winter days where there isn’t salt and slush lining the streets, booties are great.

There are all kinds of classic black bootie styles you can go for, but my faves are chelsea boots and combat boots.

Dr. Martens and UGG both make great chelsea boots, but you can also find budget-friendly ones from brands like Steve Madden.

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As for combat boots, you can’t go wrong with the classics from Dr. Martens, and they even have an amazing platform combat boot called the Jadon!

Winter boots

Okay, let’s face it, we can’t all live in booties during the winter.

Living in the city means braving out slushy streets, and venturing outside of it means getting your shoes stuffed with snow.

The key is to grab a pair of winter boots that are not only functional, but also cute enough that you won’t mind wearing them.

I’ve been wearing the UGG Adirondack Boots for the last couple of winters, and they’re great.

They are a little bulky, so I definitely prefer them for doing outdoor activities like hiking in the snow.

I recently got Call It Spring’s Frosted Boots, which are just as warm, and a lot more comfortable to slip on and walk around in the city!

The UGGs are rated for -32 degree weather and the Call It Spring boots are rated for -30 weather, so there’s not much of a difference.

Winter capsule accessories

Amazon Fashion outfit - American Apparel beanie and Levi's trucker jacket
Beanies can add a fun pop of colour (and keep your head warm.)
Winter outfit featuring white lace up bodysuit and black leather skirt
Blanket scarves add an extra bit of oomph (and warmth) to your winter look.


I live in beanies all winter, because my head gets cold super easily.

Plus, they add a lil’ something cute to your outfit!

If you tend to wear more darker colours during the winter (like I do), beanies can add a nice pop of colour.

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Blanket scarf

Blanket scarves can help to keep you nice and warm, while also adding a little oomph to your outfit.

Go for a nice winter plaid, or whatever kind of print tickles your fancy.

Essentials for your winter capsule wardrobe:

  • Turtleneck
  • Knit sweater
  • Plaid shirt
  • Black denim
  • White pants
  • Sweater dress
  • Wool coat
  • Booties
  • Winter boots
  • Beanie
  • Blanket scarf

What are your winter capsule wardrobe essentials? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Winter capsule wardrobe essentials you absolutely must have in your closet, especially for Canadian weather. These capsule pieces are timeless for your wardrobe!