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.
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:
Keep on reading to see my winter capsule essentials!
Winter capsule tops
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.
Throw on blue jeans with your black turtleneck for a Steve Jobs look or add a gold chain for a Dwayne Johnson look.
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.
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
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.
While white pants may seem more like a summery thing, they also look great with your winter outfits.
Pairing white pants with knit sweaters or turtlenecks can completely elevate your look!
Plus, it can look extra cute in the snow.
Topshop Jamie Jeans also come in white!
Winter capsule dresses
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
- Knit sweater
- Plaid shirt
- Black denim
- White pants
- Sweater dress
- Wool coat
- Winter boots
- Blanket scarf
You can find more of my fave products and items on my wishlist in my Amazon Shop.
If you’re looking to build the ultimate capsule wardrobe, check out my other posts:
- Spring capsule wardrobe
- Summer capsule wardrobe
- Fall capsule wardrobe
- Sweaters for your capsule wardrobe
- Holiday dresses for your capsule wardrobe
- Summer shoes for your capsule wardrobe
- Fall boots for your capsule wardrobe
If you’re looking for more sustainable fashion, you might like these posts:
- Sustainable fashion tips
- Wardrobe decluttering tips
- Toronto sustainable fashion brands
- Canadian sustainable fashion brands
- Canadian clothing rental companies
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