13 Winter Capsule Wardrobe Pieces To Simplify Your Closet This Season
I often joke with my friends that my style identity is Switzerland: comfortably luxe, always cozy, and full of neutrals. I can never have too many thick-knit turtlenecks, wide-leg trousers, boxy blazers, or off-white boots — and I usually collect them all as quickly as they can materialize online. But this season, I took a pledge to shop less; instead of buying six versions of the same thing, I built a winter capsule wardrobe to mix and match and create new outfits. My closet's already bursting at the seams, and with the bulk that comes with warm, chunky sweaters and hefty outerwear comes the needs for a lot of closet space. It’s getting to be, well, a bit too cumbersome.
The beauty of a capsule wardrobe isn't just that it cuts down on actual stuff, but also that it's perfect for someone who gravitates toward tailored pieces in neutral colors. (Sorry, eclectics.) In fact, I took a page out of former Céline designer Phoebe Philo’s book when creating my capsule wardrobe: It’s her ethos — that everything you buy should, in theory, look good together but also stand on its own — that’s most influential to my shopping style, especially in the winter. (Her other sartorial ideologies — that your clothes should be at once sharp but also secondary, and that you can make do with a dozen pieces in a single season — are nothing if not enviable.) Even better: a capsule wardrobe means that you're never left with any single item that feels wholly practical yet uninspiring.
I’m reinterpreting The Book of Philo for my own closet — and hoping to get ready in the morning that much faster because of it. Here’s every piece that I'll be mixing and matching all winter long.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The White T-Shirt
A white tee might seem like a warm-weather staple, but it's perfect for layering under a cardigan, sweater, or even a blazer on chillier days.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Turtleneck
This black turtleneck looks great on its own, but I also love when it peeks out from under a more chunky sweater.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Cardigan
We all know that 2019 was the year that cardigan made a comeback, but it's sticking around for 2020 too. It wears well atop a tee, but looks even more divine on its own and slung off the shoulders just so.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Chunky Sweater
No matter your preferred color palette, a chunky sweater — preferably one that hits at the hips for optimal half-tuck potential — is a winter essential.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Blazer
A blazer is a great place to invest — and this style from Bottega Veneta looks great with or without the belt.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Black Leather Pants
Sure, these belted leather pants look great when paired with an oversized, boxy sweater, but swap it out for a tee on warmer days and it'll look just as fresh.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The White Jeans
I balk at the idea of packing away my white clothes after Labor Day, and this rigid pair of off-white jean from Everlane is a great substitute for traditional denim.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Wide-Leg Pants
Yep: I've embraced patterns, too. Trust: This checked pant from Nanushka wears just like a neutral.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Polished Boots
I've already worn these mid-calf boots with with jeans, structured wide-leg culottes, and — yes — leather pants.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Lug-Sole Boots
Everyone north of the Mason Dixon needs a good pair of lug-sole snow boots, and I've had my eye on this pair from Proenza Schouler for months.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Wear-Anywhere Bag
I have a similar vintage style and I think I've worn it a total of one million times in the past year. It's *that* versatile.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Oversized Coat
Conventional wisdom says you can only wear one coat at a time, but I buck conventional wisdom when the weather gets down into the single digits. This coat is perfectly warm on its own, but layers well under a less tailored puffer coat.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe: The Puffer Coat
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