Style Guide: Winter Capsule Wardrobe Essentials Checklist

Do you already have a winter capsule wardrobe? Having a stylish seasonal capsule wardrobe that is filled with timeless fashion trends is really awesome. When you build a stylish winter capsule wardrobe, you will be able to easily dress up with chic and fun outfits for each and every occasion this winter season.

Waking up on a cold morning and dressing up for the day can be stressful if you don’t know what to wear in winter. From workwear to date night outfits and also comfortable airport outfit, assemble a stylish winter capsule wardrobe so that you know exactly what to wear everyday. Put together a winter capsule wardrobe that will work well for you all winter long.

It’s not easy to create a winter capsule wardrobe from scratch that is both work and travel friendly. If you tried to build a capsule wardrobe before and completely failed, then you might have assembled the wrong list of basic essentials that every woman needs in her closet.

 

Pros And Cons Of Having A Winter Capsule Wardrobe

There are pros and cons to consider when owning a winter capsule wardrobe. But, the secret is to gain more pros and reduce the cons with the right capsule wardrobe essentials.

If you successfully accomplish this, then there is no need to worry about staying on trend and looking fashionable this winter season. Be creative when gathering your basic essential items that every woman must have in her closet.

 

Pros of winter wardrobe:

  • Be able to dress up creatively with less pieces.
  • More closet space in a tiny home.
  • Getting dressed is easier and quicker.
  • Able to save money.
  • No need to chase after fashion trends.

Cons of winter wardrobe:

  • Not many items that you can wear in other seasons.
  • Fewer outfit choices every morning.
  • Results in doing laundry more often.
  • Quality items often lead to costly purchases.

 

How To Build A Winter Capsule Wardrobe

In some places you live or travel, winter can be long, or even the complete opposite and be relatively not cold at all. It really depends on your location, lifestyle and travel destinations in order for you to create a perfect winter capsule wardrobe for all occasions.

Here are 4 steps for how to build a winter capsule wardrobe:

 

Organize and clean your winter clothes

Take one or two hours to pull out all of the things that are hidden in your closet. From boxes to hanging bags, you must know everything that you aren’t going to wear.

Pro tip: If you aren’t sure about certain items, make a small pile in a box with a label on in. Creating a capsule wardrobe is much easier when you are working with a small amount of clothing items.

 

Start with your winter base

To build a strong framework for a winter capsule wardrobe, you need to start with the best base layers for cold weather. The base is not the typical day-to-day clothes, but instead it is all extra clothes. There is no exact magical number for how many base layer clothes you can have.

Pick your favorite styles of clothing that you wear regularly, from casual outfits to edgy style, and also sporty clothing to date night outfits. Some categories will include more than 10 items and some will include much less, such as date night outfits, that is unless you are party girl!

Pro tip: If you have already started to make a spring, summer or fall capsule wardrobe, then you can skip this part because the basic essential items do not change throughout the year.

 

Build your winter capsule wardrobe

Build your winter capsule wardrobe checklist filled with pieces you have and need in a planner. This will save you from buying duplicate items or help you plan for missing items that you must have in your closet.

Pro tip: Winter is all about layers. Make sure you have enough t-shirts and turtleneck tops so that you can easily layer them underneath a sweater or coat.

 

Enjoy and Evaluate

Of course you want your very first winter capsule wardrobe to be perfect, and that’s totally ok. Enjoy your outfits everyday and always evaluate each item to see how it works for you on every occasion. Upgrade and rearrange items as needed.

Following this step by step guide for how to build a winter capsule wardrobe will make the project much easier. Building a wardrobe with versatile and high quality essentials will make you look stylish and keep you warm all winter long.

 

Winter Wardrobe Color Combinations

Winter Wardrobe Color Combinations

Because winter is all about layering, have fun playing with winter capsule wardrobe color combinations within your outfit.

Do you know why we gravitate towards dark color clothes in winter?

Because dark colors naturally absorb the sunlight and help to keep us warm.

So, what kind of colors should you wear in winter?

Here are the 5 best classic winter color combinations you must have for your winter capsule wardrobe:

  • Gray / Hunter Green / Maroon
  • Navy / Mustard Yellow / Light Blue
  • Bright Yellow / Tangerine Orange / Black
  • Chocolate Brown / Burgundy / Army Green
  • Teal / Plum / Brown

Play around when upgrading your winter capsule wardrobe checklist so that you will avoid wearing the same black or grey outfits everyday.



 

How Many Pieces In A Winter Capsule Wardrobe?

From 10 to 50 pieces of clothing, there are numerous different ways of approaching the suggested number of pieces for a winter capsule wardrobe. The goal is to get creative when varying the outfits you select everyday using the basic essential items in your closet.

Down sizing and minimizing your basic items into 30 pieces will really help you create 1000 outfits for the season. Here is a winter capsule wardrobe essentials checklist for you to evaluate:

 

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

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A capsule wardrobe for the winter season is slightly different from planning for any other season. Winter capsule wardrobes require heavier layers and high quality functional outerwear items. It is important to keep warm and cozy when it is extremely cold outside.

 

Wool Coats

Wool Coats

Wool coats are much warmer than down jackets and are definitely the most popular coat option. Finding high quality wool coats will help you to stay warm and dry throughout the snowy weather season.

Pro tip: Make sure to read the content labels in order to ensure a high percentage of wool.

 

Puffer Jacket

Puffer Jacket

Puffer jackets are a lightweight essential in the winner. If you are an active outdoor sporty type of girl, grab a chic black or bright pop color puffer jacket to layer with your casual pieces.

Pro tip: Make sure you look for a fill power rating of at least 550 before making any puffer jacket purchases.

 

Rain Jacket

Rain Jacket

Rain jackets are a necessity to keep you dry and looking stylish. They are a basic essential item for wet winter weather areas.

If you live in or are traveling to the sunny west coast, pack a classic solid or playful print pattern rain jacket. This is the perfect outerwear item even if it’s not raining.

 

Turtleneck Top

Turtleneck Top

If you don’t have a black turtleneck top, then you are missing out. It is a necessity to look cool and stay warm all winter.

For a winter capsule wardrobe, owning a black, white, and heather grey colored turtleneck tops will save lots of time planning. Easily assemble workwear outfits, casual daytime clothing and also fun date night outfits.

 

Sweater

Sweater

Seriously soft and warm sweaters are a basic essential winter item. If you find the right one, you will want to wear it all winter long. There are 8 different types of sweaters to select for your winter capsule wardrobe.

Make sure to choose wisely in order for you to be able to duplicate outfits multiple times and never get sick of them. On the bright side, you can always evaluate your favorite sweater items and upgrade your style next winter.

 

Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress

Sweater dresses that you can wear with your knee high boots are everyone’s go-to outfit for looking gorgeous and stunning on any occasion. That is the reason, why sweater dresses are so popular for every body type.

In addition, they never go out of style. When creating a winter capsule wardrobe, use these styling tips so that you can choose the right sweater dress. As a result, you will look elegant and flattering every time you put it on.

 

Quilted Vest

Quilted Vest

Quilted vests help you to become a layering pro in every season. This basic essential item is fall, spring and winter season friendly. It makes you look good with any casual outfit, no matter what you wear underneath.

From workwear to date night outfits and also casual weekend clothing, there are so many creative ways to wear a quilted vest with your favorite things in your closet. Make sure you have at least 2 or more convertible classic quilted vests if you are a capsule wardrobe beginner.

 

Gloves

Gloves

Keep it warm and stylish with the best winter gloves that fit perfectly on your hand. This small basic essential item sounds like a joke when it comes to building a winter capsule wardrobe. But, you will be surprised how warm this tiny piece will keep you.

Make sure to have at least one pair of gloves and mittens in your closet. When it feels a bit colder outside, grab a pair of mittens because they are much warmer than gloves.

 

Tights And Leggings

Tights And Leggings

Thermal tights and leggings are not the same as the ones you wear during any other season. Depending on your lifestyle, make sure you have the right fabric and color to go well with your winter capsule wardrobe pieces.

Helpful hint: In general, having one black thermal tights and one regular black leggings is a great start for you to stay warm and look stylish. Grey leggings also go with a variety of winter outfits

 

Tote Bag

Tote Bag 

Find a tote bag that is versatile enough to carry for both work and travel. When it comes to evaluating a classic tote bag, choose a black leather or warm brown color so that it goes well with every outfit.

There is no need to look like you are going to Farmers Market everyday.

 

Blanket Scarf

Blanket Scarf

Do you know there are 12 different ways to wear blanket scarves in just 5 minutes? From workwear to date night outfits, a simple blanket scarf will instantly upgrade your look.

No wonder blanket scarves are a popular and timeless piece for winter fashion. Make sure you have a simple solid color scarf for workwear and a multi-color plaid scarf for casual outfit.

 

Hat

Hat

From a beanie to a fedora hat, there are variety of warmest winter hats that brighten up your outfit easily, and also help you to avoid having a bad hair day. If you aren’t a hat person, try fedora hat style, which is even four season friendly.

Pro tip: Avoid acrylic made hats if you have any allergic reactions or sensitive skin.

 

Pump Heels

Pump Heels

Pump heels that won’t hurt your feet are totally a dream come true. From classic black leather to fun suede or even velvet heels, there are so many types of pump heels for you to pair with your workwear and date night outfits.

If you are creating a minimalist chic french capsule wardrobe for winter, don’t forget to grab classic leather pump heels.

 

Ankle Boots

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are actually four season friendly footwear that goes well with jeans, floral dresses and mini skirts. Not only that, but ankle boots with lower shafts makes your leg longer.

When you are evaluating a boots selection for your capsule wardrobe, look at shaft height, heel type, material and color. Depending on your lifestyle and weather conditions, also consider closed or open toe.

 

Over The Knee Boots

Over The Knee Boots

From flat to low heel, the over the knee boots style goes with many winter outfits. If you are a tall boots person, you might notice your boots can’t keep up with you.

Pro tip: Make sure you make a boot bra for your new and old boots to keep up with you this winter. As a result, you will never have to say good-bye to your favorite pair of tall boots.

 

Using this winter capsule wardrobe essentials checklist, you can create over 1000 outfits this winter with only 30 basic essential items. Dress for success everyday with ease and no headaches.

Adjust the number of pieces for each category and find your own true winter color. As a result, you will be set to enjoy the cold winter weather everyday.  Look stylish wearing your winter capsule wardrobe for all occasions, no matter how cold the weather is outside.

Do you have a winter capsule wardrobe essentials checklist?

Share your essential capsule wardrobe tips and hacks with us!

XOXO

Style Guide: Winter Capsule Wardrobe Essentials Checklist

Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.