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Today I am sharing my top picks for this year’s winter capsule wardrobe. This collection includes classic mix and match staples that will keep you cozy and comfortable all winter long. It will also allow you to hit snooze on those dark winter mornings because you will save time with these ready to wear options.
A Capsule Wardrobe Makes Life Easier
When I think of winter I automatically think warm and cozy. At the same time, I want to be comfortable and look pulled together.
As a busy mom, I was drawn toward the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe for multiple reasons:
1) I don’t have hours to spend shopping and trying on clothes
2) Most of our clothing budget goes toward our growing children who wear-out and out-grow clothes quickly
3) I need to get dressed quickly in the morning, so that I can get everyone out the door on time
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Take the stress out of getting dressed
In theory having a huge closet packed full of clothes sounds like a dream come true.
In reality, it’s more like a nightmare. When you have a lot of clothing:
- You can never find what you are looking for
- Laundry takes forever and is never done
- The hanging and organizing is a constant battle
If this sounds like familiar, you would probably benefit from creating a capsule wardrobe.
By simplifying your closet to just the essentials that you love and wear often you will avoid so many of these struggles. No more feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and frantic when you are trying to choose an outfit in the morning.
Anyone can create a capsule wardrobe by selecting mix and match items that are practical and that you love to wear.
A Winter Capsule Wardrobe Checklist
Over the years I have tried different variations of a capsule wardrobe for each season. Through trial and error I have discovered the specific pieces and color schemes that work best for me.
My goal is to share my strategy with you as a “starting point” for you to create a simplified wardrobe that works best for you.
Depending on the climate where you live and your lifestyle you may be able to skip some items.
The idea is that you have enough items to create a variety of outfits, so that you feel like you have a completely packed closet without any of the stress and maintenance.
Below is a quick rundown of the items that I find I get the most use from year after year.
I have included numbers next to each item. This is not a guideline or a rule, this is simply what has worked for me.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe – Outerwear
- Warm down jacket (1)
- Rain coat (1)
- Peacoat (1)
- Down vest (1)
Winter Capsule Wardrobe – Tops
- Cardigan Sweaters (3)
- Turtleneck Sweaters (2)
- Long Sleeve T-Shirts (3)
- Tunics (3)
Winter Capsule Wardrobe – Bottoms
- Jeans (3)
- Leggings (3)
- Black or Grey Pants (1)
Winter Capsule Wardrobe – Shoes
- Rain boots (1)
- Winter boots (1)
- Leather boots (1)
I do want to share that many of these items are not only used in the winter.
For example, all of the pants and cardigans I wear year round. The long sleeve t-shirts, tunics and vests are also part of my fall closet.
So, as you can see these items really help to save money and they get plenty of use.
I would rather wear and item so frequently that it eventually needs to be replaced, than to waste money on 30 items that sit in the back of my closet and never get worn.
Selecting a color scheme for your winter capsule wardrobe
You will notice that the colors I gravitate toward include black, white, grey, navy and camel or tan. I have found that these colors are classic and tend to stay on trend from year to year.
These colors also tend to mix and match well with each other.
Additionally, if you have some more colorful favorites in your closet already that you plan to keep they will most likely coordinate easily with the basics included in this capsule.
There you have it mama! Your perfect winter capsule wardrobe checklist to help you simplify your closet today!