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A WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE

We all knew it was coming, but I’m never ready for it. I’m talking about the official first day of winter! I like looking for the silver lining in all situations, so here is my silver lining for today. The first day of winter, or the winter solstice, is the shortest day of the year. So, every day after day will have more sunlight than the day before! Woohoo! Now that winter is officially here; it is time to work on our winter capsule wardrobe.

 

 

WHAT IS A WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE?

Capsule wardrobes are a term used for small or minimalistic wardrobes where items mix together easily to create many outfits. A winter capsule wardrobe would be mostly comprised of clothing worn in the winter months. The goal is to streamline your wardrobe, which helps to take the guesswork out of choosing an outfit. When starting a capsule wardrobe, you will first need to go through your existing closet and decide what goes and what stays. If you need help with this process, then check out this post on how to clean and organize your closet.

HOW TO BUILD A WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE?

Building a winter capsule wardrobe is a great excuse to go through your closet. The New Year is soon approaching, so taking this time to clean out your closet will have you entering 2023 like a champ. See what you currently have in your closet that will work for your capsule wardrobe, and decide what to keep, donate, or put away for later. You may find that you don’t need to buy anything, but maybe tweak how you’ve been wearing what you already own.

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

There will always be exceptions to every list, depending on the climate where you live. Your height, body type, and personal style will also dictate the clothing you might need, but here’s a great list to start with for your Winter Capsule Wardrobe essentials:

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE SWEATERS

I wear sweaters more than anything in the winter months. When building a capsule wardrobe, I would suggest starting with solid colors. It is also easier to wear sweaters with neutral colors, but if you are a fan of patterns, don’t be afraid to include them. I recently purchased this Floral Cashmere Sweater since I knew it would work for winter and spring, and I love the pattern.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is showing winter capsule wardrobe essentials
Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Diamond Cross Necklace || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) || Brahmin Tabitha Tote – Alabaster

 

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Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater – large – (Under $50!) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar)

 

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Black Cashmere Hoodie (large) || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Diamond Cross Necklace || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar)

 Black Cashmere Hoodie (large – just ordered another one in camel and a red one in med). I love this hoodie since it can be worn casually but looks elegant and chic.

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE COATS & JACKETS

I love coats and jackets and keep adding more to my collections. Lol! I love a good deal, but here is where you might want to invest in a coat that will last you for years. Look for classics that you won’t go out of style, and you will get your money’s worth from them.

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Hooded Puffer Coat (large) || Black Cashmere Hoodie (large) || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Diamond Cross Necklace || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) || Western Boots – (TTS)

 

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Faux Leather Moto Jacket – almost sold out – (similar) || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Diamond Cross Necklace || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) || Coach Pennie Leather – (Black Version)

 

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Statement Dress Coat – Sold Out – (similar ones linked below) || Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater – large – (Under $50!) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) || Western Boots – (TTS)

 

 

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE BOTTOMS

Every winter capsule wardrobe needs a good pair of well-fitting jeans! There are a lot of styles to choose from, but I think a great bootcut pair is flattering for most women. You’ll also need leggings and joggers to round out your wardrobe, but you’ll hear more about that in upcoming blog posts.  

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Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater – large – (Under $50!) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) ||  Western Boots – (TTS)

Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here I’m linking these jeans at two different retailers so that you can find your size better. I think they run small, so I recommend sizing up one size.

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE TOPS

I usually wear sweaters in the winter, but when I wear tops, they are generally for layering. I stick to thinner fabrics that can be layered under a sweater or cardigan. Here are a few examples of layering tops.

 

 

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE SHOES

Boots, sneakers, and flats in neutral colors that can be worn with all your outfits are what you should look for. I’m wearing a pair of block-heeled boots in the popular western style that works for all my longer jeans. I’ll have an upcoming post on winter shoes showing you lots of options, so be on the lookout for that post. I suggest starting with black, brown, or navy shoes since they are the most versatile.

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Sam Edleman Western Boot – Size 9 (TTS) – (similar)

 

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE ACCESSORIES

Here is where you can let your personality shine! Think about scarves, brooches, earrings, necklaces, or kimonos and ruanas; those are all excellent ways to add fun and personality to your capsule winter wardrobe.

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Green Quilted Vest – Large || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Diamond Cross Necklace || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) || Brahmin Tabitha Tote – Alabaster

 

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Travel Wrap – Sold Out – (similar) || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Cashmere Scarf || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Diamond Cross Necklace || Gold Vermeil Chain || Large Cross Charm || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Earrings – Sold Out – (Similar) || Quilted Crossbody with Chain – Sold Out – (Similar)

 

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE BAGS

A good quality leather tote bag and a crossbody bag are great essentials for your wardrobe.

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Coach Pennie Leather – (Black Version) || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet

 

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Brahmin Tabitha Tote – Alabaster || Green Quilted Vest – Large || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet

 

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Quilted Crossbody with Chain – Sold Out – (Similar) || Chico’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater -Size 1 – Sold Out (Similar here) || Joe’s Jeans Bootcut Jeans – Size 31 – Here and Here || Michele Watch || Zorte Bangle Bracelet || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet

 

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE DRESSES

I don’t wear as many dresses in the winter, but it is a good idea to have a couple on hand just in case you need one. If I’m wearing a dress, I will probably wear tights with it. I just ordered a couple of pairs from Sheertex since they are supposed to be almost indestructible. I’m excited to try them out since I get a run in my tights every time I put a pair on.

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Shift Dress with Sleeve Button Details – Sold Out – (Similar) || Sophee Earrings || David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet || Michele Watch || Letter Disc Pendant || Merrick Chain Necklace || 18 Kt Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace || Franco Wedge Pumps – (TTS)

This covers the basics of a winter capsule wardrobe. You probably already have many of these items in your wardrobe and won’t need every piece I’ve included in this capsule. Use this as a checklist, and then you can start to expand the wardrobe with patterns, prints, and accessories.

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1 John 4:7

 

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121 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I have a lot of these pieces. I’ve been reading your posts. You’ve been a great help. Happy, Healthy, & Holy New Year!! 😀❤️

  2. I love wardrobe capsules! But I am TERRIBLE at putting them together. This post is so helpful; I can see several items from my closet that I didn’t think of putting together. Thanks so much, Tania – and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Nice mix & match options – too bad the dress is sold out, the blue is pretty. Will have to try the tights you mention, hate snags & runs!

  4. thanks for the great ideas! can’t wait to sort thru my closet and add a few new pieces. blessings to you and yours.

  5. I am anxious to hear your thoughts on the sheertex tights. alot of the pieces you mentioned I already own, so I just need to find a few items. I’m thrilled I have a winter capsule wardrobe. the jeans are my favorite piece.

  6. Great ideas! I love the plaid long jacket and the blue sweater dress. I agree neutrals are best for the capsule wardrobe. You look adorable in everythjng you wear!

  7. I went through my closet two weeks ago, and love it being pared down. I’m glad to see your capsule ideas now. I’ll be seeing how to apply these ideas to what I have already.

  8. I would wear every article of clothing in this post. Such great basics that are current but will also stand the test of time. Great post!

  9. The wardrobe capsule is a great idea. I also need to clean out my closet and make a huge donation to Goodwill.

  10. Does the Chico’s white long sleeve sweater (sold out) have sequins around the neckline? BTW, I love your clothing and accessory picks. Most of them of so affordable but still very much on trend. Thank you!!!

  11. I love that blue dress on you, it fits you perfectly .
    Sure wish it was still available because I would order it in a heartbeat.

  12. I look upon winter as a time to relax, read, organize closets, and plan for spring gardens. I think God gave winter to us because He knew we needed some downtime. Of course, on most days I don’t have to be out in the weather. If I did, I’d probably have a different opinion. Working on my wardrobe capsule is one of my plans for this winter. Merry Christmas to all!

  13. Love all these ideas. This is one of the best posts as we can get the most bang for our clothing budget!
    Merry Christmas!

  14. Great post. Maybe I just need to start over completely with my wardrobe. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I’m missing a lot of capsule items.

  15. Well! That is weird about finding a McMuffin outside! Definitely a Ring Camera. Someone in the comments below mentioned an Amazon Blink. Haven’t hear about that but will check it out.
    Great winter capsule suggestions.

  16. I loved all of your ideas. I especially liked seeing the olive green Amazon puffer coat. I bought the puffer in metallic taupe last year. It’s become my go-to coat this year. It’s a gorgeous rose gold color, a shade that I was surprised is difficult to find!

  17. I live winter outfits! In SoCal we don’t get a lot of opportunities to wear them. Thankfully we’re having some lower temps for now. Love the Sam Edelman boots!

  18. We have WYZE cameras. My husband worked from home and, after a delivery truck destroyed our brick mailbox, he had our house camera’d up better than Fort Knox. The cameras are inexpensive and accurate in reporting the activity at specific locations.

  19. Great ideas for capsule wardrobe which I’ve been thinking about.
    Outdoor camera suggestion:
    We use Wyze and couldn’t be happier. Go directly to the Wyze website for great pricing, although they do sell on Amazon I found better prices buying direct. It pairs with your phone and alerts you of movement plus it records. We like the 360 pan type and purchased an additional SD micro disk. Great systems and in my opinion less expensive than others. Good luck. Have a happy healthy Christmas and 2023!

  20. Jeans and Sweaters for going out.
    Jogging pants and Sweat shirts for lounging around the house.
    Lots of Good Suggestions, Thank You !!

  21. Tania’s blog is filled with style tips and inspiration. I love the total looks. The she’s, bags and accessories along with the way all is put together is becoming on anyone. The biblical quotes remind me of what is important! Keep up the great work!

  22. Thanks for the tips. I love your ideas for a winter wardrobe. Ordered one of the jackets a few weeks ago and I love it. If you ever make a trip to Texas come help me with my closet. I’m about ready to do an overhaul. 🙌❤️

  23. Definitely Ring cameras for outside. We love ours. Easy to install and you download the Ring app so you can see what is going on. Love a capsule wardrobe. Yay for longer days!

  24. I am going to go through my closet and see what I have from your previous posts to start my capsule wardrobe. Just remember Tania, that after today we start the getting more and more light every day!!
    Jenniffer

  25. I so enjoy reading your posts every morning!! You give me good ideas and great inspiration to step out and polish up my looks!!! Thank you and please keep it up!!!

  26. As I am deciding what to take on our two week trip visiting family, I am ensuring that all of the tops I take will go with every pair of pants. I hope to limit myself to 4 or 5 pairs of pants. A capsule wardrobe is how I plan on packing.

  27. Perfect timing for the wardrobe capsule post as I am trying to plan for my trip to Germany to visit my grandkids! They moved in August and this is the first Christmas in 9 years without my grands. Shopping for winter clothes is cheering me up 😉

    BTW we use the Amazon Blink cameras everywhere! They are dependable, simple to setup and provide clear video. You can put the app on multiple phones and monitor day and night without paying any fees. Highly recommended!

  28. These are beautiful clothing pieces. I love the solid color sweaters, the jackets and coats. Thanks for all you do!

  29. Merry Christmas! Let us know how the Sheertex work out. I would love your review before purchasing such an expensive pair of tights.

  30. Thank you for this great info- I have always wanted to do a capsule wardrobe but just getting started was the issue. You have made it so simple and I feel good about getting into my closet to start putting one together !

    Ps . Just a suggestion but have you ever done a post on hairstyles ?

    1. Leslie, my DIL is getting ready to start doing articles for me on hair. Ex: short hairstyles for old women, hair products worth the money, etc.

  31. I will be traveling to Arkansas from Florida to see my daughter and grandkids over the holidays. I will be only staying for a week so going to try packing everything into a carrier on. I started looking into capsule packing Thank you for sending this post

  32. I think capsule wardrobes are a great idea. I know I tend to wear the same things over and over, with other stuff in my closet not being worn at all. Thanks for the starting point…I’m going to try to pare my closet down after the holidays.

  33. I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I always get sidetracked by too many printed items. I love that you have only solid items, so much easier to work with.
    Thanks so much.

  34. Thanks for posting the Winter Capsule wardrobe ideas. I have wanted to look through my closet and make a capsule wardrobe for a long time. Now is the time to upgrade some of my pieces. Many of the styles posted are sold out, but I was able to find a few good alternatives at Quince and Macy’s. I did purchase the half zip sweater dress from Macy’s on sale as an alternative to the sweater dress with buttons. It is a little more casual. Have a Happy Christmas!
    ☮️ to all – Stephanie

  35. Great post & very timely as I found myself staring into my closet & wondering what to wear! I noticed you sized up a couple sizes on the Joe’s jeans. The size chart has me at my usual size but wondering if they run small? Thx!

    1. Frani, I bought these jeans last year, and since they have stretch to them, the 31 still fits. I probably could wear a 30, but these aren’t loose, so I’ll just keep wearing them.

  36. I don’t know how you do it! So many styles and colors to keep track of! You are doing a great job keeping your post organized and fresh every day. Thank you for sharing with us fashion challenged gals.

  37. I like all your outfits, but the cashmere hoodie is divine! (also like the little doggie peeking out in one of the shots!)
    Those jeans look great on you. I’m struggling to find jeans that are not too snug. Sizing up doesn’t always work because the rise is just too long then. (losing 15 pounds would do the trick for me, I’ll bet!)

  38. Thank you Tania for the creating this post. I love the idea of simplifying my wardrobe selection. Jewelry worn in this blog is beautiful.

  39. so glad the links are working again. and such a bummer that everything that I personally would choose is sold out! no worries. keep on posting and I will keep on trying. Happy holidays to you and the family.

  40. Love all of these. Especially the statement coat. Thanks for the advice. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  41. I have never really thought about a capsule wardrobe before. You make it looks so easy. I love everything you picked out.

  42. Good morning Tania!
    I love your blog and the daily scriptures too! I recently lost 35 pounds and have to replace my entire wardrobe! Costly but fun. Your posts really help me decide what to purchase to rebuild my wardrobe. I love your style! I am also blonde and about your size. But older! You are just adorable and precious! Beautiful lady! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!
    Gail Harrison

  43. Great post! Even though it’s sold out I’d love to know where the blue v-neck dress near the end of the post was from please. Thank you and Merry Christmas! 🎄

  44. Thanks Tania for focusing me on creating more capsule outfits by wearing what I have! I’ve decided that I will invest in a quality handbag replacement which upgrades any outfit I put together. I enjoy how you mix different price points in your outfits!
    wishing you and family a blessed holiday.

  45. Love your style- recently I needed a dress for a funeral, and found myself without an appropriate one. Would love dress suggestions that can be worn for multiple events.
    Thank you and have a great day.

    Ava

  46. Love the sweaters. I am a teacher. They will work well with slacks. I have to wear dress casual to work, but pretty much live in jeans at home.

    1. Tania,
      I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but, every time I try one I fail! I like a lot of variety and my closet is packed with clothes but, still feel like I have nothing to wear!! I already have many of the items in your blog and just seeing how you put them together gave me some fresh ideas. Thank you! Keep doing what you do!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!!!🎄🎄🎄

  47. Hoping this will help motivate me….I do clean out a couple of times a year but not aggressively. I should, still have way too much. what brings me joy to wear certainly evolves as times goes. Thank you, I so enjoy reading each day.

  48. What a great post. Thanks for helping me organize my winter closet.
    Every morning I look forward to your blog and the verse of the day. 😊

  49. I love Chico’s. I was able to get the Faux Leather jacket this past week and got a really good deal. should be here on Saturday!!!

  50. Enjoyed the capsule and all your choices. I’m always looking for new ideas and like to save these to look back on during the winter!

  51. We love our Ring cameras. You can view each camera from your phone and they were very easy to install. We have the doorbell as well.
    I volunteer at a local non-profit thrift store. It seems everyone is donating their skinny jeans and sweaters with prints on them. Your advice on styles aligns with this.
    Merry Christmas to everyone.

  52. Happy holidays! Reading todays post I did get some good ideas for styling a couple of outfits not just for this weekend but thru the winter!

  53. We have cameras by Blink both here in FL and at our Banner Elk home. They come in both wired and wireless versions. I think my husband just ordered them off Amazon. They are motion activated and you get a notification when they record on your phone.

  54. I got 4 of the Blink cameras from Amazon. We have 1 acre and they all together cover everything. Have had them almost 2 years. They are great for us for the cost!

  55. I love your posts! I’ve been following you for about 4 years. I just wish items wouldn’t seek out so fast! But I have gotten some really beautiful clothes! Thank you for all you do!