Put together plenty of fashionable outfits with a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is an apparel collection with pieces that mix and match for maximum versatility. It’s a good idea to update yours each season to ensure you have the right pieces for the weather. We’ve put together some ideas to help you start a stylish capsule wardrobe for winter.
Undergarments are an important part of any capsule wardrobe. In addition to the usual pieces, you may want to stock up on women’s thermals. There are silk interlock thermal tops and bottoms in colors including white, nude, and black for wearing beneath your other clothes. The tops come in crewneck and V-neck styles, so you can find a style that won’t show under your sweater.
Long-sleeve tees are a must-have for any winter capsule wardrobe. Supima cotton T-shirts are a good option, as they’re soft, sturdy, and highly resistant to color fading. The long-staple fiber is what makes Supima cotton so special, which is why you’ll also find Supima cotton duvet covers and sheet sets. Choose T-shirts in neutral colors such as white, black, gray, and camel. These colors go with almost any other hues and shades, so you’ll have no trouble pairing them with any bottoms in your closet.
Buttoned dress shirts are another must-have for the capsule wardrobe. Look for a women’s white button-down shirt, which you can wear with a cardigan sweater or vest and elegant accessories. One or two women’s blazers in classic colors like navy and black layer beautifully over any dress shirt and can even add an on-trend look to a casual date-night outfit like a white blouse, skinny jeans, and heels.
You can never have too many sweaters, even for a capsule wardrobe. Keep things neutral in color for plenty of mixing-and-matching options. You can also add pops of color here and there with a sweater in a vibrant hue, such as red or yellow. It’s not necessary to avoid bright colors and prints when developing a capsule wardrobe—a few bold pieces can work well with your neutral core wardrobe items.
There are all kinds of sweater styles from which to choose, from V-necks to turtlenecks. If you plan to layer, look for a smooth cotton-modal blend fabric. Cashmere is a luxe option that adds instant elegance to any outfit.
A few pairs of women’s jeans in indigo and black are a good addition to any winter capsule wardrobe. Choose a few different styles, such as skinny and straight-leg. Jeggings and leggings can also be worked in a capsule wardrobe, especially when you choose basic black because it goes with everything.
Dress pants are another capsule-wardrobe essential—especially if you work in a business-casual environment. There are slim-fit and classic-fit pairs made from washable wool for a formal look and easy care. You’ll also find cotton/polyester blends that are wrinkle-resistant and stain-resistant.
Women’s skirts and dresses in neutral colors and versatile prints impart a dressy touch to your capsule wardrobe, whether you choose a midi skirt or maxi style. Fit-and-flare dresses are a style you can wear for casual or dressy occasions. Jean jackets impart a laid-back look to any dress, while women’s blazers and cashmere cardigans dress things up. A long open-front cardigan is a semi-dressy addition to any dress, whether you choose a casual T-shirt dress, sleek jersey style, or a sheath dress in a performance fabric.
A few pairs of sweatpants and matching sweatshirts in neutral tones can keep you comfortable all winter. There are also women’s yoga pants that are ideal for the gym or running errands, along with athletic tees infused with spandex for a hint of stretch. When choosing active apparel for your capsule wardrobe, look for pieces with UPF 50 for sun protection and an antimicrobial finish to keep you feeling fresh.
Footwear is another crucial part of any wardrobe. When putting together your capsule wardrobe, choose classic styles like mid-height pumps, ballet flats, and moccasins in black and navy. Nude dress shoes are a footwear option that’s classic yet currently on-trend. You might also want ankle boots and calf-high boots, along with a few pairs of sneakers and slippers for wearing around the house. Also, stock up on warm winter socks for wearing with boots and sneakers, along with tights for wearing with dress shoes.
One or two handbags are all you need for a well-equipped capsule wardrobe. You can have one classic black bag in an everyday style, along with a dressy clutch for formal occasions. If you want a bag that’s versatile enough for work, the gym, and your winter beach getaway, there are women’s weekender bags and tote bags in many styles.
With a capsule wardrobe, you’ll never have trouble finding something to wear. Choose the pieces you like best to give your wardrobe a personal touch.