The perfect winter capsule wardrobe will contain a combination of your favourite colours, styles, and fabrics; and will enable you to mix and match key pieces to create numerous stylish outfits for winter 2018.
If you’re wondering what a winter capsule wardrobe is, then wonder no more. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe refers to a select number of items of clothing that won’t go out of fashion. Whilst you can update your wardrobe with a few new pieces each season, they will complement your base clothing, which will be timeless, and can be worn season after season.
We’ve already shown you how to create a capsule wardrobe on a budget, and in this article we’re going to look at how you can specifically create a capsule wardrobe for winter 2018. One of the benefits is that by whittling your wardrobe down to key pieces, you’ll effectively save money over the long term, as you’ll find yourself only carefully considering classic pieces.
Dressing for winter can be difficult, as you have to consider clothing that will keep you warm – and the key to this is layering. However, winter wardrobes can be much more stylish than their summer counterparts, provided you pick the correct key pieces and colours that will make up your chic winter capsule wardrobe.
So, if you’re ready to cut out the clothing you don’t want anymore, and create a timeless wardrobe, then read on! We’ll take a look at how you can pick the perfect colours for your basic winter capsule wardrobe, provide you with a list of essentials that will complete your look, and show you how to style your pieces.
Winter Capsule Wardrobe Colours
One of the most important things to consider when creating a chic winter capsule wardrobe is colour. After all, if you buy things that don’t match, then you won’t be able to wear them together!
The great news is, is you have a variety of choice when it comes to capsule wardrobe winter colours. Firstly, consider which colours suit your skin tone best. If you have a “cool” skin tone, then black, navy charcoal grey, pure white and icy pastels are must-have shades in your capsule wardrobe for winter 2018. Alternatively, if you have a warm skin tone, then you need to consider clothes in brown, tan, cream, orange and green.
Now the question is: how do you know if you have a cool or warm skin tone? Not all of us are purely one or the other, but one way to check is by looking at the colour of your veins on the inside of your wrists. If they’re blue or purple, then you’re cool toned; whereas if your veins are green, then you’re warm toned.
Not only should your capsule wardrobe complement your skin tone, but your classic pieces should complement each other too. A capsule wardrobe for winter palettes doesn’t need to be difficult to build. In fact, we’re going to take you through the steps right now.
To create the perfect classic winter capsule wardrobe, you’ll need to first consider your base colours: you’ll need both dark and light. When choosing a dark base tone, it can be tempting to pick one colour and stick to it, but we’d recommend opting for 2 – 4, so you can mix and match your winter wardrobe without making your outfits look too monochrome.
The next step in building your winter palette capsule wardrobe is to choose one or two light neutral colours, as this will make it easy to mix and match your capsule clothing together. Pure white and ice blue are great for cool tones, whereas warmer tones suit beige, buttermilk and cream.
The final step to creating your capsule wardrobe for winter is to choose your accent colours. Now’s the opportunity to express your personality and inject this winter’s fashions into your wardrobe. We would recommend choosing 2-3 accent colours – again, to make it easy with mixing and matching. A colourful winter capsule wardrobe can work, provided you think about it smartly, so your items of clothing go together. For example: green and blue can work, as can pink and lemon. Alternatively, you may choose to opt for one bold colour, such as red. Pick a few of your favourite colours, and pair them with your base shades. But avoid adding too many prints and textures – a plaid skirt is fine, so long as half of your tops aren’t striped!
Alternatively, you may decide to go the other way and create a dark winter capsule wardrobe instead. The height of sophistication, you may choose to dress only in blacks and greys – and this is ideal if your wardrobe will be smaller, as people are less likely to notice you’re wearing the same item of clothing multiple times if you’re wearing darker shades. It’ll also give you the opportunity to experiment with accessories, which we’ll go through in more detail in a bit.
Choosing a winter palette capsule wardrobe is extremely exciting, you just need to make sure you like the colours you choose, as you’ll be wearing it for all of autumn/winter 2018!
Winter Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
There are a few key things you’ll need on your winter capsule wardrobe list, to ensure you can maximise the usage of all of your clothing (saving you money in the long-term).
Luckily for you, we’ve created the ultimate winter wardrobe checklist, so you can make sure you’ve got all bases covered!
- 2 x warm coats: We’d recommend one long coat in camel or black, and one short, warm coat like a puffer.
- 1 x jacket: A smart blazer is great for the office, and can also work well for evening drinks. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with a leather jacket.
- 5 x cosy knits: You absolutely can’t have the perfect women’s winter capsule wardrobe without some warm, toasty jumpers. Opt for a combination of jumpers in both your base and accent colours.
- 2 x cardigans: The British weather is admittedly unpredictable, which is why you need to incorporate layers into your capsule wardrobe. By investing in one chunky cardigan and one thin-knit, you can stay toasty on the days you feel a chill.
- 2 x smart shirts: What could be more classic than a polished, crease-free white shirt? It’s an essential on all winter capsule wardrobe lists – unless you have a warm skin-tone, in which case, switch the white for cream. For your second shirt you may opt for a pattern, or a darker colour.
- 5 x chic tops: Not as structured as a shirt, yet not as casual as a t-shirt; think pussy bow blouses, sheer panelling and open backs to add a bit of the unexpected to your winter capsule wardrobe staples.
- 3 x casual tops: Great for layering on colder days, or wearing on their own when it’s mild, casual tops are winter capsule wardrobe essentials. You should have one black top, one white/cream, and you can also opt for a pattered one, or a block colour – provided it’s one of your accent colours. Whether you choose short or long sleeves is entirely up to you.
- 3 x dressy tops: Winter is the perfect time for heading out and celebrating (hello, Christmas parties!); so your perfect capsule wardrobe for winter needs to reflect your social life. We’d recommend one silky vest, one glittery long-sleeved top (for when it’s just too cold), and then a third with some unexpected detailing – like an off-the-shoulder sleeve, or an open back.
- 2 x pairs of smart jeans: One black, one blue. The fit is entirely down to you. Think to yourself: would you wear these jeans on a night out? The answer should be yes.
- 1 x pair of casual jeans: These are jeans you would wear when running errands or going shopping – “mom-style” jeans may be better than skinnies, but it’s all down to personal style. Nevertheless, a pair of casual jeans is an essential winter capsule wardrobe item.
- 2 x pairs of trousers: Whether you choose plain black, add a pop of accent colour with a stripe down the side, or go for something quirky like checks, a pair of trousers goes perfectly with shirts, jumpers and tops.
- 5 x skirts: Choosing the length of your skirt is again, a matter of personal preference. A pencil skirt is great for work, and a short leather mini is a classic for a night of cocktails. Choosing skirts in base colours will give you more outfit combinations, but don’t be afraid to choose a patterned skirt either. Experiment by adding a skirt with a ruffle, asymmetrical hem or exposed zip into your capsule wardrobe for winter – especially if you like edgier outfits.
- 5 x dresses: Contrary to what you may believe, dresses can most definitely be worn in winter – you just need to add tights. On your winter capsule wardrobe essentials list should be five dresses: 1 smart one for interviews and work, 2 casual dresses that can be worn day to night, and 2 more for nights out. Experiment with fabrics – rich velvets and smooth silks are perfect for what would otherwise be a classic little black dress.
- 1 x jumpsuit: Every woman needs a jumpsuit in her winter capsule wardrobe. Trust us.
Styling Your Winter Capsule Wardrobe
So, you have the core pieces determined thanks to our winter capsule wardrobe list, but now you need to consider the accessories… and what could be more important than shoes?
Boots are an absolute must in winter, and we’d recommend a few styles. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of black ankle boots, that look effortless with jeans, dresses and skirts. Over the knee boots are great for nights out, but if styled well, also look great in the day – and will keep you extra warm!
We would recommend a third pair of boots for your winter wardrobe: a statement pair. This year, white leather boots are all the rage. Skimming just above the ankle, they add an edge to an otherwise classic winter capsule wardrobe.
Other shoes to add to your winter capsule wardrobe are smart flat shoes – we’d suggest at least two pairs, with one in your base colour and one in your accent colour. You should also invest in a few pairs of heels: a simple court shoe is ideal for work, but for nights out you may decide on a pair of fashionable platforms, or sway the other way and choose a classic stiletto. The key to choosing your heels for your capsule wardrobe for winter is to ensure they can be worn with tights.
Finally, you’ll want to add a couple of pairs of women’s trainers to your winter wardrobe; after all, trainers aren’t just for working out – a pair of black trainers can look very smart, and white trainers really complete an all-black outfit.
So, now that you’ve got shoes for your winter capsule wardrobe covered, it’s time to consider bags and accessories. We would recommend the following:
- 1 x tote bag: You want to be able to carry all of your essentials in this handbag, but it should be smart enough for work. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on this, as you’ll be using this bag all winter.
- 1 x clutch bag: Sparkles, glitters, feathers.. or maybe just a classic colour block? You’ll use your clutch bag on nights out.
- 1 x backpack: Whether you opt for a leather backpack, or a coloured fabric one, it’s essential this bag is easy to fling on and carry with you all day.
There are a few additional things to consider when styling your winter capsule wardrobe. To complete your outfits, consider the following:
- 2 x scarves: One in your base colour, and one in your accent, scarves are crucial for keeping you warm this winter.
- 2 x pairs of gloves: Make sure they match your scarves!
- 5 x pairs of tights: No basic winter capsule wardrobe is complete without tights – make sure they’re at least 60 denier, but if you get really cold, consider investing in some thermal tights too.
- 1 hat: This is optional, as some people hate wearing hats. However, they’re great at keeping you warm – maybe you’ll opt for an on-trend beret, or a beanie, or a Russian-inspired faux-fur hat.
- Jewellery: Jewellery really brings an outfit together. Opt for silver or gold depending on your skin tone – and consider earrings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets and rings. Minimalist jewellery is great if you want something that’ll last you years.
When deciding what you need in a winter capsule wardrobe, it’s essential you have fun choosing your key pieces! By ensuring you have numerous winter capsule wardrobe combinations, you can ensure you’ll enjoy getting dressed in the morning, safe in the knowledge you’ll be chic, stylish, and most importantly… warm!
If you’ve followed our advice and created your own classic winter capsule wardrobe, we’d love to hear from you; or if you think we’ve missed an item of clothing off, then get in touch.