The winter months are my favorite for many reasons - snow, cold weather (I just hate being hot), Christmas, family gatherings, holiday cheer … the list goes on and on and on. But one thing that stays consistent throughout the season when all the hustle and bustle dies down is my wardrobe. Building a successful capsule wardrobe can be daunting, but breaking it down into seasons might help. Winter (and fall - sometimes) can be the easiest because you can layer with so many different options and have so many different outfits from just a few staple pieces. Ya’know, when you learn that concept in your math class when you multiply things together for a variety of different combinations - this is the same thing pretty much. Who says school is completely useless? ;)
Assessing Your Inventory
I have talked about this a hundred times (here, here and here for reference lol - downloading my Beginner’s Closet Guide will def help with this!!!) - assessing your inventory is necessary to building your capsule wardrobe per season.
If you don’t know what you have, you can’t work with what ya got and things will just get more difficult and you’ll end up buying things you don’t actually need. You probably already have everything you need in your closet as it stands to build your wardrobe.
To Keep or Not to Keep, that is the Question
Okay soooo - this might be the hardest part of your build. Making hard decisions. I know, that shirt you have in your closet that you bought in the 10th grade is in good condition still … oh, wait. You don’t have things from high school still? This part might be easier for you than it is for me lol
What to keep: Things that you LOVE, things that have multiple lives (how many occasions can you wear this?), things that are rare, things that fit and flatter you (more to come on this soon!)
What not to keep: Things you aren’t too in love with, things that are SUPER specific (themed articles, costumes, etc), things that don’t fit or flatter you, things that you have never worn since the 10th grade (or ever).
Time to Play
Now comes the fun part. You know those games you’d play as a kid or find on your smart phone and it’s like - Pretty Pretty Princess or you have to build a boutique? Well this is kinda the same thing - pretend you are creating your very own boutique. You need staple pieces and pieces you will want to buy if you actually went in the store. Put things together in your head or lie them out on your bed or floor or wherever, and put outfits together.
For the winter - you will need a few staple pieces that I believe will always be needed and will be the foundation to creating the perfect winter/fall capsule wardrobe. These items will never go out, will always be fashionable and you can make a ton of different outfits from a combo of the below.
2). Trench (camel or another neutral color)
3). A wool coat
4). Black pants/slacks
5). A good pair of jeans (I like a black pair and a medium denim wash)
6). A cardigan
7). White top (you can do either a nice white crisp button down or a really good cotton tee - I prefer both)