Are you looking to create a winter capsule wardrobe but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you need a list of items to inspire your winter capsule? This post covers everything you need to know about creating a winter capsule wardrobe 2022! This is just a small glimpse into the creation of a capsule wardrobe for Winter.
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Casual & Effortless Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2022
If you are new to capsule wardrobes, or have been using them for years, you’ll love this Winter capsule wardrobe for the 2022 season. I implemented my very first capsule a year ago and won’t go back! Why?
Before a capsule, I was completely overwhelmed with my closet. It was FULL of clothes, yet I would stare at it and think “I have nothing to wear!”. Does this sound familiar?
A curated and thoughtful capsule wardrobe was my solution to reduce closet frustration and decision anxiety that happened every time I got dressed.
Not only that, but since implementing a capsule wardrobe I actually SHOP LESS throughout the year and SAVE MONEY!
What is a Winter Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of wardrobe staple pieces, paired with a few seasonal pieces, that can be interchanged easily to create several outfits.
There is no set number of pieces that are included in a capsule wardrobe as each person’s style needs will vary. However, I personally try to maintain a seasonal wardrobe of 20-30 pieces. Living in the Midwest, I often include more layers in the cooler months, whereas if you live in the south, you will not need as many layers.
Many capsule pieces are what I call wardrobe staples, which are essentially basic pieces that are worn throughout the year. These are the foundation to any capsule wardrobe and my secret to shopping LESS throughout the year. Hello money savings! Get the capsule guide for full access to my personal list of wardrobe staples!
How to Create a Winter Capsule Wardrobe
Maybe this Winter will be your very first time implementing a capsule wardrobe and you don’t know where to start. In my complete Winter wardrobe guide, I deep dive into the exact process I followed last year to declutter my overwhelming closet and create my first ever capsule. That may sound intimidating, but the process is just a few easy-to-follow steps.
- Clear out your closet. The first step is to declutter clothing!
- Shop your closet. Use the remaining items from step 1 to pick out pieces for the Winter season.
- Shop for additional pieces.** This is where you shop for additional pieces that complete your capsule wardrobe.
- Create a designated area for your capsule. This makes getting dressed super easy!
- Organize! Store your capsule items in a way that makes sense for you. create a system to change out your capsule each season.
**In my capsule guide, I have created a pre-styled Winter capsule complete with 26 recommended items and shopping links to similar items from two different retailers. This allows you to easily shop around for any items not already in your closet!
What should be in a 2022 Winter Capsule Wardrobe?
A thoughtful winter capsule wardrobe includes basic tops, sweaters, cozy layers, comfy shoes, and boots. Items such as a basic thermals, long sleeve tees, warm sweaters, puffer vest, coatigans, jeans, leather leggings, a sweater dress, everyday winter boots, tall boots, and chic sneakers.
It’s amazing how a small selection of versatile pieces like these can make a variety of outfits.
A winter capsule wardrobe should be simple and neutral but also fit your lifestyle. Whether it’s casual wear as a work from home/SAHM, or professional attire for the office. Choose neutral, cohesive pieces you will wear again and again. This will help you resist the urge to buy more than you truly need.
The winters can be long here in Ohio, and with cold temperatures, wind chills, snow, ice, and all of the above coming at you for many months, I made sure that my winter capsule wardrobe is comfortable, functional, and effortless without sacrificing my personal style.
What’s NOT in a Winter Capsule Wardrobe?
There are a lot of capsule wardrobe resources available online. Each one is different. My personal capsule wardrobes include day to day outfit pieces. It does NOT include special occasion items such as formal wear, outerwear, accessories, activewear, etc. These can vary from person to person based on personal needs and preferences.
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15 Winter Capsule Wardrobe Pieces
Scroll down to see 15 (out of 26) essential pieces I’ve included in my capsule wardrobe Winter 2022 and become inspired to streamline your wardrobe without sacrificing style!
Be sure to check out my complete Winter capsule wardrobe guide, featuring 26 pieces and 100 styled outfit suggestions, a full closet detox guide, a list of wardrobe staples, and more! It will be your all-in-one resource for creating a Winter capsule wardrobe this season!
1. White Long Sleeve Crew
When the weather turns cold, I replace my classic white t-shirt for a long sleeve crew neck tee. I love the Abercrombie tees because they are soft, cozy, and have a flattering cropped hem which complements high waisted pants that I love! Style this long sleeve tee under layers or wear it alone, this is a timeless addition to any wardrobe.
2. Cashmere Crew Sweater
This cashmere sweater is a must for the colder months simply because it is one of the warmest fabrics. The fit of this sweater is also extremely versatile. The best part? I found this cashmere for just $50! A fraction of what you will pay for cashmere at other retailers!
3. Tunic Sweatshirt
For casual wear, a soft sweatshirt is a must for Winter. The split-hem and long length of this sweatshirt makes it legging-friendly without being frumpy. For my capsule I opted for a rich green color. This is a complementary color to the other neutral pieces of the capsule.
4. Cozy White Sweater
This sweater is thicker than most and has a slight puff to the sleeve to add interest while still being functional for layering. This sweater can easily be dressed up with faux leather leggings, a blazer, and boots or it can be dressed down with jeans and white sneakers.
5. Black Deep-V Body Suit
While body suits are not everyone’s cup of tea, this one is beyond comfortable! The style is great for layering and reduces the bulkiness that other tops create when tucked in. This bodysuit is perfect for elevating any basic outfit. I see this being a staple for date night, happy hour, or holiday parties! It would be so chic with jeans and heels or paired under a nice skirt.
6. Puffer Vest
I got my puffer vest at the end of last season on clearance and have been itching to wear it. After putting together this Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2022, I know I will be wearing it non-stop. This is one of those layering pieces that will be in your closet for years to come! Here’s a similar style I love!
7. Long Boyfriend Blazer
This is an item I carried forward from my Fall Capsule to my Winter Capsule. With this being a casual wear capsule, I opted for a cozy knit blazer rather than a structured formal blazer. The long line hem provides extra warmth and is very much on trend this year! It feels like a fancy sweatshirt!
8. (Faux) Leather Jacket
A jacket that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. I wear this jacket a lot when the temps cool! It is so easy to throw on and elevate the most basic outfits! My Jacket is from Walmart and is under $50! I sized up one for an oversized fit, but I probably could have done my true size and still had room for layers.
9. Sweatshirt Dress
Whether a sweatshirt or a sweater, I highly recommend one dress for your winter capsule wardrobe. I opted for a sweatshirt dress this year simply because I will wear it more! Believe it or not, this under $30 dress looks good dressed up or down. I can see this being worn well into early Spring! For Winter, I plan on wearing this dress with faux opaque tights to give the sheer illusion while still being toasty warm!
10. Relaxed Jeans
Another wardrobe staple that I wear pretty much all year! I particularly love this pair from Everlane for Winter because they don’t have any holes or distressing in them!
11. Faux Leather Leggings
If you spend a lot of time at home, I highly recommend incorporating a pair of faux leather leggings into your wardrobe. They are super comfortable and flattering. When I wear these at home, I feel just a little more put together as compared to wearing regular leggings. Check out this post on my favorite faux leather leggings!
12. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
Some would say that skinny jeans are out of style, but really it is all about personal preference and comfort in my opinion. I opted for skinny jeans because I love how easy they are to pair with boots! They are also a nice contrast to some of the oversized/long tops I included in this Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2022. If you aren’t a fan of skinny jeans, I would recommend a nice dark wash (without any distressing) in your favorite denim fit for this capsule.
13. Winter Boots
For the extra chilly days where sneakers are no longer functional, I love having a cozy pair of winter boots on hand to keep my feet warm and comfortable. This is a classic style that you can wear year after year.
14. White Sneakers
These sneakers have been included in every seasonal capsule I’ve published this year! They can be worn with everything from leggings to dresses! You really can’t go wrong with a versatile white sneaker for your Winter capsule wardrobe for 2022!
15. Tall Boots
These suede boots are not only comfortable, but they instantly elevate nearly any outfit. Like my other footwear options, this is a timeless chic style you can wear year after year! Well worth the investment!
Capsule Wardrobe for Winter 2022 Conclusion
There you have it! Those were my top 15 items from my Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2022. You can get a full guide to my 26-piece Winter Capsule Wardrobe HERE! The guide includes everything we talked about above, PLUS multiple links to shop similar pieces to help you create your very own Winter capsule.
Remember, a capsule wardrobe is all about simplifying your (closet) life and creating a stress-free way to get dressed each and every day. Hopefully, the process will create a money savings opportunity for you, like it did for me. My shopping has decreased SIGNIFICANTLY since implementing my very first capsule wardrobe one year ago.
Now, a year later, I look at my closet and ENJOY getting dressed… without being stressed. Get your copy of my Winter Capsule Wardrobe Guide today!
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