Looking to build a winter capsule wardrobe in 2023/2024? Refer to this guide as a manual whenever you need it on your journey to create the perfect one.
How many pieces are in a winter capsule wardrobe? Do you have a capsule wardrobe for each season? How do I even start curating one?
If you’re asking yourself these questions, you’re in the right place. Below you’ll find my winter capsule wardrobe 2024 checklist, as well as my top style tips for building a sustainable minimalist capsule, and a complete shopping list with the best places to get your winter closet must-haves.
Whether you’re interested in minimalism and want to apply some changes in your lifestyle to live more intentionally, or you’re just looking to declutter and get rid of what’s no longer needed, creating a capsule wardrobe is a great step to start with.
If you’re a newbie to the whole concept of a capsule wardrobe, I encourage you to check out this guide.
How many pieces are in a winter capsule wardrobe?
There is no set amount of pieces that you should have in your closet, as capsule wardrobes look different for everyone. That’s because we all have different styles, wants, and needs.
Personally, when it comes to my seasonal capsule, I like to keep it simple. Again, ‘simple’ means different to everyone, but I find that around 30 items (including shoes) work best for me.
Scroll down to find exactly what goes into my capsule wardrobe winter 2024 to get inspired to edit your own closet and learn how to style more with less.
I took a similar approach to my Fall Capsule Wardrobe and have split my staples into categories for easier navigation. You’ll find a shopping list under each photo or, alternatively, you can just click on the “shop here” button under the images to get the product info you need. You’re welcome.
WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE 2024 – WHAT TO WEAR THIS WINTER:
Shop essential winter tops:
1. White Cotton Long Sleeve Crew
In the cold season, I’m replacing the basic white tee with long sleeve crewnecks. I love the Everlane ones as they are soft, comfy, and look really good on. You can style them with a cardigan or wear them on their own, it’s a wardrobe staple that will never disappoint.
2. Nude Cotton Long Sleeve Crew
When it comes to basic staples on your winter capsule wardrobe checklist, my tip is to have at least a couple on your hands. So when one of them is in the wash, you can rely on the other one. This long sleeve crew is from Everlane too.
3. Short Sleeve Bodysuit
I’m one of those people who are always cold, and I really struggle in winter, so getting my hands on high-quality warm clothes is so important. I got this gorgeous ethically sourced bodysuit last winter, in black, and I couldn’t stop wearing it from the moment the temperatures went down. This winter, I’ll be adding a neutral one to my winter capsule wardrobe essentials, as I know I will make great use of it.
4. White Cotton Turtleneck
I’m bringing my white cotton turtle neck from my autumn capsule wardrobe to my winter one as I consider this item an absolute must-have not just for the cold season, but all year round, really. I found some of the best basic turtlenecks in Everlane.
5. Brown Cotton Turtleneck
Similar to the long sleeve crews, it’s good to have options when it comes to fundamental closet essentials like the turtlenecks. Adding a brown one to spice up my neutral palette and be able to create even more stylish looks with ease.
6. Relaxed Shirt
Don’t put away the classy button-down just because it’s winter. That’s the perfect piece when you’re going for a chic elegant vibe. My advice is to opt for a relaxed fit, so you can style it up or down without sacrificing comfort. I’d wear it with skinny jeans, suede-heeled boots, a neutral-colored blazer, and a wrap coat. Just an idea, but I know you’ll love it.
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Shop winter sweaters:
11. Cream Sweater
12. Knit Vest
7. Black Cashmere Turtleneck
Having a warm black turtleneck sweater in your autumn winter capsule wardrobe is a must. I have one, so I’m not looking to purchase a new piece this winter. Remember, at the end of the day the most sustainable practice you can do is to wear the clothes you already own. However, if I was to invest in a new one, I’d go for this beautiful cashmere piece from Nordstrom. It’s just the perfect addition to your classic winter capsule wardrobe.
8. Gray Turtleneck Sweater
Wool and cashmere are the warmest fabrics you can bet on in the cold season. Unfortunately, they are not cruelty-free. The best thing you can do, if you don’t want to contribute to the exploitation of animals but want to keep your body warm as you can’t handle the cold, is to get clothes made of recycled or at least responsibly sourced materials. I couldn’t find a shopping link for my own gray turtleneck sweater, as I bought it years ago, but here is a very similar option.
9. Oversized Turtleneck Sweater
Everybody needs a stylish versatile sweater in a neutral color in their wardrobe. You probably have a go-to one already, but if you don’t, I found the perfect piece I’m planning to get this winter. The flattering fit will work on every body and it’s made of renewed materials, meaning it’s not just soft and warm but also eco-friendly. Cold winter capsule wardrobe, here I come!
10. Cotton Crewneck Sweater
We all have a tendency to fill our closets with bulky knits in the winter, but let’s not forget to add a good basic cotton crewneck sweater. An ideal layering piece as it’s lightweight. You can wear it on its own, with a cardigan or a blazer, or as an extra layer under a chunky knit for extra warmth when the temperatures hit below zero.
11. Cream Swater
Cream sweaters might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they make an appearance in my fall winter capsule wardrobe as I love neutral shades. Sweaters like these look amazing with dark high-waist bottoms like mom jeans or wide-leg pants.
12. Knit Vest
Last year I re-discovered the knit vests for winter, and I’m definitely bringing this stunning garment back to my capsule wardrobe winter hit list. Personally, I prefer sleeveless ones, so I can style them with a white shirt underneath, black leggings, and knee-high boots. That’s my go-to look for a date night out and the best way to dress to impress without compromising on comfort.
Shop winter outerwear:
13. Cream Cardigan
14. Gray Cardigan
15. Wool Blazer
16. Long Puffer Coat
17. Black Long Coat
18. Teddy Coat
13. Cream Cardigan + 14. Gray Cardigan
A classy cardigan is a must-have essential in any womens winter capsule wardrobe, and it will be in my winter one too. It’s a lovely everyday staple that you just can’t go wrong with. My favorite places to shop for cardigans are Everlane and & Other Stories.
15. Wool Blazer
This wool blazer has always been my top recommendation for any timeless autumn winter wardrobe. It’s made of responsible wool, and it’s a classy staple that can be mixed and matched in so many different outfit combinations.
16. Long Puffer Coat
Last Christmas I got a beautiful cream long puffer jacket as a Christmas gift that I’ve been wearing all winter, non-stop. I couldn’t find a link for it but here’s a gorgeous versatile option from Nordstrom.
17. Black Long Coat
Not having a classy black long winter coat in your collection is a big faux pas, if you ask me. This is the ultimate winter staple that will never ever run out of style. My tip is to invest in a high-quality sustainable option that will serve you for years to come. Mine is due for a replacement, and I’ve got my eyes on this stunning piece.
18. Teddy Coat
I don’t know about you but when it comes to winter outerwear, I’m all about comfort and convenience. Although I like to have something feminine and timeless like the long black coat, I also need something more casual for everyday wear when I just want to be warm and look cute. That’s where my beloved teddy coat comes in.
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Shop winter bottoms:
19. Black Leggings
20. Blue Jeans
19. Black Leggings
The black leggings are part of my fall capsule, and I’m bringing them to my winter one too, as I can’t think of a more comfortable and versatile bottom piece than these. You probably already have a pair, but if you don’t, I can’t recommend the Lululemon ones enough.
20. Cropped Blue Jeans
Classy blue jeans, but make them slim-legged, so they can be worn with ankle boots in the cold season. A great pair of jeans is an underrated item for winter closets, if you ask me!
21. Black Skinny Jeans
I have a love-hate relationship with skinny jeans but I can’t deny that they pair so well with winter boots and any style or type of coats, so I’m giving these black trousers another chance in winter this year.
22 + 23. Wide Leg Pants
If you don’t have a classy pair of wide-leg pants in your winter closet, I’d recommend adding at least one. They are so easy to style and you can create so many beautiful effortless outfits with them.
24. Gray Straight Jeans
Someone says jeans, I say it’s all about finding the style that fits you the best. Being the most popular item of clothing after t-shirts, I’m sure you have some. But in case you don’t, & Other Stories have some brilliant fits.
Shop winter shoes:
26. High Cream Boots
Shoes, shoes, shoes! Who doesn’t love them?! I know I certainly do! And although you will see me wearing probably two, at most, three pairs all winter, I always get so tempted to add more and more. I guess it’s true that as humans we are prone to accumulate due to our survival instinct. I can definitely notice that when I look at my shoe collection.
This winter though, I’m committed to sticking to 5 pairs only and letting go of everything that I no longer find appropriate for me and my lifestyle. You can see above my winter capsule wardrobe footwear collection. These are the shoes that I know I will wear as not only do I find them extremely comfy but I also like them.
All of these pairs can be easily styled with everything else in my winter wardrobe and that’s why they made the cut. Of course, for you, this list will look different depending on what suits your personal needs.
Capsule wardrobes are all about simplifying your life and narrowing down your collection to your own FAVORITE clothes in order to be able to mix and match easily and save yourself time and energy. Refer to this guide as a manual whenever you need it on your journey to create a perfect winter capsule wardrobe.
Fashion For Thought
As we approach the chilliest time of year, having a winter capsule wardrobe is not just a good idea—it’s a stylish strategy. Including these 29 key items, a winter wardrobe capsule ensures you’re well-equipped for the winter months with cozy sweaters, a classic wool coat, and versatile pieces like black pants and jeans that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits every day.
Prioritize personal style with neutral colors; think black jeans, leather pants, or the timeless leather jacket that seamlessly blends with other pieces. Chelsea boots, for instance, and that oversized sweater are winter wardrobe essentials, providing both fashion and function.
An essential benefit of this approach is the clarity it brings to winter dressing. No more mornings spent in confusion! With your own personal capsule wardrobe, every choice feels right. Whether you’re layering with a long-sleeve tee beneath bulky sweaters or throwing on a puffer coat for those, especially colder days, you’ll always look and feel your best.
And for those who love a pop of color, the blue color of denim or an oversized scarf can elevate your outfit just a little bit. Not to mention, turning to a sustainable brand during your shopping spree is a great way to sidestep fast fashion and focus on good quality, classic pieces.
Winter travel plans? Your winter travel capsule wardrobe is sorted, with outfit ideas suitable for any special occasion or casual looks you might need. The best part? Each piece, from the black blazer to warm leggings, is curated to offer maximum wear, eliminating the constant need to refresh every season.
Remember, the goal isn’t about having the most clothing but the best buy—those perfect options that represent your personal preference.
Now’s the perfect time to embark on building the building blocks of your winter wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for inspiration from a blog post you read last week or are starting from scratch, this list of items is a great starting point.
Why wait until the end of the year? Make your winter both chic and efficient by embracing the beauty of a capsule wardrobe. And, without further ado, step confidently into the colder season, knowing you’re dressed your best every single day of the Winter season.
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