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My Winter Capsule Wardrobe - Top 10 Pieces

If you remember this post from December, I did a massive closet clean-out recently and when I say massive, I mean I cleared out around 80% percent of my entire wardrobe!

Crazy, I know. (Mostly donated, some passed on to friends and family and some sold on second-hand sites). I kept the clothes, shoes, and accessories I actually want to wear, and suddenly getting dressed in the morning wasn’t as much of a burden as before. 

I was left with what I’m calling my winter capsule wardrobe. A few years ago, my girl Hannah walked you through the basics of the capsule wardrobe, and I’ve taken the theory of it and made it my own! Traditionally, a capsule wardrobe is defined as being a small selection of clothes where everything can work with everything. It focuses on pieces made with quality, personality, and versatility.

After the clean-out, I was left with good basics and everlasting classics. While I like to experiment with prints and colors, I’ve found that I get over them pretty quickly. After all these years, I know myself enough to know unlikely it is for me to wear them again. This year, I’m really focused on continuing to build my capsule wardrobe. 

I wanted to share the top 10 pieces I’ve been wearing from my winter capsule wardrobe: 

Mom Jeans

HUDSON JEANS Bettie High Waist Tapered Jeans

Mom jeans and/or straight leg jeans have been my uniform as of late. I love the how roomy the striaght leg fits all while still being flattering! These are a great way to swich up your look if you’re tired of skinny jeans!

Mom Jeans

  • Ribcage High Waist Straight Leg Ankle Jeans LEVI’S®
  • Boyish The Bailey Rigid Carpenter Jeans
  • ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILECorsyj high-rise tapered jeans
  • TOPSHOP Seoul Ripped Mom Jeans

Black Booties

Ahnika Bootie Alias Mae

Black booties are some of the most versitle shoes I own! I’ve been loving these because of the chunky heel and the elongating pointed toe. They’re comfortable and look good with dresses and jeans!

Black Booties

  • Giana Western Bootie MARC FISHER LTD
  • Hilty Suede Bootie Sam Edelman
  • Chilli Bootie Alias Mae
  • Bel Bootie Dolce Vita

Wool Blazer

Ondine Oversize Wool Blend Blazer ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE

I’ve been rocking an oversized blazer for a few seasons now and I’m still in love! It’s an easy way to bring any look to the next level.

Wool Blazer

  • THEORY Classic wool-blend blazer
  • STELLA MCCARTNEY Tailored Jacket
  • STELLA MCCARTNEY Wool blazer
  • PROENZA SCHOULER Wool blazer

Classic Sunglasses

SAINT LAURENT 53mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

Classic sunglasses are one of my favorite investment pieces. Shapes like cat-eye and aviator never go out of style!

Classic Sunglasses

  • BOTTEGA VENETA Square acetate sunglasses
  • GUCCI EYEWEAR cat eye sunglasses
  • BP. 45mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
  • Eureka 56mm Cat Eye Sunglasses LE SPECS

Cozy Sweaters & Easy Crew Necks

NANUSHKA Raw ribbed wool-blend turtleneck sweater

Cozy sweaters & simple t’s are easy ways to bring a winter outfit together. They’re great layering pieces and can be reimagined into millions of different looks!

Cozy Sweaters

  • Mock Neck Sweater LEITH
  • Crewneck Sweater TOPSHOP
  • LOU & GREY Stitchline Geo Pattern Sweater
  • Cowl Neck Sweater RD STYLE

Leather Handbag

BOTTEGA VENETA The Arco 48 Intrecciato Leather Top Handle Bag

I can’t find the exact Bottega bag I have, but I’m sure you recognize this shape from previous posts and Instagram! It’s been such a great bag and… not gonna lie I kind of want it in black too! Check out below for more of my leather bag picks!

Leather Handbag

  • Rachel Comey Monte Tote Bag
  • Captain Lea Leather Crossbody Bag ALLSAINTS
  • Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag
  • LOEWE Small Puzzle shoulder bag

Nude Mules

Reike Nen Light Cutting Mules

How good are these mules? I love that they’re like wearing heels without wearing heels. Plus, the nude is super flattering and makes your legs look super long!

Nude Mules

  • ACNE STUDIOS pointed toe mules
  • GUCCI Princetown mules
  • Valiant Mule CHARLES BY CHARLES DAVID
  • GABRIELA HEARST Rosendo linen mules

Trench Coat

REFORMATION Holland cotton-blend twill trench coat

A trench coat is a wardrobe staple. They’re timeless, make you look like a million bucks, and are a great foundation to build any outfit! I love throwing mine over more casual outfits to kick them up a knotch.

Trench Coat

  • VINCE Belted gabardine trench coat
  • Belted Camel Trench Coat
  • MUNTHE Heim belted double-breasted twill coat
  • Double Breasted Trench Coat LAUREN RALPH LAUREN

Sweater Dress

Crewneck Long Sleeve Midi Sweater Dress TREASURE & BOND

A sweater dress is such a great piece to have in your wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down, it’s a great transition dress as the weather warms up, and if you’re pregnant it’s SO comfy! Shop more of my picks below!

Sweater Dress

  • Turtleneck Long Sleeve Sweater Dress TOPSHOP
  • ASTR the Label Vivi Sweater Dress
  • Sleeveless Cotton & Cashmere Blend Sweater Dress JENNI KAYNE
  • FRAME Sequin Long Sleeve Sweater Minidress

Easy Sneakers

Ethyl Low Top Sneaker SAM EDELMAN

I’m so happy athelisure has stuck around, especially the shoes! As a mom on the go, I love being able to throw on a chic and comfy sneakers with a pair of jeans and still look chic and put together!

Dad Sneakers

Do you guys follow a kind of ‘capsule collection’ formula? What products are in YOUR top ten? Drop a comment below! 

Photography by Karla Ticas