Thursday, February 2, 2012

Must-Haves for Your Winter Capsule Wardrobe: A 13-Piece Capsule Wardrobe

I found a great article about how sometimes the recommended wardrobe “must-haves” are simply not realistic (so true!). Instead, she provides her own list and those recommendations make much more sense.

Must-Haves for Your Winter Capsule Wardrobe

From that article, here are my takes on the three wardrobe suggestions I liked best…

(1) Make it possible to start your outfits with a column of color. So, include a few combinations of top and bottom in exactly the same color and make sure it's a color that fits within your seasonal color palette.

(2) Add a sweater in a matching, neutral color from your seasonal color palette for each column of color. I would suggest one matching color for a cardigan and one pullover to switch out and wear with the bottoms.

(3) Find an accessory, such as a matching scarf or a statement piece, to add an accent to your outfits.

Warm or Deep Autumn Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Here’s an example of how you could do that if you were an autumn like me…

Columns of Color...

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves

Matching Sweaters and Accessories...

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves: Two

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves: Three

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves: Four

So there you have it, a thirteen-piece winter capsule wardrobe with which you can make many different outfits! Here are some of the possibilities...

Winter Capsule Wardrobe...

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves: Five

Now that you've completed the January Jumpstart challenge, do you have 13 pieces similar to the ones recommended here that you could use to build a winter capsule wardrobe? If not, what's missing?

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Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Deep Autumn:"Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


  1. WOW - I love this post. I just wish I could start at the beginning and BUY it all. I currently just wear what I have bought when I found a good deal that fit. I don't think I have 13 pieces that I could work with like you show.

    1. Hey Grammy Goodwill! I know exactly what you mean, because I have been there. And you can start with as little as 6 pieces, which I know from doing the Six Items or Less several times. :)

  2. I pinned this, so I'll be coming back to it to check.

    1. Thanks!! Well, let me know how it goes as you build your capsule.

  3. I really like this post and am trying to get out of my jeans-every-day look by replacing them with some other "bottoms" like the ones you show. These capsule wardrobe ideas remind me a little of the way I dressed when I was pregnant - quite a while ago - and I always felt so organized and chic because I just had a few coordinated pieces that mixed and matched well.

    1. How cool, Ann, that your capsule wardrobe was so coordinated when you were pregnant. That would have made me feel much less unattractive! I didn't even think of that when I was putting together my own maternity wardrobe.


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