For me, winter fashion is all about comfy fabrics, soft layers and rich colours. I like to think that the 37 pieces I’ve chosen for my winter capsule wardrobe encapsulates this. An at a glance overview of what I’ll be wearing until the end of March can be found below!
You can break my wardrobe down into the following sections – shoes, jackets, dresses, bottoms, shirts, sweaters and tops.
Shoes: winter in a Scottish coastal town means that warm, waterproof shoes are a must have. My Hunter wellies and calf high leather boots are in heavy rotation from October time, whilst a pair of higher ankle boots are a dressed up waterproof option. My new Bronx high tops are super comfy whilst also being very me – I’d wear them every day if I could! There are also a couple of work appropriate heels here.
Jackets: my number one concern with winter jackets is warmth. My go-to winter coat was bought for me by my family last year, and I’m constantly complemented on it. Add in my leather biker jacket (gifted to me when I learnt to ride a couple of years ago) and a relaxed blazer that I picked up in the post-Christmas sales. All classic, all warm. Done.
Dresses: wow. I thought trying to cut all of my dresses out of my wardrobe would be SO HARD. I wear dresses all the time to work, and most of them come from Primark, so they don’t last all that long but I get really attached to them. Turns out, I managed to choose one dress which I love and which fits into my colour scheme (the berry skater), I bought one new dress (the black knit) and I rediscovered the high neck playsuit which is a great party piece. Everything else has been packed away into storage – hopefully, a few pieces will find their way into my Spring collection.
Bottoms: before now, I would have chosen to wear a dress over a pair of trousers every day of the week. But clearing out my wardrobe made me realise that I have so many tops which I love, but rarely wear because I find it so hard to pair them with bottoms that I own. That’s why this section was the one I bought most new pieces for – including both the black and berry leggings and the black skirt. All of these are great diverse pieces, which will take me from work to socialising and go with almost all of my tops.
Shirts: perfect for work and for downtime, I love a button up shirt. My red plaid shirt is a current casual favourite and I can’t imagine not wearing to work. The black neck tie shirt and colour block shirts are both things I can see myself wearing to work, whilst the heart print shirt has long been a weekend choice. The white shirt is a new buy from Hollister which I can’t wait to team with black jeans and my new high tops.
Sweaters: I’ve selected three really laid back sweaters – both in black and berry, and have chucked in one of my Los Campesinos! sweaters too. I was a little hesitant about including band merch in my very pared back wardrobe, but really think this is quirky enough to be a statement piece whilst still fitting with my colour scheme and general vibe. There’s also my statement stone cardigan, which often feels like a dressing gown which I can wear outside – great for lazy dressing days.
Tops: ranging from soft and slouchy through to fitted black lace, my tops are probably the most diverse part of my wardrobe. My black bodysuit has long been a cheap and cheerful Forever 21 buy, but the new Hollister t-shirts have recently muscled their way into my heart…
Shop my wardrobe
Blazer – River Island (similar) / Lace body – Forever 21 (what I would buy now as a replacement) / Slouchy tee – Hollister /
Slogan tee – New Look (similar)/ Print shirt – Matalan (similar) / Black vest – American Apparel / Bow neck shirt – Primark /
Blocked shirt – Primark (similar) / Playsuit – Primark (similar) / V-neck jumper – Hollister (similar) / Black leggings – River Island /
Skinny jeans – Primark (wishlist pair)/ Flocked coat – Miss Selfridge (last season, similar fit)/ Cotton shirt – Hollister (very similar)/ Knit dress – H&M /
Wedges – New Look / Hunters – Hunter website / Platform heels – gifted (similar) / Print trainers – ASOS/
Calf-high boots – Diechmann (very similar)/ Ankle boots – Diechmann / Heeled ankle boots – Diechmann (similar) /
So that’s it! 37 items of clothing to last through to the end of March! For more information about where all of the pieces in my winter capsule wardrobe is from, see the images above. I’ve tried to link directly to an item if I can, or to something similar if I can’t. If you want more info on anything, give me a shout either here or on Twitter. Otherwise, check back on later this week to see the first of my outfit posts!Carley