With this capsule, I’m unavoidably nervous. Winter is historically my least favorite month to dress for, and I’m usually really sick of what I picked out by the end of the season. But I’m going back to all the notes I’ve made after previous capsules, and trying to strategize well. I’m reacting to some things I’m feeling after my last attempts:
- I wanted to incorporate some black and navy, which I’ve been limiting lately. Just something I’ve been missing.
- That said, I wanted to make sure I still have some white to keep it light. I kept my white jeans and sneakers around, in addition to some light tops. It’s all about balance.
- Because my last couple capsules have been very colorful, and because my favorite outfits still tend to be more neutral, I wanted to limit my color. Here, I’m keeping it to amethyst and oxblood. I brought back my Star Wars Vans, which are a bit of a risk, but I figure it’ll be nice to have a “fun” element in my capsule to shake it up if I’m ever feeling too stiff.
- I wanted some warmth. I’m wary of picking purple + blue as my main shades, because I really didn’t like it way back here. So I think incorporating a warm neutral–camel–will make a world of difference in keeping my wardrobe balanced. I’ll also keep some warmth around in the form of red lipstick and rust bandana.
- I wanted some texture. I almost didn’t include my velvet leggings, because I usually only bust them out for more formal occasions, but I thought why not keep them within reach? Texture goes such a long way with making me feel like I’m mixing things up.
- I’m treating this sort of loosely, as always. If I want to reach for my Birks or mules, I will. If I want to mix in more dress-up pieces–and winter seems to be my most common season for that–I will. The point is to not stress so much about this.
WINTER CAPSULE PIECES
OUTERWEAR (6 pieces):
leather jacket – Deadwood, made from deadstock leather // oversized coat – H&M, old (similar) // check blazer – Steven Alan, made in USA (similar eco-friendly) // rain jacket – RAINS, made responsibly // sherpa jacket – Current Elliot, secondhand (similar made in USA; similar made in Great Britain) // cardigan – Zady, made responsibly (similar made in USA)
TOPS (12 pieces):
short sleeved sweatshirt – Everlane, made responsibly (similar) // 3-in-1 sweater – Vetta, made sustainably in USA // gray sweatshirt – Everlane, made responsibly // gray sweater – Everlane, made responsibly (similar) // striped tee – Everlane, made responsibly // white tees – Everlane, made responsibly // high neck blouse – H&M Conscious, made from recycled materials (similar made with sustainable Tencel) // chunky turtleneck – Zady, made responsibly // cropped sweater – Everlane, made responsibly (similar) // mauve sweatshirt – Everlane, made responsibly (similar organic cotton; similar made in USA) // navy tee – Everlane, made responsibly // gingham flannel – Gap, old (similar made in USA)
BOTTOMS (10 pieces):
wedgie jeans – Levi’s WaterLess, made with water-saving efforts (similar light wash) // wide leg jeans – J.Crew, secondhand (similar made responsibly) // overalls – Levi’s Waterless, made with water-saving efforts (similar made in USA) // black joggers – Need Supply Co., made in USA (similar made responsibly) // ponte pants – Brass Clothing, made responsibly // black jeans – Levi’s Waterless, made with water-saving efforts // velvet leggings – Gap, old (similar, made in Vancouver) // white jeans – Levi’s, old (similar vintage) // Clyde pant – Elizabeth Suzann, made in USA (other colors/fabric) // Lucia pant – Esby Apparel, made in USA
SHOES (7 pieces):
combat boots – Doc Martens, made responsibly // slip-on sneakers – Vans, old (secondhand) // high-tops – Converse // chelsea boots – Loeffler Randall, old (similar) // loafers – Emerson Fry, old (similar) // kitten heels – Emerson Fry (similar, made responsibly; similar, made responsibly) // white sneakers – Veja, made sustainably
I know my tan loafers are probably on their last season, and I’ll probably rotate them with some mauve ones in the same style. It’s sad to see them wear out, but it’s also super satisfying to know that I’ve worn them the maximum amount! As with all capsules, I’m keeping the rules and restrictions loose.
I didn’t buy anything new this season. All is rolled over from fall or came out of storage–except the black jeans, which are an early Christmas gift from my sister. I’m hoping winter will be a good opportunity to work on my styling skills, and I’m sure a bit of layering will be in order. I’d also love to hone in a couple of go-to uniforms that make getting dress in the dark mornings really effortless. I want to fully embrace this season with a spirit of appreciation, knowing that it will pass and soon I’ll be complaining about hot it is again.