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Winter Capsule Wardrobe

December 20, 2017

Winter Capsule Wardrobe - Capsule Closet

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.


OUTERWEAR (6 pieces):

leather jacketDeadwood, made from deadstock leather // oversized coat – H&M, old (similar) // check blazer – Steven Alan, made in USA (similar eco-friendly) // rain jacketRAINS, 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 sweaterVetta, made sustainably in USA // gray sweatshirtEverlane, 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 turtleneckZady, 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 pantsBrass Clothing, made responsibly // black jeansLevi’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 pantEsby Apparel, made in USA

SHOES (7 pieces):

combat bootsDoc Martens, made responsibly // slip-on sneakers – Vans, old (secondhand) // high-topsConverse // chelsea boots – Loeffler Randall, old (similar) // loafers – Emerson Fry, old (similar) // kitten heels – Emerson Fry (similar, made responsibly; similar, made responsibly) // white sneakersVeja, 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.

Are you capsuling for winter?  What are your winter essentials?
UPDATE:  See all my winter 2017 outfits here!

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  • Reply Karin Rambo December 20, 2017 at 6:53 AM

    That camel sweater is gorgeous! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you’ll be able to use it! Also: the star wars vans make me happy. 🙂

    • Reply Lo December 20, 2017 at 9:34 AM

      Thanks, Karin! I’ve been debating getting rid of those Vans for a little bit, thinking that maybe I need to “grow up” more, but I’m so glad I’ve kept them. It’s nice to have something a little playful sometimes! 🙂

  • Reply Shelbi December 20, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Well it’s a bummer you don’t like dressing for winter, but it makes sense why you live in LA. Lol. Winter is actually my favorite season to dress for because of all the cozy fabrics. Those overalls look pretty rad and I’d love to get my hands on a pair. 😉

    • Reply Lo December 21, 2017 at 9:46 AM

      I always start out optimistic, but I think it’s just that I tend to get general blues in the winter! And I want to see the sun again by the end. Since fall was so consistently hot this year, I’m excited for some cozier fabrics now too!

  • Reply Jen December 20, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    I can’t wait to see how you style your overalls! I bought a similar pair recently and I really like them but I’ve been a bit stuck on what to wear them with.
    I’m trying a capsule wardrobe for the first time this winter. I look forward to getting inspiration from your blog!

    • Reply Lo December 21, 2017 at 9:48 AM

      Thank you, Jen! Good luck with your capsule and overalls-styling!

  • Reply Sus December 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    Keep the Star Wars Vans, I am 52 and wear my Harry Potter Toms to works at least once a week.

    • Reply Lo December 22, 2017 at 9:08 AM

      YES! Love that!

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