BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR WINTER | THE BASEFashion
15 July 2022
Winter has arrived, and it’s coming in cold. If you haven’t already, it’s time to dust off the winter coats and store away any garments not fit for the season. But before do, take a moment to consider your wardrobe. If there are any pieces you no longer love, now is the time to say goodbye. This season, we’re focusing on building a capsule collection that will not only keep you warm but is also functional and timeless.
So, why is a capsule wardrobe important? A capsule wardrobe is a small, versatile collection of clothing that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks. When done right, a capsule wardrobe can save you a lot of time, as you’ll only have a limited number of items to choose from when getting dressed each day. You’ll also save money in the long run by investing in clothes that you truly love and will wear. It’s a win-win situation.
Here are a few tips on how to build a quality capsule wardrobe for winter:
INVEST IN STAPLES MADE FROM HIGH QUALITY FABRICATIONS
When it comes to winter fashion, one of the most important things is to invest in quality materials that will keep you warm. These materials may be more expensive than others, but they will last you throughout the years and keep you warmer than synthetic alternatives.
For coats and sweaters, you can’t go wrong with wool and cashmere. Wool is thick and insulating, but can also be quite breathable. Cashmere is even more insulating than wool and has a soft, luxurious feel. If you’re braving the winter snow, a jacket made from down is a great choice. For denim jeans, it’s best to choose a heavy pair made from cotton.
When you’re investing in quality garments it’s important to care for them properly. Always read the care label, and if in doubt, take them to your local eco-friendly dry cleaner. Not only will this help you to maintain the beautiful quality of your garment, but it’s a more sustainable way to keep them clean.
CHOOSE TIMELESS CLASSICS
When it comes to building a capsule wardrobe, focus on timeless classics that will never go out of style. These clothes will be the workhorses of your wardrobe and will see you through the seasons to come. I suggest picking four key pieces to start with, such as a white shirt, denim jeans, a little black dress and a pair of black trousers. From there, tailor this for the season by choosing a winter coat and a sweater you can layer on top.
If you’re unsure which warmer styles to buy, a good hack is to take your four key pieces into the store with you. That way you can try them all on together, and you’ll know exactly how to style them when the time comes.
AVOID TRENDS FOR BIG-TICKET ITEMS
From someone that follows trends religiously, believe me when I say this isn’t the time to indulge. The key to a timeless winter capsule wardrobe is to make it just that – timeless. While you may love a trend now, by next season you’ll probably be tired of seeing it. It’s much better to focus on investing your hard-earned money on clothes that you’ll want to wear for years to come.
Of course, this doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be boring. To keep things interesting, try playing with different layers and styling. For example, if you invest in a minimal black coat, you can dress it up with some statement jewellery or a colourful woollen scarf. If you buy a basic buttoned-up sweater, try wearing it off the shoulder or even backwards.
Neutral shades are a great fit for a minimalist winter wardrobe as they will work well with other pieces you already own. Think black, white, tan and grey. Not only are they easy to pair together, but they’re effortless shades to work with when it comes to accessorising.
If you’d like to diversify your colour palette, you can add earthy tones such as navy blue, sage, brown and burgundy. These tend to be popular throughout the winter months so they’ll be easy to source in-store and pair well with a range of tones.
ALWAYS PICK VERSATILE CLOTHES
You should always strategically pick your pieces so you have a versatile wardrobe full of clothes that can be worn in multiple ways.
While you may love to wear a pair of flowy black pants to work, consider whether you’d also style them for after-work drinks. If you wouldn’t, buy a pair of black dress pants that you can wear to both. The same goes for your winter layers. If you are eyeing up something that will only keep you warm during the day, then think about how you can layer it with pieces you already own for the night time.
There you have it – everything you need to know about building a winter capsule wardrobe. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to invest in quality garments that will last you for years to come. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it’s also a more sustainable way to shop.
Happy Winter shopping!