The 5-Piece Winter Capsule Wardrobe

winter capsule wardrobe


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Dressing for winter and pulling it off in a stylish way can sometimes be a tall order. This editor learned the hard way. While I’ve lived on the West Coast for most of my life, I spent two years in NYC before moving back to L.A. last spring. Dressing for the long winter in New York was an adjustment, to put it mildly. While I was used to bundling up in Arizona or California, a leather jacket and a few light layers were all I ever really needed to get by. On the East Coast, though, it’s another story.

As a minimalist, I never wanted to buy too many pieces, but after a little trial and error, I discovered a winter capsule wardrobe that allowed me to stay both warm and stylish with a few key essentials. First, the turtleneck top became the ultimate layering piece. When worn with jeans or under a dress, it lends a sophisticated spin to any look. Next, a heavier sweater was perfect for colder days. While I didn’t want to give up dresses, I learned to love longer hemlines. Another winter must? Ankle boots, which are essential for pairing with long dresses and navigating snowy sidewalks. And finally, faux-fur coats are the ultimate topper for both banishing the cold and looking stylish. Go on to shop pieces from my winter capsule wardrobe.


Complete the look with black cuffed jeans and neutral boots.

This turtleneck is cool girl–approved. Wear yours with trousers or a plaid skirt.


This is the perfect cozy sweater for the cold winter days.

Dress up this sweater by pairing it with leather trousers.

Long Dress

Wear this dress with heels or knee-high boots.

The cutout and bow details are epic.

Ankle Boots

These classic boots can be worn season after season.

We love the zipper detail on these chunky booties.

A favorite style among Who What Wear editors.

Faux-Fur Coat

The quilting details on this make it look super expensive.

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