This winter was a strange one. I was happy to avoid below zero temps but the gloomy days definitely got to me. Feeling less than inspired to write outfits posts or even focus on my style. With all of that said, I love how my style has evolved this winter. Being able to continue to wear my crop wide legs and some of my favorite linen pieces was refreshing and comforting. Below I wanted to once again show what I included in my winter capsule, the pieces I loved, the pieces I really didn’t wear, my favorite outfits and some other random thoughts…so here we go.
3 | wool turtleneck | madewell | size: small | old | similar ethical version | similar under $90
8 | black cardigan | everlane | size: small | made in Dongguan, China
16 | riley denim | agolde | size: 26 (go down one size) | made in LA
21 | mom jeans | johan | size: 8 (for vintage jeans generally go up two sizes) | similar vintage option
25 | riley denim* | agolde | size: 28 (go up a size or two!) | made in LA | linked to same style in a different wash
26 | karla dress | c/o fair anita | size: small | made ethically in mexico city
27 | jersey swing dress | sotela | size: 1 | made in LA
28 | ida wool trench | elizabeth suzann | size: os
35 | chore coat | c/o tradlands | size: small | made in the USA
37 | cognac oxfords | madewell | size: 7 (tts) | old | similar ethical version
38 | converse | size: 7 | super old | still trying to find an ethically made version
39 | esplar leather white sneakers | veja | size: 38 | made in brazil
41 | slip ons | vans | size: 7 | insanely old | still trying to find and ethically made version
44 | powll sneakers | skye footwear | size: 7 | made ethically in vietnam
45 | day heel | c/o everlane | size: 7 | made in Montopoli in Val D’Arno, Italy
Cream Oversized Sweater – this piece has been and continues to be such an easy thing to throw on and style. I love throwing it over a pair of wide leg pants and sneaks for a casual look or dressing it up with crop trousers and heels. It is definitely sticking around for my spring capsule as well!
Cropped Pleated Sleeve Sweater – I ended up gravitating towards warmer tones towards the end of my winter capsule. I think I was secretly wishing for spring so this sweater was in heavy rotation. I absolutely love the color. My favorite way to wear this sweater is with high waist pants and a dressy shoe like my mules of day heels. Since my palette for spring is leaning towards warm neutrals this one is probably sticking around too 🙂
Florence Pants – these pants will forever have my heart even if they don’t have pockets. I loved wearing these with tights underneath this winter. Such a versatile pant and great for everything from lounging to date nights.
Black Aritzia Pants – I wore these pants more than I ever thought I would this past winter. I’ve had them for about four years now and almost got rid of them but for some reason decided to keep them around.
Elizabeth Suzann Wool Coat – my favorite throw on coat. It has giant pockets so I don’t even need to carry a handbag and it feels like a giant cozy wool blanket. I wore this over everything from dressy to casual outfits. FAVORITE
Vintage Denim Duster – this was a new piece for my closet this season and I was super pleased with how much wear I got out of it! Another great throw on for a casual vintage feel. Denim duster plus sneakers always.
Aritzia Coat – so apparently all of my favorite pieces are coats (lolz) but they are a main staple in a winter wardrobe and basically become your entire outfit for 3-5 months. This coat is the best of both worlds though. Sophisticated yet cozy.
Veja – the all year sneaker. I’m fortunate enough to now live in a place where I don’t have to carry my real shoes with me! People of the snow you know what I’m talking about. These once again got a ton of wear this season. So much so that I’m looking for some pad inserts to make them a little more cushiony again since I’ve worn them so much!
Black Converse – this was actually an addition to my winter wardrobe. I found a pair of black high tops on Poshmark and decided to take the plunge. I’ve been looking crop length bottoms and wearing higher shaft shoes is a way for me to continue to wear the bottoms I love in colder months.
Least Worn Pieces
Cream Ball Sweater – this sweater is so cute, soft and fun but I just didn’t wear it a ton. Maybe it’s because I had a lot of cream going on but it will still remain in my closet until next year.
Wool Skirt – ugh the forever dress/skirt struggle. I think my problem with this one is I actually need to get the waist altered and apparently when it comes to alterations I am lazy. I still love this vintage piece so it will stay but I’ll try and tackle it again in the fall.
Cognac Oxfords – surprised these only had a few rotations this past season. I just found myself gravitating to more casual shoes. These might make their way into a sell/giveaway situation but I’ll evaluate them again next fall.
Powell Sneakers – these are great sustainable sneakers but I had a difficult time styling the color. It is a color that is very prevalent in my overall wardrobe so I’m going to give them another shot.
Winter Capsule Learnings
1. All I want in winter are easy to throw on pieces that look clean and put together but are 100% comfortable.
2. Alterations are a barrier for me. If an item needs alterations I most likely will let it sit in my closet unworn. I need to take this into consideration when purchasing new or used items that may need a little fix or two.
3. Keep linen around!
4. Wide leg + high socks or tights + sweater + duster coat is my favorite winter outfit combination.
Some Thoughts on Body Image
I’ve thought about this in the past when I’ve wanted to tone my thighs or my favorite pair of pants were feeling just a tad too snug. But this winter I started to see my body change and I started to worry about how that would affect my capsule. I was always worried about losing too much weight and having my beautifully curated pieces not fit. Now I seem to be on the opposite spectrum where I’ve gained weight and pieces are not fitting correctly. It’s frustrating and annoying. Not only that I’ve gained weight but I can’t afford to replace the pieces I’ve invested in. So I’m left with forcing myself to slim down. While I do want to eat healthier, have a more balanced diet and stop my late night snacks, this extra weight that my body seems to believe I need in order to survive winter has me thinking about how body image affects capsule living. So many changes are way more out of our control than just simple snacking and sometimes those changes should be embraced. I haven’t come up with a full solution yet, but my first thoughts are don’t let clothes be your body police. Yes you’ve invested a lot in your dream wardrobe over the years but they are just clothes. You can always trade items with someone to find something that is a better fit or you can sell what no longer fits you to save up to buy something that will fit your current body. Don’t let clothes bully you into making changes to your lifestyle that you truly don’t want to make and don’t let them make you feel ashamed if they no longer fit. Your health and general happiness is more important. It’s a heavy mental barrier but you can overcome.
Also quick vent sess: if you want to lose 15 pounds, awesome. If you want to gain 15 pounds, awesome. If you want to eat popcorn in bed next to a jar of nutella with a spoon, awesome. If you want to stop eating popcorn in bed next to a jar of nutella with a spoon, awesome. It doesn’t matter what other people say do what is right for you. PERIOD.
That is all I have on my winter capsule! I’m excited to share my spring capsule soon! I’m super ready to lighten up my wardrobe 🙂