Here’s the winter capsule wardrobe I’ve put together for my simple life for the next three months.
If you follow these try-ons you know I am over 70, short and overweight. But I don’t let that stop me having fun getting dressed for my day.
Every season I put together a few clothes with a basic color palette that will see me through for two or three months. I only shop for new items to fill gaps or when a favorite gets too worn. You can see my 10 step recipe for creating a seasonal capsule here.
So if these pics look less than glamorous, that’s why. However, I hope they inspire you to sort through your own closet and re-use forgotten items in a way that makes you feel that ‘spark of joy’ once again.
To see a 5 minute video of my try-on scroll past the ‘Recent videos’ to near the end of the post.
Dressing for the British weather
As a capsule wardrobe has to take into account both lifestyle and climate I’ve got very casual clothes that can be layered depending on the temperature.
This winter I’m living in a town in England and I’m enjoying wandering around the shops and popping into cafes. But I’m also looking after my grand-daughter three days a week and that means indoors it gets quite warm but walking her in the buggy it can be rather cold.
I also like to go for country walks when I tend to move fast in an effort to use calories! So I have to plan for that too.
Black cotton roll neck and jeans is a good basic combination for my winter. I can add a long black shirt for indoors or add a long grey cardigan if I need something warmer.
I’ve bought some new slip-on sneakers – Sketchers style – and I’m loving the comfort. As my daughter has a no-outdoor-shoe policy I find they are ideal for when I go round to her house to babysit. So easy to get into and out of compared to laced sneakers.
My color palette for this winter capsule wardrobe
I’m building my winter capsule wardrobe around black and brown.
A basic look with brown could start with jeans, a tee and a gilet. Because the tee is short-sleeved it doesn’t have much bulk so even with the padded gilet it sits nicely under my winter coat.
Leggings for easy everyday wear at home
A sportier look, ideal for walking the dog if it’s not raining, teams my new brown cord stretch leggings with a chocolate brown knitted roll neck I bought in the Fall.
A scarf brightens up the look and adding the gilet makes the outfit possible for outdoors. A sleeveless puffer jacket like this golden-brown gilet I bought in the sales is perfect for winter walks as you don’t overheat if you walk quickly.
The big woollen sweater story
I bought a new big square-cut sweater is a speckled black and gray. I’m still trying different ways to style it with various items. It’s too warm for indoors but is ideal for shopping. I also like wearing it under my big winter coat when the weather is very nippy.
Big oversized sweaters are everywhere this winter. This one’s not quite long enough to cover my rear in these close-fitting leggings so if I go out I’ll be wearing the coat or the gilet, rest assured.
Velvet is no longer just for nights out
My straight cut black velvet pants from last year are so easy to wear. They have elastic at the back of the waist. They are just a bit smarter than jeans so I can add some jewelry to the black roll neck. But they still work well with a big woollen sweater or a long cardigan for everyday wear.
Kimono – the elegant cover-up
In case I get the opportunity to meet up with friends for lunch or in the evening, I’ve added a new light-weight silky top to wear over my velvet trousers. It’s a very casual kimono style which needs a black strappy vest underneath. Nowadays you can wear almost any shoes to go out in the evening so I haven’t added smart shoes just for this one outfit.
You can wear the clingiest top under a kimono and there’ll not be a bulge in sight. Oh happy days.
The winter legs problem
In colder weather there’s always the worry of what to wear on your legs under a dress. I bought this dress last winter in the sales. It’s in a fluid viscose jersey fabric. I wore it indoors with bare legs.
But I’m trying it out with opaque black tights this year. The long black cardigan works better as it marries up with the black tights but I think the gray cardigan and light-colored sneakers look fine too. This makes for a very comfortable look when I want a change from jeans and trousers some days.
Short video of my Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2024
How did I choose my capsule clothes?
Most of my wardrobe is back in France. So my choices of colors and clothes have been limited for this this winter capsule wardrobe.
I like to re-use items from previous seasons and years but try to restyle them to add interest. Then I fill in the gaps with a few new items to catch the spirit of what’s fashionable, if I can.
This year my new items for this season were (affiliate links):
Long gray cardigan no longer available, similar: Yumi at John Lewis UK
Gold-brown padded gilet by Gant. (not affiliate link) Bought in the sales at John Lewis for less that 30% of full price. Incredible find!
My oldest item is my coat – I bought it in the sales at Max Mara in the 1990’s! I wore it for the New York winters when even a quick dash to the subway could freeze your ….s off. Then I gave it to my mother. Then my sister wore it for a while after my mum died. And now it’s in use again. The collar is not quite right for 2024 but otherwise the ample styling is right back in fashion.
My little Burberry cashmere scarf comes out every few years. I bought it – full price for once, hahaha – in 1999. I thought it rather expensive at the time but if I calculate the cost per wear…well you get the gist!
If you enjoy these try-on posts by an older woman, here are my previous winters: