Winter Capsule Wardrobe The Capsule Experiment

Hi friends!! A few of you have been asking me about my winter capsule wardrobe posts, because I have been the worst at remembering to post about this wardrobe!

I think part of the reason for that is that dressing for winter is hard — especially this year! We had a few spells where the temperature was in the teens for almost a week at a time! That meant lots of layering and feeling a *tad* bit unprepared… but we’ll get to that in a bit!  First I want to share a bit about my process!

In case you missed one of the previous posts, a capsule wardrobe is a select number of clothing articles that are part of your closet for a season at a time (~3months).

For me, this was a way to challenge myself to wear the clothes I already have. It also challenges me to spend less money on impulse purchases that quickly find their way to the back of the closet or donation pile.  Any article that doesn’t fit in the “current” capsule, is stored separately!  For me, this process excludes outerwear, workout gear, special occasion wear, and shoes though.  It’s basically just for your normal day wear!

When it came to narrowing in on my winter wardrobe, I started by going through all of the clothes I had in a storage bin for winter.  Any of the pieces that I never wear, don’t fit right, or I didn’t love, I went ahead and donated!  From there I started to narrow in on things that I do love!

Next up, I considered the weather.  Typically in Maryland, it can be a little bipolar.  Some days it can reach the teens (though rarely!) and some weeks it will be in the 50s/60s.  That meant that I did include a few dresses and tank tops, especially knowing that I would be traveling a bit, too!

From there, I made a list of each of the articles of clothing I wanted to include from things I already have and then a few things I needed to pick up.  Because I had ripped a few of my jeans (each of which were at least 5 years old, they just were worn!) I had to replace a few of those.  Luckily, I had gift cards from Christmas to use :)


Here’s what I came up with by category:


Black mockneck
Camel V neck
Maroon V neck
Mauve sweater
Grey cardi
Black cardi/kimono
Navy cardi
Tan Cardi
Grey Zip-up




Jade pants
Dark wash
Lighter wash
Medium wash
Black jeans
White High Rise Jeans


Black and white checked button down
White button down
Denim button down
Light Grey flannel
Blue checked flannel
White window pane flannel
Grey stripes tee
White and blue stripes tank
White and blue striped boat neck
Green plaid
Orange Peplum top
Grey pullover
Black and red checked sweatshirt
Blush tee
Tan Henley
Floral Tee


Black flannel // Rifle Paper Co Dress // Navy dots dress // Denim polka dots


And then here are two of the outfit combos I’ve worn a lot this capsule!

What to wear in your winter capsule wardrobe in Maryland, Maryland capsule wardrobes

Left: Kimono, Tee (old, but similar), Jeans (old, but similar), Glasses, Slides (old, but similar)

Right: Sweater, scarf, jeans (old, but similar), slides (old, but similar)

Tune back in for my capsule posts coming your way another day! Until then, I hope you enjoyed a peek at my winter capsule wardrobe!


February 9, 2018

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  1. These are stunning! Great work! The lighting is so perfect! Great job!

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