You can always count on an assortment of staples to put together a reliable uniform look. That’s the thing about everyday pieces, they can be worn with everything in your closet. However, when it comes to a capsule winter wardrobe, the same rules still apply, though the essentials are a bit different. An assortment of versatile sweaters and foundational layering pieces like a turtleneck is key for cold days. And like your pleated trousers from the other seasons, a pair of tailored pants made from warmer materials will be your new go-to. You’ll also want to have a dress that can extend itself into many outfits, think: soiree to snow day, and outerwear that can comfortably hover over even your heaviest layering.
Improve your capsule winter wardrobe with our guide to winter’s must-have style essentials, below.
Don’t start an outfit without one. A close-fitting soft cotton jersey or cashmere blend bodysuit will ensure a warm base with a stylish layering component.
The Three C’s of Knitwear: Colorful, Cashmere, Crewneck
If there’s one item that can completely transform your winter wardrobe this season, it is a brightly colored crewneck sweater. Cashmere knits in bold hues are a much-necessary injection of color into otherwise drab winter wears; layer one amidst other neutral pieces for a very The Row–inspired look.
Wool or Flannel Trousers for Warmth
The pleated tailored trouser is still a wonderful option for the winter months, as they wear well with boots and sweaters. We recommend, however, styles in heavier and warmer fabrics like cozy flannels or brushed wool to keep the cold air out.
Neutral Knits With a Modern Twist
Camel, grey, and navy knitwear are wardrobe powerhouses, especially when made with high-quality threads, thoughtful silhouettes, and attention to detail. Small but mighty details such as ribbed sleeves or trim and fold-over collars elevate these everyday sweaters to a new level.
LBDs to Dress Up
Let the little black dress be your go-to look for holiday gatherings and soirees this winter. You certainly won’t get tired of an elegant all-black get-up as you might with a sequin or embellished statement dress, plus an LBD doesn’t have to be reserved strictly for special occasions. Switching up your accessories makes it feel different for each wear.
Over and Out: Oversized Outerwear
There’s nothing more effortless (or functional, for that matter!) than oversized outerwear. The winter wardrobe is all about the layering strategy, so roomy coats like these boxy tailored wool styles that can account for that are key. From suiting to sweats, this coat will pull the look together with ease.