The heating has been turned up, The X Factor is over, and your commute on the bus has become a rather damp experience – that’s right, winter is here. Hibernation now seems like an inevitable necessity and you’ve given up the thought of seeing the sun, but do not worry, there’s always retail therapy.
Let’s face it, you’re going to be covered in more layers than a Russian doll until April, so you might as well look good. A good capsule winter wardrobe will not only keep you insulated until Christmas but will see you through January and February too. We’re talking cosy (and stylish) knits, dresses you can layer, and the answer to every girls night out: jeans and a nice top.
But what is a capsule wardrobe? You might have heard the word but never really have got the memo on what it is. In short, a capsule wardrobe is a core selection of clothes that never really go out of fashion. Think classic styles and pieces that go well with a variety of others – things you can mix and match. These are items that you will get countless wears from and are staples of your day to day style.
If you’re going to invest in your capsule wardrobe over the coming cold months, these are the pieces worth spending money on.
The Statement Knit
Black and grey are the colours of safety when it comes to dressing yourself in winter. But why be safe when you can have fun? Knitwear which makes a statement, that is, has a bold print or base colour, can raise your style game with very minimal effort. If you’re feeling brave then why not go for something with a colourful base and an animal print over the top? Too adventurous? Then stick with one or the other.
Statement dressing is a very subjective thing – what is daring for one may be boring for another. In mind of this, we’ll define statement knitwear simply as something that stands out from the rest of your outfit. For example, this chunky mustard coloured cardigan, which is as cosy as it is stylish. What makes a piece like this so great, is that you can layer it over countless different outfits, meaning that you’ll get maximum wear from it. One option is to wear all black underneath – black skinny jeans, sock boots and a polo neck top. Another is to go for lighter shades, for example, blue mom jeans and a plain white t-shirt.
If you’re less a fan a colour and more a fan of sparkle, then focus your search for a statement knit on one with embellishments. Sequins, rhinestones and applique detail will help you feel cosy and glam at the same time. This diamante studded jumper is smart enough to be worn out to the pub, or for a nice dinner, but is still casual enough to wear day to day. The choker detail on the neckline combined with the diamante embellishments make a great change from a plain black jumper. This can be worn with wet look jeans for an evening out, but will still look great when dressed casually. This top is one that you’ll wear at every available opportunity.
2. A Black Dress For Every Occasion
Everyone needs a little black dress in their wardrobe, no matter what time of year it is. If you can find a versatile little black dress (definitely one with long sleeves) then you’ve just upped your outfit choices multiple times over. The number one reason you need a black dress in your wardrobe is versatility. There are very few occasions (excluding weddings) where a black dress will be inappropriate. In winter, when dark colours are the basis of many peoples wardrobe, a black dress is the glue that holds it together.
There are some crucial things to look out for when finding a little black dress for your winter wardrobe. Firstly, sleeves – let’s face it, winter in the UK is a pretty chilly business, so don’t make yourself any colder than you need to be. Secondly, look for a dress that is knee length or longer. Again, winter is not the season for showing skin.
A dress that ticks both of these boxes is this scoop neck one. Long sleeves and not a mini dress? Check! At first glance, this dress may not seem like a lot to shout about. However, this is the very reason that you need it in your wardrobe. The beauty of this dress is that it is the base on which to build your outfit – it’s possibilities in terms of styling are just about limitless. Add heels or sock boots for a night out, then pair with tights and Doc Martens during the day. Coats, gilets, and jackets all look great layered over the top. Put on wet look leggings and wear it as an oversized top. Cinch it in with a belt or wear it loose, it’s completely up to you. The fact that it’s black only adds more options – it looks good with every colour of accessory, especially a bold red.
If the versatility of the dress isn’t enough to convince you, take into consideration how comfortable it is. Winter is, of course, snuggle season, so a dress with an oversized fit is perfect for both days in and nights out. Plus, when you indulge at Christmas you won’t be restricted by waistbands or fastenings. What’s not to love?
3. Jeans And A Nice Top – Emphasis On The Jeans
Jeans and a nice top is the ultimate failsafe outfit in every girl’s wardrobe. Whilst every night out is an excuse to buy a new top, jeans remain pretty much the same time after time. It’s arguable that jeans are the unsung hero of the ‘jeans and a nice top’ combo. As such, you need a pair that you can near enough live in, whether you’re on a night out, at the pub, or just enjoying a day shopping with friends.
A pair of jeans that can take you from day to night are the ultimate must-have piece for your wardrobe. However, sometimes plain skinny jeans just don’t seem special enough for a special occasion – they’re a great fit, comfortable and go well with your top, but they’re just not smart enough. This is were coated and wet look jeans save the day. The simple change of texture is enough to make you feel just that bit more dressed up, but crucially, not overdressed. As the jeans are black, they go with just about every colour of top, saving yourself a headache when it comes to keeping coordinated.
Better still, coated jeans can dress up tops that may previously have seemed almost too casual. A chunky knit and wet look jeans is a combination that is both cosy and looks good – your knits get an automatic style upgrade.
A good pair of coated jeans will last you this year and next, so why not treat yourself?
Having staple pieces in your wardrobe is not only a great style solution but a savvy way to save money. With a solid collection of versatile pieces in your wardrobe, you can be ready for nearly every occasion at very short notice. This winter, stock up on staples and save your money for truly special occasions.