My 29-Piece Winter 2018/2019 Capsule Wardrobe


I’ve prepared my closet for the Winter season!  See all the clothes in my Winter 2018/2019 Capsule Wardrobe!

My Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe - full closet

I spent a couple of hours this past weekend creating my Winter capsule wardrobe.  We have had some chilly weather, so I thought I would go ahead and get my closet ready for Winter.

I took my Fall capsule wardrobe out of my closet, put a few pieces from my Fall capsule back in my closet and packed the rest of the clothes away.  I work at home so I wear mostly jeans everyday.  My capsule wardrobes consists of clothes that are casual and comfortable, but that also look great while I run errands and go out to town.

I won’t be including shoes in this capsule wardrobe.  I have put a few pairs in my closet that I will be wearing, but want to keep my options open in case I need to dress up with pumps or additional flats.

In deciding what clothes I wanted in my Winter capsule wardrobe, first I decided my base color, which is the first step in my popular blog post, How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe: A 5-Step Visual Guide.  I decided to have BLACK as my base color.  As a personal preference, I usually choose black as a base color for the Fall and Winter and navy for the Spring and Summer.  Then, I picked 2 accent colors: dusty rose (light to dark tones) and burgundy.

To create a capsule wardrobe that is efficient and that can make many outfits, I use mostly Core Closet Essentials.  They are basic essentials in neutral colors that never go out of style.  Core Closet Essentials are considered the building blocks of an efficient closet.  You can have a capsule wardrobe with just core closet essentials, like in my eBook Simplified Style: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe, or you can add a few trendy clothes in accent colors to expand your wardrobe.  My Winter capsule wardrobe uses mostly core closet essentials, with a few trendy tops in two accent colors.

By using your Core Closet Essentials, you save money as well!  Using mostly basic essentials in your capsule every season prevents you from having to constantly buy loads of clothes.  You can choose to buy just a few clothes or wear what you have each season.  It keeps money in your wallet, plus it’s better for the environment!  I used to buy lots of clothes every month with all kinds of colors and patterns.  I would grow tired of them quickly and would buy more.  Now, I utilize my core closet essentials and I enjoy wearing them over and over!


My Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe - closet side

I can remember just a few years ago when I didn’t use a capsule wardrobe.  I don’t see how I ever found anything in my closet!  It used to be a complete mess!  I had too many clothes that didn’t coordinate, clothes that didn’t fit, clothes with colors that didn’t look good on me, you name it.  I even had bad shopping habits!  I would buy an outfit…a top and bottom that would go together, not really thinking how I could wear the pieces with other clothes in my closet.  Plus, I loved to go shopping for clothes.  When I was bored or had a bad day, I would go shopping and always felt like I had to buy something to feel good.  Shopping lead to a high credit card bill, in which I was in constant debt.

I’m so glad I discovered the “capsule wardrobe” system, because using a capsule wardrobe helps me get ready quickly, I love what I wear, I have a neat and organized closet and I always have dozens of outfits ready to wear.  Plus, being organized has transitioned to the rest of my house.  I organized my kitchen pantry, my office and I have a neat and tidy house!

I feel better about myself too, plus I shop with purpose for everything now, not only for clothes, but also for household goods, furniture, you name it!  Having a capsule wardrobe literally changed my shopping habits.  I think twice before buying anything now, saving me hundreds of dollars every year.  I’m so passionate about capsule wardrobes, that I publish Complete Wardrobe Plans each season, all in the Capsule Wardrobe eBook Store.

[su_quote]Thousands of women use these Capsule Wardrobe Plans each season for their closets![/su_quote]


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Now onto my capsule wardrobe!  I have 29 items in my Winter 2018/2019 capsule wardrobe.  My capsule wardrobe is mostly a combination of the French Minimalist and the Essential capsule wardrobe eBooks, with a few items that I already had in my wardrobe.

[su_quote]My Winter capsule wardrobe is mostly a combination of the French Minimalist and the Essential capsule wardrobe eBooks, with a few items that I already had in my wardrobe.[/su_quote]


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French Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Winter 2018-2019

I created my capsule wardrobe using my capsule wardrobe process, using the steps in this blog post, How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe: A 5-Step Visual Guide.

First, I took everything out of my closet, so that it was empty.  I kept a few items from my Fall capsule wardrobe and hung them back in my closet.  I put the rest of my clothes from my Fall capsule in my storage bins.  I went through my storage bins for the clothes I thought about using in my capsule and put them in stacks for each type: solid tops, patterned tops and bottoms.  I knew I may not include all of them in my capsule, but it gave me a starting point.

I went through the stacks of clothes, determined what I wanted to keep for my capsule, then hung those clothes in my closet, using wooden hangers like theseThese velvet hangers also work well and these hangers are perfect for hanging skirts.  Then, I put any clothes that I wouldn’t be using back in the bins and put them in my closet.  I have storage bins for different types of clothes: seasonal tops, denim and shorts, cardigans and sweaters and skirts and dresses.  It helps me organize my clothes so I know what clothes are in each bin.  You can use these exact bins to store your off-season clothes too!  If you need a clothes rack to hang your clothes on, here is my exact wardrobe rackThis pipe clothes rack (comes in black or white) and this wooden clothes rack (comes in wood or white) will work great for your capsule wardrobe too.  And, I love this industrial pipe and wooden wardrobe rack from West Elm!

I created my Winter capsule wardrobe using mostly clothes I already had and purchased just a few items.

Here are the Tops and Layers that are in my Winter 2018/2019 capsule wardrobe:

My Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe - tops and cardigans


white long sleeve tee (old)
ivory cable crew neck sweater (similar) (old)
tan pointelle sweater (similar) (old)
tan cowl neck tunic sweater (very similar) (old)
camel boyfriend cardigan (exact) / similar (cashmere) / similar (old)
beige cardigan (similar) (old)
white striped long sleeve peplum tee (similar) / similar black peplum (old)
white striped long sleeve tee (exact) (old)
black striped long sleeve tee (exact) (new)
black marled cowl neck tunic (exact) (old)
gray long sleeve tee (similar) (old)
gray cardigan (similar) (new)
gray mock neck marled sweater (similar) (old)
gray striped cowl neck tunic (exact) (new) / See it in the Loft Dressing Room Reviews Post!
burgundy long sleeve tee (exact) (old)
dusty rose plaid flannel tunic shirt (exact) / similar (new)
dusty rose sweater (exact) / very similar (old)
dusty rose cardigan (exact) (old)

Here are the jeans, leggings and vests:

My Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe - jeans and vests

Vests, Jeans & Leggings:

ivory puffer vest (exact) (old)
burgundy vest (similar) (old)
gray fleece vest (exact) (old)
black marl sweater vest (exact) / similar (new)
Lou & Grey Essential Legging (old)
Madewell black skinny jeans (exact) (new)
7 For All Mankind raw hem gray jeans (old)
burgundy jeans (exact) / similar (new)
teal ankle jeans (exact) (new) / See it in the Loft Dressing Room Reviews Post!
medium wash jeans (exact) (old)
dark wash jeans (exact) (old)



My Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe - shoes

I didn’t include shoes in this capsule wardrobe, but I’m showing a few pairs of shoes I’ll be wearing this Winter (left to right from photo above):

Nike Black Sneakers (similar)
Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties (exact)
Sam Edelman Brown Penny Tall Boots (exact)
Sam Edelman Black Penny Tall Boots (exact)
Tory Burch Minnie Black Flats (exact)
Marc Fisher black ankle boots (exact)


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My Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe - full closet side



My 29-Piece Winter 2018-2019 Capsule Wardrobe

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  1. I love this idea but where do you keep your evening close or party attire? Is that not part of the capsule? I only have one clothes closet so I’m trying to figure out how to organize this! Where are you going out to dinner clothes? Holiday?

  2. I enjoy your posts and applaud your efforts to encourage people to “shop their closets” instead of just buying more more more. I have a 23 hanger closet (only 20 of which are in use at this time) but my tastes demand more variety than yours. For example, you have three similar striped T shirts and choose only two closely related accent colors. I have one stripe, one bird print, and a rainbow of solids that coordinate with my mostly neutral bottoms. And I love love love every garment I own so I am never in the I-don’t-have-a-thing-to-wear predicament. My point is that I respect your choices but see that there is more than one way to approach a capsule wardrobe. Thanks for your work.

  3. Lowell,

    Yes, of course there are so many different ways to create a capsule wardrobe! Different styles, color choices, etc. This is my personal capsule wardrobe and is different than the wardrobe plans in my capsule wardrobe eBooks in the Capsule Wardrobe eBook Store:

  4. Wendie,

    Thank you for your question! This is my capsule wardrobe that I wear during the week and on the weekends. I did not include evening clothes, party attire or any formal wear, since I rarely wear those.

  5. That’s actually one of my favorite things about the Ebooks! I can sub whatever I want – more neutrals/solids or more patterns/prints and still know that I am A) coordinating everything to work together and B) not buying 6 cactus print (for instance) shirts because I love cactus so much. Narrowing down my color choices helps me personally know that what I am putting on will flatter my skin/hair and it helps me limit my shopping. I love that Leanne encourages you to really make it your own! With her guidelines, I too have been able to love everything I own.

  6. I usually keep a tiny partywear capsule (3-5 pieces depending on the season) of items that I could mix and match. Since losing weight I donated my fall/winter dressy pieces but I had 4 items; a navy velvet sheath dress, a black w/blue glitter patterned velour top, a black velour maxi skirt, and a dusty rose satiny bell sleeve blouse.

    I could mix the separates with items I keep in my everyday capsule, like a satin camisole or tank, black or dark wash jeans, black pencil skirt, and a basic black blazer to match any occasion. Add appropriate jewelry, accessories, and black patent pumps or flats and I was good to go.

    My current dressy needs are much more casual than they’ve been in the past so I may just make do with a satin tank, a blazer, paired with a skirt or jeans.

  7. I have been reading your posts a few months. How pleased I was to see how you labeled items as old or new. Great for those that are planning wardrobes on a budget, thank you so much. I truly look forward to your posts. When I see an email from you I click on it before anything else. It is such an inspiration.

  8. I am intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe and although I haven’t jumped in all the way, I am making a conscious effort to buy core pieces as needed.

    Love your capsule! It’s really helpful to see a collage of all the pieces and all the outfits you make from it. Any chance you’ll do that with this capsule?

    Thank you for all your posts. Keep up the great work!

  9. Good evening, Are you going to have posts on the outfit combinations from the pieces in the winter 2018/2019 capsule?

  10. I noticed all your tops are long sleeved. Do you bring in items like tanks that aren’t part of your capsule or do you stick with the items you have hanging? I find myself needing lighter layering items here in Houston and didn’t include them in my winter capsule. But I did keep a drawer of them accessible for those temp spike days.

  11. Kris,

    All the items hanging in my closet are what I’ll be wearing this Winter. It’s fairly cold here in the South in the Winter (currently in the 40’s), so I’ll be wearing long sleeves throughout the season.

  12. Ali,

    I’ll be sharing my outfits on Instagram (@classyyettrendy) and will have a blog post or two on the outfits that I post on Instagram.

  13. I am curious how many coats/jackets/outerwear you have. Or if you really just use sweaters and vests to keep warm.

    I know that isn’t part of your every day wear, since you work from home. And why you likely didn’t include in your capsule post

  14. Courtney,

    I have four vests in my Winter capsule wardrobe. The winter seasons are usually mild where I live, so I usually just wear vests. January is the coldest month, but I may wear a cold when I go out. I have a short wool camel coat and a primaloft coat in my closet.

  15. Do you have the outfits posted from this capsule? I’d love to see the different ways you put them together

  16. I don’t have outfits posted from my Winter capsule, as this is my personal capsule wardrobe, but I will be sharing what I wear on Instagram (@classyyettrendy).

  17. What are your labels on your totes tucked into the sides of your closet? I can’t quite make them out.

  18. Angel,

    I store my off-season clothes and shoes in plastic storage containers. I labeled each container on the outside, printed on a sheet of paper: Sweaters & Cardigans, Seasonal Tops, Jackets & Vests, Denim & Shorts, Skirts & Pants, Dresses and Shoes.

  19. Great points, ladies! I’m with both of you. Like Lowell, I need a lot more color, print, and style variety, so I limit my autumn capsule choices to one single striped shirt and one pair of jeans, but add a dark floral top (black, burgundy, olive, blue, cream, and yellow), a B&W polka dot blouse, a couple of tops in lighter shades of blue, a light-colored plaid (gray scale) and a more vibrant one (burgundy and dusty rose), a handful of skirts and colored tights…and like Jessica, I try to hone in a color story that flatters my skin and goes well with my core closet of neutral pieces so I don’t go crazy buying a hodgepodge of mismatched items. I use Leanne’s e-books as a springboard, and then make my collection “my own”. After a couple of years of doing this, I find that I have acquired a healthy number of versatile pieces that stay in my closet year-round, but still feel the excitement of dressing up for a new season as I rotate other pieces in and out to account for weather and lifestyle changes. Long live the capsule wardrobe!

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