Although winter doesn’t officially start until late December, it always comes early for us in Minnesota – it’s already been snowing! That being said, I wanted to go ahead and share my 10-piece winter capsule wardrobe so you can plan for the freezing weather ahead. I have to say that when it comes to pulling an outfit together, winter is the hardest season to do so. That’s why it’s so crucial to simplify your wardrobe to only a few pieces you can make the most of. I’ve realized that having a closet brimming with clothes only throws you into a constant state of confusion.
The first thing I do when building out my winter wardrobe is invest in warmer, practical pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. Having lived in what feels like the frozen tundra for years now, I know that staying warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. As long as you have the right combination of luxe, edgy, and cozy pieces, you can easily elevate your winter outfits. Below, I’m sharing the exact pieces you need to create a myriad of cozy layered looks.
Mango Gray Coat (wearing an XXS) | Similar Lace Top | Asos Denim | Gianvito Rossi Gray Heels | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Celine Sunglasses 1. Dressy Coat
Wrap coats are my go-to dressier option. They always make any outfit look super sophisticated.
I bought this one last year and got so much wear out of it. It comes in ivory too!
Canada Goose Coat | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Saint Laurent Sunglasses 2. Casual Coat
Canada Goose down coats are definitely a splurge, but they're incredibly warm and one of my most used jackets in the winter time. They're so worth it!
This budget-friendly version looks more expensive than it is - and it's available in so many different colors.
Lord & Taylor Cashmere Cardigan (wearing an XS) | Lord & Taylor White V-Neck Top (wearing an XS) | Lord & Taylor Black Distressed Denim (wearing a size 1) 3. Cardigan
The one item I can rarely pass up in the winter is a great cardigan. It's the perfect layering piece for added warmth and comfort.
This cozy, lightweight option is great for wearing around the house - and it's less than $20!
Burberry Trench (wearing a US 0 in ‘Honey’ color, better for budget here) | H&M Sweater Dress (similar here) | Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots (on sale now! better for budget here) | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Saint Laurent Sunglasses 4. Turtleneck Top
White + Warren
A basic turtleneck top is a winter staple for layering under dresses, oversized sweaters - and everything else.
This budget-friendly turtleneck stretches out to fit and feels amazing on the skin. It also comes in white!
5. Basic Sweater
Everyone needs a basic sweater that can be taken from office to weekend. I love that this wider neck can be pulled off the shoulder.
This sweater has been one of my favorite purchases this season. I love how cozy it feels - and how versatile the fit is.
Topshop Cardigan (wearing a US 4 for an oversized fit) | Topshop Lace Bodysuit (wearing a US 2) | Tophop Scarf | Topshop Black Denim (size up) | Christian Louboutin Black Heels | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Saint Laurent Sunglasses 6. Dark Jeans
Dark jeans instantly make any outfit look more look more chic. I love a skinny pair that can be worn with over the knee boots.
These jeans are perfect if you're on the petite side. They can easily be dressed up or down with the figure-flattering fit and slight distressing.
Gucci Belt (also here, wearing a size 70, read my Gucci Belt Sizing Guide HERE) | Gucci Marmont Bag | Kyi Kyi Beanie Hat | Kensie Teddy Bear Coat (wearing an XS) | H&M Black Sweater (also love this one under $20) | Topshop Black Denim (run TTS) | Kendall + Kylie Black Booties | Quay Sunglasses 7. Cashmere Scarf
There's nothing like a neutral colored scarf to pull your winter looks together. This classic fringe piece is so luxe and worth the splurge.
Your outfits will look more expensive with this affordable cashmere scarf draped over it. Grab it in every single color!
Mango Gray Coat (wearing an XXS) | GRLFRND Denim | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Saint Laurent Sunglasses 8. Over The Knee Boots
These classic over the knee boots can be worn season after season - and are totally worth the price. And it's currently on sale!
Affordable over the knee boots don't get better than this pair, which you can snag for under $200!
9. Fleece-Lined Leggings
There's nothing I love more than a lazy Sunday with fleece-lined leggings and an oversized sweater.
Fleece-lined tights are great for throwing under dresses and even boyfriend jeans when it's ultra cold outside. These are under $20!
Club Monaco Grey Coat (wearing an XS) | Club Monaco Grey Cashmere Sweater (wearing an XS) | Rag & Bone Fedora | L’Agence White Denim | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Christian Louboutin Black Heels 10. Structured Bag
This bag remains one of my winter favorites, and it'll be on constant rotation these next few months.
Here's an alternative that gives you the same amount of structure and edge at a fraction of the price.
Gucci Belt (also here, wearing a size 70, read my Gucci Belt Sizing Guide HERE)
Gucci Marmont Bag
Kyi Kyi Beanie Hat
Kensie Teddy Bear Coat (wearing an XS)
H&M Black Sweater (also love this one under $20)
Topshop Black Denim (run TTS)
Kendall + Kylie Black Booties