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Capsule Wardrobe for Winter 2022/2023: These are the must-haves for the cold season

Do you spend a long time in front of the open closet every morning, just staring at the piles of clothes until you choose a suitable outfit for the day? If choosing clothes is becoming a challenge, then this can only mean one thing – you have too many clothes that you may not even need. This is where switching to a capsule closet can help. What it is and which pieces will go into the Capsule Wardrobe this winter, we reveal in the article!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and what goes in it

If you’re looking for winter outfit inspiration, our capsule closet for the 2022/2023 winter season is your answer. This elevated, effortless and classically neutral selection will take you from day to night and from milder days to super cold days in the winter months. So with our tips, you can declutter and optimize your closet for the cold season. Let’s get started then, shall we?

Capsule Wardrobe explained simply

Are you not familiar with the term yet? The Capsule Wardrobe (literally capsule closet) is actually a minimalist closet that consists of a few classic pieces. In this case, the selection is very limited and consists of interchangeable clothing items that complement each other. Often, these are key pieces that don’t go out of style and consist mainly of neutral colors. The biggest advantage of the Capsule Wardrobe is that you can put together a variety of different outfits with a small selection of clothes.

Tips and tricks on how to optimize your closet for winter

Sweater dress with wool coat and beige boots Capsule Wardrobe

If you want to put together a winter wardrobe, you should start before the season starts. Depending on the weather, mid or late November is a good time to do it. Have no idea where to start? Then follow these steps:

  1. Start by removing the fall pieces you no longer need from your closet. For example, pack light sweaters, shorts, sneakers and the denim jacket into storage bins.
  2. Keep any pieces that are appropriate for the transitional season, such as jeans, basic T-shirts, lightweight coats like shackets and ankle boots.
  3. Get out your winter clothes and sort them.
  4. Make a list of clothing items you need for winter and should still store for.
  5. Stick mainly to clothes in neutral colors, as they are very versatile and provide the perfect base for different outfits.

What should be included in a winter closet?

Winter outfit with jeans sweater and teddy coat

In a well-designed winter wardrobe you will find warm outerwear, knitted sweaters, basic tops, jeans, leather leggings, a sweater dress, winter boots suitable for everyday wear, high boots, hats, gloves and chic minimalist accessories. It’s wonderful to know how you can put together a variety of outfit combinations with a small selection of versatile pieces.

Winter Capsule Wardrobe clothing should be simple and neutral, but also fit your lifestyle, whether it’s relaxed and casual or professional and elegant. Opt for pieces you know you’ll wear again and again, as this will help you resist the urge to buy more than you really need.

If you work from home, you can settle for more casual attire. If you don’t have kids or have a social lifestyle, you’ll probably prefer dressier or more formal clothes.

Read through the checklist below to see for yourself how practical and easy it is to create a Capsule Wardrobe.

Our top picks for the winter 2022/23 Capsule Wardrobe.

It’s extremely annoying to stare at a bulging closet and think, “I have nothing to wear!”. Sound familiar? This well-designed Capsule Wardrobe is a fantastic solution to eliminate the closet overload, frustration, and decision-making anxiety that comes up every time you need to get dressed for winter.


What do you need for a Capsule Wardrobe winter 2022

Winter is a time to dress warmly, so the following pieces are must-haves in your closet:

  • Long wool coat: it wouldn’t be a winter closet without one. For our cold winters, we recommend you to choose a thicker model. For example, you can combine it with sweater dress and heeled ankle boots or with casual pants and chunky boots.
  • Parka or puffer coat: especially those who live in the north should not miss a puffer jacket at all. A long warm puffer coat in a classic color will keep you warm all winter and you will surely look fashionable.
  • Shirt jacket or fleece jacket: cozy shackets made of wool and soft fleece coats are perfect for the transitional period or for unseasonably warm days in winter. Oversize models are very trendy this season and are great for cool layering looks. Choose a neutral plaid pattern or stick with a neutral color like beige or taupe.


Knitwear is a must-have for the winter season

In winter, clothing made of knits is a must. But which pieces belong in the Capsule Wardrobe?

  • Knitted sweater: 2-3 classic knitted sweaters must not be missing in a winter closet. Whether it’s a crew neck, V-neck or half-zip, the knit sweater is incredibly versatile. However, stick to neutral tones or subtle winter colors instead of going for flashy patterns and colors. This makes it easier to combine with other clothing. The choice is really wide: whether wool, cotton, cashmere or a cashmere blend – you’re spoiled for choice.
  • Turtleneck: The turtleneck is also indispensable for the Capsule Wardrobe for the winter. It fits perfectly under outerwear and is sure to keep you warm and cozy in sub-zero temperatures.
  • Cardigan or Cardigan: Perfect for layering, a cardigan will finish off any winter outfit perfectly. Whether you’re relaxing at home or need an extra layer on your way out, the cardigan is a great piece to just throw on and take with you. Again, go for classic or neutral colors that are easy to mix and match.
  • Knit hoodie: The knit hoodie goes a step further from the classic hoodie. It looks more sophisticated and goes perfectly with an outfit with jeans, leggings or cargo pants. Throw on a pair of boots with it to complete the everyday look.
  • Sweater dress: this is another essential piece for your capsule wardrobe for winter. Solid color styles made from ribbed fabric are totally in right now and are great for special occasions as well as everyday wear. The sweater dress provides a little more femininity in the winter wardrobe and can be combined in many ways . We recommend models in midi length, which still show legs, but also keep you warm.

Classic tops

Black sweater and leather pants from the Capsule Wardrobe 2022

Outerwear and sweaters are obvious, but lightweight tops like shirts and blouses also have their place in your winter wardrobe. Here are the most important pieces to get.

  • Long-sleeved tops or bodysuits: underneath sweaters and cardigans, these lightweight tops fit beautifully. You’ll notice that you wear them several times a week to create different outfit combinations. A few colors we recommend for winter capsule are white or ivory, beige, light gray and tan. Choose monochrome styles and avoid flashy details like studs or patterns. You can achieve an interesting detail with plain ribbed patterns.
  • Basic T-shirts: neutral T-shirts are a must-have in your closet at any time of the year, including winter. Basic styles pair beautifully with other garments and fit perfectly under your warm sweater.
  • Knitted Tops: It may be cold outside, but indoors the heat is often turned up in winter, which means you also need a few short and sleeveless pieces in your Capsule Wardrobe. They are perfect for a date or a drink with the girls. Pair them with jeans, leather pants or a skirt, add your favorite boots and your warm wool coat and you have the perfect outfit for after work.

What pants for the winter capsule wardrobe?

Vintage jeans for winter capsule closet

Well, if you are already armed with the right tops, let’s move on to the pants. Which models will find a place in your winter closet this year?

  • Jeans with vintage wash: first of all, get yourself a fashionable pair of jeans with a vintage look. Believe us, once you find the perfect pair of jeans, you will wear them several times a week. For winter, black jeans and dark blue denim washes are also perfect.
  • Wide-leg and cargo pants: although this garment is quite specific, it can be an excellent choice in winter. Thicker cotton cargo pants look great and can be very stylishly paired with Chelsea or chunky boots. Choose models in ivory, black or brown for this winter.
  • Black leather leggings: black leather pants or leggings made of (faux) leather have an upscale look and are versatile. We love the elegant look they give with the right top, shoes and accessories. To stand out from the usual leggings and take advantage of the trends for 2022/2023, opt for a pair of straight leg pants made of faux or genuine leather. In any case, they will make any winter outfit a real eye-catcher.

Shoes and bags

What shoes and bags for the Capsule Wardrobe Winter 2022

No closet is full without the right accessories. With the following shoe and bag styles, you can perfectly complete your Capsule Wardrobe for winter 2022/2023.

  • Winter boots: ideal for snow and low temperatures, with these boots you won’t get cold feet in winter.
  • Platform ankle boots and Chelsea boots: totally on trend and perfectly combinable, these boots can’t be missing from your winter wardrobe.
  • Ankle boots or knee-high boots: ankle boots with heels add that certain something to any winter outfit. They are also a great choice for any occasion where you need to look dressy. You can choose ankle high boots or opt for knee high boots if that’s more your style.
  • Leather tote bag: get a large leather tote bag as your all-around bag for winter! It’s incredibly practical and goes with everything.
  • Crossbody bag: it’s also perfect for your winter wardrobe. A nice leather shoulder bag will add an elegant look to any outfit and is easier to carry than a large shoulder bag.
  • Fanny pack: Fanny packs (also known as belt bags) are all the rage in 2022, and we imagine that will continue into next year. They’re the perfect hands-free, stylish alternative to a shoulder bag when you just want to carry the essentials.
  • Other accessories: choosing stylish and practical accessories will unite everything in the Capsule Wardrobe. We love a cozy hat or cap, a warm oversized scarf, leather gloves, wool socks and dainty gold plated jewelry. You can never go wrong with subtle, classic pieces that are the icing on the cake of any great winter ensemble.

And that’s it! With these garments, shoes and accessories, your Capsule Wardrobe for winter 2022/2023 is complete. Combine the individual pieces to put together great outfits for the cold season!