Put on your cozy socks and let’s get excited about winter!
In this post, we’ll be chatting about my process of putting my winter wardrobe together + my budget + what I ended up with + finally, where you can shop for each piece.
But first, let’s just get a visual for the whole wardrobe:
Disclaimer: Honesty is awesome, so I chat numbers and dollars in this post. I trust you’ll honor my honesty. Just so we’re clear, everything written here is based on my personal experiences + opinions. Not everything I say here will work for you, but I have faith that you’ll take the information presented and apply some of it to your own wardrobe in a new and creative way.
This post is an overview — keep in mind that I’ll be discussing each item more in-depth in outfit posts.
This wardrobe was a happy one. Why? Because it was the first time it felt effortless. It was the first time that I got a glimpse of, “This is working! I know my style, and I’m spending less + buying less.” Which is what this is all about. And that makes me … happy.
Get ready for this: I finished every bit of my shopping in two outings.
I look at that sentence I just wrote up there and think: There’s no way I just wrote that. I’m the girl that has always thought, overthought, bought, returned, and maybe went back and re-bought it again.
But that’s how it went down this time.
You know what that means?
I’m changing. This process is changing me.
And I like it.
So… going back to the effortless thing. Here’s why I think it felt that way this time around:
(A) I just decided that it would be effortless. December is sacred to me, and I crave rest in December. I didn’t want to spend much time out shopping. So … I didn’t.
(B) I had a solid foundation underneath me — I already owned about 80% of these pieces. They were either rolled over from my fall capsule, or they were pulled from storage.
(C) And because practice makes things easier. This is the fifth time I’ve made a capsule wardrobe, and I feel like I just know my style now.
I had one goal:
Meaning comfortable fabrics + tops that allow me to trade a real bra for a sports bra + flat shoes.
I did run into a little bit of internal struggle, mostly because I knew the wardrobe I wanted to design might seem boring on a blog. I had thoughts swimming around my head, like, “I need variety … or else everyone is going to get bored.” + “I need color … or else everyone is going to get bored.” But the truth is, I had put that pressure on myself – and I could take it away.
Once I released that pressure, I was left with my favorite, most “me” wardrobe ever.
My style for winter is modern + monochromatic + secretly super comfortable.
I’m so proud of my budget. You know how I mentioned I didn’t want to spend much time shopping? Well, I knew I didn’t want to spend much money shopping either.
So I budgeted $250 for my winter capsule and — it wasn’t easy — but I stuck to it. I kept finding myself tempted to spend more “because of the blog” but I’m so glad I didn’t. That’s not what this is about.
Let’s break this $250 down a little bit.
I bought 8 new pieces for winter, and received one more as a gift from my family. (You can see which ones are new in the photo above — they have a little dot next to them.)
My sherpa jacket was an early Christmas gift from my family, so I was able to save there. (Thanks Mom!)
Next, my dress boots actually account for half of my budget. Meaning I managed to get the remaining 7 pieces for about $125. I relied heavily on discounts, using one or more on just about every item — either scoring a Cyber Monday deal, or just googling a discount code. Major victory!
Since I won’t be shopping for the next three months, it comes out to about $83 per month. I’m so proud of that number, I could do a happy dance.
I can’t wait to share more about these pieces (and why I chose them) over the coming season. Happy weekend!