The 5-Piece Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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Collage Vintage

Dressing for winter and pulling it off in a stylish way can sometimes be a tall order. This editor learned the hard way. While I’ve lived on the West Coast for most of my life, I spent two years in NYC before moving back to L.A. last spring. Dressing for the long winter in New York was an adjustment, to put it mildly. While I was used to bundling up in Arizona or California, a leather jacket and a few light layers were all I ever really needed to get by. On the East Coast, though, it’s another story.

As a minimalist, I never wanted to buy too many pieces, but after a little trial and error, I discovered a winter capsule wardrobe that allowed me to stay both warm and stylish with a few key essentials. First, the turtleneck top became the ultimate layering piece. Worn with jeans or under a dress, it lends a sophisticated spin to any look. Next, a heavier sweater was perfect for colder days. While I didn’t want to give up dresses, I learned to love longer hemlines. Another winter must? Ankle boots, which are essential for pairing with long dresses and navigating snowy sidewalks. And finally, faux-fur coats are the ultimate topper for both banishing the cold and looking stylish.

Go on to shop pieces from my winter capsule wardrobe.

Turtleneck 

Complete the look with black cuffed jeans and neutral boots.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

A wardrobe necessity.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This turtleneck is cool girl–approved. Rock yours with a plaid skirt.

Available in sizes 36 to 48.

Sweater

Dress up this sweater by pairing with red leather leggings.

Available in sizes XS to 4X.

Show off the button detail by pairing with light-wash denim.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This is the perfect cozy sweater for the cold winter days.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Long Dress

We love this blue dress with white boots.

Available in sizes 4 to 10.

This satin dress is flattering and fashion forward.

Available in sizes 00 to 8.

Wear for a night out or for weekend brunch.

Available in sizes 34 to 42.

Ankle Boots

These classic boots can be worn season after season.

Available in sizes 36 to 41.

We love the zipper detail on these metallic booties.

Available in sizes 36 to 40.

Timeless and chic boots.

Available in sizes 36 to 41.

Faux-Fur Coat

Let the coat be the center of attention by wearing an all-black outfit.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Everyone needs a fun fur coat in their closet!

Available in sizes XS to XL.

This coat is a wardrobe staple.

Available in sizes 34 to 42.

Next, shop the 19 best sweaters of the season.