It snowed last week and I decided the time had come to switch my capsule wardrobe over to winter. This season my capsule has 32 items that I will wear for the next 3 months. The 32 items not only include clothing, but also handbags, jewelry, outerwear and shoes. I do hope to add one more professional blouse to this year’s winter capsule wardrobe as well.
Growing up in Florida I never had a proper coat. Hoodies and jackets were hardly necessary either. When I first moved to South Korea in 2010 it was the first time I had ever experienced four seasons, and winter was the worst!
Fast forward and I am now entering my fourth winter, this time in Japan. I’m hoping it will be the last so I was lucky to be able to reuse a lot of pieces from my time in Korea. As I am learning more and more about low waste lifestyles and reducing my consumption, I was pretty happy to only have had to purchase 2 items for this season. I bought a gray stole and some black mittens. I hope that both of these items will last me for many years to come.
My coat was purchased in 2010 and is still in excellent condition. My boots, purchased in 2011, recently came back from a trip to the shoe repair where they were fitted with some new rubber heels. 11 of the 32 items all date back to my time in Korea. I lived there from October 2010-March 2014 (minus 6 months when I went backpacking). I was really happy to reuse things rather than just purchase new. I wasn’t a minimalist then. I had no idea about quality or fabrics and wasn’t intentional about what I purchased. I feel quite lucky that I am still wearing that much of it, considering I since spent 2 years in a tropical climates after leaving Korea.
MY BEST TIP
One thing I learned early on while trying to survive winters is to use heat tech. I lovingly refer to these as “Asian long underwear.” Heat tech is technically the brand of Uniqlo’s very own, however most Asian brands sell their own varieties. Most of mine are from Giordano. I have also seen them at MUJI. Wearing these tops and leggings under my jeans or sweaters really gives some extra warmth. It saves you from having to buy too many winter specific items as well. Anything with long sleeves will work in your winter capsule if you have heat teach! I have three tops with a variety of different necklines so that they are rarely ever seen at all.
2016 WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE:
Tops- 11 (hopefully adding one more!)
Scarves, mittens, hats- 4
Belts, bags, and sunglasses- 3
I do follow the guidelines to Project 333. I will link it below if you’d like to learn more. If you have any questions about specific items, feel free to leave a comment!