My 2024 Winter Capsule Wardrobe

It’s that time again for another wardrobe edit! This time it’s my winter capsule wardrobe for 2024. But first, happy new year everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great start to the year. At the beginning of this year, I was really focused on getting my first sewing pattern launched, which is why this post is coming a bit late. But even though it’s a little late, I still wanted to put together a winter edit of my wardrobe because I just find the process so helpful, especially at the start of a new year.

I often get asked how my wardrobe edits or capsule wardrobes work, why I do them, etc. Basically what I do is every season, I curate a small selection of my wardrobe which becomes my capsule for that season. The exact number of items varies, but usually it’s around the high twenties to low thirties. The wardrobe includes all of my day-to-day clothing items as well as accessories like bags and shoes, but doesn’t include things like active wear or loungewear.

There are a lot of reasons why I do this, but the main one is that it keeps my wardrobe feeling refreshed without bringing in any new items. It gives me a chance to go through my closet and see if there’s anything I’m not really using anymore that could be sold or donated. It also helps me assess any gaps in my wardrobe so that if I do want to purchase something, I can really carefully consider it and make sure it’s something that I actually need. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to put together! I love the process of picking out pieces from my closet in my Stylebook app and then searching for outfits on Pinterest that I can recreate. I often find new ways of wearing pieces that I never would have thought of on my own. Over the years that I’ve been practicing this, it’s really helped me to maintain a slow and sustainable wardrobe and get more use out of what I already have.

That doesn’t mean that I never add anything new to my closet. Especially because I’m a sewer and knitter, I do slowly accumulate pieces that I make myself. When I do shop for something, I always try to purchase secondhand or from sustainable, slow, and small businesses if possible. One such piece that’s new to my wardrobe this season is the tunic-style shirt from one of my favourite Canadian brands, Power of My People. This shirt is called the Darling Wayward Fit Tunic and it was kindly sent to me by the owners of the brand this season. It’s honestly such a beautiful piece, is so well-made and is something that I will keep in my wardrobe for years to come. I will be doing a deeper dive into the brand as well as this style in particular in an upcoming blog post, so stay tuned!

Now, on to this year’s winter wardrobe edit. Sometimes my winter wardrobes can feel a bit dark and boring. Living in Canada, I always need to make sure I’ve got enough warm layers to keep me going through the season, so this season’s wardrobe in particular ends up being more function over form. That said, this year I did try to spice things up a little by adding some bright pops of red and blue to lighten up all of the black and grey. The end result is a capsule that still works well in cold weather but gives me the flexibility to have a little bit more fun if I feel like it.

My 2024 Winter Capsule Wardrobe

2024 winter capsule wardrobe

Item List

I’ve linked to all of the items (or something similar) as best I can in the list below in case there’s anything you’re specifically interested in. Note: this list contains affiliate links which means I make a small commission from purchases made using these links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclaimer for more information. Thank you for your support!

Outfit Ideas

You can see more outfit inspiration that I’ve saved on my capsule inspiration Pinterest board.

I hope you enjoyed this season’s wardrobe edit and that it gave you some good inspiration for your own outfits this winter! Let me know what your favourite outfit is in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading!

Emily Lightly

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  • Hi Emily. I just came across your website. I’ve had it in the back of my mind to develop a permanent capsule wardrobe, but it’s far too daunting, especially for those of us who live in four-season climates. I like the neutrals and the classics, the commitment to quality over quantity, and the fun of picking out a “new” wardrobe every season. This seems far more doable. Now a question for you. I have real space limitations, so I’m curious about how you physically organize your wardrobe. Where does everything in the capsule “live,” and what do you do with all the other clothing? I’m also interested in sewing some of my own clothing, both for the challenge and the chance to make things in luxurious fabrics that don’t cost my entire month’s salary.

    • I’m fortunate in that my entire wardrobe fits into my closet and a dresser in the bedroom. I do however keep most of my daily shoes and my outerwear in the front hall closet where it’s more accessible. So everything lives together for the most part, however I think there would be some benefits to storing the clothes that aren’t included in my current capsule. It would make it less cluttered and easier to see what I’ve actually included in my edit for the season, and also make it feel more fun and exciting to bring out those clothes again during the changeovers! You just have to make sure that everything that gets put away is cleaned and stored properly so that it doesn’t get damaged in any way. One other thing I’ve considered is using a clothing rack to house my seasonal capsule so that it’s physically separated from everything else in my closet. It all depends on your space and what works for you! And YES to sewing your own clothes – it’s such a fun and rewarding hobby and a great way to slow down your wardrobe!