Winters in India are playful, it’s cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon. It’s warm one day and cool to cold the next. While creating a winter clothing capsule you need to start the wardrobe audit process with an all-season wearability in mind. Versatile separates with year-round use are your best bet.
Here’s what you should consider while conducting your winter wardrobe audit.
Pick trousers, layers and handbags in base colours such as black, brown, white, grey or navy and buy tops and skirts in the same neutral family as well as in shades like olive/sage green, teal/turquoise, plum, mauve , burgundy/wine, ivory/cream, tan, taupe etc. Choose one or two accent colours like fuchsia or tangerine for accessories, tops or dresses to complement the outfits.
Find all-season fabrics in light to medium weight like broadcloth, corduroy, poplin, jersey knits, denim, gabardine, chino, crepe, tweed, satin , blends of silk or a lightweight cashmere. High quality clothing is recommended as each piece gets a lot of wear.
Look out for classic patterns like plaid, hounds-tooth, gingham, stripes, herringbone for bottoms and outerwear, where as floral, paisley, polka dots and foulard for tops. Classic patterns are often rendered in wardrobe neutrals.
Invest in individual separates that can be mixed and matched with one another for variety and versatility. Blouses, shirts, sweaters, vests, tunics and jackets, skirts, slacks or pants and shorts.
Rely on timeless styles, clothes with design lines that are not extreme, that fit and flatter most figures and are appropriate for many occasions. Polo t-shirts, gingham, single breasted blazers, leather jackets, shirt dresses, A-line skirts and straight leg trousers are a few examples.
Winter Capsule for Women
Winter Capsule for Men
Make the most of your winter wardrobe with these layering cues.
For a sophisticated look, layer a cashmere sweater over a silk blouse when it’s cool. If it gets warmer, let the blouse shine on its own.
A classic cotton t-shirt can be worn with a pullover when its breezy and with an additional jacket when there’s a nip in the air.
Choose a cardigan instead of a blazer and wear it tucked in or belted over a skirt or slacks, wear it open like a jacket layered over a blouse or dress or toss over your shoulders for an relaxed look.
On chilly mornings, you can layer a sweater under a lightweight suit. Remove the jacket and sweater during the day if it gets warmer. You can wrap the sweater around your shoulders and carry the jacket.
Tuck your cotton shirt into a pencil skirt and pair with a jacket and boots. For colder temperatures, layer a knit sweater over the shirt in addition to the jacket.