How to create a winter workwear capsule wardrobe

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, How to 16 Comments

Getting up and out the door for work is a mission at the best of times.

Add in a cold, pitch-black morning and you will need to harness every ounce of motivation to leave the home feeling put together.

The aim is definitely not to feel bulky in layers of clothes but to feel and look professional while not freezing your proverbials off.

Good wardrobe planning is the number one key to nailing a workwear look but, in winter, that planning is even more crucial because Mother Nature is working against us.

I may work in a home office but spent last weekend I spent time going through every winter piece in my wardrobe to get my head around potential outfit options.

I seriously had forgotten about so many clothes that I loved wearing last winter. Those clothes – mostly layering pieces and wardrobe basics – are now front and centre in my wardrobe – and they will be there for the next couple of months.

Have you done YOUR winter wardrobe edit? If you haven’t, make time STAT. And then organise your wardrobe so that the pieces you need most for work in winter have prime real estate in your wardrobe.

And should you find that there are very real gaps in your winter work wardrobe, then this is the best time to be shopping, with many a bargain to be had on everyday workwear staples that will serve you for many years.

For added warmth in your winter workwear capsule wardrobe – and the one below – get on board with UNIQLO’s HeatTech range of thin layering pieces that keep you toasty. I cannot recommend this range enough.

15-piece winter workwear capsule wardrobe

Getting more from your winter workwear capsule wardrobe comes down to a simple formula: stick with a neutral base of basic pieces and bring personality and variety to outfits with show-pony pieces and accessories in accent colours or patterns.

Winter work wardrobe capsule

1. David Lawrence dress $199 (now on sale $139.30)

2. Katies dress $69.95

3. Bird Keepers knit $89.95 @ Birdsnest

4. UNIQLO blouse $39.90 

5. David Lawrence top $119 (now on sale $83.30)

6. Belle Bird blazer $119 @ Birdsnest

7. Katies coat $129

8. Trenery pant $179

9. Seed skirt $79.95

10. Threadz ponte pant $89.95

11. FRANKiE4 Footwear boots $299.95

12. Mollini heels $179.95

13. Oroton tote $486.50 (on sale)

14. Katies scarf $29.95

15. Katies scarf $29.95


Just a few possible outfit combinations

1 + 6 + 11 + 13

1 + 7 + 12 + 14

2 + 7 + 12 + 13 + 14

2 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

3 + 8 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

3 + 8 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 14

3 + 9 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

3 + 9 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 14

3 + 10 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

3 + 10 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 14

4 + 8 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

4 + 8 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 14

4 + 9 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

4 + 9 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 14

4 + 10 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 14

4 + 10 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 14

5 + 8 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 15

5 + 8 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 15

5 + 9 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 15

5 + 9 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 15

5 + 10 + 6 + 11 + 13 + 15

5 + 10 + 7 +`12 + 13 + 15


 

Do you work in an office? Have you picked up any bargains in the end-of-season-sale? How do you keep warm to and from work?

Want more winter style advice? You may have missed these posts below:

4 winter outfits that don’t include jeans

How to layer clothes in winter without looking bulky

19 ways to wear a scarf

The 7 most comfortable jeans that fit like a boss

What to wear to a winter wedding

15-piece autumn-winter basics capsule wardrobe


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Comments 16

  1. I recently had a clear out of my winter clothes. My mum keeps buying things that don’t fit her and so she’s passing them to me. It’s been a winning winter season so far for me and I haven’t outlayed a cent. x

  2. a good selection thankyou nikki!
    I love that bag too!
    even if one doesn’t have to go to work!;))
    you should see me today! … lol m:)X

  3. I have that David Lawrence dress and it’s super flattering! I scored with mine – purchased new with tags on eBay last season for $40!! Yep, that’s $100 off the sale price. No way was I turning that down. I’ve only worn it to work once or twice but I get compliments every time I put it on, even though I wasn’t sure the pencil/straight cut would suit my curvy shape. The fabric sits so beautifully and the print isn’t over the top.

    I’m eyeing off the Bonnie in navy crepe and black crepe from Leina Broughton ATM… Have decided this cut is better on me than a pencil skirt and these dresses will round out my work ‘youniform’ of a black suit (currently a pencil skirt, blazer and wide leg pants) and a navy suit (currently a blazer and wide leg pants). Can be worn for playtime too 🙂

      1. Wearing the DL dress today with opaques and flat knee high boots! I rarely wear this dress to work as it’s quite body-con, but I’m off to dinner and the theatre without going home to change first so it’s actually an ideal outfit for today 🙂

  4. Dresses certainly make it easy to get dressed what with no need to work through the matching of multiple pieces and I’m loving the animal print dress. However I really need to look in my wardrobe before going for a look in store.

    I have managed to snaffle some of my favourite patent leather ankle boots on sale.

  5. Must finally be getting cool in Qld. I did my summer/winter wardrobe rotation last week too! Even got all my boots out of the dark recesses and put my summer sandals away. Treated myself with a couple of new scarves to freshen up some old winter favourites. xx

  6. Gorgeous outfits Nikki,I did another winter audit this week too,because I was faffing about in the mornings trying to get dressed,have a lovely day Nikki Xx

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