Sweaters are versatile pieces to have in our wardrobes. They not only are cozy and keep us warm, they easy to style in outfits! Sweaters in classic styles and neutral colors are essentials to have in your closet since they are always in style. For those who are just learning how a capsule wardrobe works, this post shows how to mix and match a few pieces to create multiple outfits. You can expand this capsule by adding a few tops, bottoms, shoes and layers from your closet.
I took 9 sweaters in neutral colors from my own closet and created a mini capsule wardrobe that includes jeans, boots and sneakers! These 9 pieces are great to wear in other outfits as well, plus you can add layers like a trench coat, wool coat and a puffer coat and make even more outfits!
The idea for this blog post came from my most popular capsule wardrobe eBook, Simplified Style®: The Dressy & Casual Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe. Simplified Style® is a complete classic and neutral-color for all 4 seasons of the year. It includes over 400 outfit ideas, wardrobe layouts for all seasons, outfit calendars, plus more!
For size reference, my height is 5’9″ and I weigh approximately 165 lbs. For tops, I typically wear a size Medium (10) or Large (12), depending on the brand and fit of the top (for slim-fit, I usually wear a Large). For bottoms, my normal size is a 10 OR a 30/31 waist, a 10-inch high rise fits my waist the best and a 28 inch inseam falls right at my ankle. My shoe size is 9 medium or 40EU.
Here is the post I shared on my Instagram @classyyettrendy…
THE TOPS (left to right):
Everyday Sweater in “oatmeal” color (size Medium) – This was my first Jenni Kayne purchase and enjoyed wearing this sweater so much last year! I love the oatmeal color, which is a light beige tone. It is a wool blend and is so soft and warm.
Striped Sweater (size Medium) – This sweater is less than $40, so well made and is from Amazon! This sweater is from their Goodthreads brand and comes in other colors and patterns. I personally love Amazon’s own clothing lines, like Amazon Essentials, The Drop and Daily Ritual.
Gray Cashmere Sweater (sized up to a Large for a relaxed fit) – I love how soft this sweater is! It is a classic piece from J. Crew and comes in several colors to choose from. I bought a size Large for a bit of a relaxed fit.
BOTTOMS (left to right):
Blue Slim Jeans (sized up to a 31) – These are an investment jean but are so worth it! Mother jeans are one of my most favorite brands. The denim is soft, fits perfectly and holds its shape all day.
THE SHOES (left to right):
Camel Suede Boots (sized up a half size 9.5 since I wear socks with my boots) – These boots are a bit of a splurge, but are comfy and look great on your feet. I wouldn’t have bought these boots, but I caught them in this year’s Black Friday sale. These boots are a lovely alternative in the taupe color at a lower price point.
Suede Trim Athletic Sneakers (size 9) – This style of sneakers is trending this year, especially the New Balance brand. These sneakers look great with athleisure styles, with jeans and and I’ve even seen them in outfits with pants and skirts.
Chelsea Boots in the “brandy” color (sized up a half size 9.5 since I wear socks with my boots) – This is a classic shoe style in a neutral color leather color. I love wearing these boots as they feel great on my feet. They have memory foam, 5 layer, cushioned insoles and are water resistant.
I styled these 9 pieces in 9 outfits shown below to get you started, but will actually make 27 outfits by mixing and matching all the pieces. You can also expand this capsule by adding more tops, bottoms, shoes and layers.
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A Bit Of Inspiration For Your Day:
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12