It seems a little silly to be writing a post about winter outerwear when it was 65 degrees and I wore leggings and a tank top to the park this weekend, but it is January after all, even if Indiana can be a little volatile when it comes to Mother Nature.
You might have noticed, or maybe not at all, but I've started to veer away from the "traditional" 37-piece seasonal capsule wardrobe (can I say traditional when this capsule thing is only a couple years old?!) and am thinking about my clothes in terms of mini capsules instead. For instance, a workout capsule, a loungewear capsule, an outerwear capsule, etc. I still have a minimal wardrobe, but it's helpful to think of all those "extras" in capsule terms, too.
Today, I'm sharing the outerwear CAPSULE with you!
I live in Indiana, where we have four distinct seasons. In the fall, winter and spring, it can be wet, muddy, snowy, icy and cold. Good outerwear is a must. But, as with every area of your closet, it's possible to go overboard. Early this winter, I thinned out my outerwear items and pared down to just the things I love and used often. Here they are!
For coats, I have three:
- light rain jacket with hood (worn mostly in the spring and fall)
- dressy peacoat (to wear to nicer events and over dressy outfits)
- everyday winter jacket
That's it! I also have a denim jacket, a faux leather jacket, a green utility-type jacket and a puffy vest, but I don't consider those outerwear, since I wear them more as regular outfit clothes, versus a top layer over everything, if that makes sense.
As far as accessories go, I have:
- One hat (I ordered the wool-cashmere beanie in gray from Everlane, which I love, but doesn't seem to be available on their site - bummer!)
- Two pair of gloves (one totally waterproof pair for snow adventures like sledding or skiing, and one thinner pair for everyday coming and going.)
- Three infinity scarves, which is probably overkill, but scarves make me feel so cozy in the winter time! (I made two last winter, and I got this one as a gift from my BFF this year and I'm in love with the fringe detail - so unique!)
All our cold-weather accessories, including Matt and Xavier's, fit into a single drawer in our laundry room. In addition to his winter coat, Xavier has one pair of mittens and one hat. Matt has a rain/utility jacket, a heavy winter jacket, a dressy peacoat, two pair of gloves and one hat. All of the hats, gloves and scarves tuck nicely into this drawer year-round, so no storing bins in the attic and pulling them back down in the fall.
Xavier and I also each have a pair of waterproof snow pants. And that's it!
I would like to swap out the black rain jacket for something a little more feminine, like this swing trench or this cute anorak. But, the rain jacket I currently own is nice for hiking or outdoorsy adventures since it's designed for that, so I'm torn. Additionally, I'd also like to trade my everyday winter coat for a longer, warmer puffer-type coat. I've been scouring secondhand sites, so we'll see when that happens.
If you're shopping for some outerwear, here are a few great, ethical options I've found...
If you're looking for a puffer vest, this one or this one are both good options. Both companies (Patagonia and Marmot) have good social responsibility policies! Or there is this one, which comes in a few fun colors.
This parka from Prana looks awesome, and I just noticed that it's half off! They have lots of other jackets and things in their outerwear section as well. If you're looking for a shorter length, this short puffer coat is a good option.
A cheerful yellow raincoat, for a pop of color on dreary days.
And don't forget to check resale sites like ThredUp, Poshmark, Schoola or Swap.com for great deals on gently used coats and outwear! I've gotten Xavier a couple coats secondhand, and since kids grow so fast, they're practically new! Happy (cozy!) shopping!