tops: winter 2016 capsule

I have a post planned later this week to share some of the ins and outs of my current capsule, but first I thought it would be a good idea to show what exactly is in my closet. A couple of weeks ago I shared the shoes in my winter capsule, and today I am sharing the tops. Most of these are items I owned prior to starting the capsule wardrobe project. The main themes here are casual and versatile, because that is what fits my work-at-home-Mom lifestyle.

winter 2016 capsule: tops

four lightweight tops (mostly for layering)

White v-neck tee: Old Navy | White sleeveless tee: Madewell | Sleeveless button up: from Bella Dahl; similar here | Silky v-neck blouse: similar from H&M

These tops have been my saving grace for the past week and will be heavily relied on this week as well. With temps reaching up past 80 degrees on certain days, lightweight layers are necessary for Texas winters!

four warm knits/sweaters

Chunky cream sweater: SheInside | Gray oversized/casual sweater: old from Victoria’s Secret; similar here | Embellished sweater: old from regional boutique; similar in the UK here | Green sweater: old from Banana Republic; similar here

Of course, the Texas Panhandle winter can be just a cold and frigid as it can be unpredictably warm, so I have four heavier knits that I go to on the more seasonally cold (and sometimes snowy!) days. These have not gotten much use this winter, which has been a bit of a disappointment since they take up approximately one-third of my tops. I’ll talk more about “lessons learned” when I do a wrap-up at the end of the season, but I can tell you right now that next winter I will only have one or maybe two of these in my wardrobe.

five darker layers (for either layering or to be worn alone)

3/4 length tee: Madewell (sold out); similar here | Chambray button-up: old from Nordstrom; similar here and here | Black v-neck: old from Banana Republic; similar here | Black long sleeve: old from Banana Republic; similar here | Red flannel: Madewell (on sale for $34.99!)


These 13 tops make up all of the tops in my current wardrobe. I will roll over or replace (if needed) probably all of the tops in the lightweight layers group. All of the warm knits will be taken out of my closet when spring rolls around (which is apparently right around the corner?!), and I will reevaluate them in the Fall. The chambray shirt is an all-year round shirt for me. So you can see that many items have their place in multiple seasonal wardrobes, especially when you get accustomed to layering.

Is there any top you consider an “all year long” staple piece? I want to hear what it is!


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