In all the blog posts we’ve read, YouTube videos watched, and Pinterest pins pinned, the general consensus when it comes to capsule wardrobes is that you have one that works for the Winter, and one for the Summer, with a handful of transition pieces for those in-between months. We’re here to make a case for bending some of those rules, and styling some of your favourite wearable summer pieces for the winter time. Of course, in less temperate climates, one of the biggest barriers for a year-long wardrobe is that a t-shirt just won’t cut it in -20 degree weather. So, we’ve come up with some clever ways for mixing and matching some of your key seasonal pieces, together!
Transform your stand-alone outerwear by doubling up -- wear a knit sweater under your blazer, and top the whole look off with a peacoat or a duster jacket. When just a blazer solo won’t cut it, it works nicely sandwiched between two warmer layers. Same could be said for your favourite denim jacket.
(Encircled Revolve Dress and Encircled The Dressy Legging)
Leggings are a secret weapon when it comes to winter bundling. They can easily be worn underneath pants for that extra lining, or on milder days, dare to wear your leggings underneath a dress instead of nylons. Tall boots can conceal warm socks that bridge the gap of the footless leggings for total insulation.
Cardigans are the perfect transition pieces for the mild season, but also serve really well as bundling layers, especially if you’re going to be hanging out inside for when you get to where you’re going. (read: sometimes the office is chilly in the winter, and you have to bring a desk-cardigan)
Nearly everyone in the Encircled offices grew up in Canada where we have become pro’s at bundling up against the cold (except for Peter, he’s from Florida!!). Here is some of our well weathered advice (get it?) for warmth and style!
Pro-tip: when you’re buying a winter coat on sale in the spring, make sure you don’t just try it on over a t-shirt, and consider space for a shell layer! You may not remember what it’s like to need it at the time, but when the time rolls around, you’ll thank yourself.
If (when) it’s REALLY that cold out, sometimes multiple layers is what’s necessary. Start with a base layer, and add thin layers in succession to really lock in the warmth. Pro-tip: Extra tight clothing isn’t going to be extra warm. You need some space between your layers to promote air flow, those pockets of air will keep you warm!
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