I'm going to make a bold claim: By creating a winter capsule wardrobe, I have genuinely managed to cut my time of getting ready in the mornings to just 30 minutes. That's including my hair and makeup. For obvious reasons this is great because I can maximise my time in a warm bed.
This is also brilliant (if I do say so myself) because it means I don't have to think about what to wear every morning. How, however, I hear you ask, can you still look good? Well, to do this, I've narrowed down my winter wardrobe to just seven key pieces that I wear on repeat and that I know will keep me warm whatever the elements throw at me.
Want to know what they are? Keep scrolling to see how to recreate a high-performing winter wardrobe.
#1: A Bright Knit
Style Notes: While you might want to stick with neutrals for all your other pieces, but when it comes to chunky knits, you can afford to go for a bold hue. Try yellow, pink or green to give your outfit a bit of life. Pro tip: If you get too warm, take it off and layer over your coat like a scarf.
#2: Wool Checked Trousers
Style Notes: Another purchase you won't ever regret is investing in a pair of checked trousers. Worn day or night, look for styles that feature wool to ensure they really keep the heat in.
#3: Felt Beret
Style Notes: Berets made a comeback last winter, but seeing as there are so many styles to choose from, we reckon they're going to be even bigger in 2018. Just ask Lucy Williams.
#4: High-Necked Dress
Style Notes: Winter doesn't mean you need to cast aside dresses. We recommend looking for frocks with high necklines; much like roll necks, they'll keep the chill out. For extra cosy points, opt for midi hemlines.
Pastel coats are so pretty and chic.
#5: Classic Camel Coat
Style Notes: Consider this your biggest purchase. A winter coat that you love will last you close to six months, which is incredible for cost-per-wear when you think about it—and they don't come more versatile than camel.
#6: Wipe-Clean Boots
Style Notes: The three things you need shoes to do in the winter: keep your feet warm, keep you from slipping and the ability to withstand the grim and slush. A block-heel pair with a patent finish ticks all three boxes.
#7: Leather Miniskirt
Style Notes: Worn with tights, you can still get away with wearing miniskirts into the depths of winter. For extra warmth, look for vegan or real leather skirts—the thick fabric acts like a windbreaker.