The Perfect Boot + 7 Pieces of My Winter Capsule Wardrobe

winter wardrobe capsule

When it comes to winter, I am learning to love it. I am passionate about teaching my kids to enjoy all types of weatherand that includes frigid cold and snow. As with anything, if I want my kids to embrace the winter I have to embrace it myself. Therefore, my winter capsule wardrobe reflects this.

Having the right clothing and gear makes this goal attainable. I’ve been on a mission this year to find the perfect boots. My husband laughed at me in this seemingly endless pursuit–because here’s what I was looking for:

  1. Must look really cute with tights and a dress
  2. Must be capable of undertaking an impromptu hike
  3. Must be real leather + waterproof
  4. Must be under $150

Last year I wore my Bean Boots everywhere and they are great–but I wanted something more polished. Alas, victory! I tested out several varieties from Sorel and Blondo before locating these boots from Ariat. Which, by the way my husband informed me is a boot for the rodeo. But I’m okay with that. 

When it comes to winter clothing and gear, I shop almost exclusively from outdoors stores. It’s important to me that I am able to be outside with my kids in all types of weather, and that requires warm and durable clothing.

Fortunately many of the outdoor gear companies are also now making cute stuff. Therefore I can get the best of both worlds–cute, durable, and warm gear.

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Updates

Without further ado, here are the boots plus seven pieces that I am leaning on most heavily this winter–from head to toe (I didn’t include pants, but I just wear my regular jeans with these baselayers). In case you missed it, I posted my kids recent capsule wardrobe updates here.

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1. Women’s Ultrawarm Bomber Hat

I love this hat because it’s warm and it doesn’t really mess up my hair. The lining is silky and prevents static. It’s also quilted and when clipped at the chin it keeps out every ounce of the wind. It’s super cute too–I’m wearing it in the above photo. 

2. Patagonia Better Sweater Gloves

Each.and.every.parent needs a pair of gloves that fold down like this. If you have young children, you will find yourself pulling off your gloves to help them adjust their clothing or retrieve a snack. It’s far easier (and warmer) to just pull back the top part of the glove and have use of your fingertips. My husband and I both swear by this style of glove. Here’s an alternative style. 

3. Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer Crew

I could literally live in my Smartwool tops everyday. This is a baselayer, but I shamelessly wear it as a standalone shirt too. It’s really soft, light, warm, and breathable. It gets worn 3-4 times a week by me.

4. Ariat Wexford H20 Boot

These are the boots! They are comfortable, cute, and durable. You can wear them with tights and a dress or head out on an unplanned outdoor adventure. Never again will you have to change your plans because “you don’t have the right shoes.” These will pretty much do it all. At the time of writing, the boots are on sale here. But you can also find them in other sizes here and here.

5. Quilted Quarter-Zip Pullover

I had my eye on this sweatshirt ALL year last year but didn’t buy it. Finally I tried it on in the store last week and confirmed that it was in fact made for me. It’s very soft and I loved the blue color, but the white is great too. I sized down on this one.

6. Basin and Range Snow Creek Flannel Shirt

A good flannel shirt was on my wish list, and this one is here to stay. I love that simple detail in the back that makes it a bit more feminine–and the pattern is classic.

7. The North Face Women’s Arctic Parka

I have owned this jacket for nine years. I will probably own it for at least nine more. I have survived the coldest days of my life in this jacket–New Year’s Day in Beijing and a February Fjord tour in Norway. Not only is it completely waterproof, but it’s warm as $hit.

8. Basin and Range Cozy Seedstitch Sweater

This is my favorite addition to my winter clothing this year. This sweater is a classic style with some great simple detail. The best part is that it’s washable–which is a win in my book when it comes to sweaters!

What are your favorite pieces of winter gear?

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Denaye Barahona

Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She's a therapist for moms, an author, and the host of the top-ranked Simple Families Podcast. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, Netflix, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets.