my winter capsule wardrobe essentials

As you know, I overthink each and every clothing purchase I make ( the same thought process applies to gifting collaborations with brands! ) , and I've even created a list of criteria ( coming soon to the blog! ) which I reflect on before adding a new piece into my closet.
But let's face it - no matter how much you ponder over a piece before purchase, sometimes it just doesn't work with your wardrobe the way you thought it would. It's an embarrassing and guilt-ridden feeling, but your individual relationship with fashion is so instinctive and personal that the best you can do is learn from these buys to shop smarter in the future ( y'know, alongside selling, donating, upcycling or recycling the garment ) !
Our individual styles are evolving continuously, but there are a select few garments that we always gravitate towards. Utilising the capsule wardrobe concept has taught me to take note of the elements and aspects of these pieces, exploring why I'm drawn to them, and I've started focusing on ensuring that any future additions to my closet offer the same qualities.
So I thought I'd start a new series of blog posts to share this process with you!
Each season, I'm creating a post with a most-worn edit of my capsule wardrobe. I'll talk you through the pieces I'm getting the most wear out of that season, why I adore each one, and an insight into the day-to-day styling process to create as many looks as possible.
I'd love to hear about the pieces in your seasonal edit over on social media - chat to me about your most-worn pieces this season on Instagram and Twitter at @natimacchiato!
So without further ado, here is an insight into my winter capsule wardrobe essentials!

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the trench
@elinkling is a style genius. I’ve admired the work of @toteme since I discovered their designs - I’m so inspired by this brand’s ability to capture luxury in such minimalistic styles by focusing on creating contemporary silhouettes + incorporating subtly distinct details.
with a monochromatic wardrobe, I find that introducing pieces from a neutral palette is an easy way to add an element of warmth to an outfit ( this is particularly useful when you’re as pale as me + often tend to resemble a goth ) .

the crossbody bag
I fell in love with the Bolt by @sophie_hulme over a year ago + still absolutely adore it. it’s perfectly sized for the essentials + a book ( I’m currently reading City of Girls, which fits perfectly ) , + its understated aesthetic + practical versatility makes it the perfect bag for every look! also, when worn crossbody, both hands are available for hot chocolate holding on your winter stroll.

the straight leg jeans
with denim I find that high street / mid-range brands create just as good ( if not way more durable! ) pieces as their high end counterparts. there’s a reason @levis_uk are world-famous for their denim, + I’m loving their Ribcage style jeans! they’re the highest-waisted pair I’ve ever worn, + I find the way they cinch in at the waist works perfectly to balance out the chunky knits during colder seasons. mid-wash denim is perfect for winter, too, to add some texture + a bit of colour to soften an otherwise monochromatic wardrobe!

the chunky boots
another piece I saw in a fw19 collection, these wooden-heeled black leather Chelsea boots by @tods are one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. the amount of times I wore my chunky sandals this year showed me how much I love wearing oversized footwear, so I knew it would be worth investing in a cold weather equivalent.