I’ve been slowly paring down my wardrobe the past few years to make the everyday more doable. It’s been a process with two pregnancies in there, but I have definitely found my stride. No more overflowing drawers and frustration figuring out what to wear. Less is best in my opinion. And if I can simplify the things within my control, like my wardrobe or kitchen, then I have more mental bandwidth to handle the daily chaos of life.
When it comes to a minimalist wardrobe for winter (at least where I live in Chicagoland), sweaters are a must have. Not only are they functional for warmth, but they can be dressed up or dressed down with a pair of leggings. My sweater collection consists of a few quality sweaters that are in my color palette (neutrals, black, white) and one pattern since I am a huge fan of stripes.
My favorites come from Everlane, a company with high quality items that are ethically made. Each of these is a true workhorse in for me in the winter:
Cotton Long Sleeve Crew (stripe pattern), Medium: I have a fierce love for stripes, and I like to reach for this when a solid color won’t do. It has a slightly cropped length on me (I am 5’5″) and a relaxed fit throughout.
Texture Cotton Crew (thicker cable knit), Medium: A thicker cable-knit cream sweater is ideal for those super cold days, like those -50 degree wind chills we had last week, brrr. It’s warm without being overly bulky. And I like the sleeve detailing. True to size.
Cashmere Crew, Medium: Fantastic material at a great price. So cozy against your skin, and isn’t thick so you can layer under or over without adding bulk. True to size. Styled here.
Cashmere V-Neck, Medium: A different neckline is nice when I want to wear a necklace or scarf. I’ve always been partial to v-necks. True to size. Styled here.
Here’s a few ways I’ve styled some of these pieces.
I added this wool beanie hat to my winter lineup and it doesn’t disappoint. Bonus- it matches my sweater!
Sweater // Dress (option) // Boots (similar)
Jacket // Sweater // Denim // Heels
And want to see a fun trick on getting more wear out of your sweaters? Try the “over under” approach. Here, I wore the sweater over a simple A line dress for church, then I wore it under a moto suede jacket with denim and the comfiest heels ever for a date night!
Oh, and since I’m crushing hard on Everlane these days, I had to mention this backpack. It’s lightweight yet packs a TON. It has well placed inner compartments, including one for holding a laptop (or diaper changing pad), and nice exterior pockets which is a requirement for any bag I use. It’s perfect as a diaper backpack (I’m done with shoulder bags…) and I plan to use it for an upcoming business trip too. Plus, it is neutral enough that even my husband would use it! Win win.
Thanks to Everlane for sending me some of these items (some I purchased myself) and being such a wonderful partner over the years. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!
Love, love, love sweaters! Your Layering look over a dress is super cute- I’m going to have to try that.