Do you ever find yourself staring into your closet, simultaneously overwhelmed by your options and certain that you have nothing to wear? A more expertly curated collection of clothing might be the answer to any wardrobe woes you experience when choosing your outfit each day—enter the capsule!
The concept of the capsule wardrobe was developed in the 1970s by London boutique owner Susie Faux. Essentially, a capsule clothing collection starts with a small number of timeless items—like versatile pants, skirts, and outerwear—that gets augmented each season by fresh statement pieces and accessories. Ideally, the pieces in a capsule collection should all mix and match, so you can create lots of outfits with a relatively low number of items. A capsule wardrobe is ideal for simplifying your daily outfit decisions and saving some cash by only investing in a few new items each season. Interested in trying out a capsule for yourself? Here are the six pieces we’d use as the foundation of a spring capsule wardrobe.
A Neutral Tee: A slip-on-and-go-anywhere tee shirt is an essential element in any wardrobe, perfect for pairing with jeans for a classic weekend look, throwing on over leggings for everyday errands, or dressing down your work wear to create a high-low ensemble. When choosing a tee for your capsule wardrobe, keep its color scheme relatively neutral for greater versatility. We love a soft gray, seasonal pastel, or black and white stripes (which you can wear with flats, dark jeans, and a bandana for a look with a certain French-girl je ne sais quoi).
Classic Jeans: If a tee is the most versatile top in your capsule wardrobe, its counterpart is a pair of simple, perfectly fitted jeans. Jeans are the undisputed queens of casual wear, and the right pair can even transition to the office when dressed up with a blazer and heels. If you only include one pair of jeans in your capsule wardrobe, stick to a darker wash with a limited amount of distressing or detail for maximum versatility.
A Lightweight Jacket: Unless you’re lucky enough to live in southern California, spring weather can be fickle. A day of warm sunshine can quickly give way to chilly wind or those notorious April showers. That, of course, makes a practical jacket one wardrobe staple you should definitely include in your capsule. Stick to a lightweight fabric and relaxed fit that’s easy to layer over other pieces for those tricky spring days. Neutral shades like khaki, gray, or army green are ideal for throwing on with any outfit; you can also never go wrong with a timeless jean jacket.
A Daytime Dress: When it’s finally time to pack away your tights and boots, there’s no better feeling than slipping into a breezy spring dress. While some dresses feel fussy and suited for special occasions only, an adaptable dress can be the cornerstone of a capsule wardrobe. Stick to solids or subtle patterns (think narrow stripes or muted florals) in classic shapes, like a universally flattering A-line or a simple shift. Pair your dress with the jacket we mentioned above—or layer a strappy style over your new tee—and you’re ready for the perfect spring day!
A Bright Scarf: Because it’s important to keep the foundational pieces of your capsule wardrobe simple, accessories are where you can add some seasonal flair! For spring, introduce color and pattern to your wardrobe with a vivid floral scarf. You can use a vibrant scarf to dress up a tee and jeans, or knot it around the waist of an A-line dress for a breezy belt. We also love to tie a scarf to the handle of a neutral tote bag for a pop of color. (P.S. Your scarf can be another practical layer when those sudden spring weather changes happen.)
Statement Earrings: Like a scarf, a pair of bold earrings is a great way to enliven your spring capsule collection. This season, we’re especially loving geometric shapes and unexpected materials. Play up your best angles with a pair of zigzagging crawler earrings in elegant rose gold, or take an edgy approach to accessorizing with fringed leather drop earrings. Whatever style you choose, don’t shy away from color to brighten up those mix-and-match neutrals you picked out for the season!
Have you ever tried out a capsule wardrobe? Share your seasonal essentials with us in the comments!
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