HAPPY SPRING!! I am literally rejoicing with how much sun we’ve been having here in the Midwest. While I have a pretty good handle on combating winter blues, I can only go so long without some warmer weather and vitamin D, and being able to be outside without running from point A to point B due to the freezing cold. While I love all four seasons, spring really is magical.. for the obvious reasons. Coming out of the winter rut, feeling inspired to declutter and simplify, spend more time outside, maybe update our wardrobes a little bit to celebrate the new beginning.
I truly never thought that I would be someone who would like the concept of capsule wardrobes, but I can’t even tell you how much they’ve benefited my life and the ability to lessen the choices that I make every day, and how much I love to share them with you. Because here’s the thing: I’ve always been an impulse spender. It’s something I struggle with all the time, and something I’m always trying to give myself grace with. Doing this each season has given my shopping habits purpose, and have forced me to really differentiate between “wants” and “needs”. While I’m far from perfect and still forming healthy habits, I’ve come a long way and am so thankful for this seemingly small change. So what about you? Are you someone who does capsule wardrobes? Or have you been flirting with the idea?
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE EXACTLY?
Put simply, a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items that you absolutely love, and wear throughout a season. Sometime they’re created based on a number, sometimes they’re based on the things that you love most. I generally pick a number (this time around I have 32 items). They also do not include lounge wear, workout wear, or jewelry items.
The most important thing to remember about capsule wardrobes is that there aren’t any set rules — you can make them up as you go along! All that matters is that it fits to your lifestyle and that it’s something attainable and realistic. Iv’e even heard of people doing one for causal day wear, and one for work, for those of you who need to go into the office during the week. Don’t forget that you can mix and match your pieces as well.
HOW TO CREATE A CAPSULE WARDROBE
1. In my opinion, it’s easiest to first come up with a color palette and favorite fabrics. Take notes of what you’re really gravitating towards. Thankfully we’ve been renovating and decorating a house in Northern Michigan, so it was really clear to me what colors I was vibing with. (Spoiler alert: almost all earth tones and linens)
2. Once you’ve got a clear cut idea, go through your closet and remove everything (yep, everything! Trust me, this works best) Remove anything that isn’t appropriate for the season (ie. for spring, you can go ahead and store those big fluffy sweaters and lace up winter boots), or anything that you don’t love.
3. Revisit your color and fabric palette, and start pulling things that you really love within that theme. Categorize them into tops, bottoms/dresses, shoes and accessories.
4. Try on the items that you’ve put aside to ensure they fit you (please don’t put yourself through the misery of hanging on to things that you think will look good later. Take it from me, it’s super detrimental to your self confidence to do this.) If they fit and you feel GOOD, awesome! Keep it in the pile – if not, let it go.
5. If you realize that you’re missing staples that you might need or are looking for similar pieces to items that are falling apart, do the research to ensure you’re buying high quality items so that you don’t nave to purchase them year after year.
My Minimalist Spring Capsule Wardrobe
White denim is a staple that I’ve always vibed with, and definitely don’t pay mind to the “no white after Labor Day rule”. I love that you can dress them up or dress them down with a casual sweatshirt.
No one ever talks about Gap denim, which is so weird to me. By far my favorite brand of jeans – they’re so insanely soft, never slip off your hips, and wash up so well. I love this pair for spring with the subtle wear and tear.
I know, I know. The season of denim. I’ve never worn so much in my life, but I was super surprised to see how much I grabbed for them in the winter over leggings. So, just like the color palette, I took note of my behaviors and implemented into this capsule. These jeans are SO soft, and are my usual go-tos for dinner out and when I need to dress up an outfit.
Black Joggers from Nordstrom
I’m so drawn to this color and it was love at first sight with this jumpsuit. Especially the semi-open back. Perfect for spring (paired with a denim jacket) and can easily translate into summer. Bonus!
I’ve had this top for a while now, and I Love it so much. It’s got this really beautiful slit in the back, which makes it a little bit more elevated than your usual basic button down.
Duster Cardigan from ASOS (old), but this one is similar
I love duster cardigans for the simple fact that it feels like you’re getting away with wearing a robe all day. I throw this over any outfit to cozy it up a bit.
A simple way to get dressed in the morning. Paired with these (insanely comfortable) shoes and I’m in heaven.
A favorite in this season’s capsule (I also have it in this color) and foresee these on major rotation. Again, another bonus as they’ll seamlessly make their way into summer.
A simple top that keeps you warm on those brisk spring days. I love the little tie detail in the middle that jazz’s it up a bit.
White Lace Top from Nordstrom (old), but this one is similar and gorgeous
Layering Tanks from H&M
Just your average layering tanks! They go with just about anything.
I think this is a staple that belongs in every woman’s closet. You can dress it up or dress it down, and this one from Madewell is literally the best, softest quality.
Another basic! I wear this at least once a week, and tie it in little knot to the side to give it a little something extra. If you couldn’t tell, I love the quality of Madewell’s clothes.
This is my favorite coat I’ve ever had for a couple of reasons.. one is that though it’s not very heavy, it’s still warm. The other reason is that I like that it dresses up anything I’m wearing in the most modest way. Even wearing it over my workout clothes elevates the look entirely.
MOTO JACKET FROM NORDSTROM
It took me a while to find the perfect “leather” jacket, and for years I was wearing such a poor quality one that left my arms feeling stiff and the rest of me incredibly uncomfortable. Since it’s something I love to wear, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a good one this past fall, and I’m so happy that I did.
OLIVE DUSTER JACKET (OLD FROM FOREVER 21) | SIMILAR
I’ve had this jacket for years and I love styling it in a variety of ways. It’s light weight, which makes it great for spring.
Denim Jacket from Madewell
Another staple that belongs in every woman’s closet ;) but it’s hard to find a soft one! So many of them are stiff and poor quality, but you know what I’m about to say… Madewell’s is the perfect fit.
SHOES + ACCESSORIES
VEGAN LEATHER LAPTOP BACKPACK BY MATT & NAT FROM NORDSTROM / SIMILAR HEREAND HERE
I couldn’t love this any more if I tried. First of all, it looks really sleek and not bulky at all – but when you open it up, it’s shocking how big it is and how much you can fit. The color is so pretty, too. Matt & Nat also happens to be one of my favorite companies (my first weekender bag was by them back in high school!) Fun fact: The name Matt & Nat comes from their two inspirations (high quality materials and nature)
Circle Tote Bag from Nordstrom
These bags are trending pretty hard right now, but for good reason. The simplicity is perfect, and it’s so light weight. The perfect bag to transition into summer, too.
A minimalist bag that works wonders for running errands or traveling internationally. It don’t hold much, but that’s what I love about it. I don’t know about you, but I like being able to find my keys without much effort ;)
I raved about these so hard over on my Instagram the other day, and I have never loved a pair of shoes more. You guys, these are SO comfortable it’s almost unbelievable. My only concern is how they’ll hold up since I’ll be wearing them just about every single day ;)
I’ve never loved a pair of sneakers more. I wear these all the time, and the bonus is that they hold up in the wash really well, too. Just make sure you air dry them so they don’t shrink!
Beautifully crafted shoes that are so comfortable and light weight. I can’t wait to take these on some travel plans that we have coming up this spring – perfect for long walks! The best part? There’s no “breaking in” period.
I love a good mule, and when I came across these white one I knew I had to have them as a staple shoe rotation. Just like pretty much everything else in my wardrobe, you can easily dress them up or down. Win/win in my book.
So that’s it for this season’s capsule wardrobe! Hope that it’s helpful for anyone out there who may be on the fence on whether or not you want to stay it out. Just remember – it doesn’t have to be forever! Just give it a go for a season. All it takes a little planning :) Here’s a graphic for you in case you want some more step by step details. x