I’m proud to say that I’ve stuck with seasonal capsule wardrobes for a year now! I have gotten rid of a significant amount of clothing that I learned just didn’t work for me. I hated to let a few things go because they were just SO CUTE, but didn’t fit me any more or were too uncomfortable. I’ve learned a lot about making capsule wardrobes work for me and it has helped me to learn more about my own personal style and pare down to a simpler wardrobe.
4 Tips for Building a Spring Capsule Wardrobe You’ll Love
I’m planning to switch out my winter wardrobe for my spring set in the next couple of weeks (fingers crossed that it really does get above freezing by mid-March) and thought I’d share some of my lessons learned with you.
1. Include Plenty of Color
If you’re anything like me, once spring rolls around you are itching for warm weather and sunshine so badly that you are tempted to pull out shorts and sundresses. But the reality here in Northeast Indiana is that in the early days of spring, those warm sunny days can easily be followed by snow and freezing rain.
That’s enough to REALLY amplify my winter blues. My fix? Wearing plenty of color! A colorful wardrobe can get you in the spirit of spring, even if the weather isn’t cooperating.
2. Include a Wide Variety of Shoes
When you think of spring, you probably conjure up images of sunny afternoons, green meadows, and birds chirping. How nice would it be if only that were how spring really looked? In the real world, spring usually comes with plenty of precipitation (April Showers, amiright?).
Select a variety of shoes so that you are prepared for puddles one day and sunshine the next. Nothing will make you regret your spring wardrobe choices more than if you include only sandals and have to trudge through sloppy, muddy puddles wearing them!
3. Include Versatile Skirts (and other bottoms)
Like I mentioned, you might be itching to pull out sundresses. And there’s nothing wrong with sundresses, as long as you’re smart about what you choose. I think we’ve established that spring weather can be a bit unpredictable. Including skirts and dresses that can easily be worn with boots, booties, flats, or sandals will ensure you can actually wear those skirts and dresses throughout the season (instead of just on the nice, sunny days).
Versatility is key for pants and capris too. If you only include jeans and neutral colored bottoms, you are going to feel much more limited in your wardrobe. Throw in some color or patterns and suddenly you have a lot more options for outfits that don’t feel like you are wearing the same thing over and over.
5. Don’t Ignore Completer Pieces
Completer pieces are those items that give a finishing touch to a basic outfit and make it pop. Things like cardigans, vests, jackets, scarves, necklaces, and belts are all completer pieces. In seasons that can come with major swings in weather, completer pieces are your best friend.
It can be easy to just throw any old cardigan and a jacket into your wardrobe and wear them on cooler days. But you’ll be happier with your wardrobe overall if you really pay attention to what completer pieces you are including. Choose items that complement your overall wardrobe rather than just picking one neutral blazer than can go with everything. Also, don’t be afraid to include several completer pieces! Just one or two will actually limit your wardrobe possibilities MORE than if you include a handful.
My favorite completer piece for spring: lightweight scarves. They are such a fun and easy accessory. They can completely transform an outfit of jeans and a t-shirt. And they give you an easy way to add color! But my favorite thing about lightweight scarves that makes them so great for a spring wardrobe is that they are light enough to be comfortable on warm days but are also just enough of a layer to add some warmth on cooler days.
I know I’ve said this before, and I’m going to say it again: just remember that you get to change it all up again in 3 months! So if something doesn’t work, consider it a lesson learned and don’t do it again in your next wardrobe.
If you are curious capsule wardrobes and why/how I use them, you can learn more by reading these posts:
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Do you use capsule wardrobes? What basic pieces do you include? What are your tips for going from cold weather to warm in a single season?