Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring is approaching {well maybe someday soon as we are currently buried in snow} and many of us use the changing of seasons to clean our closets. In order to thoroughly clean and organize our closets, we first need to understand what we really need in our wardrobe. As you tackle the job of cleaning out your closet, use this post as a guideline of what to keep and what you no longer need. We’re going to discuss a “capsule” wardrobe, your wardrobe-essentials.

Perhaps you don’t know what a “capsule wardrobe” is. Let’s discuss that first. “Capsule” is kind of a buzz word for the essential items in your closet. They are the basics that you can mix or match with each other. These essential items are in neutral colors {black, grey, navy, tan, olive green, blush, burgundy, cream, and white}. Yes, some prints can be considered neutral like animal prints or polka-dots.

I will share what the “capsule” items are and suggest favorites in each category. Everyone’s capsule pieces are individual to them, that’s what creates one’s STYLE! This is simply a guide to work from.

Basic Tops

These basic tops are what you can wear under jackets or alone. They can be knit, or a little more dressy depending on your work attire. For basic layering pieces, I really LOVE bodysuits. They stay tucked in and don’t add extra bulk. Consider a stripe as well, always a classic! Remember neutral colors in these tops are most versatile.

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Button-Down Shirt

This type of top is not going to be for everyone. If it’s not, have some more basic options {as listed above}. I personally love a button-down every once in a while and have one in my closet. A white button-down and the classic blue stripe are perfect for a crisp spring look.

Layering a buttondown under a cardigan

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Black Ponte Pants

This is a year-round capsule and an essential item in your closet. A black pair of classic skinny-leg, black pants. Ponte pants are a hybrid of a dress pant/legging and a double knit. These pants can easily be dressed up or down. Black jeans could also be an option, depending on your workplace.

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Knit Dress

A simple knit dress is an absolute favorite of mine. I tend to go towards a black one {no surprise there}. Wear this dress alone on warm days, layer a denim jacket over and add accessories to really change up the look.

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Having one go-to skirt in your closet is a great option. Depending on what you pair with skirts really dresses them up or down. I am partial to a pleated midi skirt. I love how versatile they are, from a t-shirt to a cami, to sneakers to heels, you can wear them so many ways.

Some women are really attracted to an a-line skirt style. Whatever your style is, having a skirt as an option in your closet is a good idea.

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One amazing, great fitting pair of jeans is essential. Ankle/cropped style is most versatile. Darker denim is always a great choice as they are easier to dress up and always flattering. White jeans are a staple for spring too. If you can find a great pair you love, they will add a lot to your wardrobe and really change up outfits. Paige and Abercrombie are my go-to denim at the moment.

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Moto Jacket/Cardigan/Denim Jacket

Depending on your specific style, a moto jacket, cardigan sweater, or denim jacket is necessary for layering and completing outfits. I would recommend having one of each of these pieces to really allow you to mix and match in your closet. The ‘shacket” is very trendy right now and is a mix of a jacket/blazer/sweater – very versatile.

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Trench Coat

Each season has it’s piece of outerwear that is essential. For spring it’s the trench coat. Wear over a dress or over jeans, it works with everything! I love the trench coat that I’ve had for a while, it’s under $60! While this exact color isn’t available it comes in two great neutrals.

These items are great starting points in creating a capsule wardrobe. Like I mentioned before, all of this is based on your own style. For me, I would add in a graphic tee, joggers, leggings and a great lounge set to complete my closet right now.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

  • Basic Tops
  • Button-Down Shirt
  • Knit Dress
  • Ponte Pants
  • Jeans {cropped, straight/skinny leg}
  • Skirt
  • Cardigan/Moto Jacket/Denim Jacket
  • Trench Coat

Spring Capsule Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Handbag – Straw, Bamboo, Clear
  • Minimal Everyday Jewelry
  • Floral Printed Scarf

Spring Capsule Shoes

  • Sneakers
  • Classic heel in black or nude
  • Flat Shoe
  • Nude Sandal

Working with classic, neutral items in your closet means you don’t need as many clothes and you can mix and match within your own closet to create a lot of different outfits.

As you follow along here on NYPSJ, I attempt to give you ideas of how to mix and match capsule wardrobe items to create outfits. If you look back on my Instagram feed, you can see I repeat many items, and mix them up to create a new look!

As always, thank you for reading and make it a great day!

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