I mentioned in my March To Do List post that one of my aims for the month was to sort out my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. So far I’ve done an Autumn and Winter Capsule which have both worked reasonably well. There have been some stand out pieces in both of these which have kept me cosy and warm in the harsh British weather, and I didn’t find it too difficult to transition from one to the other, as all I needed were a couple of bits of knitwear. However the change from Winter to Spring is much more apparent. Although the weather is not yet boiling, it is certainly set to get a lot warmer than it has been recently. Spring calls for more lightweight pieces which can be layered, or a lightweight knit that can be worn alone or with a denim jacket.
I jotted down all of my ideas for my Spring capsule, what I already have and what I might need to add in. I also considered what events I had coming up within the next 3 months. Predominantly these events are finishing Uni and Holidays. On one hand I will be knee deep in coursework, my dissertation and an exam so I will need comfy day-to-day clothes for that- which I already have plenty of. On the other hand within this time frame it will be my 21st, so I’ll want to dress nicely for that, and I’m off to Lanzarote and to Rome. Therefore I need to ensure I have enough holiday pieces for the warmer weather abroad. Neither occasion will be high season so I will still need a jacket or longer sleeves or my legs covered in the evenings. Having looked at my summer capsule which has been put away, some pieces work well for what I need, whilst others I was short on the ground of.
Here is my list of what I do need and some examples:
- 1 or 2 pairs of Sandals.
- 1 or 2 more swimwear, swimsuit?
- Lightweight Knitwear.
- Red and White Stripe Long-sleeve Top.
- Stringy Strap Bodysuit.
- Bee Sting Girls vs Cancer T-shirt (Charity T-Shirt)
- Spring Style Jumpsuit
Here is my list of what I don’t need:
- Smart Shirts/Blouses
- Thick Knitwear.
So having looked at my list, I have so far managed to track down a jumpsuit from New Look which I really like the shape and colour of- online it says rust but it is 100% blush pink. I think it will be perfect for evenings on holiday in Lanzarote, in the daytime in Rome and for nights out back in the UK, maybe even for my birthday! I also picked up a floral jumpsuit from Depop which is originally from Topshop. Depop is a great way to get items that you want for cheaper, a bit like eBay. So I only paid £13 for a jumpsuit which was nearly £40 in store last year, I know because I remember looking at it at the time! It’s black with a floral print and a lace up back so it will be perfect abroad and can also be worn over a white t-shirt here in England. My thinking for this piece is that it will transition nicely into my Summer Capsule as well, not bad for £13 and it’s also a more sustainable way to shop, rather than that item being thrown away and sent to landfill. I also managed to grab the sandals I’ve been wanting for a while, last year I had to get rid of my trusty sandals from Topshop which had been by my side for around 4 years. I figure that if the quality is the same this time around, £26 is not a bad investment over 4 years! What I like about these sandals is that they are super comfy and can appear both smart and casual depending on the rest of the outfit, and of course they are black to go with everything!
I need to do one final trip to the shops to pick up the rest of the items, but as you will see above, I have actually linked all the items as I think I’ve found what I’m looking for. The main thing for me to bare in mind is that all the items in this capsule really work well together so when I’m adding in new items they shouldn’t be statement pieces that don’t match my existing clothes.
Some items which I already own and will be wearing a lot in Spring wardrobe include my BDG Axyl Jeans from Urban Outfitters, which I have in a light and mid wash denim. They are straight leg with a frayed hem so they are a perfect casual alternative to a skinny jean. I also have a couple of dungaree dresses and a pair of actual black dungarees, I’m so excited to pair these with t-shirts instead of the jumpers I’ve had to force underneath them for the past 3 months. I love a striped t-shirt so I can’t wait to whip those out again. Some other items I love to wear and will definitely be a part of my Spring Capsule are my polkadot blouses and dress. I don’t know what it is at the moment, but I just love polkadots! I have a red one, a white one and a black bodysuit one, all of these shirts are a bit smarter so are great for an occasion like a meal or blog event, but they can also be dressed down with jeans. The black polka dress is amazing as it can be worn with bare legs and sandals on holiday or with tights and boots in the UK while we wait for the warm weather to come our way!
The other item I just can’t wait to whip back out are my culottes, I haven’t been able to wear them in winter as I can’t bare to expose my ankles to the cold but in the next few weeks I’m sure I will have a hard job not wearing them everyday! They are so versatile as you can wear them casually with a t-shirt or more dressy with a bodysuit for a night out. I will 100% be taking a couple of pairs away with me each time! If you aren’t sure about who to incorporate culottes into your wardrobe, I have a whole post on how to style them here!
Hopefully by forming this capsule list early, it will prevent me from doing a ridiculous holiday shop each time I go away. I’m not saying I can’t buy anything as I know I am a little short on Spring/ Summer wear but I can just buy within reason and not for the sake of it.
So there you have it, a little update on what my wardrobe will be looking like over the coming weeks and months. What are your favourite styles to wear in this in-between weather? Let me know in the comments.