I am so excited to be sharing another capsule wardrobe with you. The first time I shared a capsule wardrobe post on the blog, it was an emergency remedy for the severe over-accumulation of clothing that had happened in the lifetime of this blog. I was so done with the insane pressure I felt to never wear the same outfit twice and always be coming up with something new to post.
That first capsule wardrobe was a game-changer.
I’ve now gone through six seasons of capsule wardrobes. Only the first made it onto the blog, but I’ve wholeheartedly embraced this way of living and shopping. My capsules are a little less rigid these days — occasionally I’ll borrow something from my mom or grab an extra layer from a storage bin. But in all honesty, the amount of clothing I wear now is just a fraction of what I used to cram into my dorm room closet.
The biggest change of all? I only shop for clothes four times a year as I’m gearing up to switch capsules. This has been no small miracle as I’ve transitioned from a college student to working girl wardrobe over the last year.
Not too long ago, I would have used that as an excuse to buy all the things. Instead, I’m strategic about what I need to update my existing wardrobe for each new season. Despite the fact that I’ve been shopping for my first seasonal work wardrobes, I’ve managed narrow my shopping needs down to just a handful of items each season.
Figuring out the balance between work and weekend wear in my capsules has been trial and error. Last fall, I created two separate capsules – one for work and one for weekend – but found that I ended up in leggings and a tee most weekends, which didn’t really deserve its own capsule. This time around, I’m leaving loungewear completely out of the equation. If I need to dress up on the weekends, chances are I’ll grab jeans and a dressy top.
Here’s what I’ll be working with this spring:
Over the past six seasons of living with capsule wardrobes, I’ve definitely hit my sweet spot with a mix of neutrals, plenty of blues and a few other pops of color. My go-to outfit for the office is a skirt, blouse and cardigan so I have plenty of options there as well as pants and dresses for lazier days.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Cream blouse with front pleats (similar)
Cream mixed media top (LOFT)*
Blue and white striped blouse
Teal tank with floral pattern
Navy and white polka dot tee*
Black and white polka dot peplum*
Black tank with leather shoulder detail
Floral wrap blouse
Mustard ruffle tank
Jackets and Sweaters
Cream cardigan (similar)
Cropped tweed jacket
Gray sweater (similar)
Black and white marled cardigan (similar, similar, similar)
Utility jacket (Columbia Sportswear)*
Mint cardigan (similar)
Leopard print skirt
Striped tweed skirt
Gray tulle skirt
Olive pencil skirt
Navy floral pencil skirt
Medium wash skinny jeans
Black and white patterned pencil skirt
Black A-line skirt
Black and white striped skirt
Black pencil skirt
Gray sweatshirt knit dress
Teal knit dress
Black and white striped dress
Black and white patterned dress
White and black spotted flats
Black flats (I actually have four pairs of black flats that I interchange depending on what I’m wearing – I just didn’t photograph them all)
*Purchased this season
That comes to about 45 items (not counting my interchangeable black flats) and only four new pieces this spring. My capsules tend to be a little on the higher side, but so many of these pieces stay in my capsules year-round that I don’t mind having a few more pieces to mix and match with.
P.S. If you’re new to building a capsule wardrobe, be sure to check out Un-Fancy for lots of advice and a free wardrobe planner. You can also take a look at my first capsule wardrobe here.
Have you tried a capsule wardrobe before?
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link if you’ve shared your spring wardrobe as well — I’d love to check it out!