It’s Capsule Time!!!
It’s been 6 months since I last had a major change in my wardrobe and I can’t tell you how good it feels to be starting a new capsule wardrobe. Whilst a half year wardrobe worked well for the Scottish autumn/winter season it is definitely time for a change. It could be a spring thing up I’m feeling very inspired right now. I’ve been busy pinning outfit ideas and spring capsule inspiration (make sure you’re following me on Pinterest) and thoroughly enjoyed putting together this spring capsule wardrobe.
A Fresh Approach
Spring is a time for change, and I wanted to try out a more relaxed approach to my capsule wardrobe this season. I want to keep the minimalist, intentional aspects of capsule wardrobes but get rid of all the rules. Whilst having strict rules helps to focus the start of your capsule wardrobe journey (read about how capsule wardrobes are the ultimate shopaholic detox) there comes a time when you need to relax a little. It’s like dieting, you can’t stay on a strict diet for your whole life. At some point, you have to trust yourself to eat a slice of cake and not the whole cake. I feel like I’m at that stage with my wardrobe now.
So instead of having lots of strict rules about the number of pieces, I’m allowed and shopping bans I’m just creating a wardrobe which works for me. I wasn’t thinking about the total number when putting this wardrobe together instead I was thinking about what I need in my wardrobe. Funnily enough, this approach has resulted in my smallest capsule wardrobe yet. So there may be something to this technique.
I’m also lifting the spending ban. I know I can trust myself not to go on any crazy shopping sprees. But I want to be able to buy things I love when I see them. I have just accepted a new job which means my lifestyle will be changing in the next few weeks. I want to be able to buy clothes for my new job without being restricted by rules. I will be focusing on buying quality clothes I know I’ll wear again and again preferably from responsible brands (read my wardrobe mission). My plan is to create a workwear edit separately from this capsule wardrobe. The two wardrobes will sit together and of course, there will be some crossover. But I want to have two separate wardrobes just now to help with planning. I think my workwear edit will be around 10/15 pieces. This will keep my total number of pieces under 50 which to me still makes it a minimal wardrobe.
This current capsule wardrobe doesn’t have any strict rules but I wanted to have a few guidelines to keep me focused when planning it.
- It’s not about the total number. Instead, it’s about creating a wardrobe which works for my lifestyle
- Shopping is allowed. I can add pieces to my wardrobe throughout the season and as my lifestyle starts to change I can shop for that purpose. I trust myself not to buy too much and will aim to keep my wardrobe very minimal. If I do find my wardrobe starting to feel too large I will reinforce the shopping ban.
- Out of season clothes will be stored away but can be worn if needed. If we do get a cold snap it’s OK to wear a cosy knit or grab my winter coat.
My Spring Capsule Wardrobe
I have 15 tops in total which feels like plenty right now. I think it’s a good mix of casual tees and blouses which can be dressed up a little more. As already said if we do get a cold blast I’ll pull a cosy knit out of storage or layer up what I have out.
Black Sweatshirt* – Know The Origin (exact)
Black Jumper – Oasis (similar)
Black Blouse – Oasis (similar)
Stripe Sweatshirt – Whistles (similar)
Spot Shirt – Whistles (similar)
Blue Cardigan* – Fat Face (exact)
Stripe Shirt – Zara (similar)
Grey Tee – Whistles (similar)
Grey Sweatshirt (similar)
Khaki Shirt – Whistles (similar)
Blush tee – Hush (exact)
Stripe tee – Asos (similar)
Stripe long sleeve* – Fat Face (exact)
White blouse – Topshop (similar)
Cream tee – Hush (exact)
I’ve gone for all jeans as bottoms this time. If I’m honest I tend to wear my jeans every day anyway so why not just embrace it. I do have a few dresses if I want an alternative. But I know I’m a jeans and a tee girl so why try to force change. I will also be including a couple of tailored trousers in the workwear edit so these will be available if needed.
Dark Skinny Jeans – Weekday (exact)
Distressed Boyfriend Jeans – Topshop (similar)
Boyfriend Jeans – Asos (similar)
Midwash Skinny Jeans* – Fat Face (exact)
I think this may be the most dresses I’ve ever included in a capsule wardrobe. All of these can easily be dressed up or down. I’m looking forward to getting some warmer days so I can throw on a dress and go.
Black Dress – Whistles (similar)
Navy Dress* – Know The Origin (exact)
Denim Dress – Topshop (similar)
Gingham Dress* – Fat Face (sold out online, may still be available in store – similar)
White Shirt Dress* – People Tree (similar)
I’ve decided to include a couple of outerwear options in my spring capsule wardrobe. Normally I don’t include jackets and coats as we need quite a few options here in Scotland. I haven’t included my waterproof coat I wear to walk the dog as I wouldn’t wear this for anything else. And obviously if its cold I’ll grab my parka. But these two should do for most spring days.
Leather Jacket – Warehouse (similar)
Khaki Jacket* – Fat Face (exact)
I have 9 pairs of shoes in total which does feel like a lot for such a small wardrobe. But I felt like having more shoe options would help the wardrobe feel bigger. After all, an outfit looks completely different paired with boots than it does with sandals. I feel like I have enough options here to cover most weather types. Like with outerwear I have a pair of wellies for walking the dog if needed. I also have a few pairs of high heels which I keep separate for special occasions.Black Suede Boots – Ash (similar)
Black Trainers – New Balance (similar)
Black Slip Ons – Topshop (similar)
Peep Toe Boots – Oasis (similar)
Tan Boots – River Island (similar)
Heeled Sandals – Zara (similar)
Flat Sandals – Zara (similar)
Lace-up flats – Topshop (similar)
Grey Slip Ons* – Fat Face (exact)
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