Not only am I sharing my personal Spring 2023 capsule wardrobe with you today, but I’ve got tips for how to build a similar collection that works for you beautifully. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my closet, but more importantly, I hope it inspires you to put a little extra thought and intention into your fashion purchases this spring. With a little bit of effort, some creativity and savvy shopping, you absolutely can build a spring capsule wardrobe that helps you create great outfits all spring and into summer.
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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is simply any number of pieces in your closet that mix and match together to create outfits. You can create a capsule for a specific segment of your life, such as work, travel or sports, or you can create a capsule from which you create your daily outfits. And the only limit on the number of items in your capsule wardrobe is the limit you give yourself. Some women enjoy having a small capsule wardrobe, while others find more freedom and enjoyment in a larger number of items.
My spring 2023 capsule wardrobe currently has 27 pieces in it (one is not shown in the graphics), but that leaves me a little wiggle room to add a few more items – if I so desire – to create a 30 piece capsule. You could have a 10 piece capsule, 25 piece capsule or 50 piece capsule. You set the limit.
You can create a stand-alone capsule wardrobe which consists of everything you would need for creating outfits. But I choose to follow another common school of thought, which is to create a capsule that functions alongside my wardrobe essentials. So my spring 2023 capsule wardrobe works in conjunction with my essential base layers for spring, which I shared in yesterday’s blog post.
Here’s another glimpse at those essential base layers for spring.
Those base layers my neutrals, but they’re also the more basic pieces. I try to create outfits that have a balance of interesting pieces and more basic ones. I find that that balance looks more pleasing and a little more elegant.
How Do You Build a Capsule Wardrobe?
Here are the basic steps to building your own capsule wardrobe.
- Determine and limit your color palette. It will be much easier to coordinate a wardrobe that mixes and matches beautifully with a very narrow color palette. I’ve limited my Spring 2023 capsule wardrobe to two shades of blue, medium bold pink, Kelly green, white, black and grey. So I have just four colors and three neutrals.
I added several tanks and tees in the colors I’ve chosen for my spring capsule wardrobe. These will work beautifully with the jeans and pants in my wardrobe. But you can choose different styles and colors that will work well for you. I have neutral short-sleeve tees in my base layers, but I will probably add one or two colored short-sleeve tees in the coming weeks.
I’m providing shopping widgets for each category in my spring capsule wardrobe filled with other options. You’ll find a full range of prices and style aesthetics.
- Consider your activities and lifestyle. Make a list of the items you need in your closet to create functional outfits for your real life. I live a very casual lifestyle, working from home and occasionally getting out for church, lunch with friends, outings with my husband and some travel.
Where I live in Ohio, I find myself reaching for long sleeve cotton sweaters frequently through the spring. I’ve included a short sleeve sweater, a three-quarter length sleeve sweater and three long-sleeve sweaters in my collection. But you may have other needs depending on your location, lifestyle and climate.
- Ensure that you have both basic items as well as those with more personality. Or you could say, collect both classics and trending pieces. You’ll be able to create more stylish outfits with a balance of basics and more interesting pieces. Remember, a little “interest” goes a long way. Interesting details include patterns such as stripes or polka dots, collars, ruffles, unusual hemlines, buttons or other hardware, etc.
I included basic shirts and blouses in my base layers. Those are items I keep in my closet all year long. But for spring I added a couple of striped shirts in pretty colors. I also have a bow neck shell (like this lavender one) in the same blue that is shown above in the ruffle neck shell. I didn’t have a photo of mine because it’s old, so I included that one.
- Make sure you have at least a few really special pieces. This is definitely the place to add a few pieces that make you feel like a million bucks. They don’t need to be pricey, mind you. Just unique and full of personality.
- Add a few pieces that are really current and trending. I try to keep these to a minimum, but I do like to add a few garments that stretch me a little.
I have the more classic pant and jean silhouettes covered in my essential base layers, but I’ve add a few more modern silhouettes to my spring wardrobe here. These are silhouettes that may not be around as long, so I made sure I purchased them on good sales. I enjoy trying new styles.
Current trends to try include wide legs, patch pockets, utility & cargo pants, cinched hemlines, patches, drawstring waistbands and bold colors.
- Add completer pieces to your capsule wardrobe that will work with multiple tops and bottoms. Spring is such a great time to complete your outfits with a third layering piece, even if it’s very lightweight.
Several of my completer pieces are in my wardrobe year round, including my blazers, denim jacket (which I neglected to include) and trench coat. I did update my trench this year, but I’ve worn a similar one for years. My linen blend camel Veronica Beard jacket is no longer available, nor is the exact blue blazer I have. The blue dickey blazer I subbed in for mine below is a Veronica Beard and it is available. I’ve had the black VB scuba blazer in my closet for four years now, but I love it and wear it frequently.
Don’t forget essentials such as windbreakers and trench coats, but also include pieces that fit your style aesthetic. I like blazers, but you may prefer bomber jackets, field jackets, cardigans, etc. I’ve included all sorts of completer pieces in the shopping widget below. Remember, in all of these shopping widgets only one color is showing. Most items are available in multiple colors and neutrals.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, make sure that everything you bring into your closet works with at least three or four other items to create multiple outfits. That said, I do think it’s perfectly okay to have one or two items in your closet that are unique, special and really only serve one purpose. Remember, you get to make your own rules here!
You may have noticed that I don’t have any skirts or dresses in my spring capsule wardrobe. It’s true. I just haven’t found the right ones to add yet. But I do have spring dresses and skirts from previous seasons that I’ll be reaching for. I don’t wear them as much as I use to, so I don’t prioritize them. But I am looking to fill those holes.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. Tomorrow I have a video up on YouTube, but I’m also sharing the first in a new series of monthly posts, “HOT at DFMD.” Then Thursday check back here for my Spring 2023 Wardrobe Accessories. And Friday I’ll have lots of style boards up with inspiration for styling the items in my wardrobe, but also your wardrobe. You’ll see what I mean. It’s a great week!
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Blessed for My Day
When was the last time you experienced a real high? The good, clean kind that is! Maybe you had your entire family gathered together for a rare celebration. Or perhaps you took the trip of a lifetime, accomplished a major goal after much work, completed a home renovation project, or welcomed a new grandbaby into the world. Wasn’t that a blast? But then what happened next? After you came down from the mountain top of adrenaline and high emotions and full hearts, did you crash and burn? Lash out at others? Sink into a funk?
The Bible even gives us examples of how we should and should not come down from those mountaintop experiences. Best of all, we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps and practices. When He came down from the highs of life, He got away by Himself, got some much needed rest, spent quiet time with those who knew and loved Him best, ate and prayed. I think this is a great pattern for how we too should come off the mountaintop experiences we enjoy.
And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)…And after saying goodbye to them, He left for the mountain to pray. ~ Mark 6:31, 46