The capsule wardrobe is usually best suited for light travel or instances where you have limited space to store your clothes. We love the the concept for its simplicity and intentionality when it comes to picking out what to wear. But there are certain instances when the capsule wardrobe seems impractical. Spring is one of those times, at least for me. With seemingly endless trends, fresh colors, and prints to choose from, why would anyone opt to limit what they wear during this explosively stylish time of year?
To tackle the challenge, I decided to create my own spring capsule wardrobe, but not the boringly simple composition of tees and plain dresses one might imagine. Instead, I handpicked six pieces with trends, and of course versatility, in mind to make up the majority of my outfits this spring. So full disclosure: I will obviously wear pieces outside of this list, but the general idea is that by starting with a curated assortment of pieces, I can mix in my other staples—pieces it's safe to say you all have, too—like plain T-shirts and sneakers to create the maximum number of looks with the minimum amount of shopping. And yes, this approach has done wonders for my wallet, too.
Printed Wrap Dress
The wrap dress is one item I've just recently come around to, despite its omnipresence as the world's most flattering dress. I plan to wear mine over a graphic T-shirt and sneakers for casual days and with strappy heels and a leather jacket at night. When I'm feeling a more forward look, I'll wear the dress over white jeans.
The quickest way to feel French.
Available in sizes 34 to 40.
This will look especially good with white sandals.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
I can't wait to wear this with stacks of gold necklaces and chunky hoops.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Patent Leather Jacket
I've recently been paying more attention to my outerwear game, realizing (better late than never) that an attention-grabbing jacket is the best way to make a cool statement, especially during these transitional months. Coated in vinyl and rendered in brilliant jewel tones, the jackets of the moment have an underlying rock-and-roll vibe, which is why I'll be swapping out my standard black moto for one of these fresh versions.
The cropped silhouette and contrast topstitching give this jacket a '60s-era retro feel.
Available in sizes 34 DK to 42 DK.
You can't go wrong with this deep shade of red.
Available in sizes S to L.
Over white jeans, this color just pops.
Available in sizes 34 FR to 46 FR.
With every new season comes a wave of statement tops that seems impossible to ignore if you're opening up Instagram at least once a day. Puffy-sleeve, lightweight cotton pieces are what I'm most excited to wear all spring and well through the summer with skirts and jeans alike.
Don't sleep on this top from the L.A.-based indepedent brand. While everyone else shops the same few iterations, you'll have a pretty, unique version all for yourself.
Available in sizes XS to L.
The elastic material is giving me '90s nostalgia.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
It's all about the square neck this season.
Available in sizes XS to M.
Gathered Midi Skirt
Consider this skirt style the alternative to your pencil skirts. With ruching, drawstring detail, and asymmetrical hemlines, the gathered midi skirt is just the piece your spring wardrobe may need.
Gingham is totally winning over florals for spring right now.
Available in sizes 34 FR to 44 FR.
How pretty is this light shade of blue?
Available in size 40 IT.
I'd never thought to style my skirts this way before. Thank you, Loeil.
Available in sizes S to M.
Thankfully for my morning routine, the utility jumpsuit is an undeniably major spring trend, and it's so simple to throw on with just about anything and be out the door in no time.
The cropped hem makes this pair look a bit more forward than most.
Available in sizes 34 IT to 48 IT.
Wear with thick-soled sneakers for the weekend.
Available in sizes XXS to L.
There are so many pretty colors to choose from this spring, so white jeans will be my go-to piece to neutralize the candy-colored shades.
I love the thicker cuff on this pair.
Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Just add a breezy top and cool heels.
Available in sizes 10 to 22.
This light capsule wardrobe is how I plan to get by this spring, but if you're craving even more outfit inspiration, look no further.