As some of you know, I may not have a “proper” capsule wardrobe, but every season I like to pull together what I think of as a capsule-within-my-wardrobe, consisting of that season’s “essentials”.
I talked a bit about this in my ‘How to Build a Wardrobe‘ post (Just FYI, that post is NOT about DIY, even although it sounds like it…), but just to recap for those of you who didn’t instantly hit the “back” button as soon as the words “capsule wardrobe” appeared on your screen, the idea isn’t to restrict myself to a certain number of items, or stop me from buying anything else. I still have access to everything I own, and there aren’t any “rules” about what I can and can’t wear, but I ALSO have this smaller collection of items which basically form the building blocks for that season.
I find this works really well for me, because I still get to wear whatever I want, and don’t have to feel guilty about buying something new, but creating each season’s capsule really helps me to look at my wardrobe, and to analyse what works, what doesn’t, and what I really need to buy – as opposed to what I just think I need to buy, because OMGSTRIPES. It also means that on the days when I’m feeling uninspired, or like I have nothing to wear, I can turn to the capsule and be ready within a few minutes – which is pretty revolutionary for me, trust me.
Anyway, as you ALSO might know if you’ve been reading for a while now, for the past year or so I’ve been on a real mission to sort out my closet once and for all, and build the kind of wardrobe where everything gets worn, because everything works. The monthly ‘What I Bought’ roundups I’ve been doing play a part in that, but I thought I’d also start a new series, where each season I’ll share my current capsule wardrobe, (Or my not-really-a-capsule-wardrobe, as the case may be…), then, at the end of the season, I’ll do a quick recap, looking back at what worked, what didn’t, and what I’d do differently next time.
Now, I give you fair warning: these posts will probably be pretty repetitive, because the aim here is to build a closet that really reflects my style and works for my life, not to re-invent myself every season. So you’ll be seeing a lot of full skirts, polka dots and stripes, basically. As proof of that, here’s the Spring capsule wardrobe:
As you can see, I’m not expecting it to be particularly warm (because, well, it never is here…), so this capsule is mostly based around outerwear, trousers, and lightweight knits. Most of these are the exact items I’ll be using, although there were a few I didn’t have images for, so I had to make a quick substitution: the pink dress I’ll be using, for instance is this one, not the one shown! As I said, these aren’t the only items I’ll be wearing all spring, because heaven forbid, and there aren’t any “rules” relating to this project – it’s just a way for me to keep working on my closet, and I’ll do a recap at the end of the season, to see how I got on!
Oh, and as you can see, I haven’t included shoes or accessories in this, because I didn’t see much point: and also because if I tried to narrow down my shoe collection, I’d be there all day, let’s face it…
Topshop polka dot skirt / Topshop stripe skirt (similar) ; H&M skirt