spring capsule wardrobe

A Capsule Wardrobe for Spring

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:

sample capsule wardrobe for springInside 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…

trench / blazer biker jacket / denim jacket

blue dress -Zara  / pink dress / black dress / stripe bardot / white t-shirt / white cardigan 

white jeans / stripe trousers / blue jeans / capris

Topshop polka dot skirt / Topshop stripe skirt (similar) ; H&M skirt

polka dot shirt / blue shirt – Topshop / white shirt 

pink sweater / grey sweater / cable sweater – H&M

stripe sweater 1 / stripe sweater 2 / grey t-shirt

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  • Erin


    Looks gorgeous!

    April 21, 2016
  • Love all the amazing outfits you select!

    April 22, 2016
  • Binca


    Hi Amber! I loved your capsule wardrobe ❤️. I forwarded it to my girlfriends and sister and all of them adored it too. You are a genius, really.

    I am a personal stylist and wanted to give you some sugestions: I think you look great on green, red, black/white, purple and pink. Pale colors on the other hand are less flattering in you. But, of course, if it makes you happy wearing pale colors, I completely think you should continue wearing them 😀 !!

    An opinion of someone (me) who really loves your blog and admires your talent for fashion: I think if you d’write a little bit less in your posts. it would be even cooler.
    I know people don’t usually say what they think, but I do because I think like this you can better your blog even more. Positive critics are always cool, aren’t they?
    Big kisses,

    April 23, 2016
      • Ginger


        I like how much you write, particularly on the fashion posts! My style is very individual, so I enjoy hearing your thought process because that, as much as pictures, inspires me.

        April 25, 2016
  • I really like this idea and think that my own wardrobe could do with a lot more thinking about (and I also probably need a clearout). Strangely, I go through phases where I’m really interested in clothes shopping and have to stop myself from buying too much, followed by periods when I largely wear variations of the same thing (jeans, top, cardigan) and feel there is nothing in the shops that interests me anyway.
    And for what it’s worth, I think your posts have just the right amount of text. 🙂

    April 23, 2016
  • Ginger


    I checked out the denim jacket, because I love the short length. Surprise surprise, not only is it not a UK brand, there’s a store not 15 miles from my house! And I’m on the far west edge of a really big metro area. What luck! Thank you for posting the sources!

    April 25, 2016
  • Kate McLaughlin


    That beautiful peach dress, what is that style called? I want one like this and have no idea what it’s called… Thanks!

    May 12, 2017
  • Myra


    All I can say is roll on Spring. I hate January to March and your capsule wardrobe reminds me to look forward. I think all the colours you wear suit you, although I agree that green and black are fab on you (one of my fav outfits from your round up of 2017 was the green and black, although the mustard skirt swung it).

    As you know I love your writing style, and reading your posts brightens my day. I don’t read any other blogs. Keep on writing.

    January 5, 2018
  • Jean


    Hello! I love this collection, I haven’t found many capsule wardrobe which have a nice focus on skirts. I wear skirts and dresses almost everyday so this collection is perfect! Got me excited to try something similar… Do you have a link to that exact pink dress? I clicked the link in the post but it goes to the main website and I can’t find that dress despite searching through their listings. Thank you!

    June 28, 2018
  • Lizzie Parsons


    I absolutely love the capsules you’ve pulled together! Our styles are very similar and I have derived so much confidence from simplifying my wardrobe and investing in versatile pieces. Does this Spring post have combinations associated with it? I freeze when it comes to actually mixing and matching the pieces so that is the part I look forward to the most!

    December 17, 2018