Spring Capsule Wardrobe
Hello, friends, and welcome to my first-ever capsule wardrobe post!
In the interest of being as helpful as possible, I wanted to include what pieces I chose for my own capsule as an example. The world of capsule wardrobes is still fairly new, so there aren’t a lot of real world examples. I wanted to show what I chose and why!
Plus, I’m not sure I’ve seen a capsule with a Steven Universe tee yet 😉
I took a photo of every single piece in my capsule, edited and cropped them, and then removed the backgrounds. For reference, this took about 500 years. The result isn’t as perfect as it would have been if I had stock photos, but many of these items are seasons old or secondhand, so that wasn’t possible. For a more detailed look at these gorgeous pieces, be sure to watch the companion video for gorgeous clothing close-ups! (It’ll be up soon :))
I spent a lot of time choosing what I wanted my color palette to be and what general vibe I was going for. I detailed this process in the previous post.
Basically, I realized I wanted to my look to be casual boho-goth. A little edgy, a little hippie, and a lot feminine. My main colors are black, white, grey, navy, and burgundy. I think all these ideas are reflected in the pieces below!
My capsule ended up at 38 pieces: 6 dresses, 7 bottoms, 6 second layers, 13 tops, and 6 pairs of shoes. As a reminder, this doesn’t include accessories, workout clothing, or pajamas.
A few things I noticed when choosing these pieces:
- I love statement pieces more than basics, but basics are incredibly useful to being able to make lots of different outfits
- I have a few favorite outfits/silhouettes and I usually stick to those
- I really, really like floral print
- I don’t like high necklines most of the time
- Skirts and dresses have to be longer for me to want to wear them often
- I am super picky when shopping — if I say I want a “black chiffon maxi skirt without a side slit,” I’m not going to choose a jersey one or one with a side slit!
I also wanted to mention that my lifestyle is primarily working from home or coffee shops, going out with friends or my partner, and occasionally doing something business-y or dressy. Your wardrobe could look entirely different from mine based on your own lifestyle!
I added links to all the items that are still available, or similar ones (marked with *). My photography can’t do these pieces justice, so be sure to click the link to see any you like in detail!
By far the most fun section of my capsule, dresses! As you can probably tell, I like a good patterned dress. I chose pieces that fit every occasion I have in a typical season, including one work/interview-friendly option. All of these dresses can be layered with other pieces, too!
(All these pieces are more gorgeous than my photography skills can show, but that maxi dress is WAY more beautiful!)
I’m usually pretty boring with bottoms. My default is a dress or jeans — that’s it. But since my capsule wardrobe heroes tended to choose more bottoms, I thought I’d give it a try! I think it will encourage me to be more creative with my outfit combinations.
I love adding cardigans,
kimonos (can we all collectively agree to stop calling them kimonos?) shawls, and jackets to an outfit to add interest. This section was hardest for me to narrow down since I have so many favorites! I went with a few neutral pieces and a few statement pieces to round out this category.
I have a tendency to go for statement pieces (patterns! sequins! prints! graphics!) over basics, so I had to force myself to pick things I could mix and match. I think I ended up with a good mix!
Shoes are a little tricker to get hanging photos of 😉 So I hope you don’t mind the photo difference.
Shoes are by far the most boring thing for me. I usually wear 2-3 pairs of shoes in a week… if that! Choosing 6 was actually a struggle for me, but I wanted to cover all possible occasions (which is why I included the ~fashion~ sneakers and heels, which typically don’t get a lot of use for me). Plus, a simple shoe swap can change the feel of an outfit, so I wanted to experiment with more pairs than usual.
Whew! That’s everything. I hope you enjoyed getting acquainted with my wardrobe for the next few months.