I finally managed to pull together a spring capsule wardrobe. It’s made up of casual outfits for a SAHM.
Despite the difficulties I had coming up with a capsule wardrobe, I have finally done it!
If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, you may want to start by reading What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would I Want One?
I had two challenges when putting together this spring capsule wardrobe:
1. The wildly changing temperatures during spring in Colorado
2. The wardrobe I had didn’t really have interchanging pieces
Since the temperature here in Colorado will fluctuate wildly – even within a day – this spring capsule wardrobe had to have a solid mix of long sleeved shirts and pants as well as short sleeves and shorts.
I really struggled with – how many pants do I need? And if I’m committed to wearing this through June, shouldn’t I include some shorts? If so, how many bottoms could I include before this no longer was a minimalist wardrobe???
Unfortunately, in the wardrobe I owned, I didn’t have a lot of pieces that could be worn interchangeably. Interchangeability is THE KEY to a functional capsule wardrobe.
Although I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to buy anything for my spring capsule wardrobe, I did end up investing in a few pieces that I could wear multiple ways. I purchased 4 things from Garnet Hill. I was flipping through their catalog when I noticed they already had a selection of clothing that were meant to be worn interchangeably. This was what finally lit the spark to get my spring capsule wardrobe put together.
As you will notice, the main color scheme to this wardrobe is navy and white. I knew I wanted a yellow sweater to be able to pair with it. I used thredUp to find a gently used sweater that is absolutely perfect and looks brand new. You can see me wearing it here.
Finally, since I’m a SAHM, I don’t dress up very often. However, I did want a few options for church and other evenings out. My dress options are still super casual but I’m hoping with a few accessories and kickin’ shoes they can easily be dressed up. (That’s the plan anyway!)
My capsule ended up with 2 dresses, 1 maxi skirt, 1 mini skirt, 14 tops, 2 sweaters, 7 bottoms. That’s 27 pieces.
I did not include workout clothes, under garments, or pajamas in my capsule.
2016 Spring Capsule Wardrobe
To give you an idea of what I mean by interchangeability, here’s a few of the ways I will be wearing my coral skinny jeans:
This is so easy. White t-shirt, coral skinny jeans, statement necklace, flip flops. I happened to have a necklace that is just the right color (although something about the photograph doesn’t make it look like it matches???), but any long necklace will work.
I love navy and coral together. I topped the jeans with my navy button-up. My favorite new go-to shoes are my silver slip-on Van’s.
Rolling up the bottom of my skinny jeans and pairing them with a white tunic and birkenstocks is the ultimate in comfortable dressing for me.
I plan to make this capsule wardrobe work through the end of June when I will swap out pieces to create a summer capsule wardrobe for July/August. Then, once September rolls around, I want to make a larger capsule for the 4 month period of September/October/November/December.
Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Any advice for a newbie?
PS – It is evident to me I have a hard time photographing clothes. I’ll try to have a new game plan before my Summer Capsule Wardrobe!