Before I share my spring capsule wardrobe and essential uniforms, a brief recap:
Having three kids in less than four years, transitioning to staying home, and entering my thirties means my closet has undergone a lot of upheaval. I’m weary of constantly reevaluating my clothes for pregnancy, nursing, and comfort as a young mom. Size, lifestyle, and fashion have all been in flux. I have been really careful about donating or storing what doesn’t fit or is loathsome. Now that I can almost fit into my old pre-pregnancy clothes, I’d love to have a wardrobe that is well thought-out and just works for me. So, I spent an afternoon crafting a game plan for how to create a cohesive wardrobe all year round from the clothes I already own. It was really fun, and I’m THRILLED with the results. Once I organized everything, I could see that I barely needed to buy anything new, always a temptation. And you could totally do the same thing. It didn’t take long at all!
step 1: If you need help clearing out the excess, start here.
step 2: If you’re not sure what your style is, this will help.
step 3: Pull all the clothes you own out onto the bed. Find a big clean spot where you will physically build your capsule. Add the pieces by category: first shoes, then bottoms, then tops. Always start with your essentials + favorites, and see how the numbers grow from there. Keep an eye on the overall colors and how things will work as outfits. Remember, less is more.
the rule of 3: I highly recommend using the rule of 3 to keep your closet from skewing too casual or too fancy. For example, if you have 9 shoes, divide them into 3 flats, 3 boots, and 3 heels. In each set, one basic, one fun, one fancy. Since my lifestyle is pretty casual and I prefer simple timeless style over trends, I tended to have 2/3 basic and 1/3 fancy. This way I will always end up with the ability to do a really fancy outfit (like for Easter Sunday), a date night outfit with a fancy top, jeans and heels or a dress with flats, and lots of casual, everyday combinations.
color palette: My color palette for spring is blue, white, grey, and army green with accents of blush and taupe
8. grey short sleeve dress
9. linen sleeveless dress (old from J.Crew, similar here)
10. chambray short sleeve dress
11. skinny jeans (need to buy)
12. boyfriend jeans
13. army green pants
14. army green track shorts
That’s it! I ended up at 34 items. Once I had laid it all out, I realized that I don’t wear any black during spring, so I tucked those clothes off to the side for my other capsules. I’ve cleaned out all my old work skirts, because they always felt fussy with all the layers bunched around my waist. I also tried to be more mindful of the weather, so the Sorel boots and Everlane anorak are new purchases for rainy spring days. I LOVE them both – style + function.
If you look at my list, I tried to go by 3s, like 3 long sleeve tops, 3 button ups, 3 dresses. The temperatures change so drastically in the spring and fall, that my collections need a lot of variety for layers – from shorts to a cashmere sweater to a tank top. In the summer and winter, I can rely on simple uniforms. For example, tank + shorts + sandals // dress + sandals // sweater + skinny jeans + ankle boots
Here’s where the minimalism kicks in, the urge to impulse buy is gone now that I can see I have a complete collection ready to wear all spring! I’m curious if variety will make dressing easier or if I will wish I had a simple uniform for spring. We’ll see!