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Spring Capsule Wardrobe + Outfit Ideas

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There’s no time like springtime to purge your wardrobe and get rid of all the clothes that are taking up space and not serving you. In order to create a more cohesive (and overall stylish) wardrobe, you’ll need to replace those weak links with classic items that you love and will wear again and again. Enter the spring capsule wardrobe!

As the weather heats up and you begin stowing away your winter clothes, you should consider creating this type of timeless wardrobe. There’s a good chance you have these items, and if you do, then keep scrolling for the outfit ideas to get the most out of your pieces. If not, here’s the beginning of your spring shopping list for the ultimate spring capsule wardrobe!

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

minimalist spring capsule wardrobe

OUTERWEAR

motorcycle jacket-
An edgy leather jacket looks especially cool when contrasted with girly florals. This one is a great more affordable option.
trench coat-
A Parisian fashion staple! The perfect trench will take all of your looks to the next level, and is great for workwear as well. Everlane makes a version that’s timelessly classic through and through.
cardigan-
This versatile spring wardrobe basic can be layered or buttoned and worn as a top for many different outfits. Be on the lookout for trendy cropped styles as well! Here’s a very similar version.
denim jacket-
Casual, but can be dressed up or down. Looks especially cute over dresses or with white jeans. Inversely, you could also go for a white denim jacket to pair with your blue jeans! This denim jacket is such a great wardrobe essential.
anorak or utility jacket-
A classic green anorak or utility jacket is the perfect practical and stylish piece. This jacket is great for everything from casualwear to outdoor excursions. It also looks great with pink!
denim or chambray shirt-
These tops look great with white jeans and are nice for casual spring looks! This one is a great light-wash option for spring.

spring capsule wardrobe utility jacket

BOTTOMS

white jeans-
This spring, instead of only classic blue jeans, try mixing things up with a pair of white ones. These are fresh for the new season, and perfect for pairing with blue denim! They also match almost everything.
light wash jeans-
Light spring colors call for a lighter wash pair of jeans! These can easily be dressed up or down. This pair from Everlane features a trendy straight-leg style that’s perfect for creating a chic casual look.
floral skirt-
This spring wardrobe essential is great for transitioning your wardrobe into spring. You can even mix with your residual winter basics (such as a light sweater) for a slew of new outfits! This A-line skirt is a timeless silhouette and has such a pretty floral pattern.

white jeans spring capsule wardrobe

TOPS

light sweater-
Pack away those chunky knits and bright some lighter sweaters into your new capsule wardrobe. Cashmere is always a perfect option, and this sweater has a great lightweight feel for spring.
basic tees-
One in each neutral color is ideal. This will be your go-to layering piece and can be worn in countless different ways! Madewell is known for their comfortable cotton tees and offer tons of color options.
striped top-
A striped top is one of those basic pieces that’s always great to have on hand. Having at least one print is also a good way to add interest and stripes are a great choice for their classic quality. Plus, they look great when paired with florals! You can’t go wrong with the classic three-quarter sleeve version.
pretty blouse-
This may not be as versatile as the basic tee, but a sweet, light-colored blouse is an essential item to have on hand for warm weather. This piece is ideal for creating dressier looks and can carry over into your summer wardrobe as well.

Related: How to Create a French Capsule Wardrobe for Spring & Summer

DRESS

floral dress-
Floral-print dresses are possibly the easiest way to inject color and spring style into your wardrobe. But depending on your personal style, a button-down and/or t-shirt dress are great for spring as well! Shop some similar options here and here.


spring capsule wardrobe floral dress

SHOES

white sneakers-
For a stylish casual look, you can’t go wrong with these! White sneaks can be transitioned to different seasons flawlessly and are great for adding a fun and playful touch to your look. Not to mention they’re comfortable!
ankle boots-
Yet another item that can be seamlessly carried over from a winter wardrobe, ankle boots can be styled with everything from skirts to skinny jeans. You may want to go for a lighter color for easier styling. Also, check out my post on whether or not you can wear ankle boots in the spring (short answer – yes!)
flats-
Another classic wardrobe staple. Go for a neutral pair, and/or a more vibrant pair for a bit of accent color.
chunky heel-
Not an everyday shoe, but essential for the warmer days or date night! This pair from & Other Stories is the perfect classic choice, but with a touch of that trendy 90s-inspired flair.

spring capsule wardrobe floral skirt

ACCESSORIES

brown tote bag-
While black can be a bit dour for spring, earthy brown tones are always my go-to! This version has a woven texture that’s perfect for spring and even summer.
gold earrings-
A touch of gold is always guaranteed to add luxury to even the most simple look. Simple gold earrings, necklaces, or bracelets make for perfect signature spring jewelry pieces. Check out a similar pair of hoops here.
black sunglasses-
The perfect practical basic. Classic black sunglasses will instantly add a timeless chic style to even the most simple look.

spring capsule wardrobe trench coat
spring capsule wardrobe

One last thing to remember is that your capsule wardrobe is completely customizable to your personal style. Whether you want to switch out some of these neutrals or not is up to you!

For example, switching out the cardigan for a light pink version would be great for incorporating some accent colors. Just be sure that it’s still versatile. Your items should be neutral enough that you can wear them with dozens of different looks! One smart option, if you’re worried about wearability but still want some pops of color, is to bring in colors and prints through your accessories and extra items!

I hope this gave you a great shopping list and/or spring outfit ideas! Do you like French fashion? Because here are the spring outfits all the Parisians are wearing…

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.