When it comes to thinking about your ideal spring wardrobe theme, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s floral patterns, or perhaps it’s pastels. Whatever it may be, be sure to keep an open mind when the time comes to create your minimalist spring capsule wardrobe.
As the days begin getting longer, I’m never sad to see the cold weather go, but I do get a little heartbroken putting away my winter capsule wardrobe. Though I have to admit, trading in my anchor piece cardigans and layering tanks for some light blouses and slip dresses can be exciting! While I have a pretty good handle on battling the winter blues, I welcome the warm embrace of sunshine and Vitamin D to my daily life.
Coming out of a winter “rut,” so to speak, can inspire people to declutter, reorganize, and simplify their life. Maybe you make a goal to spend more time outdoors or update your wardrobe to embrace the celebration of season change. Whatever it may be, transitioning into adopting a minimalist capsule wardrobe may help with simplifying your day to day routine. So, when building your wardrobe, be sure to keep these three tips in mind.
Come up with a color and fabric palette
The warmer weather is coming, let your colors reflect that! Most of us gravitate towards warm, earthy tones for the fall and winter, so consider making a change by trading in your favorite shade of maroon for a more “sunshiny” color. For the warmer months, my base colors tend to be black, beige, and white while my accent colors are gray, powder blue, lilac, and pale yellow. Colors that complement one another and can be mixed and matched without much thought.
Another thing to consider when building a spring capsule wardrobe is fabric. You don’t want to have a bunch of heavy materials in your closet that will make it hard to use all season long. While wool and fleece are great for the snowy days of January, they probably won’t be your best bets under the May sun. You can opt for lighter fabrics such as linen and cotton to keep you feeling cool and fresh. Another plus of switching out your fabrics is that these can also be carried through to your summer wardrobe.
Purge last season’s wardrobe
Remove everything from your closet (just trust me on this!) and lay it out on the floor. Eliminate anything that isn’t appropriate for the current season and put it in storage. For example, your winter boots, giant oversized sweaters, and wool stockings – throw them in a bin for next year.
Next, revisit your decided upon color palette and pull things that will fit within that theme and style. Staples such as jeans and light cardigans tend to be very versatile and can be incorporated into capsule wardrobes of every season. Categorize them by tops, bottoms, accessories, and shoes. Try on the items that you have pulled aside to make sure they fit you and are worth keeping out for the next few months. If they fit, great! Put them back into your closet; if not, let it go. Donate them to a Goodwill or local shelter.
Decide what you need to buy
Take a few minutes to reorganize the items you’ve decided to keep. Do an inventory of what you have and what you need to get you through the next season. Remember that an ideal number of items to have in your wardrobe is between 30 – 40 total.
If you’re missing some staples, or anchor items, that you think would benefit your spring capsule wardrobe – then it’s time to buy! Be sure that you are buying high enough quality clothing and accessories that you won’t have to repurchase year after year.