A capsule wardrobe is key for stress free mornings when it comes to getting dressed, and not only that, it allows us to be more sustainable with our fashion consumption. When you have the staples of the season, they will be the building blocks most outfits are centred around and so in turn, you will buy less. Blogger, Phillipa Bloom explains: “Core basics are the back bone of your wardrobe, the pieces you always rely on.” You may already own a few of these items or perhaps your wardrobe needs a little refresh to help make dressing simpler. So, we’ve rounded up the 10 key items every spring wardrobe needs…
1 – A shacket
The perfect outerwear garment for those in between weather days where it’s too warm to wear a coat yet too cool to go without. This season there are lots of different styles on offer with the utility trend still reigning supreme. And when once a shacket was only available in khaki green there are now other colour ways to choose from including beige, soft pink and white. Just make sure you have at least one in your wardrobe – pair with jeans and dresses alike.
2 – A leather jacket
The leather jacket is both a summer and winter staple, the ideal layering piece for any outfit. Toughen up a floaty floral skirt by layering one over, give jeans and tee a cool edge or simply drape over your shoulder on holiday when the breeze picks up. If you reach for your leather jacket often, it’s an item we recommend investing in as real leather only improves with age and you’ll wear it on repeat. The high street (particularly Mango and Zara) does real leather options at unbelievably reasonable prices which are worth checking out.
3 – White trainers
The humble white trainer should not be overlooked if only for their sheer versatility. Whether you opt for designer (Golden Goose are hard to beat) or classic Adidas Stan Smiths, the fresh white colour ensures they look good all year round, working with many outfits.
4 – Backless shoe
Spring summer footwear is undoubtedly the hardest to get right, you’ve packed away your winter boots and are fed up of wearing trainers day in day out – this is where the backless shoe comes in. Closed in toe (so no problem if you’ve forgot to book in a pedi) and in a variety of styles across both high street and designer labels. For a fail safe classic investment, look to the Gucci Princetown loafer – comfy, cool and in a wide colour range. Equally, the high street has more affordable options such as this woven pair from Kurt Geiger.
5 – Stripe t-shirt
A stripe tee makes a welcome change from a block colour by adding a little more interest. Whilst navy and white stripe is a perennial favourite, we also love a black and white stripe. By ensuring that it’s cut slightly oversized enables it to be tucked effortlessly in to jeans, trousers or shorts. Layer underneath a leather jacket, pair with a backless shoe and jeans for an easy yet still stylish outfit.
6 – Trench coat
This is the key capsule piece every woman needs in their wardrobe. If you’ve got Burberry money then it really is an investment worth making due to their timeless status, if not, the high street does a good trench – if you know where to look. Stick to a classic shape, not too boxy yet slightly oversized with a belt to cinch you in when needed. We also recommend sticking to a beige colour palette (ensuring it’s not too dark or too light) or even cream, because whilst pinks and printed versions may be big this season, the likelihood is they won’t be next. The right trench will be a staple you turn to again and again, season after season and never tire of whether its £40 from H&M or £1,000 from Burberry – wear it, love it and most importantly, own it.
7 – A white shirt
You can’t beat a crisp white shirt although it’s important to consider the fit and what you pair it with. We favour one worn with straight leg or boyfriend jeans – look for a style that’s fitted across the shoulders and slightly oversized, avoiding boxy shapes as they tend to make you look bigger than you are. However, for the skinny jean lovers among you, this oversized cut has to be exaggerated further to ensure the proportions are just right and to avoid looking dated.
8 – Floral midi dress
Out of all the dress styles available, the floral midi is undoubtedly the most versatile. The length means it can be worn without tights as the temperature warms, with long-mid sleeve styles the best for creating a good silhouette. Have fun with colour here and find one that you love, dress it up with heels and down with trainers and wear alone or under a jacket – the possibilities are endless.
9 – A summer bag
It’s time to switch up your black tote or fail safe cross body for something a little more spring like. Raffia styles, woven details or just a lighter colour shade work well here and there’s no need to invest with the amount available on the high street. Consider what colours your spring/summer wardrobe predominantly consists of and opt for a shade that will contrast well. A fan of white? Go for any bright pop of colour. Pastel shades? Silver or nude will complement perfectly. If you prefer vibrant colours, opt for a natural straw style.
10 – Blue denim jeans
Whilst there’s always a time and a place for black and grey denim it can be beneficial to mix up your colours when a new season arrives and switch your indigo blue colour for a lighter shade. The perfect blue denim like the GRLFRND pair shown below, will go with everything already in your wardrobe and the frayed hem is a nice touch. Whilst we’ve all been conditioned to believe that the darker the denim the more flattering it is, you’ll be surprised by how wearable light blue jeans can be – take a variety of shades into the changing room and see which works best for you.