I've been following capsule wardrobes for awhile. It sounded like a great way to save money, but I was never truly invested in the process. So I watched other Instagram girls create beautiful and thoughtful closets, and continued to fill mine with another item each time I went to the mall.
But this season, I find myself in a place where my life just feels busier. Travel. School. Work. Church. Friends. Boyfriends. It never slows down, and every person in my life moves at a different speed doing different things. So if I can simplify one area - if I can simplify what I wear each day and find an opportunity to be creative every morning - could that spill over into other areas of my life that feel busy and complicated?
Practically, this came out of a place of needing to stop a really bad shopping habit and free up more space in my 400 square foot apartment. It also came from a need to not be overwhelmed with options each morning and end up settling for yoga pants and a running jacket (again).
My spring capsule includes 35 pieces (34 right now, I'm still in search for the perfect pair of high waister shorts or overalls). I gravitated naturally towards my favourite colours: shades of black, grey, and blue. For this season I also chose accents of cream and army green, with gold and lace details.
To me, spring is not an abrupt switch from cold and grey to warm and sunny. Rather, it is a gradual shift, slowly and deliberately, and I wanted my closet to reflect that. I wanted to hang on to the colours and pieces I love from the winter, while introducing whimsical summery options to layer with.
My favourite part? Each piece (minus shoes) was either bought on sale, at a thrift/consignment store, or at a local boutique. Details below:
The rest of my capsule includes: a grey long sleeve (gift), black cut out long sleeve (sale, Nordstrom), black tank (Plato's Closet) | black Lucky Brand denim (sale), high waisted dark Lucky denim (sale), distressed boyfriend Lucky denim (sale) | black Sam Edleman booties (TJ Maxx), brown Lucky Brand booties (employee Nordstrom discount), blush lace up sandals (sale), green lace up Steve Madden chunk heels (outlet), beige Steve Madden clogs.