Now that spring is finally here, I thought it was time to do a little spring closet cleaning and refresh my wardrobe a little bit! I’ve been wanting to simplify things and freshen up what I wear every day, and the best way to do that in my opinion is to create a capsule wardrobe! I’ve done a few of these before in the past, and it really helped me to make sure I wear the clothes in my closet by focusing on a few items every month/season. And by a few, I mean 40.
The beauty of doing a capsule wardrobe and selectively choosing what you’ll wear for the next season is that you can make sure that you really get a lot of wear out of seasonal pieces and you don’t get bogged down and frustrated trying to decide what to wear in the mornings. You know exactly what options you have and can make fast, easy choices that you know you’re going to love.
There’s lots of different ways to create a capsule wardrobe for yourself, and honestly any way you choose is probably going to be great. Some people only pick 30 items, some people include accessories, some people don’t count in shoes, some people do them monthly – it’s really up to you!! I decided that I was going to choose 40 items for mine because I wanted to not do laundry ALL the time, I wanted to have good variety between work and weekend outfits, and I wanted to include lots of shoes in an effort to force myself to actually wear the shoes I already own. I didn’t include any undergarments (like camis) or accessories (like purses) in mine because I only have a few bags that I switch between depending on the occasion. Here’s what I included!
I tried to pick tops that would be good layered (mostly at work and church, both of which are FREEZING even when it’s hot outside) but could also be cute and appropriate to wear on their own (like on weekends or during my commute). I threw in a t-shirt for when I’m feeling super casual (which is honestly like once a month lol) and a few longer-sleeve blouses that don’t need to be layered at all. If you don’t need to layer as much as I do, then you can add a few more tops and take out a few layering pieces – just think about what you wear on a regular basis and build your capsule around that!
A lot of the tops I’m including in my capsule are “oldies but goodies” aka I bought them at TJ Maxx years ago but they’re still things that I love and wear regularly. I did add a few replacement items that I purchased recently, like this green blouse and this green tank.
7 layering pieces
Since I’m in a lot of “brrr I’m freezing” scenarios in my life, I really like to make sure I have a lot of good layering options/cardigans to choose from. And also I just love me a good cardigan! I made sure to have a variety of colors that would go with most of the tops I put in my capsule, along with a black blazer for work and a jean jacket for cuteness!
5 dresses & skirts
Texas gets hot and it’s nice to have some fun dress/skirt options to look cute and keep cool! I’ve gotten into such a rut of wearing jeans every day to work, so I’m hoping having some cute dresses will make me want to dress up a little more. At least once a week. We’ll see how that goes. I can already anticipate that I’ll be wanting to wear this black eyelet dress a LOT!
Because I do pretty much wear jeans every day, I wanted to make sure that I had a LOT of options to wear. Black jeans, dark jeans, lighter jeans, white jeans, green pants that are like jeans but aren’t actually denim, distressed jeans for the weekend – gotta have ’em all! I made sure to also have my favorite shorts in the mix and a fun jumpsuit, too! I love this black one because it’s so simple – you can dress it up, dress it down, wear it to work, church, running errands, out to dinner – the possibilities are endless.
10 pairs of shoes
Just like wearing jeans to work everyday, I’ve gotten in a huge ret with wearing the same 2 pairs of shoes and basically nothing else. Now, you can’t go wrong with a pair of black flats and a pair of tan loafers… but there are just so many other options I can go with! In an effort to actually wear other footwear, I added TEN pairs of shoes to my capsule. And yes, that does feel like a lot, but each pair is so distinct in shape/color/pattern/occasion that they all still feel necessary. Thankfully I already had pretty much all the shoes I’d need, and I only had to replace a worn-out pair of sandals that could be worn to work (I found these cuties).