The Basics To Build Your Spring Capsule Wardrobe Around For The Most Stylish Season

In today's world, fashion overconsumption is a true problem — not only for the consumer but for the planet. And if you have a lot of clothes, you surely have encountered a couple of problems. You probably don't have enough space to store everything, you often get overwhelmed when dressing because you have so many options, and packing for travel can be stressful. As far as the planet goes, it's no secret that the fashion industry has a substantial negative impact on the environment — especially fast fashion. 

And that is exactly where the mindset of having a capsule wardrobe comes in. If you've never heard of it, a capsule wardrobe is what minimalism fashion is all about — having a minimal amount of versatile and essential pieces that you can mix and match in any way. And if you're willing to give a capsule wardrobe a chance, what better time to do it than spring?

The best advice we can give is that your key pieces need to work together when it comes to colors, fabrics, and styles. Apart from that, you can really lean into your style and go for items that channel your aesthetic. No, a capsule wardrobe doesn't have to be basic and in neutral colors (unless that's what you're going for). As long as the pieces are something you'd want to wear over and over again, they can totally be a part of your capsule collection. And if you don't know where to start, here are our recommendations!

A midi skirt

A midi skirt is a perfect piece to rock during spring. Since its hemline hits somewhere between a maxi and knee-length skirt, it works perfectly for the unpredictable spring weather. On warmer days, you can rock it with sandals; on colder days, it shows off your booties. While a black midi skirt is a classic, if colors are more your thing — opt for a shade you know you will adore.

A pair of cargo pants

The fashionable cargo pants were a huge trend in the late '90s and early 2000s, and they are having a major comeback this year. Even though a pant like this is currently very trendy, it is also a timeless piece that is super comfortable. If it's made in a thinner material, it is the perfect bottom for transitional weather.

A lightweight sweater

Some kind of lightweight cover-up is an essential piece for spring as it is great for layering. Depending on what style you like, you can either go for a classic sweater or a cardigan. But unless you love the maximalist fashion look, we recommend not going for a busy pattern so that it can match any outfit combo you create. A piece like that is also essential for any trip, as you can easily throw it on if it gets chillier.

A pair of bootcut denim jeans

Regardless of the season, jeans are probably the most common and versatile piece of a capsule wardrobe. This spring, bootcut jeans are very popular. The style is fitted around the thighs and slightly flares towards the bottom. But don't be confused: They are not flare pants. The bottom is only slightly wider so that your boots can fit under, hence the name. And since bootcut jeans are a classic, they can be worn for years, regardless of current trends.

A worn-in graphic tee

No matter how posh your style is, a classic tee is something you should own. After all, it pairs great with pieces that are traditionally considered businesswear, and it dresses them down so that you can rock them to a casual Sunday brunch. While you can go for a simple black or white tee if that's more your style, a fun worn-in graphic tee that gives people a glimpse into your personality is our favorite choice.

A trench coat

A trench coat has been a spring staple for decades, and for a good reason — it is a light type of coat that can dress up a casual fit and make you seem to look more put-together, even if you're literally wearing sweatpants. Since trench coats are traditionally made from a waterproof or water-resistant material, they are also a staple if you live in areas where rain is common in springtime.

A pair of ankle boots, chunky boots, or cowboy boots

With spring, most of us are looking forward to getting into sandals and hiding our boots at the back of our closets. However, a fun boot is also a spring staple, as it will come in handy on days when the weather is unpredictable or you just want to add some drama to your look. Our top three choices for spring are a classy ankle boot, a chunky combat boot, or a fun cowboy boot.

An oversized button-up shirt

Regardless of whether you're trying to create a capsule wardrobe or not, a classic button-up is something your should own. There are several ways to style a button-up shirt, and the fabric doesn't have to be white! We recommend also getting it in a slightly looser fit. This way, you can wear it as a traditional button-up or as a cover-up over a tank top.

A leather jacket

A leather jacket is an easy way to give your outfit more dimension, and it works with any kind of style as long as you get a leather jacket that suits you. Even though it may not seem like that at first, there is plenty of variety when styling your leather jackets. You can go for an oversized fit, a tight biker jacket, or even a leather blazer.

A pair of white sneakers

Sneakers are probably the comfiest shoe you can rock during springtime, and having a pair in your capsule wardrobe is essential. Classic white sneakers have always been popular, which is why a pair like this is something you will find yourself rocking year after year. You can go for a dainty slim pair or pick a chunky dad sneaker — either will be a super easy-wearing choice.

A fun scarf in your favorite color scheme

A capsule wardrobe thrives off of fun accessories, and most of the time, you will find yourself swapping those from season to season. However, for spring, a simple accessory that should be a part of the capsule wardrobe is a silk scarf in a color or pattern that matches your style. You can rock it around your neck, accessorize your hair with it, or even just tie it around the handles of your bag for a fun pop of color.

A pair of fancy black pants

Black pants are another basic and super versatile piece of clothing that can be worn in a million different ways. The best part about wide black pants like these is that they look very polished and professional while being very comfortable to wear. They can easily be dressed up or down and somehow work with any top you pick.

A fun matching set

Listen, a funky matching set might not sound like capsule wardrobe material, but since it gives you a whole outfit plus two different pieces you can mix and match with other clothing items, it is actually a multi-functional piece. Yes, you could just get a floral dress, but a floral skirt and top set is just so much better!

A neutral tank top

Even though we said you don't have to pick basic and neutral pieces for your capsule wardrobe, there are some items that we highly recommend you get in black, white, or nude. One of them is a tank top — a classic that looks great on its own but can also be used for layering.

A black maxi dress

Spring is definitely the time to take out the maxi dress, and a simple black one suits a capsule wardrobe best. On its own, it can look very glam and chic, but pair it with boots and a leather jacket, and all of a sudden, it's super edgy. A dress like this can be combined with numerous other items from your capsule wardrobe, and a sweater, graphic tee, or oversized button-up are only some of them.