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The Perfect Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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The Perfect Spring Capsule Wardrobe

I’m all about having a capsule wardrobe, and today I’ll be sharing pieces in my spring capsule wardrobe.

I tend to navigate towards darker colours during the winter, so spring is the time to start adding colour into my wardrobe.

Since it’s also pretty cold even during the spring here in Toronto (that’s life in Toronto for ya), I’m also all about the layers.

Here are essentials in my spring capsule wardrobe!


What is a spring capsule wardrobe?


A spring capsule wardrobe is basically a collection of versatile and staple clothing pieces that you can mix and match with each other.

They include timeless pieces that won’t go out of style even 10 years from now!

Instead of buying an entire new wardrobe every season, why not invest in a capsule wardrobe that’ll last you for years, if not forever?

It’ll save you money in the long run, and it’ll cause less harm to the planet.

We all gotta do our part in helping fashion become more sustainable, my friends.

What items should be included in your capsule wardrobe?

Basic tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes should be included in your capsule wardrobe.

These should be staple items in your wardrobe that can be mixed and matched together.

How do you build a capsule wardrobe on a budget?

A lot of sustainable fashion brands tend to be on the pricier side, but you don’t have to shop at expensive stores in order to build a capsule wardrobe.

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The key is to invest in high-quality and well-made pieces, and there are plenty of affordable brands that you can shop for your capsule wardrobe.

What are the benefits of having a capsule wardrobe?

Having a capsule wardrobe is beneficial for many reasons, including:

  • Making it quicker to get dressed in the morning
  • Saving you money in the long run
  • Better for the planet

It’s just so much easier to rely on a capsule wardrobe, rather than rummaging through your closet each morning and not knowing what to wear!

Plus, with a capsule wardrobe, you can occasionally add trendy pieces that will still go with everything you have in your closet.


How to build a spring capsule wardrobe

I’ve separated this spring capsule wardrobe guide into a few different sections to make it easier:

  • Tops
  • Outerwear
  • Bottoms
  • Footwear

Keep on reading to see my spring capsule essentials!


Spring capsule tops


Zara baby blue suede moto jacket outfit
A simple white tank or camisole pairs with everything, and it’s great for layering.
White t-shirt and blue jeans outfit
A basic white tee also goes with everything.
Urban Outfitters choker graphic tee with Alpha Industries red bomber jacket
A cool graphic tee is another staple in your spring capsule wardrobe.
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White button-ups are perfect for work, school, or even weekend brunch dates with the girls.
Summer to fall transitional outfit featuring Aritzia pink knit sweater and Guess white distressed jeans
Knit sweaters are perfect for chillier spring days.

Simple white tank

A simple white tank or camisole goes with pretty much any outfit, and it’s great for layering under cardigans, shirts, and jackets.

It’s best to invest in a higher quality material like silk rather than a cheaper cotton one!

Not only will it last a lot longer, but the material looks a lot nicer.

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Plain white tee

A plain white tee and some simple blue jeans = the perfect spring look.

Of course you’ll have to layer a jacket over if you live somewhere cold like Canada, and you can pretty much throw on any jacket – denim, moto, trench, you name it!

Grey and black tees are also a nice staple to have, but just a white one is enough for the spring and summer seasons.

Graphic tee

Layer up a cool band tee with a moto jacket and jeans for that cool girl look!

You don’t need a whole collection of graphic tees in your wardrobe – a classic vintage band tee will do the trick and go with any item in your spring capsule wardrobe.

Go casual with a pair of high waisted jeans, or dress it up a bit with a high waisted skirt.

Button-up shirt

A classic white blouse is perfect for work, school, and even going out for brunch on the weekend.

You can pair it with so many different spring outfits, and it’ll never go out of style!

One of my go-to spring outfits is a button-up shirt with a pair of ripped denim.

Another classic button-up shirt I love is the striped blouse!

Knit sweater

Knit sweaters aren’t just for fall/winter – they’re a great spring essential as well!

Layer them under denim jackets on chillier days or wear them on their own on warmer days.


Spring capsule outerwear


There are three essential outerwear pieces everyone needs in their spring capsule wardrobe: the denim jacket, moto jacket, and trench coat.

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Denim jackets can be thrown over pretty much any spring outfit.
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Moto jackets are another spring staple I love having in my closet.
Summer outfit featuring Aritzia white slip dress, pink trench coat, Jeffrey Campbell grey suede booties, and nude Michael Kors bag
Trench coats make any spring outfit look chic and elegant.

Denim jacket

There are so many different styles of denim jackets you can wear, but if you’re just looking for that one staple, go for an oversized trucker jacket.

One of my go-to spring outfits is denim on denim because it’s so easy to throw on!

I adore Levi’s denim jackets, and you can always find them at vintage clothing stores as well.

Moto jacket

Whether you like it suede, leather, or vegan, a moto jacket is a classic piece that never goes out of style.

Throw it on over a simple tee and jeans and that’s a chic spring look!

Go with a classic black moto jacket, or go with a fun coloured moto jacket.

As a lover of moto jackets, I have them in multiple colours, but all you really need is just one good one!

Trench coat

For spring days where you just need a light layer, trench coats are perfect.

You can’t go wrong with a classic tan trench coat, but white or pink also pair with many different spring outfits!


Spring capsule bottoms


Striped button-up and Levi's ripped blue denim
A good pair of blue jeans goes with every outfit.
Summer to fall transitional outfit featuring Aritzia pink knit sweater and Guess white distressed jeans
White jeans are another spring staple in my closet.
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A chic pair of trousers elevates any look.

Blue denim

A good pair of blue jeans are an essential in everyone’s spring capsule wardrobe.

Invest in a high-quality pair of denim that’ll last you forever, like Levi’s or Citizens of Humanity!

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White denim

White jeans are another essential in my spring capsule wardrobe, especially because I’m all about the lighter colours as the weather warms up.

Skinny white denim, mom jeans, wide leg jeans – go with whatever style floats your boat!

While they tend to look a bit dressier, you can totally wear white jeans with pretty much anything in your capsule wardrobe.

Trousers

While I don’t work in a professional setting, I still love wearing trousers.

Whether it’s for an important event or just a coffee date, trousers elevate any look.


Spring capsule footwear


Adidas Ultra Boost Sneakers in Triple White
White sneakers pair with everything – they’re my most-worn shoe year-round.
Guess distressed white jeans with Nordstrom pink mules
Mules are great for any occasion.
Jeffrey Campbell cutout booties
Booties aren’t just for fall/winter – a pair of neutral spring booties is nice to have!

Sneakers

Any sneaker works for your spring capsule wardrobe, as long as it’s a timeless and versatile piece that works with any outfit.

I’m all about white sneakers, because they literally pair with anything and everything.

In fact, I probably wear white sneakers more than I wear any other shoes.

Go for a classic pair of Chucks, or a comfy pair of Adidas Ultra Boost sneakers.

Mules

On days where I have to dress up a little more, I love wearing mules or flats.

They look more elegant than sneakers, so they’re great for even more professional settings.

Spring booties

You can wear black booties well into spring, but a nice beige or brown pair doesn’t hurt to have as well!

I’m all about the lighter colours for spring because it’s a great transition into my summer wardrobe.

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Essentials for your spring capsule wardrobe:

  1. Simple white tank
  2. Plain white tee
  3. Graphic tee
  4. Button-up shirt
  5. Knit sweater
  6. Denim jacket
  7. Moto jacket
  8. Trench coat
  9. Blue Denim
  10. White denim
  11. Trousers
  12. Sneakers
  13. Mules
  14. Spring booties

What are some essentials in your spring capsule wardrobe? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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