“Training yourself to become more selective is the single most effective thing you can do to upgrade your wardrobe.” —Anuschka Reese
As we continue with Earth month, I want to talk a bit about an important mindset to have when it comes to fashion and building a solid wardrobe: cost divided by times per wear.
If something is expensive to you, ask yourself (and be brutally honest), “How many wears can I get out of this piece?”
If you know you’ll be reaching for it a lot, the cost will decrease with each wear and it’ll be worth every penny. However, if you know you’re not going to be wearing it often and in at least two seasons, don’t waste your money.
Several years ago, I talked about how to build a capsule wardrobe. I want to dive deeper while also giving you some inspiration on how you can build a timeless Spring wardrobe you’ll wear again and again.
A key component to having a strong wardrobe is to have a capsule wardrobe for each season. And in today’s article, I want to share what I’d like in my Spring capsule wardrobe and why.
OUTERWEAR / DRESSES
We all know having a trench coat is necessary for the rainy season. However, for my spring capsule wardrobe, a denim jacket is a must while I save for my dream trench coat. To add interest, I’d totally go for this peplum denim jacket. And if you’re feeling bold, go for a distressed, pearl-embellished denim jacket (size down) that I also own and can vouch for. Considering I live in Texas, I can see myself wearing it in the Spring and Fall seasons.
Nothing welcomes the warmer months than a white dress. Cost divided my times per wear is the name of my game and my pick in the edit above can be worn three ways. It can be worn alone as is, layered with a cami or tee underneath, and lastly, double as a vest for layering with sleek pants. I also love that you can also wear it with a long-sleeve shirt/blouse and leggings or skinny jeans in the fall.
If you’re looking for just a dress, this textured white dress would also be stunning, dressed up or down.
My Spring top must-haves would be a chambray button down (or a light wash chambray button down if that is your preference). You can wear it buttoned up and tucked in or unbuttoned with the “half-zip” look. Another way is with a half tuck and the sleeves rolled up. You can also wear a chambray button down tied around your waist or as a light jacket with a tee or cami underneath. Again, cost divided by times per wear.
No spring capsule wardrobe is complete without a white tee (here is a sustainably-sourced tee if you’re looking for one) and if your budget permits, add in a thin long sleeve tee and/or a cashmere t-shirt.
For me personally, I’d love to add a pair of high-quality, gently distressed jeans to my Spring wardrobe. I also wasn’t a fan of light washes before. However, I’m starting to take a liking to them this season, which is why this made the edit.
If you have a ton of blue denim, try adding a pair of grey jeans to switch things up. Bonus: here are some tips for buying high-quality jeans.
SHOES / BAGS / ACCESSORIES
I’m a huge fan of nude pumps in general. If you’re looking to break up your “black goes with everything” mindset like me, go with nude. They still go with everything!
Wedges espadrilles are also great for Spring (and summer). Stick with neutral colors and you’ll be getting a lot of wear out of them. If you’re not a fan of pumps/wedges and prefer to be closer to the ground, try these embellished sandals.
And of course, white sneakers are a must in my book. With the right pair, you can wear them with a ton of looks. If you’re looking for a more affordable pair, these white vegan leather sneakers would be my pick!
Nothing compliments an outfit more than a handbag. This shoulder bag that also converts into a crossbody is a two-for-one kind of investment. And I’ve had my eye on this baby for a VERY long time.
As I get older, I’m beginning to explore fine jewelry. And any jewelry collection needs to consist of diamond stud earrings. If you’re on a budget or are saving towards a real pair, try this cubic zirconia set to tide you over.
Aviator sunglasses are such a classic and not just for Spring, but all year round. Trust me, these will go with all of your outfits and also make you feel like you’re in Top Gun.
Sometimes, to complete an outfit, a leather belt in a caramel color is all you need. If you’re into a lot of black/white and neutrals, switch things up and go for brown tones to add a bit more warmth to your looks.
As someone who loves fashion, my perspective on designer/high-end pieces is unique.
I don’t tend to go for trends much. And if I do, I dabble in it here and there, mostly with shoes and accessories.
Other than that, it’s all about high-end classics for me because I feel that’s where my money should be invested in the most. And if I can get it pre-loved or new with tags via consignment, even better…on my wallet and for our planet!
I hope today’s article has helped you think about your (Spring) wardrobe a bit more as my goal is that it encourages you to invest in higher quality pieces this season and beyond!