capsule wardrobe challenge: spring

038F7BD1-CE40-425D-8C6E-35F02D0C0D93.JPG

HAPPY SPRING!!

To ring in this newly green and warm world that surrounds us, I thought I would do another wardrobe capsule challenge: spring edition. If you don’t remember what this is, feel free to click on this link to check out my previous post on wardrobe capsules! This link will give you more detail on this process, and give you helpful tips for choosing the right items for your capsules. Lastly, it’ll give you things to consider while you do so.

The idea is simple, though. You pick out a number of items of clothing equal to the amount of days you’ll wear them, and create different outfits from those pieces. So, if you choose 30 items, just create 30 different looks within a 30 day period.

One of the many reasons, and motivations behind doing this practice is to consume less and learn how to reexamine the pieces you already own. I am actually in the middle of a month-long fast from shopping, so this couldn’t have come at a better time for me! Maybe consider doing something similar, and see how differently you view your wardrobe.

Now, 30x30x30 may not be a good idea for your first wardrobe capsule attempt. Make realistic number guidelines, so that you set yourself up for success from the very start. Go with 10 items to start, or maybe 5, and see how many looks you can create.

This is the best part, in my opinion. This is when you get to mix and match your pieces, and discover new ways to wear your clothes. Step into this process with an open mind and lots of creativity! Maybe at first you’ll feel like none of your clothes go together, but don’t become discouraged! Start by laying your clothes out onto your bed, and putting similar color palettes together. By doing this you will be able to see what colors you have, and what ones mesh well together.

The following is my color palette:

I went with lots of creams and neutrals, but since blue is my favorite color, I had to add some of that in there, too. I don’t usually wear a lot of patterns, but now that spring has sprung I couldn’t help but add a flowery dress to my list as well.

32EA70AE-147A-4545-85EB-E30951F7EDFD.jpeg

The items I picked that DO count towards my number are as follows:

  • 3 dresses

  • 2 tops

  • 1 button-up

  • 1 cardigan

  • 2 pairs of pants

  • 2 pairs of shoes (1 heel + 1 flat)

The items I picked that DON’T count towards my number are as follows:

  • 1 belt

  • 1 handbag

  • 1 necklace

  • 1 headscarf

  • 1 jean jacket (not pictured below)

(I keep my accessories simple, but remember: you are allowed as many as you’d like!)

A24D5D29-113A-4611-8455-F9149A696A59.JPG

As you can see (or count), I have picked out 11 items instead of my normal 10. There was no real reason for this, other than I just couldn’t choose between dresses! So, I just decided to go with 11 items for 11 days. See, there’s no hard and fast rules- it’s all up to you!


 

outfit no. 1

...


I gifted myself this Doen top last Christmas, and have been waiting all winter to wear it. The elegant details and stitches throughout is mesmerizing, and its lightweight feel is going to be perfect for the summertime as well.

To change this look even more, tuck the top into your jeans, and throw on a belt. Easy, simple and feminine.

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Top: Doen

Jeans: Madewell (old - similar)

Shoes: Nisolo

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

Headscarf: Homemade (similar)

 

outfit no. 2

...


Christy Dawn dresses have been my obsession for a few years now. They are perfect worn on their own, or layered (see below). Classic and feminine- perfect for the office or a date night -you can’t beat this simple look.

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Dress: Christy Dawn (“The Daisy Dress”)

Shoes: Lotta From Stockolm

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

outfit no. 3

...


This is why it’s important to not get rid of all of your fast fashion pieces too quickly. I’ve had this dress for a couple years, and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. Yes, it’s good to buy sustainable, but throwing out something that can be worn multiple ways would be quite wasteful, and that’s something we’re trying to avoid!

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Dress: Target (old - similar)

Cardigan: Vintage (similar)

Shoes: Nisolo

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

outfit no. 4

...


I love to wear cardigans all buttoned-up like this. There’s something really 1950s about it, and something I think should be brought back into style.

Also, with just a couple undone buttons, and a skirt, you can create a very sexy, elegant look.

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Cardigan: Vintage (similar)

Pants: NotPERFECTLINEN

Shoes: Nisolo

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

Outfit no. 5

...


If you are petite like me, consider what I did here: I bought a size 10 girls dress (which was $100+ less than the women’s size), and worn it as a mini dress. This is a great way to save some money- just make sure you check this measurements!

Also, tying a button-up around your body can give your waist some definition, and when you pair it with some flats, it makes the whole look more causal.

WHAT i AM WEARING:

Dress: Doen

Button-up: Tradlands (old - similar)

Shoes: Lotta From Stockolm

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

Outfit no. 6

...


Pairing a flow-y top over an A-line dress can be a really cute look, but it can make you feel, and look, like a box (especially if you’re short). So, consider taking a belt, or a longer scarf, and wrapping it around your top and waist!

WHAT i AM WEARING:

Top: Tribe Alive (out of stock - similar)

Dress: Target (old - similar)

Shoes: Nisolo

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

Belt: Madewell

 

Outfit no. 7

...


When you have a lightweight, mini dress, it is very easy to create it into a top. All you have to do is gather the bottom either to the sides or middle of your waist (basically wherever you want to tie it), and slowly twist it clockwise. Make a loop with your fabric, and slide the end through the hole. To keep from having the end poking out, slip it around the back if you can. This will create a tulip looking knot!

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Dress: Doen

Jeans: Madewell (old - similar)

Shoes: Nisolo

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

Outfit no. 8

...


Spring weather can go in and out of rain and sunshine, which makes the temperature fluctuate quite a bit. And because of this, a classic, warm cardigan should always been apart of your spring wardrobe!

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Top: Tribe Alive (out of stock - similar)

Cardigan: Vintage (similar)

Jeans: Madewell (old - similar)

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

Belt: Madewell

 

Outfit no. 9

...


When you have a dress that doesn’t have a defined waist, or long sleeves, you can easily pair it with a sweater or button-up. Just wrap a belt around it, and you’re golden.

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Button-up: Tradlands (old - similar)

Dress: Christy Dawn (“The Daisy Dress”)

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

Belt: Madewell

 

Outfit no. 10

...


Spring is all about color, and though I’m a big fan of neutrals, adding a pop of color during this time of year is so necessary. And so so fun!

So, if you keep the color to one item, it’ll make the color even more pronounced.

What I am wearing:

Top: Doen

Bottoms: NotPERFECTLINEN

Shoes: Lotta From Stockolm

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

Outfit no. 11

...


Ending this challenge with a classic, because you cannot go wrong with a white top under a denim button-up. You can easily add some heels to make it more fancy, or some sneakers to make it even more causal.

WHAT I AM WEARING:

Button-up: Tradlands (old - similar)

Top: Tribe Alive (out of stock - similar)

Jeans: Madewell (old - similar)

Shoes: Nisolo

Bag: Vintage (similar)

Necklace: Of Myth and Muse

 

...

If you choose to do this challenge, please let me know! DM me via Instagram and send me some pictures of your creations. I would love to be apart of this fun challenge with you!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you feel inspired to do this challenge for yourself!

Happy Capsuling, friends! xo C.