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How to build a Spring Capsule Wardrobe: 7 Staples for chic looks

I recently shared some really cute spring outfits that any one can recreate. However I think it’s also important to share some staples you need to create a capsule wardrobe.

In this post I go over the 7 essentials you need to create a casual spring wardrobe with endless possibilities.


With these 7 staples in your wardrobe, you’ll be able to create a variety of stylish and comfortable outfits for the spring season.

Trench Coats/Blazers

The beauty of the trench coat or Blazer is its versatility. Dress it up, dress it down, layer it on, throw it over – the possibilities are endless! Plus, that lightweight material is perfect for those days that start chilly and end up warm.

Where find your perfect trench or Blazer?

Don’t worry, you can snag a fabulous trench without breaking the bank! Here are some of my favourite affordable stores with all their coats going for under $150, you wont have to compromise style.

  • Amazon
  • H&M
  • Mango
  • Forever 21 (with a wink)

But if you’re ready to invest in a classic piece that will last a lifetime, you can find a truly luxurious trench at:

  • Burberry (the OG!)
  • Mackintosh
  • Saint Laurent

These stores also have great Blazers, from Twill, to linen, oversized or boyfriend cuts.

Crisp Button-Down Shirt

The white button-down is the ultimate layering piece to own this Spring, it can give you endless outfit possibilities. You can throw a denim jacket over it for a casual brunch vibe. Feeling the heat? Unbutton it, roll up the sleeves, and pair it with your favourite high-waisted shorts for a breezy summer-ready look.

If you would like a feminine look, tuck it into a flowy floral skirt for a super cute outfit. A few things to consider before you go shopping:

  • Fit is key: Choose a classic cut or a trendy oversized option, but ensure the shirt flatters your body type with a tailored fit through the shoulders and chest, and appropriate length for your torso and arms.
  • Fabric for spring: Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or linen, or a blend for easier care. Consider Pima cotton for a luxurious feel.
  • Details matter: Classic collars and cuffs offer versatility, while pockets and French cuffs can add personality depending on your desired level of dressiness.

Where to find the perfect White shirt?

If you are on a wardrobe budget there are amazing white button-down options that won’t break the bank at :

  • Uniqlo
  • Everlane
  • Madewell

For those who are looking for a timeless piece that will become a staple for years to come check out:

  • The Row (ultra-luxe minimalism)
  • Equipment (known for their perfect fit)
  • Khaite (for something with a touch of edge)

Light Cashmere Sweater

Light sweaters are all about effortless layering and breezy style.

There are endless styling options. First is the classic cardigan and jeans option. Then you can also throw a light cardigan over a flowy floral dress for a touch of warmth and instant put-together polish. Otherwise simply tie your light sweater around your waist for a cute and casual vibe.

The beauty of the light sweater lies in its versatility. From cosy cardigans to breezy pullovers, there’s a style for everyone!

Now, where to find your perfect light sweater? For budget friendly options:

  • Old Navy
  • Target
  • Uniqlo

For Splurge worth sweaters:

  • Everlane (known for their sustainable and high-quality basics)
  • COS (minimalist staples with a modern edge)
  • Madewell (cozy and cool sweaters with a vintage feel)

Denim Jacket/Shirt

The beauty of the denim jacket is in the variety! A classic blue is a must-have, that offers a timeless appeal. But if you are feeling a little bolder? Go for a cropped cut that shows off your waistline. Need extra room for layering? The oversized jackets are also great. And for those who love a touch of edge, distressed details add instant personality.

Where to find the perfect denim shirt or jacket?

On a tight wardrobe budget? No worries! Here are some stores with fantastic denim jackets that won’t break the bank:

  • Forever 21
  • American Eagle
  • Old Navy

But if you’re craving a splurge-worthy denim jacket that will become a staple in your wardrobe for years to come:

  • Levi’s (the OG denim brand!)
  • AG Jeans (known for their flattering fits)
  • RE/DONE (for vintage-inspired, high-quality denim)

Flowy Dresses

Flowy dresses come in different colors, patterns, and styles. The options are endless! Maxi dresses add a touch of drama and elegance, while midis strike the perfect balance between sophistication and fun.

On a tight wardrobe budget? No worries! Here are some stores with amazing flowy dress options that won’t break the bank:

  • H&M
  • Target
  • Lulus (known for their trendy and affordable dresses)

Craving a splurge-worthy dress that will make a statement? Check out:

  • Reformation (sustainable and stunning dresses)
  • Zimmermann (think bohemian luxury)
  • Réalisation (romantic and vintage-inspired designs)

Tailored trousers

I am a sucker for tailored trousers because they can elevate your entire look. They also tend to flatter any figure for that clean and polished look.

Classic straight-leg trousers are a timeless choice, while high-waisted styles elongate your legs and create a flattering silhouette.

You can create endless outfit possibilities. Pair your tailored trousers with a crisp button-down shirt for a polished work look, or a flowy blouse for a stylish weekend vibe. Throw on a blazer for added sophistication, or keep it casual with a cute t-shirt.

Looking for a fashionable option without breaking the bank? Here are some stores with fantastic tailored trousers:

  • Cider
  • Asos
  • Zara (known for their trendy and affordable takes on classics)
  • Banana Republic (great for work-ready styles at reasonable prices)
  • Mango (offers a variety of cuts and colors to suit your taste)

For Investment pieces check out:

  • Theory (known for their impeccable tailoring and luxurious fabrics)
  • J.Crew (classic cuts with a modern edge)
  • Max Mara (think timeless elegance in high-quality materials)

Comfortable Flats

A comfortable pair of flats is essential for spring. The options include loafers, sandals, mules, ballet flats, and sneakers. Look for a pair that you can wear all day long without getting tired feet.

Looking for Budget friendly options, here are some stores with amazing options:

  • Amazon
  • Express
  • Madewell (known for their trendy and comfy shoe selections)
  • Nisolo (sustainable and ethically made flats)
  • Dr. Scholl’s (arch support and style combined!)

To splurge:

  • Sam Edelman (luxe comfort with a modern edge)
  • Tory Burch (classic ballerina flats with a touch of preppy chic)
  • Rothy’s (stylish flats made from recycled materials)

This post is about 7 wardrobe staples to create cute spring outfits.

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