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The sun is back. Let’s take a look at how to create a more sustainable spring capsule wardrobe. Think breathable materials, neutral and pastel colours, and floral prints.
How to create the perfect spring capsule wardrobe
We don’t want to sound repetitive, but hear us out: capsule wardrobes are the way to go. Not only do they make getting dressed in the morning simpler, they foster a more sustainable relationship with clothing.
What is a capsule wardrobe? For the uninitiated or unconvinced, they’re basically a small collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories that are interchangeable, enabling you to build countless outfits from fewer items overall. By using neutral colours that pair well together perhaps with one accent colour, in materials that complement each other, the “mix-and-match” process becomes second nature. For spring colour palettes, we like neutral and pastel tones. And in terms of materials, we love to start incorporating a sturdy denim jacket over breathable linens to slowly transition to the summer season.
A capsule wardrobe for spring should contain transitional and layerable pieces for weather that can’t make up its mind, and ideally, is a mix of things you already own, pre-loved pieces, and a select few ethically-made items from “Good” or “Great” brands if you need them.
The basic steps
Prefer a capsule guide to creating a capsule? We get it. Life is busy. Here are the bite-sized basics:
- Take stock of what you have for the season and separate everything into repair, give away/sell, recycle, or keep
- Make a list of what you’ll need for a spring capsule perfect for you, and store anything on the keep list that won’t work this season
- Find any gaps and fill them with second hand, swapped, or new pieces (inspiration below)
What to include
Spring is an exciting season for fashion, as the warmer weather allows you to experiment and have fun with lighter materials and colours. Of course specific items depend on your location, style, and other needs, but this is a good place to start:
- short and long sleeve tees (early spring can be treacherous)
- tops and blouses
- sweaters or cardigans
- denim jacket (a great spring basic)
- dresses and skirts
- comfortable jeans and pants
- socks and tights
- short pyjamas
- shoes (loafers, sneakers, boots for a rock vibe)
- neutral belt
- cute bag
- sunglasses and hat
Our favourite top rated brands for a more sustainable spring capsule
Need some inspo, or to fill a gap in your budding spring capsule? Here are some of our editors’ favourite “Good” and “Great” brands creating layerable basics to see you through transeasonal dressing.