Spring Capsule Packing List
Another winter has come and gone, and we’re officially gearing up to face the glorious spring and summer days! It also means that we’re digging our spring wardrobes out of storage and swapping our boots for our sandals. The bright colors, lightweight fabrics, and beautiful textures of spring fashion always feel like a reward after a long season of winter wear. With spring and summer come lots of fun trips! That is why I have put together the perfect Spring Capsule Packing List for you.
What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?
The simple definition is that it’s a curated wardrobe made up of versatile pieces you love to wear. Creating your capsule wardrobe should be a testament to your personal style.
A capsule wardrobe consists of a set of tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, shoes, and accessories that can be easily mixed and matched together to be dressed up, down, and anywhere in between. It means your closet has less trendy pieces that will only be worn for one season and more high-quality, classic pieces that stand the test of time and can be worn for years. The best part? While it might feel more expensive at the moment, you’ll actually save money in the long run since you won’t be going through so many fast-fashion pieces.
Once you master a starter capsule wardrobe, it can be curated and swapped from season to season. It makes it easy to pack up and take out clothes for the appropriate season because every time you pull them out, they’re just as in style as when you bought them.
How To Build A Spring Capsule
To create a capsule wardrobe, begin by examining your current clothing. Assess each item to determine if it’s an essential piece you want to keep. (More here on how to decide that) Remember to include shoes and accessories when editing your wardrobe.
Then, sort each item into one of four piles:
- I love it and will wear it tomorrow: These pieces fit your body and lifestyle, and you’re happy wearing them. Put these back first.
- Maybe: These pieces might not fit perfectly, have sentimental value, or you just can’t put your finger on why you don’t wear them more. (If you haven’t reached for it more than once, it belongs in this pile too). Put all of these items in a box and store them in a place that’s easily accessible. If you find yourself reaching for an item, put it back in your closet after; if you haven’t reached for it by the end of the season, keep it in the box to take to donate. This is noncommittal (for now) and allows you to change your mind later.
- Hard no: Whether it’s because it doesn’t fit or you just decided you don’t like it, pack these pieces up to donate them.
- Seasonal: There’s no need to keep a cashmere sweater next to your summer tank tops. Move all of your seasonal pieces into a storage location that will be easy for you to swap out once the time is right.
Now, look at what’s left in your closet and evaluate what your personal style is and what holes you have. Maybe you’re completely set on jeans, but you could use a new jacket for spring. Now that you have a clear vision of what you’ll be able to pair that jacket with, you’ll make a better selection for what fits your closet. This doesn’t mean you have to entirely forego trend pieces and forever live wearing button-ups and jeans—it just means that when you do purchase trendier pieces, you know that they’ll have a place in your wardrobe and that they’ll get worn.
Spring Capsule Packing Pieces
I always bring a couple of white tees because I find myself wearing them frequently. They are perfect to wear by themselves or layer. My go-to white tee is a cropped, boxy silhouette. I love this Varley tee. It is of incredible quality and so soft. A great look-for-less option is this Everlane tee!
White Button Down
A great pair of jeans are an essential piece to pack for vacation. Opt for a comfortable pair that can be worn casually during the day and dressed up with heels at night.
Long Denim skirt
A slip dress is a classic, versatile cut that I always make sure to pack. For a casual look, simply layer it with a cozy sweater or wear a tied-at-the-waist button-up top over it and pair it with sneakers. To dress it up, wear heels and accessorize with your favorite bag. This perfect piece easily adapts to changing temperatures through smart layering.
A cozy with a jogger set that can be worn as pieces separately or together is always in my luggage! My personal favorite is the Spanx AirEssentials Jogger and matching crewneck. They feel like you’re wearing a cloud and are of amazing quality.
Here is a post where I review the AirEssentials line. Spoiler Alert: It is incredible! You can use my Spanx discount code FashionedLifeXSpanx for 10% off plus free shipping and returns!
Pajamas You Love
Going Out Dress
When it comes to shoes, I like to stick to 3 categories. One great pair of sneakers, neutral and comfy heels, in addition to your favorite spring/summer sandals, to finish out your Spring Capsule!
Spring Capsule Outfit Combinations