You’ll love this effortless and elevated spring capsule wardrobe 2023. And, learn to curate a capsule that is incredibly versatile with a multitude of chic outfit possibilities to keep you feeling stylish and fresh for spring!
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Effortless Spring Capsule Wardrobe for 2023
Spring is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to curate an effortless spring capsule wardrobe. If you are a fan of minimal, neutral style, and want to streamline your wardrobe to reduce stress, the time it takes to get dressed, and save some money while you are at it – this capsule will be a perfect guide for you.
The weather during the spring season can be quite varied depending on where you live, so a thoughtful spring capsule needs to contain items that can be worn on cooler rainy days, or warm sunny days, and everything in between.
We’ve thought of all the variables while curating a neutral, timeless spring capsule that can easily carry you through the entire season and right into summer.
A spring capsule wardrobe typically consists of around 20 items or more, depending on personal style and outfits needs. Each piece should be versatile and able to be worn multiple times a week, and of good quality. This spring capsule contains 15 pieces of clothing, 4 pairs of shoes, 2 bags, and some accessories.
Your capsule might need to be larger depending on your lifestyle, or it might be smaller too. The key is including neutral staples that can be layered and including the right footwear for the season.
A nice selection of accessories to choose from is good so you can elevate your overall look. This way you’ll feel stylish and sophisticated even for a grocery run or school pickup.
What should be in a spring capsule wardrobe?
A thoughtful spring capsule wardrobe should contain versatile, timeless, and transitional clothing that can be worn on warm days as well as layering pieces for cooler days. This thoughtful spring capsule contains the following:
- trench coat
- denim jacket
- accent jacket (tweed jacket, leather jacket, blazer, etc.)
- button-down shirt
- striped knit sweater
- knit hoodie
- knit cardigan
- neutral t-shirt
- long-sleeve blouse
- basic tank tops
- off-white jeans/pants
- black trousers/utility pants
- vintage-wash jeans
- rain boots
- ballet flats
- pumps (or loafers)
- crossbody bag
- tote bag
- accessories (belt, sunglasses, jewelry)
The pieces in a spring capsule should be effortless and make you feel put together when going out. The key is to focus on simple and neutral items that can be mixed and matched to make multiple outfit combinations with ease.
Read below to understand how each piece in this capsule has been thoughtfully chosen for the spring 2023 season…and get some great outfit inspiration too!
A classic trench coat is a staple in any spring capsule wardrobe. It is the perfect layering piece that can easily be dressed down with sneakers and a great pair of jeans, or dressed up with a dress and heels.
Because spring can be cool and rainy, this top layer is a sophisticated way to handle the weather and look great doing it. in 2023 we will continue to see a lot of tan and beige trench coats as well as khaki green, as this utility-inspired color is gaining popularity.
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Oversized Denim Jacket
Another essential layer for cooler days, a denim jacket is a perfect addition to a spring capsule wardrobe. It can easily take you from day to night, and you can go with a classic blue wash denim or go with black or cream.
WhoWhatWear UK has indicated that relaxed denim fits will be a continued trend into 2023, so the oversized denim jacket fit is not only timeless, but also on-trend for the season. We love an oversized denim jacket to elevate any look.
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An accent jacket in black or another neutral hue like camel or ivory is a spring capsule must. The style of accent jacket will depend on your personal needs and whether your style is more casual or formal.
In 2023 we will continue to see polished tweed jackets take the stage (the accent jacket choice for this capsule), but you can also go with a black leather jacket, blazer, or bomber jacket for spring. Any of these accent jackets can be paired with a pair of jeans, falts, and a tank top, or over a dress with sneakers for a casual vibe.
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Button Down Shirt
A crisp button-down shirt belongs in every capsule in our opinion! This lightweight, classic wardrobe staple is so versatile as it can be dressed up or down and in a slightly oversized fit it, can be worn over leggings.
Opt for a shirt in crisp white (blinding whites are a predicted color trend for spring 2023), or go with light blue or a subtle striped pattern.
On a cooler spring day a knit hoodie can keep you feeling cozy but it also has a refined and elevated look. We are huge fans of the Jenni Kayne cashmere knit hoodie included in this capsule, but the Quince cashmere hoodie is a great alternative at a lower price point.
You really can’t go wrong with a knit hoodie and a pair of jeans and sneakers in the spring. Or, wear it under a trench with ballet flats for a polished feel.
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Black & White Tank Tops
Black and white tank tops (or any other neutral colors) are staple pieces that can be worn multiple times a week during the spring season with a layer over top (knit hoodie, sweater, denim jacket), or on their own if the weather is warm. And, the classic, polished look of a simple tank can be elevated with layered pendant necklaces or statement gold jewelry.
There’s something about Breton or Mariner-style stripes that make us think of spring and breezy weather. A striped knit sweater can be worn so many ways and is another great layering piece in a spring capsule wardrobe.
It also has a sophisticated and classy vibe that draws the right attention. If you live somewhere that has cooler spring weather, opt for a warmer fabric like wool or cashmere. Alternatively, if you live where the spring weather is warmer, go with cotton or linen.
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Long Sleeve Blouse
A solid or neutral printed long sleeve blouse is a thoughtful addition to a spring capsule wardrobe (think floral or gingham). When you want to dress up a little, you can pair a blouse with trousers or a skirt and heels.
The right blouse will add interest to a simple and minimalistic outfit. We recommend a cotton or linen blouse that is light and airy for spring.
A neutral t-shirt (or a couple) is a staple in this spring capsule wardrobe. Dress it up or down, and wear it over, and over again all spring long. We chose to add the J.Crew cashmere t-shirt to this capsule for a more elevated option, but cotton or linen are great options too.
Another elevated t-shirt option is the Mongolian cashmere tee from Quince, coming in at an excellent price point.
Layered over a t-shirt, tank top, or dress, a knit cardigan is another wonderful piece for spring. We love the oversized Jenni Kayne cashmere cardigan included in the capsule, but a more affordable, high-quality alternative is the cashmere boyfriend cardigan from Quince.
You can also go for a cotton or linen cardigan if you prefer one that doesn’t give as much warmth.
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A casual dress is a great addition to a spring capsule wardrobe if you like to get a little dressed up, but still want a practical option. We opted for a t-shirt dress, but you can really choose any casual dress style to add to your capsule – shirt dress, shift dress, slip dress, etc.
We also recommend sticking with neutral color tones, patterned or solid, and a style that can be dressed up or down for versatility.
An off-white, ecru, cream, or ivory pair of jeans, utility pants, or trousers go a long way in the spring. Dress them down with sneakers and a cardigan, or dress them up with a sleek pair of ballet flats and a long sleeve blouse.
The off-white color is perfect for pairing with crisp white tops, and has an elevated and fresh spring feel that is very versatile.
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Black, olive green, or khaki utility-inspired pants are a great addition to a spring capsule for their versatility and ability to be dressed up or down. Plus, almost every fashion authority (Vogue, WhoWhatWear, Glamour…) has called out cargo styles as a big trend for spring 2023.
Utility pants may seem casual but can have a polished look with the right top, shoes, and accessories. They can easily take you from running errands to date night.
Or, if your style is less casual, you can swap utility pants for a midi skirt.
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Vintage Wash Jeans
A staple in any capsule wardrobe is a pair of classic blue jeans with a worn-in look. We love classic Levi’s for that cool-girl vibe, but AGOLDE, Citizens of Humanity, Everlane, and Madewell all make amazing denim too.
Jeans can be paired with flats, sneakers, heels, dressy tops, a trench coat, knit sweaters, and more. They are a foundational piece that can’t be missed.
If you live where the spring season brings a good amount of rain, a classic pair of rain boots are a must when it comes to the footwear in your capsule. We love minimal, ankle height rain boots for practicality and style.
Not every outfit works with knee-high rain boots, so ankle boots are much more versatile.
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A simple, classic pair of white or ivory sneakers are a must for spring. Pair them with just about everything – jeans, trousers, a casual dress, etc. and be on your merry way!
New Balance has made a big comeback when it comes to sneaker brands, and the 574 style is incredibly comfortable. But, you can also stick with classic Converse sneakers, Nike, Veja, or any other brand you prefer.
Pumps or Low Heels
To elevate any spring outfit a pair of low pumps or heels add that bit of sophistication and class while still maintaining comfort and versatility. If you can’t justify a pricey pair of Chanel slingbacks like all the fashion influencers, then try the polished look-alike Vaneli pair below.
Forbes has called out Ballerina Flats as one of the top footwear trends for 2023, and we love that this stunning, feminine style is back in the spotlight! Ballet flats add that extra polished appeal to any spring look.
We love a classic pair of black ballet flats but you can also go with nude, or go more bold with silver (silver metallics are also another predicted spring trend for 2023!). And, if you have the funds to invest in a pair of Chanel ballerina flats, we can guarantee you won’t regret it! If not, these Steve Madden cap-toe ballet flat dupes are a steal at under $100!
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Woven or Leather Tote Bag
A tote bag is the perfect minimal and practical addition to a spring capsule wardrobe. We love a basket tote as it is versatile and brings in a warmer weather vibe, but a simple leather tote is a great option as well. Think of this as your catch-all carry everywhere bag for spring.
Crossbody or Shoulder Bag
A classic leather crossbody or shoulder bag that can be dressed up or down is another great spring capsule staple. When not running from place to place with a bag full of things, opt for a smaller crossbody that can hold just the essentials.
If you are able to, we recommend investing a little more in accessories to elevate moderately priced clothing items in your capsule. An investment bag goes a long way and can be worn every day of the week.
Sunglasses & Accessories
Lastly, adding in a selection of classy accessories to your spring capsule wardrobe will tie everything together and elevate each outfit you create. We love a great pair of sunglasses, neutral hair accessories like clips and scrunchies, a classic black belt, and dainty gold plated jewelry. These are subtle, timeless pieces that are the cherry on top of every great spring outfit.
We hope you loved this spring capsule wardrobe for 2023 and feel equipped to create a classy, elevated, and timeless capsule that suits your needs and personal style. Before going out and buying a ton of new clothing and accessories, be sure to do an audit of your current wardrobe and then add only the items you absolutely need.
Transitioning into capsule wardrobes can take time and that’s totally OK, start slow and work your way through the seasons until you are creating capsules that work for you, your lifestyle, and your budget!
Getting ready for summer? Be sure to check out our Summer Capsule Wardrobe!
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