I debated on diving back into a capsule with you all again. It’s one of those things that I love planning and doing, but I don’t always love all the work that goes along with showcasing everything. That said, I went back over my stats on the site from this past year and five of our top articles visited were on my capsule wardrobe and the planning posts that I had gathered.
With that in mind, I decided to dive back in and share another spring capsule with you!
You can also peek at last year’s spring capsule for inspiration over here.
Spring Trends I’m Loving
Since I am a more feminine style, I love the lace, florals, and ruffles that are happening right now. I wanted to incorporate those into my wardrobe along with my usual mad love for stripes and the nautical feel.
I can’t quit you stripes, I just can’t.
I have a pretty standard wardrobe now after years of doing this that include the usual suspects of chambray shirts, a practical blazer, colored jeans, and basic neutrals. This spring I leaned into the baby blue and rose and lightened up my cardigan game with gorgeous lightweight dusters and, a rather impractical but lovely, lace layering piece. Ruffles are happening throughout on dresses and my sweatshirts.
This Seems Like Too Much Work
I know capsule aren’t for everyone and I won’t get into my laundry list of why I find them beneficial to me. I will say that I have been struggling with my health this year and I find that putting a little work in at the beginning of the season saves me a lot of time and effort later in the season when I am a little more depleted.
Knowing I feel good in the clothes that I wear brings me a bit of confidence and encourages me sometimes to not wallow in not feeling good and making more of an effort to get dressed.
I also consider this blog a sense of accountability to do my best showing you great ways to wear these pieces and make the most of every item in your closet. You can follow just my capsule on IG or you can follow me as a whole dang person over here. I have layers, people!
Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite finds for spring!
(ruffle sleeve dress (similar style- lots of sizes, also similar with lots of sizes) * necklace with the cutest clasp *gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!!)
Sorry I forgot to shut my cupboards and move dishes.
Only one of us can look good right now.
I posted about this dress in my notebook and I know a bunch of you got this. If you haven’t there aren’t very many sizes left, but I will let you know if they restock. This one is a perfect substitute though!
This runs large- I’m wearing an XXS in this one. It is the perfect length, perfect weight with the ruffling, and doesn’t look clingy in the rear. If you suffer from Sir Mix A Lot issues, this might be a good one to check out because the cut is perfection.
My gladiator sandals happen to be on sale and are the most comfortable shoes ever. If you have a wider foot, these are generous in width and so fashionable. I have become a big fan of Naturalizer.
I also want to give a shout-out to this necklace. The clasp was tricky, but once I figured it out, I knew it would be my favorite piece. The mint also sold out, but it comes in a couple of other cute colors. The critter closure is adorable.
(striped boatneck tee* skirt from stitch fix* red belt* gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here*necklace)
I had given up for awhile on Stitch Fix, but had some referral credit in my account and a new capsule was the perfect excuse to use it. They really hit it out of the park with this adorable skirt and I can already picture styling it a million ways. Although it wasn’t lined, the fabric is a good weight for holding shape and keeping the rear covered.
I also have been on the hunt for a true long sleeve striped tee (not 3/4 length- it drives me crazy under layers) and this tee is perfection. It’s true to size and the arms were really long. I ran it through the wash and it shrunk a bit making the sleeve length a little better for me.
This necklace is also adorable and would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift to yo’self.
(boho baby blue top* flying monkey distressed jeans * belt* gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here)
I fell in in love with this gorgeous floral top for a couple of reasons. It has some really eye-catching details and the back swoops down to cover the rear so you can wear a tighter pant with it without feeling self-conscious. This top feels like a real statement top and is true to size.
I’m not crazy about distressed jeans, but these jeans feel like butter and have a great fit to them, particularly if you are curvy with a narrow waist. I did size up in these so go up one or two sizes if you are curvier on bottom. I like the angle of the ripped bottoms.
My husband does not like these so we had to have a talk when he called me Tom Sawyer. We talked about how some of us evolve and others of us don’t, and it is totally okay for both of us. *ahem*
(rose open cardigan duster *striped tee * floral top (true to size- I’m wearing an XS!)* flying monkey jeans *gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here* necklace * lace bralette* world’s comfiest peep toe shoes)
black open cardigan duster* flutter sleeve top (true to size- I’m wearing a 00!)* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoes
I have been wanting to try those gorgeous longer sweaters, but at 5’2, it has the potential to swallow me up and rarely looks right on me. These lightweight open cardigans though could not be more perfect for a petite girl. It’s the perfect sweater weight for Spring and adds a great finishing detail to my florals, stripes, and basic tees.
This striped top, by the way, feels like pajamas, and it is so lightweight that it could be worn in the summer with a cute pair of shorts. I am not a fan of those weird twists or ties on the bottom that make one’s eye go right to my problem areas so this is nice because it has great movement and the twisted feel without the bulk.
What more could a girl want?
slip your feet into these cushy peep toe booties
I do treat myself to a good pair of shoes each year and I happened upon these gorgeous peep toe booties and knew they were the shoes for me. They come in wide that is actually generously wide and the bottom feels like slipping your feet onto pillows. It has a zipper in the rear for slipping these on and off.
They require ZERO breaking in and feel like wearing your slippers.
Now that I splurged on these, it’s time to get these feet in for a pedicure.
ruffled sweatshirts (got this in pink & light gray- true to size and perfect weight!)
I did want some comfier items in my capsule too and a few basic tees went into my shopping cart. I read tons and tons of reviews on tees and wanted one that wouldn’t require a cami underneath so I went with this style because of its high reviews. I think these run small and wish I would have sized up one size.
I also wanted a cozy sweatshirt for cooler nights and couldn’t love this one more. It has slouchy shoulders so feel free to cold shoulder it up on this one. I love the thoughtful messages on these pieces too.
I also wanted a ruffled sweatshirt since they are so cute, but ruffles can hit in some unflattering places. I gotta say, these ruffled sweatshirts are AMAZING and I get compliments on them every time I wear it. The ruffle is just right and would even be appropriate for my bustier friends.
Since I am a sweaty gal, my secret to keeping the sweat at bay is these. If you value your capsule wardrobe at all and tend to be a pitty mess like me, buy yourself a couple of these. They are helping my wardrobe last so much longer!
(lace layering piece* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoes* necklace (similar)*best basic tees)
I love this lace layering jacket in a pretty rose. It was suggested by Ali Oesch, the shop owner, to consider it for packing for a vacation to wear over your swimsuit.
Wouldn’t that be cute?
I can picture belting this or wearing it over a pretty dress in the summer too.
These are two more selections from Stitch Fix and I’m on the fence with them so I will let you know tomorrow if they made the cut. I prefer a slim cut leg and these look like the boyfriend style a bit. I don’t know if I find this cut that flattering on me. Maybe you guys can tell me what you think?
The top is cute, but wrinkly so I will press it and wear it around to see how wrinkled it gets throughout the day. I hate ironing so this might just head on back to them although I’m loving the back detail.
Tomorrow I will share my entire spring wardrobe with links to shop, these are just the new pieces that I wanted to show off to you! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
I’m Planning Another Closet Audit
Once I have everything in place, it’s time to count my pieces and whittle away anything I don’t need anymore. This process gets easier and easier each year, I promise you. For ease, I usually just request a bag from thredUP and then send in items for store credit on my next capsule wardrobe. It’s fun to get items from them, wear them a season, sell them back, make money, repeat process, etc..
To me, it’s almost like those pricey wardrobe rental programs without the commitment or monthly fees.
Not only can you clean out your closet to make money, but you can also make money on your kid’s stuff and maternity items too! Simply order a bag with a prepaid shipping label to start your closet clean out. Their fashion resale professionals review your clothing and then pay up to 80% of the resale value. You can earn thredUP shopping credit, or simply cash out with PayPal.
Items that they don’t accept go to charitable partners or textile recycling companies. They can also be mailed back to you as part of their Return Assurance program for a $12.99 shipping fee. Be sure to check their quality standards before sending.
Get Professional Help if You Need It
I love fashion and feel like I have a strong sense of personal style, but it has taken me a few years to really feel confident in my choices. If you struggle with confidence, I recommend trying out a professional service or professional shopping service to help you.
I can’t rave enough about the Adore Your Wardrobe program (registration opens next month!) for someone who wants to find their own sense of style. Not only do the video tutorials and printables help with your shopping, but you are connected to a FB community that can help give you feedback (and shopping discounts) as you put together your wardrobe. This program is like having a professional closet audit without judgement and that can be done in your own free time.
The other option is a shopping service like Stitch Fix. As you can see, this month I actually had some success with them despite being so particular about my style. Definitely look into that one if you value the advice of a stylist.
A special thank you to Ali on the Boulevard for partnering with me to showcase budget-friendly ideas for mamas! I puffy heart love this shop and she’s put together a spot where you can shop a few of today’s featured looks! I love to support local and she’s happy to ship your items out to you! Yay!
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