Wednesday, 3 May 2017

My Key Spring Pieces


Over the past month I've been asked lots whether i'll be doing a Spring Capsule wardrobe again after working with a capsule wardrobe for a whole year and changing each season.
It's lovely to hear that so many of you took bits and pieces from my capsules and created your own with similar pieces.
For me there is something super satisfying about parting with your hard earned cash for a piece that you know will work hard for you. This is like my life motto, i know i bang on about it all the time, but not wasting my money on silly wear once pieces is important to me, and doing the Capsule Wardrobe for a year really brought that home to me.
But this year I made an executive decision to not create a structured capsule. The one thing i found about Capsule wardrobes is that it is quite rigid and i found myself sticking with neutrals to play it safe, which i think is quite a common thing when limiting yourself to, say, 38 items. Every item needs to be utilised to the max, and sometimes colour is a gamble.

For me, I really missed playing with colours. I love a pop of red as much as I love my first born, a zap of yellow is an instant cheer up remedy, and who knew a big green coat would prove to be such an asset in getting dressed each day (both for its snuggliness and its style).

I have also loved rediscovering my style:
Block bold colours; Pops of Red, yellow and sometimes pink on a base of neutrals and jeans. 
I've discovered i'm not a big fan of patterns other than the classic stripe (of which i could quite happily live in!)

So I've veered away from the rigidity of a Capsule wardrobe but am working with my small wardrobe and with key pieces that i wear over and over again happily.

And the proof is below in my daily Insta outfits.
Just linking to the pieces made me soon realise how much i wear them all! I'm actually shocked at how many pieces have been worn practically continuously.
You will see below as the listings for each outfit contain links to the same items over and over again.

The award for most worn items are these pieces:
Shoes: Leopard print loafers and white sneakers
Coats: Trench, pink biker and black biker.. with an honorable mention to my green coat and yellow jacket
Tops: The embroidered top of dreams, Yellow sweater and stripes.. all the stripes!
Bottoms: Panelled jeans, Wide leg trousers, Levi 50's and cropped flares
Accessories: Red bag (most worn), my black circle ring detail bag, and a little yellow and navy bag also, and tassel earrings.


I also know that when the weather decides to warm up a bit, i will be donning my white jeans, wearing more dresses and less jeans, and my mules will be on repeat. But so far, spring has been bloomin' chilly.

I hope this helps if you're looking to inject some colour but worry that it won't be a valuable piece for your wardrobe.
Great neutrals can partner so well with colour, its just learning to mix the two happily together.
And it just goes to show, you don't need a Capsule wardrobe to get the full wear out of all your clothes. I have a small wardrobe that works hard for me, and I'm enjoying it immensely.



Yellow Jumper: Hush: Try this for similar
Leopard Loafers: Mango: These from Dune look good!
Trench Coat: H&M: Great option from Asos

 Gingham Shirt: Laura Ashley: Topshop option here
Black culottes: Shopbop: These are really great option
 Stripe Dress by Maison Scotch

Blank NYC Jacket: This is SUPER similar
Black Madewell Tshirt

 
 Khaki Jacket: H&M last year: 
This levi's is gorgeous but this one via House of Fraser is cheaper and looks great too

 Next Embroidered peasant top: Cant find online: 



Old tee
Black Mules: Primark: Try these from Boohoo
Next Khaki embroidered chinos (sale buy for £8.00)
Navy lace up's: Boden 2 years ago: These are practically the same and a bargain


 Next Chino's: Try these for a khaki chino

Laura Ashley Coat (sold out) Try this 


What have your Key Spring pieces been so far this season?

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8 comments

  1. I applaud you for sticking to a capsule wardrobe for an entire year - there's no way I'd be able to limit myself in that way although in saying that, you always looked mega stylish. I just couldn't resist the lure of 'new clothes'.

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  2. I love how many bright colors and prints you've incorporated, and all your looks are so fun and perfect for spring.

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  3. You add in bright colors to your outfits so effortlessly! I just love that yellow sweater! You've inspired me to get more bright colors into my outfits now!

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  4. I put together a spring capsule but it's been too darn cold since (false Sprimg) beginning of April. It's waiting for when spring really arrives.

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  5. Adore your capsule. I need to get some more pieces but recently blogged new items and then pieces that have really gone the distance (some surprised me like a H&M dress I'll never part with I wasn't sure I'd get much wear out of when I bought it). I love your pink jacket and you just look gorgeous in everything. You always make me want to shop when I come here gorgeous girl x

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  6. Every outfit is lovely and bright. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

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  7. Loving all the bright colours you are using and they fit right in with spring flowers. I feel like living in Canada I am already working with capsuale wardrobes just to be able to handle 4 seasons. I like the idea in theory but would find it restrictive especially when I know I have something else in my closet that I want to wear but wasn't in my capsule.

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  8. OMG you are such a fashionista, i just cant. Lovely outfits, i never thought that basic clothes with bright color pieces will look so fashionable <3 My fav piece this season was ripped mom jeans with net tights :))

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