Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe – Overview

I’m at the midway point of my spring 2017 capsule wardrobe and it’s working just fine.  The weather has really warmed up here in the UK lately and my capsule is still fit for purpose.  It’s great to be able to discard some of the layering pieces though!

In the winter, I love my neutrals of black and grey with touches of white but for spring, it’s good to lighten it up a little.  My base colours this year are navy and burgundy with some brighter colours as accents.  I really have about three capsules a year, rather than four, as I find that my choice of clothes tends to be very similar for spring and autumn, due to the similarity in the weather.  Summer and winter are where I notice a big variation.

So, keeping it real here, a visual overview of my spring capsule follows:  Spring 2017 Capsule WardrobeThis year I have 9 tops, 7 bottoms, 4 toppers (jackets/cardigans), 3 dresses, 5 pieces of footwear, 3 outerwear and 2 key accessories.  This just happens to total 33 and although I am greatly inspired by Courtney Carver’s Project 333, I don’t get too hung up on the numbers.  I rarely have fewer than 33 pieces but often go up to 36/37 – for me, it’s about having the right clothes for my lifestyle, not about a magic number.  I don’t count jewellery as an accessory, thought I only have a capsule collection of that also, and sometimes swap in a scarf or two to brighten up a darker outfit.

I mentioned in a previous post that when I started out, I had a strict delineation between my work and home capsules, and totalled over 60 pieces in my first attempt!  Now, I mix and match between the two far more frequently and easily and find that 33 pieces covers both quite well. 

I found it a good exercise to pull a visual together so I can see everything at once.  I do like a stripe, don’t I?!! 

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried a capsule wardrobe and why – do you find anything particularly liberating or frustrating about it?  Have a good week 🙂

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