Having a spring capsule wardrobe will allow you to get dressed faster, shop more efficiently, and be more strategic about how you spend your hard-earned dollars.
But streamlining your spring wardrobe can take time, especially if you want it to reflect your personal spring style.
That’s why I decided to create this free spring capsule wardrobe checklist and guide.
I want to help you curate a casual spring collection of versatile pieces that can work for you. But I don’t want you to have to buy the same exact casual spring clothes as everyone else.
That said, in this post I’ve provided a variety of casual spring capsule wardrobe options across 6 categories: Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, Shoes, Outerwear, and Accessories. That way you can choose the options that best suit your body type and style, but you’ll still be able to use the spring outfit ideas I’ve put together for you to create different looks.
So if you’re ready to take your spring fashion to the next level, scroll down. Below you’ll find:
- A free casual spring capsule wardrobe checklist and outfit idea guide.
- A variety of shoppable product recommendations by category.
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Free Casual Spring Capsule Wardrobe Checklist and Outfit Guide
Whether you’re starting a new spring capsule wardrobe or revamping an old one, the process is the same. You shop your closet first, then you fill in the gaps!
To help you perform a quick closet audit, I’ve created a free spring capsule wardrobe checklist that you can download and print. This includes all of the suggested products outlined below and allows you to physically check off the items you already own. Then you can quickly see what you need to purchase to build your own spring capsule wardrobe.
This checklist is accompanied by an outfit idea guide that includes 31 outfit ideas created using the 25 suggested pieces. That way you don’t even have to think about how to combine the pieces – it’s all been done for you! Once your curated collection is hanging in your closet, you can just pick a look, pull what you need, get dressed, and be on your merry way!
Here are some sample looks…
You can get the guide right here…
Casual Spring Capsule Wardrobe Product Recommendations
Once you’ve used your free spring capsule wardrobe checklist to figure out what you need to purchase, you can use the product links below to shop a variety of options! Just click on the product photos and/or links to be redirected to the product pages.
Please note that my product suggestions come from brands that I personally love and trust. If the price points of these items do not align with your budget, please do not feel pressured to buy them. You could always look for something similar from somewhere else. And I can help with that! Just comment below and let me know what you’re looking for and what your budget is. I’ll try to find options for you and comment back! At the end of the day, I want to help you get more wear out of your wardrobe, not go broke. 🙂
Without any further ado, here are the essential pieces you’re going to need for this spring capsule wardrobe guide to work…
For the basic tees you can choose short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, or a combination of the two. It just depends on where you live! And if you don’t think you’ll need lightweight sweaters, you can sub those for another top in the same color (for example, an oatmeal long sleeve t shirt instead of an oatmeal sweater).
Plain Black T Shirt
This could be a bodysuit, a fitted t shirt, or an oversized t shirt. I think the latter will get the most use, though, as it can be worn a few ways – tied, tucked, etc.
Basic White Tee
Medium Brown Top
This gorgeous color seems to look good on everyone, and I think it makes for extra stylish outfits. I chose a bodysuit in this color for my spring capsule wardrobe because I thought it would be a great date night option. But you could do another classic staple, like a tank top, if you’re not into that.
Gray and White Striped Shirt
A striped shirt is a classic color is an essential item in your wardrobe, period. They literally never go out of style and can be used all year. While I’d recommend black and white for a winter capsule wardrobe, I think gray and white is perfect for spring!
No matter where you live, you need at least one light sweater in your closet. They make for a great layering piece and can be used on cooler days year round. For this piece I chose the color oatmeal because it’s one of those neutral shades that screams spring!
In the past I’ve recommended a solid gray sweater for your fall capsule wardrobe, so if you’ve been following along for awhile you probably already have this in your closet. Something with an oversized fit looks effortless and chic no matter how you style it.
Like a plain white top, a white cardigan feels fresh and is incredibly versatile. It’s an especially great option for those warmer days that start off cold.
Like the tops, you can adjust these suggestions based on your climate. Just make sure the pieces you pick are in the same 3 colors – light blue, white, and medium blue. For instance, if you don’t need jean shorts, you could opt for a pair of jeans in a medium wash. Keeping this color palette will allow you to style all of the pieces in the different ways I’ve provided in the spring capsule wardrobe checklist PDF.
Light Blue Jeans
It doesn’t matter if they’re skinny jeans, straight jeans, or mom jeans. You should always wear what makes you feel good… not what’s “in style”!
White Denim Jeans
A good pair of white jeans are an absolute necessity. They make even the most casual outfit look chic and put together.
Medium Blue Denim Shorts
Obviously you’ll be able to use these in your summer wardrobe, too, which is great! Abercrombie is by far my favorite go to store for jean shorts because they have so many styles and fits! Plus, when they go on sale they are such an affordable option.
But if you have the money to spend, I can’t recommend the Agolde Parker Shorts enough. I don’t usually love shorts, but I LOVE these. They are so beyond flattering and comfortable.
If you’ve been following along here for awhile, then you know that I LOVE dresses. They’re just so easy and comfortable. And they make extremely warm weather a little bit more bearable since they’re so breathable.
I know everyone thinks that a floral dress is a spring staple, and I don’t disagree. But first I’d be sure to invest in both of these…
Black T-Shirt Dress
You could do a midi dress, maxi dress, or even something above the knee. But I promise you will wear this on repeat!
You can easily style a denim dress for different seasons, simply by switching up your shoes and accessories. Personally, I think one with a more classic design – like a denim babydoll dress – has the most longevity. But all of these options are adorable…
For shoes I recommend 4 different styles – sneakers, booties, heeled sandals (or wedges), and flat sandals. You can choose the combination! And, again, feel free to modify for your climate if one of these won’t get much wear.
I have the exact pair of Sam Edelman Poppy Sneakers below, and they’re actually the best selling items in the history of my blog. Everyone who has purchased them has LOVED them, including myself.
Sadly, the are an older style, so they are getting harder to come by. The other options I have listed, though, are great alternatives.
A neutral pair of booties can be worn year round, but they are especially helpful on those spring days that don’t quite warrant sandals since they can match pretty much everything.
Cognac gives even the most basic t shirt a pretty pop of color and a more luxe feel. I love the strappy sandals you’ll see across many of my spring outfit ideas because they can be used to create dressier looks. But these all could work, too…
There are so many cute black sandals out there, but my simple black slides are definitely my most used throughout spring and summer!
If you don’t need a spring jacket because of where you live, lucky you, lol! But if you do, here’s what I’d invest in for your casual spring capsule wardrobe.
White Wrap Jacket
I know most capsule wardrobe enthusiasts recommend getting a trench coat, but I personally think wrap jackets are more chic.
If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve recommended a denim jacket, lol. But seriously, I wear mine all year round. Especially in the spring and fall!
I tend to splurge more on accessories because they can really elevate a look. Plus, they arguably get the most wear. Here are some great options for your spring capsule wardrobe.
Necklace sets are great because you get more bang for your buck! And you can wear them together or separately to shake things up.
I can’t recommend Gorjana jewelry enough. It is SO affordable and the quality is fantastic. I’ve had my Gorjana necklace set for almost two years now and it has yet to tarnish. Trust me when I say it’s been worn on repeat, and it’s gotten wet plenty of times!
Again, earring sets just give you more bang for your buck! Here are a few from Gorjana that I’ve been eyeing up.
If you’re not into dangling earrings, take a look at all the cute stud earrings Gorjana has!
For handbags I recommend 3 colors (cognac, black, and white) and 3 sizes (small, medium, and large). That way you have the perfect one for any occasion.
I hope this free spring capsule wardrobe checklist and guide help you to create looks you love in less time.
If you want to pick your own capsule wardrobe pieces entirely, be sure to check out my post How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe in 6 Easy Steps. There you’ll find a bunch of tips on making a new capsule wardrobe that reflects your personal style.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading! Please come back soon!