Happy Tuesday, everyone! Finally the big reveal that I promised: a complete mini capsule for Spring 2017! Using sixteen core pieces (including some of the capsule basics we covered in the capsule series) and nine accessories we created sixteen complete outfits for your inspiration. And I’m guessing all you out there can come up with even more!
If you are new to capsule wardrobes and have always wanted to give them a try, the sample wardrobe below would also work well for a spring time, city-based vacation to a mild/moderate climate. Trying to use a capsule on vacation is a great way to test the theory out. Trust me, you won’t regret packing less!
Could you offer suggestions on how to pull off the tunic/legging look. I’m having a hard time finding things that don’t look too matronly or too floaty. Also, I can’t tell when you should wear leggings as opposed to skinny jeans. Any advice would be appreciated. – J
Thanks for following Natty Gal and writing in! Leggings are one of my favorite things to wear because they are so comfortable and they pack well when we travel!
Natty Gal Tips for Wearing Leggings:
Make sure leggings are opaque. Denim, ponte and heavier cotton blends work best.
Pair leggings with tops that fully cover your bottom but remain well above the knee. Possibilities include longer tops/tees, sweaters and tunics. Shorter dresses (shifts, swing, a-line, cinch-waist or shirt dresses) also pair well.
Shoe pairings include clean, classic sneakers or espadrilles, loafers, ballet flats, flat or heeled sandals, wedges, flat or heeled booties and riding boots. I tend to prefer slightly above the ankle length leggings for pairing with sneakers, loafers and flat sandals whereas full length leggings work well with heeled sandals and booties.
Skinny jeans work well with both longer and shorter top options. A shirt dress can be paired with either skinny jeans or leggings as layering piece when worn open as a vest. A few ideas to inspire your creativity are shown below!
Before you can begin building a capsule wardrobe, you need to have a strong foundation. This week I’d like to talk about some workhorse basic bottoms – the pants and skirts that can be worn again and again and will act as the basis of your capsule. While you don’t need ALL of these pieces to start a capsule, you will find it easier if you have at least three or four of them. As basics that will get a lot of repeat wear, I’d keep details clean and minimal. We’ll get to some fun stuff a bit later!