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Wardrobe Building: Spring 2017 Mini Capsule

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!

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Core Pieces

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Accessories

Spring Mini Capsule Contents:
  1. J. Crew denim jacket
  2. Banana Republic linen tee
  3. Hudson Collin skinny Jeans
  4. Banana Republic Sloan black ankle pants
  5. Garnet Hill 3/4 sleeve bateau dress
  6. Ten Sixty Sherman ruffle sleeve tee
  7. Ralph Lauren a-line skirt
  8. Citizen’s of Humanity Karmen pencil skirt
  9. Boden long sleeve Breton tee
  10. Bloomingdale’s Aqua asymmetrical tie top
  11. Splendid lace-up top
  12. Caslon 3/4 sleeve tee
  13. Nordstrom BP cargo anorak
  14. Halogen cardigan
  15. Halogen long linen cardigan
  16. Garnet Hill slim utility pants

Accessories & Add-ons

  1. adidas Originals Stan Smith
  2. Halogen Freda slide
  3. Nordstrom BP Katrina flat
  4. Missoni scarf
  5. Halogen Painterly Wave wrap
  6. Halogen Urban Blooms scarf
  7. Banana Republic Wildflower necklace
  8. Kendra Scott Rayne tassel pendant
  9. Longchamp large La Pliage tote
Outfit Inspiration

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 1-4


Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 5-8


Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 9-12

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 13-16 I’d love to see what combinations you come up with!  Please feel free to comment below, write in or share any photos.

This post is part of Classy Yet Trendy’s blogger link-up!

Wardrobe Building: Knowing Your Style

Whether working with a stylist or outfit planning for yourself, it can be very helpful to know three things prior to creating an outfit.

  1. The style you seek.
    • Classic – the workhorse foundation pieces of any wardrobe
    • Minimalist – harder to pull off than you’d think
    • Edgy – popular choice to keep classic from being to basic
    • Bohemian – an easy-going, modern hippie look
    • Romantic – the girly-girl look
  2. How far you want to take that style.
    • 1: a hint of the look
    • 2: moderate
    • 3: full-on version
  3. The environment for which you are dressing.
    • Casual
    • Professional/Corporate
    • Evening/Dressy

Most people have some trouble defining their style so the list below highlights traits, common stores/brands and style icons for several popular fashion styles.  I love to work from a primarily classic wardrobe and then adapt looks to a level 1 or 2 of a different style by using either one clothing piece OR a couple accessories (for level one) or a clothing piece AND a couple of accessories (for level two).  Using this formula keeps me from getting bored but allows to me to maintain a wardrobe that consists of primarily good quality, classic pieces.  Level 3 looks require a bit more commitment to the style as your signature.


  • Quality fabrics: wool, silk, cashmere
  • Neutral colors but can go into more saturated brights
  • Stripes, herringbone, tweed
  • Tailored, non-exaggerated shapes
  • Kate Middleton
  • Jenna Lyons


  • Neutral colors
  • No patterns
  • Simple lines with dramatic or exaggerated shapes
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy


  • Leather
  • Heavy use of black
  • Hard details like spikes, studs, chain
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Elizabeth Hurley


  • Natural fabrics and accents (cotton, leather, stone, wood)
  • Floral or ethnic patterns
  • Flared trousers, flowing skirts, wedge shoes
  • Fringe, woven or embroidery details
  • Olsen Twins
  • Siena Miller


  • Floral prints, lace
  • Pastels, whites, creams
  • Flowy silhouettes, flared skirts
  • Feminine accents like ruffles and bows
  • Lauren Conrad
  • Florence Welch