Yes, we just had a blizzard. I don’t care, you can’t make me stop thinking about spring, WINTER! I’m DONE with you. I’m moving on. Sorry, ok, what I’m trying to say is, it’s time to start thinking about updating your wardrobe for Spring. I’ve scoured the pages of H&M for a capsule wardrobe that will work perfectly for either the super chilly wintry spring days OR the oven hot summery spring days. What I’ve found works for casual days and as a work capsule wardrobe. And, the prices are excellent. This affordable wardrobe won’t break the budget!
What is a capsule wardrobe, anyway? It’s basically a tiny wardrobe. You have a small amount of articles of clothing that you can mix and match together in order to make lots of different outfits. It simplifies your life and it will make you appreciate your clothes. And do your laundry more often.
Now, I’m not about to tell you that I have 30 things hanging in my closet and those are the only pieces I wear. I have LOTS of clothes, but I do love to create a capsule wardrobe because it does help stretch your closet. I am really good about constantly donating clothes that I don’t wear or that don’t fit, so I don’t have a problem with adding to my wardrobe every season.
Especially if I’m shopping at H&M. The prices will not kill your wallet, promise. You can build cheap wardrobes for every season with trendy pieces and not feel bad because you’re breaking the bank. H&M has started in recent years, to add more high end (pricey) items, but for the most part, you’re getting cute clothes that last and the prices are definitely affordable.
Here are the outfits I came up with. This is a total of 15 articles of clothing and two pairs of shoes. In case you’re counting.
There are a couple of things that I never include in my capsule wardrobe. Jeans and plain black pants. Why? Because we already have those, right? I’ve put together twelve separate, no repeat outfits, but if you add in a pair of black pants and a pair of jeans, you could easily double the amount of outfits created.
This is sort of a good split between casual capsule wardrobe and work capsule wardrobe. I could get away with almost all of the pieces here at work. I do work in a business casual environment and I’d leave the sweatshirts for the weekends, but even those khakis would work on casual Friday.
Let’s take a look at each piece, shall we?
Short Sleeved Floral Blouse – Here’s the question of the day. Did I go overboard on the florals? I think not. I mean, I’m not going to wear two florals at once, so we’re good, right? Plus it’s spring. It’s all about the flowers.
Striped Top with Cap Sleeves – I have to have at least one striped shirt in every season of clothing. It’s my go to.
Top with “Yeah” Motif – I like to have one slightly weird item of clothing. I mean this isn’t really weird, but it would be a little weird to wear it to work. But I totally would. With the gray blazer or the green sweater? And then you only see like a couple of letters? I love that.
V Neck Blouse – This little polka dot blouse is about the exact opposite of the YEAH shirt. Perfect.
Dark Blue Skirt – I don’t think I have any skirts like this. It’s calf length and super dainty.
Paper Bag Pants – I love the color of these pants! It’s so fun to have one colorful pair of pants. It’s totally unexpected.
Tailored Pants – In addition to one pair of colorful pants, you should have one pair with a pattern. What’s classier than a pin stripe?
Slim Fit Khaki Pants – These are nothing like the khakis I wore in 8th grade. You’re going to have to trust me on that. There were pleats involved.
Floral Dress – Beware, H&M lists this as “short”, so if you’re tall, this might not work for you. I’m short, so it should fit like a normal dress for normal sized people.
Floral Viscose Shirt – This is possibly a little over the top. Especially with the pink/red pants. Just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen? (don’t answer that).
Short Sleeved Black Blouse – This is a perfect staple to have for the spring. It could go with almost anything ever.
Patterned Hooded Sweatshirt – I don’t think I’ve ever actually put a hoodie in a capsule wardrobe. I just couldn’t pass this one up. Who wants a pretty hoodie?
Pumps in Cornflower – I swear you can wear these with anything. It will either match, or not match so badly that it will intentional and cool. I’m pretty sure.
Sweatshirt Jacket – Let me introduce you to the sweatshirt jacket. It’s a sweatshirt, but it’s also a jacket. So you feel like you just rolled out of bed but you look like, well, something else other than having just rolled out of bed.
Fitted Blazer – A nice fitted blazer goes with everything. A dress, a pair of jeans, a pair of pants. Pretty much anything.
Fine Knit Cardigan – H&M has the best cardigans ever. You can buy one in every color cause they are only 15 bucks.
Slip On Shoes – These little slip on sneakers are adorable. A cute little shoe is the perfect ending to every outfit. These look comfy and cute.
While this is a relatively cheap wardrobe, please only correlate cheap with the prices and not the quality of the clothing. I’ve shopped at H&M for years. As I’ve mentioned, I consistently go through my closet to donate clothes that I don’t like or that don’t fit. My H&M stuff always seems to make the cut and sticks around in my closet.
Now, I put together 12 outfits, but even without adding in a pair of jeans or black pants, you could totally find more cute options with just these pieces. They work for casual days and for business casual. It really makes getting ready in the morning so much easier when you have a bunch of preset outfits already in your head!
If you’re interested in learning more about the power of the capsule wardrobe, you should check out this post about How to Build the Perfect Mom Capsule Wardrobe but the awesome mommy blogger Hilda at Real Mom Help!
And if you can’t get enough of capsule wardrobes, you can check these out from past seasons:
PS! If you were into this post, you should also check out this one on Stitch Fix:
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