The verdict is in, you guys wanted more info about putting together a capsule wardrobe… so here it is! I’m a visual thinker so I figured it would be easiest to demonstrate using my own spring wardrobe to give you an example. It’s all about investing in classic staple pieces, and then sprinkling in some affordable trendy pieces to keep things fresh & current (aka: the 80/20 rule).
If you’ve read my lean closet series, you know that your staples probably won’t be the same as mine… this is just a jumping off point to give you a little inspiration for your own spring capsule wardrobe!
P.S. don’t take this photo too literally… because even though I’m bad at math I know 5 isn’t 20% of 14. In reality I’ve got several more tops, sweaters, and shoes than that in my “basics” category, but this is a pretty good visual representation of the state of my wardrobe and what I wear on regular rotation in my daily life.
As you can see, my basics are… super basic. My daily outfit formula is all about denim, slouchy shirts, and flats in neutral shades of white/gray/black/brown. Your basics might be more boho than mine, or more edgy, but no matter what your personal style you will have some “basic for you” basics!
Tops: Silk, cotton, & linen button down shirts in a range of neutrals.. For tees I keep it really basic with a black, white, and gray slouchy V neck tee (Zara & H&M are my favorite sources for affordable slouchy tees).
I get bored easily so it’s essential for me to keep things fresh by making a few new purchases per season BUT, As you can see my trend items are still very much in line with how I defined my personal style. I love to add some personality through shoes & accessories because they can so easy change the look of a totally basic outfit!
Tops: I don’t really have any trendy tops at the moment (although I am on the hunt for just the perfect off the shoulder top).
Bottoms: Frayed hem kick flares. I stalked these online until they went on sale and I’m so happy with the purchase!
Layers: A blush trench coat. A little bit classic, a little bit trendy, a little bit of much needed color in my wardrobe.
Other: Oxford flatforms, lace up flats, and funky sunnies. I wear these sunglasses almost daily and get so many compliments on them… and they were only $6! Proof that good style doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
I hope you all found this little visual guide to the 80/20 rule helpful! How is your spring wardrobe shaping up so far? Any holes you’re having trouble filling? Let me know in the comments!