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Capsule Wardrobe: My 10 Must Have Pieces for Seamless Work-to-Casual Spring Style.



Every fall and spring my daughter, Leigha, and I enjoy the seasonal ritual of the big purge (hey a good reality show name) of my clothes that didn't bring joy, or had not been worn last season. With spring nipping at our heels, we sift through every piece of clothing hanging in my closet, and we decide its fate. We keep only the pieces we love, and pack them away into labelled bins, and the rest we donate! Out comes our spring wardrobe! It's so fun unpacking these items, 'cause you kinda forget what is in the spring / summer box you packed away from last fall.


Did you know, in a recent study of over 12 countries, people don't wear 88 percent of the clothing they own. Does that mean we continually reach for the same clothes that are in our comfort zones? Could that mean that we are buying clothes on a whim, but later just hang in our closets? Are we just unsure of what to wear? I will admit, my closet, in all seasons, will have pieces that I will by-pass daily. So why are keeping them?


Spring is the season of renewal and fresh beginnings. Let's do this clothes-thing a bit different, shall we? The rule is: if you didn't wear it last spring, chances are you're not going to wear it this spring. Let's not fool ourselves in saying "Well, I'm going to lose the weight this year, so I will keep it". Been there, sista, done that. If you do lose the weight, well, good for you! I love and support that. But why don't we live in the world of being comfortable in the clothes we wear and loving our bodies? If you haven't worn the clothes for whatever the reason, it was never meant to be. Say - arrivederci!


By simplifying your closet with more versatile options and fewer pieces, getting dressed in the morning will be more enjoyable with clothes you love, fit you well and make you feel confident. This capsule wardrobe you are now building will only host essential and timeless items, such as a crisp white t-shirt, sleeveless dress, and black pants, that you can supplement with seasonal pieces. What you are looking for, are interchangeable items designed to maximize the number of outfits you can create, from work to play. You know what they say, a great outfit (and a good parking spot) makes for a great day of shopping. I've curated 10 must-have items that will simplify your spring wardrobe and elevate your style game.

White T-Shirt: Making the investment in a high-quality white t-shirt, made from durable fabric that holds its shape after multiple washes, is a must. Pair it with blue jeans for a casual look or with a pair of black pants for a timeless look. Layer it with a blazer for a smart business look, or get cozy with a cardigan.



Tailored Blazer: A game-changer in any wardrobe. Throw it over a blouse and pencil skirt for a polished office ensemble, then drape it casually over a plain tee and jeans for a laid-back coffee-shop look. Choose a neutral blazer in a black, navy, or beige for maximum versatility, and don't be afraid to experiment with different textures and patterns to add interest to your outfit.



Black Trousers: Straight-leg, slim-fit, or wide-leg trousers are timeless options that can be easily paired with different tops and shoes, with a comfortable waistband and well-constructed seams for a polished look. Pair with a white blouse for a classic look, or with cozy sweater for an effortless ensemble.


Versatile Trench Coat: As April showers bring May flowers, a versatile trench coat is a springtime essential. Not only does it protect you from unexpected downpours, but it also adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Layer it over your work attire during the day and cinch it at the waist for a flattering silhouette or wear it open for a effortless look that's perfect for running errands or meeting friends for brunch.


The Crisp White Button-Up Shirt: A must have wardrobe staple that never goes out of style. Whether paired with tailored trousers for a professional look or tucked into jeans for a casual vibe, a white blouse is a versatile piece exudes sophistication and elegance. A very Audrey Hepburn moment.



Classic Denim Jeans: No wardrobe is complete without a trusty pair of classic denim jeans. From skinny, straight or wide leg, find a cut that suits your body shape and feels comfortable to wear all day long. Dress them up with a blazer and heels for a smart-casual office look, or dress them down with sneakers and a cozy sweater for a relaxed weekend vibe. The possibilities are endless with this timeless wardrobe staple.


Effortless Sleeveless Dress: For those days when you're short on time but still want to look put together, reach for a fitted dress. This versatile piece can easily transition from work to play with a simple change of accessories. Pair it with heels and statement jewelry for a professional look during the day, then swap out the accessories for a denim jacket and runners for a casual evening out.



Block Heels: Let's talk about the importance of stylish but comfortable open-toe block heels. This shoe with a slim strap at the ankle gives a chic feminine finish, creating the perfect compliment to a classic elevated look with a great dress but also add some style to a great pair of jeans.


Wrap dress: Opt for a wrap dress in a neutral color like black, beige, or gray for maximum versatility. Pay attention to details such as the length, sleeve length, and neckline to ensure that the dress fits you well and can be worn for various occasions. A wrap dress is incredibly versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair it with heels and statement jewelry for a more formal look, or dress it down with sandals and a jacket for a casual day out.


Runners: A white pair of running shoes can add a cool and unexpected twist to you look. Pair them with a flowy sundress or a pair of jeans while running errands or grabbing brunch with friends. Transition your dress and sneakers look into the evening, opt for a sleek slip dress or a wrap dress. Layer on a leather jacket or a tailored blazer for a touch of edge, and accessorize with statement jewelry and a clutch for a sophisticated finish.

And there you have it – 10 essential pieces that will take you from work to casual outings with ease this spring. By investing in timeless classics that can be mixed and matched in countless ways, you'll save both time and money, while still looking effortlessly chic. So why wait? Declutter your closet, invest in quality pieces, and embrace the simplicity of a well-curated capsule wardrobe that works for you, not against you. Here's to a season of style, simplicity, and endless possibilities!



Tracy x

2 Comments


Ananya Sharma
Ananya Sharma
Mar 19

Such a wonderful post well curated with a comprehensive approach📖

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Tracy Struthers
Tracy Struthers
Mar 19
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Thank you so much for your words

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