How to build a spring capsule wardrobe for maximum style in 2024

Fashion experts explain how to create a spring capsule wardrobe

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As the days lengthen and the sun warms, it's time to shed the layers of winter and embrace the fresh energy of spring. But with a new season comes the inevitable wardrobe question: what to wear? Building a spring capsule wardrobe can be the answer to your sartorial woes. This curated collection of interchangeable pieces allows you to create endless outfit combinations, streamlining your mornings and maximising your style potential.

Adding transitional edits into your capsule wardrobe is a great way to make sure your wardrobe is fully functional throughout the year. Whether you’re curating a spring or winter capsule wardrobe, it will also help keep your wardrobe feel fresh, making your wardrobe work even harder for you.

Your spring capsule wardrobe might be larger than other seasons, as spring, like autumn requires a certain level of layering to adapt to changing temperatures. As the weather heats up, some of your lighter items can be carried through to the summer, and even used for layering in the cooler months, making a spring capsule wardrobe great from a cost-per-wear point of view.

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Before we jump in with our suggestions, we just want to preface that your spring capsule wardrobe should be tailored to your personal style. That means that while many fashion experts will tell you a capsule wardrobe should include  jeans and a black dress, if this isn't something you'd wear, it has no home in your capsule closet. So use this list as a guide and reinterpret it to suit you. 

Think more broadly about your lifestyle needs than anything else, this is particularly true of a capsule wardrobe for women over 50.

How to build a spring capsule wardrobe

A spring capsule wardrobe is all about pulling together great basics that can be worn from one year to the next. The building blocks of a wardrobe, when we talk about capsule wardrobe items, we're largely referring to styles that live on past the latest spring/summer fashion trends.

“Invest in some good quality essential pieces such as a white tee, stripe tee, crisp white cotton shirt, oversized sweatshirt, a great fitting blazer, wide leg masculine trouser and a killer pair of jeans,” advises Jane Haigh, Head of Design on Fashion and Home at Freemans

“This will allow multiple styling options with items that you will already own in your wardrobe.  Have fun with high low styling – mixing formal and casual pieces together for an ultra-modern look.”

These pieces are then peppered with more trend-led items to bring them up to date for the months ahead. For example, the best straight leg jeans make for a versatile staple, always in fashion, they team with almost anything and everything and can help you carry off new season tops. To refresh your spring capsule wardrobe, you may want to look to the denim trends 2024 and select a couple of key new cuts, such as a denim maxi skirt , or barrel leg jeans as a nod to the new season. These can then be paired with more classic items in your closet, such as a timeless Breton top.

How many items should be in a spring capsule wardrobe?

There's no set number of items for a spring capsule wardrobe, as this comes down to personal aesthetic and lifestyle. If you're very much a stylish top to wear with jeans person, you may have more tops and a selection of the best jeans to bolster the foundations of your new minimalist capsule wardrobe, but it does mean you might have fewer dresses, saving these for special occasion wear only. 

"A spring capsule wardrobe emphasises having a minimal number of items that create a maximum number of outfits," says personal stylist Gigi Vakilzadeh. "Focus on versatility and select fewer pieces that effortlessly complement your existing wardrobe."

Prefer skirts and dresses? You may have only one pair of jeans in your closet if you don't really wear them - and that's ok. Instead, try styling neutral, basic skirts with directional tops and blouses, or add a refreshing twist via new-in jacket cuts and colours. If you love dresses, you can update classic designs with the latest spring/summer jewellery trends for a new-season feel.

Three women wearing spring capsule wardrobe items

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WHAT SHOULD BE IN A SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE?

A spring capsule wardrobe is filled with items that underpin your look. These are items that you'll pack away before fall, but can be brought back out come March the following year. Clothes that never go out of style, they're often block color, in classic prints and neutrals are likely to play a key role. Some items in your wardrobe may stay with you the whole year. From basic denim silhouettes to plain black tees - these items always come in handy.

Less about what's on the runway, and more about helping to make those trending items work, spring capsule wardrobe pieces can be peppered with 'new-in' styles for a directional feel and to refresh your look.

Once you've worked out 'what colour suits me', you will also be able to decipher the colours best suited to your spring capsule wardrobe. While neutrals such as beige, white and black are important, spring is a great time to add pops of colour, which will also keep your capsule collection feeling fresh.

“This spring we will be trading the brights like hot magenta, cherry red and neon for more muted hues - think about burgundy, blush or olive for example,” advises Amanda Vargus, founder and lead stylist at Wave + Woven Style House.

Once the colours are sorted, then you can take a look at your wardrobe and see what’s missing from this list – the foundations of your spring capsule wardrobe:

  • Tops: “Now is a great time to update or replace your basic white tanks, tees and button-down shirts,” says Amanda. “Make sure your t-shirts offer structure and look for a more relaxed fit in your shirts.” Long, short, and three-quarter-length sleeve t-shirts underpin a spring capsule wardrobe, as this is a season all about layering for the changeable weather. Stock up on a range of different hues, taking note of the fashion colour trends 2024 to give a trend-worthy feel to your look.
  • Knitwear: When it comes to the best jumpers for spring, lightweight knits should be top of your list. Again, these are great for layering, with cotton cardigans in particular ideal for slipping over dresses and tees. The best cashmere sweaters also work well here as they help to regulate your body temperature, ideal when chilly mornings transform into warm afternoons.
  • Jeans: A selection of classic jean styles underpin many a capsule wardrobe (whatever the season) and a spring capsule wardrobe is no different. “Denim is so versatile with the ability to dress up or down and wear from work to weekend, so it’s definitely an essential part of a spring wardrobe,” says Jane. “This season I’d say M&S and Other Stories are killing it on denim.  I particularly love the straight leg cut, which remains an important key shape for spring/summer 24.”
  • Skirts: For a 2024 spring capsule wardrobe, look to '90s fashion trends that show no sign of abating. Long, slim-fit skirts are ideal for heading towards sunnier climes, teaming well with lightweight knits and tees. Slip skirts also make for a great foundation piece, teaming well with both smart and casual looks. Of course, the denim maxi skirt is making a comeback this season, making a great alternative to jeans.
  • Dresses: The best midi dresses are a spring capsule wardrobe hero piece and of course, while florals for spring might not be ground-breaking, floral midi dresses are always 'in' for the months ahead. Gigi says a shirt dress is her go to for spring. "A shirt dress is a must-have, offering year-round versatility," she says. "In early spring, layer with a turtle neck and tights for warmth, or pair with a colourful jumper, pulling out the  collar. Wear it solo in warmer months with ballet pumps or unbuttoned over your jeans."
  • Coats and Jackets: It's time to pack away your best winter coat and embrace warmer weather days. The best parkas are ideal for spring weather, particularly as many double up as the best waterproof jackets, which you know you’re going to need for those spring showers. For Jane, a trench coat is also a spring must-have. “A super modern neutral mac is perfect,” she says. “I bring mine out every season as it the perfect lightweight piece for transitional seasons and works well worn smart or casual.” There’s still also a place in your wardrobe for leather and denim jackets for a more casual look. For a spring-ready feel, try adding a gilet, printed or textured trophy jackets, or directional blazers to add a current feel to classics. These can be layered over dresses or jeans to bring outfits up-to-date.
  • Bags: Jane says her must-have accessory for spring is a crossbody bag: “I would always opt for a cross body bag for its versatility and comfort factor.” Another good choice is a leather tote bag for every day – and holiday time as well. Choose a lighter tan or navy hue to see you spring and summer in style. Check out the latest handbag trends if you're looking for a directional purchase to dress up classic basics.
  • Shoes: Your best winter boots can be put away for another season. Instead, look to versatile white trainers (as these will go with everything) and a pair of ankle boots for early spring. Amanda says classic footwear is a must. “A ballet flat is great option for every day, but try swapping a black pair for a silver metallic version and treat it as a neutral,” she says. “A low heeled slingback is also very versatile across your capsule and can be worn with jeans or a dress.”
  • Sunglasses: Not just for the summer months. Update your spring style with a pair of the best quiet luxury sunglasses or perhaps splash out on a pair of the best designer sunglasses – after all, they can take you through to summer.

Three women wearing different items for a spring capsule wardrobe

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Our experts:

Jane Haigh
Jane Haigh

Jane has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years for various high-street brands such as Monsoon and Phase Eight. Her areas of expertise are womenswear design and styling.

Amanda Vargus
Amanda Vargus

Leveraging her fashion and business background, Amanda (founder of Wave + Woven) helps clients build strong personal brands through style, impacting success. Her expertise is featured in USA Today, GLAM Weekly, and Marika Magazine.

Gigi Vakilzadeh
Gigi Vakilzadeh

Gigi offers a unique and personalised touch and is committed to helping clients rediscover their true style identity and embrace a sustainable "buy less, buy better, and wear more" philosophy, all while simplifying their daily dressing routine. Gigi's mission is to celebrate individuality and find a personal style that suits each client's unique lifestyle, making the world of fashion less stressful for all.

Rivkie Baum
Fashion channel editor

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with twenty years' experience in the industry. Rivkie studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, and fell in love with styling and journalism, and has covered fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York, as well as shooting editorial all over the world.


Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has appeared on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career. 

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