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How to Transition Your Capsule Wardrobe from Winter to Spring

how to transition your capsule wardrobe from winter to spring

When you set up your capsule wardrobes based on the season, it can get a little difficult in the weird in between times. Here in North Alabama, there are definitely days in late February/early March where we could bust out the barbecue and then days when I’m running to wrap up in an extra blanket or two. If this sounds like your current climate situation, I would recommend swapping out a few of your winter pieces for more springlike items and to ease your capsule into warmer weather. You don’t want to pack up your cozy sweaters and stow them away only to sheepishly pull them back out on one of those random frigid mornings!

But swaps don’t have to just be about temperature control! After months of dark hues, maybe you want to throw in a pastel or two. If you’re drawn too chunky cocktail rings and statement necklaces for winter party season, maybe you want to switch out for something more dainty! Just because capsule wardrobes help us embrace minimalism doesn’t mean BORING. Have fun with it!

Here are 12 swaps you can make to turn your winter wardrobe into a WINTER-TO SPRING wardrobe — 

Swap a turtleneck for a vintage inspired tee shirt.

Swap dangly statement earrings for dainty geometric studs.

Swap your chunky knit scarf for a silk scarf.

Swap every day pearls for every day hoops.

Swap a parka for a polka dot rain coat.

Swap black hoodie for a creme fleece pullover.

Swap heavy duty flannel for a lighter plaid option.

Swap a midi skirt for a mini.

Swap a white button-down for a white crop top.

Swap a chunky knit sweater for your lightweight crewneck sweater

and dark colored pieces for WHITE.

Finally, for those super unseasonably warm days where you just want to go for it, swap black skinnies for black shorts!

Have you ever tried seasonal capsule wardrobes? Any more advice for transitioning from one season to the next? 

P.S. If you’re more of a one and done capsule wardrobe person (or the concept sparks your interest), you can get a checklist PDF of my 50 Piece All-Season Capsule Wardrobe right this way! 

H&M Style Updates for Fall – Basics

Back to Basics with H&M
Let’s talk Fall wardrobe updates! While the season doesn’t officially change until later this month, with back-to-school chatter and the return of the prodigal Pumpkin Spice Latte,
today seems like a fine time to discuss. Just for fun, I thought I’d fill you in on the pieces I would choose for a sartorial refresh of the autumnal variety! I went with H&M because it’s a little more realistic for the ol’ pocketbook. With the fresh start feeling Fall offers (maybe that’s a holdover from school days), this season is a great time to get back to basics wardrobe-wise. Here are the 8 wardrobe essentials I’m loving for Autumn…
1. Crepe blouse. I love the flowy, easy-to-wear cut of this shirt. Dressed up or dressed down, it’s gonna be a comfortable addition to your closet. These are the type of shirts I find myself reaching for again and again because they look effortlessly put together no matter what you pair them with. ($14.99)
2. Monochrome tees. Go for these basics in a little larger size and look adorable on your jeans and t-shirt days with a casual front tuck and messy braid. These will be awesome for layering once the weather turns enough for you to pull on a jacket before heading out the door. And nothing makes a piece of statement jewelry pop like a simple white or black tee. ($5.99)
3. Patterned sleeveless blouses. For something a little more academic-looking, I’m a big fan of collared shirts paired with a cute cardigan. Not so big a fan of sweating because it’s still TOO hot for cardigans in September. (Especially in Florida, haha, but it definitely was in Kentucky as well!) Solution: sleeveless! I love the geometric pattern on the black & white and the gorgeous stars on the blue. Either would surely look adorbz with any existing cardigan collection you’ve been itchin’ to crack out. ($5.99)
4. Super slim black pants. Now I know 70’s flares are “in” this Fall in a major way, and if that’s your jam by all means, go for it! But I just think there’s something so badass about a pair of tight black trousers. And Lord knows it’s too hot for these bad boys in the Summer months. This pair is a tad high-waisted so your legs will look as though they stretch for miles! ($19.99)
5. Boyfriend jeans. Who doesn’t love a trend that involves making sloppy look sexy? These are the perfect thing to pull on for long weekend afternoons spent picking apples or raking leaves or enjoying football games…you get the idea. All those quintessential, cozy Fall activities! Plus, the cute little cuffs allow you to show off new kicks! ($39.99)  
6. LBD. You probably already have a go-to black dress in your repertoire. But if you don’t let me urge you to rectify that situation. They make a fantastic base for building an outfit, especially as the temperatures begin to plummet. Scarves, sweaters, jackets, tights, boots…the LBD is your blank canvas. This one is pretty casual and comfy just the way Fall SHOULD be! ($12.95)
7. Leopard print slip-ons. Slip-on sneakers, unlike bulkier lace-up kicks, look absolutely amazing with jeans. The fun print provides a little more pizzazz to your wardrobe color palette. Perfect for running errands or running late to class. ($29.99)
8. Loafers. I’ve seen several bloggers refer to loafers as the “nerdy glasses” of this season. They’re sophisticated and smart and give you that “I just came from the library!” look. Plus, I can see them being work OR brunch approps. Which is a win in my book! ($14.99)
P.S. Looking for accessories to pair with these digs? For jewelry I love this cocktail ring (opal!), the long and layered look of this necklace, and this aztec collar for when you’re REALLY going for it. For bags, if it’s in your budget, my pick would most definitely be this beauty!  
Thoughts? What will you be wearing this Fall? When do you buy your wardrobe basics? I’d love to know…