You Only Need 8 Pieces for a Complete Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Four different seasons with four ever-changing sets of style rules can threaten to burn a hole in even the savviest of shoppers' pockets. Us Brits have it hard, don't we? Well, fear not, because you have in on good authority (from, well, us) that this spring's wardrobe reshuffle needn't take more than eight carefully picked items. Yep—you can get your spring style entirely on point without the need to sacrifice that weekend away you had planned.

From the coat purchase to make to the trainers you'll buy and have worn to death by summer, these are the pieces you'll need for your spring capsule wardrobe—and they all work beautifully together. For example, that new dress looks just as good with the aforementioned sneaks as it will with the season's most-polished bag, while a lightweight blazer will do very nicely paired with cool culottes.

Keep scrolling to see the concise and effective spring wardrobe that will do all the hard work for you and shop our favourite pieces for each of the elements.

1. Trench Coat
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: Brittany Bathgate wears a trench coat

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@brittanybathgate

We hate to put a damper on things, but you'll probably still need a coat for spring, and there's really no other choice than a trench coat this year. Chic detective vibes incoming.

2. Split-Front Dress
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: @slipintostyle wears a split front dress

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@slipintostyle

We all know that spring and dresses go together like winter and shearling, and this year, split-front styles are reining supreme. Wear them with sheer tights until temperatures rise. 

3. Lightweight Suiting
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: @monikh wears a lightweight suit

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@monikh

While we still adore heavier fabrics like velvet and wool, there's nothing quite as satisfying as slipping into something lighter come spring. Right now, there are plenty of linen and cotton suits to choose from. 

4. Ankle-Grazing Culottes
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: @ada_oguntodu wears culottes

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@ada_oguntodu

While jeans are an integral part of any springtime wardrobe, we're a tad fatigued of them, having worn them daily since October. For spring, when it's warm enough to bare your ankle, we'll be investing in chic culottes. 

5. Wear-to-Death Canvas Trainers
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: @livpurvis wears canvas trainers

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@livpurvis

Undeniably classic, canvas kicks will go with just about every spring outfit you can throw at them. We particularly like Liv's pastel pile-up. 

6. Denim Midi
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: @sylviemus_ wears a denim midi skirt

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@sylviemus_

This '90s wardrobe staple is back on the agenda. Instead of mini iterations, keep your hemlines long and pair them with basic jersey tops like the minimalist style icon, Sylvie Mus. 

7. Top-Handle Bag
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: Lucy Williams carries a top-handle bag

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@lucywilliams02

Seeing as our hands have been plunged firmly into our pockets for the last few months, one of the first things we do come spring is switch out our crossbodys for pretty, prim, top-handle bags. 

8. White Blouse
Capsule Wardrobe For Spring: Freddie Harrel wears a cotton ruffled blouse

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@freddieharrel

It's still too soon for short sleeves, so ease yourself out of your roll-neck with a pretty white blouse. Then, when temperatures really begin to soar, swap your strides for a breezy linen skirt. 

Next, seven pairs of jeans you need to own by the time you're 30.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.