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 10 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 to purchase 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 spring suit looks just as good with the aforementioned sneaks as it will with a pair of this season's easy-peasy posh mules. A vintage-floral tea dress will do very nicely layered over a pair of jeans, but just as awesome with a blazer thrown over the top and worn with the bag that goes with everything—basically any tan leather style.
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 10 elements.
1. A Trench Coat
We hate to put a damper on things, but you'll probably still need a coat this spring, and there's really no other choice than the trench coat this year. Chic detective vibes incoming.
2. Vintage Floral Dress
We all know that spring and florals go together like winter and shearling, but this year it's about making sure they feel vintage. For extra style points, wear over jeans or trousers on a colder day.
3. Closed-Toe Mules
If you're going to buy one new pair of heels as a part of your capsule spring wardrobe, our only piece of advice? Go bold. Not-so-classic '80s-style mules were huge on the runways. Think magenta pinks and satin sheens, plus lower heels so you can last in them all day.
4. A Solid Belt
Belts are big news now, so get yourself one so solid and trusty you'll find yourself using it for everything—on your high-waisted trousers, cinching at the top of your pencil skirt or wrapped around your trench coat.
5. Take-Everywhere Jeans
6. Wear-to-Death Trainers
You heard it from us: Thick-soled and heavy-duty is the way to wear your kicks right now, so buy accordingly. Opt for neutral pastel colours (like a dusty pink) or classic white.
7. A Pencil Skirt
This '50s wardrobe staple is back on the agenda, recently touted by Miuccia Prada. If you're wary of the skintight versions that conjure images of officewear stock photos, add interest with pleats, high waists and chunky belts.
8. Tan Bag
What to wear over your vintage floral dress? A plaid blazer—the preppy print will still be storming on into summer. If that feels too androgynous, go for a midi skirt instead.
9. A Trouser Suit
A trouser suit will be the smartest investment you can make for spring—just ask Emily Ratajkowski, who decided to get wed in one—and the high street is brimming with options.
10. Polka-Dot Anything
Seriously, anything covered in polka dots will set you right for spring. The '80s print is enjoying a moment: Try a dainty polka-dot blouse or a punchy jumpsuit.
Anyone else want to buy all 10?
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.