I have to practice what I preach when it comes to having a plan before I shop. It’s mid March and I’m getting the spring shopping itch! There are so many pretty colors in the stores plus fun jackets, lovely bags, floral prints and Easter dresses. (If you NEED those items, now is a great time to shop!) But first I’m taking time to inventory what I have, find the holes and look at what I have going on this spring. I use these worksheets and they’re a free download for you, too. Before you buy any spring clothes, do these five things. From there I’ll create my spring capsule wardrobe and figure out if there are pieces or colors I truly need. I’ll consider shoes and jewelry, too, because oftentimes, pieces don’t get worn simply for lack of accessories.
In the Phoenix area, our winter is pretty mild but we do wear sleeves, boots and the occasional sweater. (Confession: I never fully switched over my wardrobe to “fall/winter” because it’s so short lived and the only real difference is a few sweaters.) Then in March or April, we can put away all of that stuff until at least November! So we wear spring and summer clothes for about nine months out of the year. In summer here, offices, stores and businesses often crank the air conditioning so everyone takes along a sweater or jacket. When outside, it’s all about cool and comfortable.
For women living in warm climates like Phoenix or anywhere in the south, I encourage you to have a larger wardrobe of warm-weather clothes when they’re what you wear 75% of the year!
Women in colder climates don’t need as many tanks and shorts so it’s OK to give yourself a week’s worth or more so you’re not doing laundry constantly. Especially if you actually sweat in your clothes!
For my spring capsule wardrobe, I have to really focus on my wardrobe color palette because it’s too easy for me to add navy basics or the brown that is trendy right now plus aaaallll the pretty spring colors and I SHOULDN’T because it defeats the whole purpose of a limited, mix and match wardrobe.
THESE are my colors.
Here’s my 27 Hangers Capsule Wardrobe.
Here’s a run-down of my pieces:
Mine are 7 solid/layering, 7 printed (you can have whatever combination you want depending on whether you’re a “print person” or not)
Sleeveless: white lace, red, black, white with cactus
Short sleeve: white, turquoise (Signature Color), black
7 printed (all black, white, blue, coral)–ideally every printed top would go with every solid bottom
7 Bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts, jeans) I recommend one color and one print, the rest neutral.
3 neutral denim, 2 neutral black, 1 color, 1 print
3 Dresses–two neutral, one pop color
3 Completer Pieces (ideally they would coordinate with all of your solid colors + most of your prints) I recommend one neutral, two prints.
Transitioning from winter to spring is a great time to try out a capsule wardrobe, whether it’s 27 Hangers or any number! Let me know what questions you have or what challenges arise. I’m here to help!