Spring Capsule Wardrobe – Part 1

This week I am starting on creating a new Spring example capsule wardrobe as the Autumn one I posted was so popular.

As much of the new season stock is still due to come I’m going to create it over the next few weeks so you can follow along. It will include both business and casual wear so will grow into a complete seasonal capsule wardrobe like the ones offered in the Personal Capsule Wardrobe Dossier.

I’m going to start with jackets and coats including a rain coat for milder wet days, a casual weekend jacket and a neutral work blazer. (As the colour scheme takes shape over the next few weeks I may add an accent coloured jacket)

The obvious choices for the rain coat are a classic trench in navy or neutral camel/stone. However, despite their popularity the double breasted version isn’t for everyone – especially if like me you are well endowed! Better to choose a single breasted rain mac. For those who are pear shaped choose an A-line style and for apple shapes (no waist) look for a swing style.

raincoats what to buy, spring capsule wardrobe

Tan investment buy from Theory in a gentle A-line shape // Classic double breasted trench from Hobbs good for slim straight body shape // Budget buy from Yumi good for pear shape  // Classic investment Trench coat from Aquascutum // Reversible raincoat from Maxmara good for curvy figures // Navy budget buy rain mac from John Lewis great for the apple shape.


There are so many choices for your weekend casual jacket. The right choice of rain coat should work for the weekend too but for this piece I want something that will work with jeans, as well as casual dresses and skirts – a tall order!

The ever popular Biker Jacket is a good choice especially now they don’t just come in leather. If you are curvy a fabric (possibly ponte) version that has some give would work well. An informal blazer is another good option. To make it a versatile choice it probably needs to be in a neutral colour. Blue is big for Spring 2015 so it’s a good choice for Cool and Bright colouring. Taupe and Stone would work well for Light and Soft Colouring, Camel for Warms and Charcoal, Navy or Black for Deeps. I’ve chosen a navy and white stripe option and a monochrome option both of which are classic Spring looks which will go with other plain pieces but does make it more restrictive when you are adding separates to the capsule.

casual jacket what to buy, spring capsule wardrobe

Zip front jacket Marella // Stripe blazer Baukjen // Taupe wool jacket Armani Collezioni // Navy jersey blazer Hallhuber // Monochrome trellis jacket Boden // Black leather blazer Reiss // Jersey Double breasted jacket Boden // Cream Biker jacket Baukjen

For the work jacket a classic navy, charcoal or black blazer are the most useful choices. This is an investment piece that you can use for season’s to come especially if it’s in a lighter weight wool, it will work hard in both Summer and Winter. But you also have the option of a lightweight tweed or boucle. As the Spring progresses we can add in a lighter coloured jacket.

Look for waist shaping for straight and curvy body shapes or a waterfall style or softer fabric if you have a fuller figure. If you are making an investment look for Hugo Boss, Maxmara, Joseph and Armani Collezioni. For a mid range budget LK Bennett and Hobbs are good choices. On the lower end of the scale look at John Lewis and House of Fraser own brands like Linea.

Spring capsule wardrobe, work jackets

Classic blazer Hobbs // Collarless jacket Hobbs // Shape detail jacket LK Bennett // Waterfall style jacket Maxmara // Budget blazer Linea // Shaped blazer Boss // One button jacket Gerard Darel // Double breasted with back detailing Sportmax

Next week I will be bringing part two.

If you would like a done for you capsule wardrobe you can buy online here.

Read the rest of the series:

Part 2 Choosing Suits

Part 3 Choosing Dresses

Part 4 The Colour Scheme

Part 5 Choosing Trousers and Skirts

Part 6 Choosing Tops

Part 7 Choosing Knits

Part 8 Choosing Accessories

Part 9 Final Pieces and Outfits


  1. Karen Warwick
    January 9, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    A comprehensive guide for different body shapes, will enjoy seeing the rest of the wardrobe. Any petite recommendations would be great too!

    • Maria
      January 10, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      Hi Karen Thanks for your comment – I will bear petites in mind for you for the remaining pieces. Have a lovely weekend.