Spring Capsule Wardrobe Part 5 – Choosing Trousers and Skirts

Next on the list for creating a Spring capsule wardrobe (see parts 1-4 here) are the trousers and skirts.

Choosing trousers for a capsule wardrobe

Choosing trousers for a capsule wardrobe

Flares DVF // Suit trousers Reiss // Navy spot trousers Reiss // Soft white tailored trousers Reiss // Print trousers Hobbs //

Firstly the smart business wear trousers  (above). Things to consider:

  • Colour – the first pair should ideally be a neutral (we already have the tailored pair from the Reiss suit – 2nd left above) Trousers for the office usually work best in your neutral colours so a second pair in another neutral would be the next choice.
  • Shape – what suits your body shape best? For pear shapes choose a straight or wide leg trouser but avoid a tapered style, the new bootleg style trouser works for most as would a straight leg.
  • Length – full length or a crop style, consider shoe options, do you want to wear heels and flats?
  • Style – how formal is your work place? Could you wear a printed pair of trousers with a jacket or on a casual day?

Navy Bootleg – These would work for the office with a jacket, more casually with a shirt and longer length cardigan but would also be a great pair of trousers for the evening.

Navy straight leg trousers – these are part of the suit but can also be worn with the other jackets in the capsule including the stripe jacket for a more relaxed look.

Navy spot trouser – could work for the office if not too formal with the soft white jacket and for evenings or smart social occasions.

Soft white trouser – a great second neutral to wear as a mismatched suit with the navy jacket, or with the soft aqua or Biker jacket.

Wide leg print trousers – again could work with the navy and soft white jackets for work but in a more creative environment, also good for warmer weekends with sandals and dressed up for evenings (only worth considering if you could wear for all three to ensure you get good cost per wear)

For this Spring capsule wardrobe I am choosing the navy suit trouser, the soft white trouser and the wide leg print trousers.

Here are some, but not all, of the smart trouser and jacket combinations:

choosing trousers for a capsule wardrobe

Next the Casual trousers.

These could include chinos, linen trousers, jeans, crops, capris, combats – whatever would work for you for your down time. Some of them may cross into your work wear if you have a Dress Down Friday or are in a more casual working environment so it’s worth thinking about which options will give you the most variety.

Choosing trousers for a capsule wardrobe

Crop printed trousers Maxmara // Print trousers Boden // White linen trousers Boden // Coloured jeans (other colours available) Hobbs // Bootleg jeans Armani // Boyfriend jeans Baukjen //

The crop trouser has been popular for some time now but worn the wrong way (baggy, shapeless linen crops on holiday) they can look sloppy. Alternatively a print pair like these above could be worn for smart or casual wear with heels or flats.

Print trousers are another trend that isn’t going anywhere. These blue and white print trousers are a relaxed fit that could be dressed up with a jacket and heels or down with a simple top and sandals.

Wide leg linen trousers are a Spring and Summer wardrobe staple and a white pair will work for home and holiday.

On to jeans – the skinny has been the must have style for some time now but this season anything denim is huge. Combine that with the 70s trend and you come up with a Bootleg or a Flare. If you get over the feeling that they are “old Fashioned” (because actually they are High fashion) they can both be very flattering. Wear them with a heel to make your legs look endless. Skinnies are still “in” so why not choose a coloured pair for the Spring months? And finally the Boyfriend is also staying around. Personally I think they look better with a heel and if you have proportionately short legs don’t roll them as this will make your legs look shorter.

For the Spring capsule I am going to include the Floral print trousers, The coloured skinny jeans and the Bootcut jeans.

Here are some, but not all, of the casual trouser and jacket combinations:

how to choose trousers for a capsule wardrobe

Choosing skirts for a capsule wardrobe

The considerations for your skirts are similar to trousers; colour – including neutrals and accents, shape – to work for your body shape, length and style – what is both practical and appropriate.

how to choose skirts for a capsule wardrobe

Navy pensil skirt Riess // Blue print pencil skirt Jigsaw // Knife pleat skirt Maxmara // Soft white flared skirt Hobbs // Neutral pleat skirt Maxmara // Neutral print skirt Maxmara // Navy print skirt Boden // Blue floral print skirt LK Bennett //

This time I haven’t separated them into work and casual because most of these could be worn for both.

Shape wise A-line skirts will be better on pear shaped ladies, knife pleats will work better on those without too many curves and flared styles will suit most shapes. Pencil skirts if not figure hugging work well for most of us except the pear shaped, look for a fabric mix that includes elastane so that your don’t get too much horizontal creasing when you sit. If you are bigger on your bottom half you would be better choosing darker colours and subtle patterns.

Again think about which skirts would be most versatile for your lifestyle. If you have a lot of smart functions to attend the knife pleat skirt, flared soft white skirt and blue floral print skirt would all work well with a smart jacket, heels and a hat if required. Alternatively if your work life is more relaxed and you want skirts that will cross over from work to casual choose the Boden print skirt, the neutral Maxmara skirt and the blue print pencil skirt.

For this Spring capsule I am going to take out the Reiss pencil skirt and swap it for the Hobbs soft white flare skirt because we have plenty of work options and the Hobbs skirt will do work, smart and evening whereas the navy pencil skirt is more restricted to just work.

I’m also adding the LK Bennett floral print, the Boden navy print and the neutral Maxmara pleat skirt.

Here are some of the skirt and jacket combinations:

how to choose skirts for a capsule wardrobe

The main pieces for the Spring capsule wardrobe are nearly all there. The colour and fun comes next with tops, knits and accessories.

Here are all the pieces so far:

how to create a capsule wardrobe, Spring capsule wardrobe

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