It’s the last post of capsule week — I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have! This week we covered a quick capsule refresh + how my approach has changed over the years, my spring capsule-ish wardrobe, and a tour of my closet, including off season storage. Whew!
Today, we’re tackling three common capsule questions, so let’s jump right in — and then get straight to weekending!
Q: How do you deal with variable weather in your capsule? Do you ever “cheat” because of weather or unexpected needs?
A: It’s taken a bit of practice and a lot of observation, but I’ve gotten better at predicting what I need to stay comfortable during weather swings. In fact, my spring capsule can handle everything from a freeze (we once had one on Easter, so you never know) to a 95 degree spring day (to be expected in Texas).
Have a look:
Interesting, huh? Same capsule, two different spectrums. (If you’re looking for links to these pieces, I’ve got ’em for you right here.)
I can even add extra warmth if needed with a base layer, wool socks, and a beanie. And you would think the cold weather pieces only work for the beginning of spring, but I’ll probably keep them through the whole season because of chilly AC.
Now, if I end up needing rain boots or a coat here at the beginning of spring, you bet I’ll grab ’em. To me, there’s no such thing as cheating, because I’m doing this for fun.
And, like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I use my garment rack to hold cold weather clothes that are headed into storage, just not quite yet. I keep boots and a few outer layers there, just in case the weather swings. It’s nice having them close by, but separate from my wardrobe.
The key to building a capsule that can span weather swings, is to know yourself + your preferences. An easy way to do this is to start observing when you’re too hot or cold. Then take note of three things: What’s the temperature? What are you wearing? What would make you more comfortable? It sounds simple, but it can make a big difference when planning a wardrobe — or even planning for a trip!
Q: How do you decide what goes into storage and what comes out?
A: When pulling pieces from storage, I gravitate towards the clothes that are speaking to me the most at the moment, and then fill in any gaps based on my lifestyle + weather needs.
Sometimes a piece stays in storage based on the weather.
For example, I’m saving most of my sleeveless tops and dresses for the summer. Even though I could use them in my spring wardrobe, I’m choosing not to. Why? Because I’ve already got plenty of options and it’ll feel fun to pull out some “new” breezy pieces once the brutal summer heat sets in.
Sometimes it stays in storage simply because it doesn’t fit my vibe at the moment — but it will again soon.
For example, I’m also saving my BRYR clog sandals for the summer. Now, I love those clogs. But they have grey undertones, and my spring wardrobe has more of a warm brown undertone — so they just didn’t make the cut. At least for now — if I decide I want to grab them out of storage, I won’t hesitate because this isn’t about structure or rules for me anymore. It’s just about having fun and being mindful.
Q: Do you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring all at once?
A: I don’t — it’s a very natural process. I think we all usually have a day where we “just feel it” — that spring is coming and it’s time to change up our closet a little bit.
For example, this year, we had a few warm days in a row and I started to feel it around the middle of February. So I pulled a few short sleeves out of storage and let them mix with my cold weather wardrobe.
Then, about a week later, I felt it again and put a few of my bulkier sweaters into storage.
At the beginning of March, I did the majority of the switching — but I left a couple of sweaters and boots on my garment rack as “in between” pieces should the weather swing again.
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And there you have it — our last post of capsule week! :)
So now, I’d love to hear from you. Got any tips on transitioning from winter to spring? How do you decide what goes into storage and what comes out? Which post was the most helpful this week?
No new blog posts next week — I’m off to Santa Fe with my husband for some much needed R&R (actually, by the time you read this, we’ll already be there).
Once I get back, it’s time to show you some of the outfits I’ve been making with my spring capsule — woohoo!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!