Spring sprung a few weeks ago in the Porter Moses household, and I'm so very excited to share this season's capsule with you.Winter was a wonderful learning experience, as you may have gathered from my previous posts, and I took great pride in applying what was learned over the last three months to curating this season's 40-strong collection.
So, without further ado - here is what I will be wearing through June!
San Francisco doesn't exactly have what you call "seasons." While the rest of the country is defrosting, or has already had their first pool day, our forecasts are... well...pretty similar to how they were in winter.
We tend to maintain a good amount of fog throughout the year, with days of bright beautiful sunshine gracing us with their presence every so often. Taking that into consideration, I tried to balance what I want to wear this spring (tanks, skirts, sandals) with what I know I need to keep on hand (sweaters, jackets, booties). To help combat the cold-weather factor in my closet, I intentionally maintained a lightness throughout this season's color palette. Deep burgundies were swapped for light grays and pale blues. Busted knee jeans replaced thicker pairs, and points were traded for strappy sandals. My hope is that the small changes and fresh scheme will counteract the heavy materials needed to withstand SF's spring climate, while still making it feel like I've transitioned to a new season.
I also have a fair number of patterns going on this season. It's an experiment of sorts, and I'll keep you posted on all my findings. I'm mostly a solids gal, but I like the idea of patterns in spring - beyond my one bold floral piece.
I purchased 11 new items for spring, which felt like a lot, until I realized that each single new top I bought replaced two or three old busted ones. Several of the new additions to my closet were thrifted, and all were purchased with some sort of substantial discount (even at Madewell!). My goal, of course, is to get to a place where I only need to buy a few pieces to round out each season's capsule, rather than acquiring a hefty chunk of my wardrobe new every time. The capsule process is one of patience and investment, and while I'm not there yet, give me a couple of seasons and I'll definitely get that 11 count down to something much more manageable. The goal has always been to buy less, and choose well, and I can honestly say that I abided by that rule throughout my spring shopping excursions.
I've broken out the different groupings in my wardrobe below, and tried to provide links to the new items I bought - though many are now sold out. Anything purchased for spring is marked with an *, and items carried over from winter are noted as such. Things listed as "owned" simply means that I had the pleasure of pulling them out of storage a few weeks ago.
1. Urban Outfitters Clay Blouse (owned) 2. Thrifted Stripe Blouse* 3. Madewell Stripe Sweater Shirt * 4. Thrifted Black Blouse* 5. Silk Pattern Blouse (winter) 6. Urban Outfitters Chambray (winter) 7. Loft Windowpane Blouse* 8. White Button Up (winter) 9. Gray Polka Dot Blouse (owned) 10. Vintage Cream Blouse (owned) 11. Urban Outfitters Tank (owned) 12. Majestic Plain White T (Nordstrom Rack - Similar)* 13. Black Modcloth Tank*
OUTERWEAR and SWEATERS
1. Camel Coat (owned) 2. Gap Trench (owned) 3.Gray Sweater (owned) 4. Gray Open Drape Sweater (Nordstrom Rack - Similar)* 5. Levis Jean Jacket (owned) 6. Gap Navy Blazer (owned) 7. Trouve Two Tone Jacket (winter) 8. Leather Jacket (winter) 9. Black Vince Sweater (winter) 10. Theory Black Blazer (winter)
1. Steve Madden Heels (owned) 2. Madewell Loafers (winter) 3. New Balance (winter) 4. Birks! (winter) 5. Madewell Booties (winter) 6. DV Sandals (winter) 7. Hilfiger D'Orsay (similar)* 8. Hasbeen Clogs (owned) 9. DV Pointed Wedge Booties)*
So there you have it! My spring wardrobe is serving me well so far, and I'm looking forward to sharing all the good, bad, and blog-worthy moments this capsule brings.
What do you think? How is your spring capsule going? Are you considering taking the plunge and starting one? Any advice for keeping spring in your closet while staying warm? I'd love to hear from you!