Spring has sprung, the weather is changing, and all the high street stores have created their own versions of the spring trends that featured on the designer catwalks. So, how to take those trends and create your own spring capsule wardrobe? Let’s take a look.

Why create a spring capsule wardrobe

Thinking about putting together a capsule wardrobe each season can be a great way to help you to create outfits from what you already have in your closet, as well as carefully considering whether you would like to add a few key pieces. You might also want to take a look at our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe.

Dependent on your closet space, creating a spring capsule wardrobe can help you to put away the winter clothes you won’t be wearing, and concentrate on the spring clothes that you will be. This article on how to organize your closet and find lots of new outfit ideas will help you with that.

Plus, if you’ve already thought about how everything goes together, it will make getting dressed stylishly each day so much easier.

What to think about when putting together your spring capsule wardrobe

Spring trends

Be inspired by the spring trends for 2023, and take a look at what you already have in your closet that would work for this season.

If you do want to treat yourself to a few new things to add to your existing outfits, then you might want to take a look at the best stores for women over 40.

Barb wears a green shirt dress | 40plusstyle.com

Barb @barb_styling above chooses a shirt dress in a shade of green that is very on trend this season.

Check out these shirtdresses from Tommy Bahama and Amazon Essentials that you can wear with this similar pair of sandals and earrings.

Transitional weather

Spring is a time when you never quite know what the weather will bring, depending on where you live of course. So you’ll want layers that you can add and take off during the day. Plus, look out for clothes in natural materials such as cotton, linen, silk and wool that won’t make you too hot or too cold.

Karen wears a duster jacket over her jeans and t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Karen @styledbykaren above shows how you could layer a lightweight duster jacket or kimono over your jeans and t-shirt. Then, when summer comes around, you could always use it as a cover-up for your bathing suit.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, kimono (other options here and here) and wide jeans.

spring capsule wardrobe

Let’s look at some specific tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories that are in stores now, that you could put together to create countless different looks.

Spring Essentials 2023 | 40plusstyle.com

Spring capsule wardrobe tops

While there were plenty of vibrant color choices on the catwalks for spring 2023, including lots of stylish red outfits, red is a color that will never date so it’s a great option if you want to make sure your outfits have longevity.

Graphic prints are very on trend right now, and are a great way to update your favorite pair of jeans or pants, while tops featuring twist details and ruching are flattering, as well as helping to elevate an otherwise simple look.

Tops for your spring capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Alice + Olivia Willa Print Silk ShirtCaslon Asymmetric Twist T-ShirtBoden Ruched Front Printed TopMisook Pleat Sleeve Sweater

Dawn Lucy wears a floral shirt with her jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Dawn Lucy @fashionshouldbefun (read her style interview here) above wears her floral shirt tucked into her jeans. Florals are always on trend for spring, and the raw hem of her jeans updates her look.

Steal her look with this similar floral shirt (other options here and here), wide jeans, booties and handbag.

Jackets & coats

Depending on where you are in the world, you’re likely to want at least a lightweight cover-up for spring. You could choose a trench coat, or a long, open jacket. Or, you could add a shorter moto style or blazer to your outfits.

Jackets to go with your spring capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Massimo Dutti Cropped JacketBLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket (Amazon) – Misook Embroidered Stripe Organza DusterMassimo Dutti Creased-Effect Trench Coat

Spring outfit idea: suede moto jacket, tee and printed pants | 40plusstyle.com

Massimo Dutti Cropped JacketCaslon Asymmetric Twist T-ShirtBoden Straight Leg Printed Crop PantsBoden Pointed Ballet FlatsCOACH Willow Leather ToteDeepa Gurnani Jody Beaded Tassel Earrings

jeans & pants

A pair of dark blue jeans and a pair of white pants can be a great basis for a capsule wardrobe because it’s likely you already have these in your closet, and they go with everything. Wider leg jeans are on trend at the moment.

Plus, you might want to add a playful print to your outfits by choosing print pants. And, if the weather is warming up where you are, it could be time to look for a pair of shorts. You can dress your shorts down with sneakers and a t-shirt, or you can wear them with a blazer and heels. The Misook shorts (below) are just above the knee, so are a flattering length.

If you are looking for shorts, there’s more inspiration in this article on how to find shorts that fit and flatter women over 40.

Jeans and pants to go with your spring capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

rag & bone Casey High Waist Flare JeansMassimo Dutti Linen TrousersBoden Straight Leg Printed Crop PantsMisook Bermuda Shorts

All the essentials you need to create your chicest spring capsule wardrobe yet | 40plusstyle.com

Cathy @themiddlepageblog (read her style interview here) above opts for a classic coat style for spring, the trench coat, and wears with her jeans and sneakers.

She is wearing a trench coat from Avec Les Filles, shirt from J.Crew, jeans from AG, sneakers from Golden Goose and bag from Bell’INVITO (another option here).

dresses & skirts

Even if you don’t usually wear dresses and skirts during cooler weather, when spring and summer come, you might want to add more to your closet. Look out for bright colors and graphic prints as well as silk and satin. Wearing your denim in a different way to your usual jeans or denim jacket is a very on trend look now, so the denim-look dress by Massimo Dutti (below) could be the ideal update for your closet.

Dresses and skirts for your spring capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Revere Collar Maxi Shirt DressMassimo Dutti Linen Topstitching DressMisook Painted Sunset Long Sleeve Maxi DressOpen Edit Asymmetric Satin Midi Skirt

Spring outfit idea: trench coat and linen dress  | 40plusstyle.com

Massimo Dutti Creased-Effect Trench CoatMassimo Dutti Linen Topstitching DressBoden Leather Flatform TrainersHOBO Fern Crossbody Messenger BagKarine Sultan Drop Earrings

shoes & boots

If you love wearing booties, then choosing a peep toe style that incorporates the look of boots and sandals can be the ideal choice for transitional weather. The Paul Green peep toe sandals (below) come in the gold shown or black. Add a pair of classic white sneakers, some heels and some flats, and you should be ready for anything.

Shoes and boots for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Multi Strap Heel SandalBoden Pointed Ballet FlatsPaul Green Cayanne Peep Toe SandalBoden Leather Flatform Trainers

Jona wears a shorts and blazer set with silver shoes | 40plusstyle.com

Jona @the50plusgirl above chooses a coordinated shorts set with her silver shoes.

Get her look with this similar top, blazer and shorts (blazer sets here and here), pumps and handbag (another option here).


No matter what the season, your accessories can instantly update your outfits. Choose a tote bag or a crossbody, depending on what you need to carry with you. Statement necklaces and earrings will create a hip look.

Accessories for spring | 40plusstyle.com

COACH Willow Leather ToteHOBO Fern Crossbody Messenger BagKarine Sultan Cobblestone Bib NecklaceDeepa Gurnani Jody Beaded Tassel EarringsKarine Sultan Drop Earrings

Spring outfit idea: shirtdress and heels | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Revere Collar Maxi Shirt DressBoden Multi Strap Heel SandalCOACH Willow Leather ToteKarine Sultan Cobblestone Bib NecklaceKarine Sultan Drop Earrings

Below, you can see the clothes, shoes and accessories featured above together in one capsule. You could change around the pieces to create lots of different looks each day.

For example, you could wear the red sweater with the print pants, you could add red shoes and accessories to the neutral look, you could add the black blazer and black sandals to the floral pants, or the cream coat to the print dress for a more formal look.

Spring capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop items from the spring capsule wardrobe below:

What are you looking forward to wearing this spring and add to your spring capsule wardrobe?

Continue reading:

  1. Spring 2023 Trends – The Best Spring And Summer Outfits
  2. Spring Clothing Colors 2023 – The 12 Color Trends To Choose From This Season
  3. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You

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All the essentials you need to create your chicest spring capsule wardrobe yet | 40plusstyle.com

Feature image by Cathy @themiddlepageblog


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