Reiss Trench Coat | Spring Capsule Cover-ups
faux leather
faux leather
Topshop Peplum Faux Leather Biker Jacket | Spring Capsule Cover-ups
Asos Fringe Cropped Sweatshirt | Spring Capsule Cover-ups
H&M Long Sleeve Pattern Dress/ Kimono style jacket| Spring Capsule Cover-ups
H&M Slub Cardigan | Spring Capsule Cover-ups

Capsule Cover-ups

Author: Lauren Coleman

There are a lot of positives to the capsule wardrobe but one thing I’ve really struggled with is the planning ahead piece.

Based on the principles observed by minimalist wardrobe expert Caroline of Un-Fancy fame, the seasonal closet should have a three month lifespan with shopping for the next season commencing two weeks before the season starts. With this is mind I should have moved over to my spring wardrobe at the start of March and shopped towards the end of February.

I’m not sure about you but towards the end of February I couldn’t get my head around what the weather was going to be like in March let alone May. Who knows in this country? From the teeny strappy vests hung on the racks of the UK high street you’d have though we we’re expecting a heatwave before Easter when in fact we were more likely to have snow. Even my capsule wardrobe Pinterest board had to go with the very generic theme of spring AND summer as I struggled to know where to pin to. (I appreciate having boards is hideously contrived but with 37 pieces you’ve got to refine down to your favourite pieces!)

As it was baltic for much of March I wore the winter wardrobe for four months cheating by adding in a couple of newer items. As we’ve hit April and the weather has warmed up a bit I’ve found I’m getting the hang of spring dressing and it’s all about the layers.

Here are a few pieces I’ve treated myself to and some from my wish-list.

The New Trench

I would loved a duster style trench coat but haven’t had much luck finding one in my size when I hit my local high street. Also they are all too long on me and are looking more ‘flasher’ than ‘fashionista’. On taller ladies I love the swishy and sophisticated look of the lighter fabric of this Reiss Trench but the below the knee length is no good for me. If you’ve seen any lightweight trenches for smaller ladies then please do let me know!

Faux Leather Jacket

With no trench I’ve been hunting for a different jacket instead. I had to face facts, my seven year old ‘pleather’ jacket had come to the end of its life and needed to be replaced.

I found this Faux Leather Peplum Biker Jacket in Topshop and can’t believe the quality. It’s very thick and leather-like and the cue peplum detail makes a change from the biker style I had before. I’ve been wearing over dresses and with ripped skinnies.


It’s been quite some time since I wore a sweatshirt. They seem to be back with a vengeance but to avoid feeling I’d gone back in time to my Fruit of the Loom phase I opted for a silky finish in a classic sweatshirt style from H&M. When I went to put this post together I found it was out of stock so can’t share with you. However on Asos they have got a terrific little number with fringed sleeves. If only I didn’t already have 37 items in my wardrobe…

Long Kimono

I ordered the H&M Patterned Shirt Dress as you guessed it, a dress, only to find when it arrived it had two gigantic slits up the side. Rather than send back I’ve kept it to wear as a thin boho kimono-style cardigan over a silk vest. I’m also going to take on my upcoming Seville holiday to wear over my bikini.

Slub style cardigan

These H&M knitted cardigans are dirt cheap and come in lots of different colours. Perfect for layering over a slouchy tee on cooler days.

I’ll be back in the next week or so to share my spring European break wardrobe. In the meantime, how are you getting on with your spring wardrobe? Anyone other capsule wearers who struggle with planning ahead? What cover-ups have you been buying to deal with the spring chill?

Lauren likes Paris, Prosecco and Paint Charts
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7 thoughts on “Capsule Cover-ups

  1. Hi Lauren

    Whistles did a great lightweight trench last spring/summer season which finishes just above the knee line (at least it does on me). Might be worth having a look to see if they have anything similar this season?

  2. Oof I hear ya!

    Autumn/Winter was hard for me and my capsule wardrobe, I just wasn’t feeling it! It was such a disappointment after loving the previous summer one!

    However, the combination of losing half a stone and a few new key pieces made me really feel like the late-winter edit was working so much better (even if I do now have three grey jumpers in there!).

    The spring/summer thing is so hard though isn’t it? I can’t wait to get my summer clothes out but I know that if I did, it would be ruddy freezing!

    1. I feel like the spring edit will be really short lived Claire. I saw someone wearing shorts in London today. Clearly they’ve already progressed to the summer capsule!

  3. Oh I so get this. I decided I would err on the side of caution and have all closed toes shoes, no sandals, no strappy vests and majored on t’s, shirts and cardis to layer in various combos. Now its sweltering and I’m stuck!! I’m also starting to see things I’d like for my summer wardrobe that am worried will be gone by May so am thinking of buying now and stashing away…is this cheating or sensible planning I can’t decide

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