Spring fever has most definitely set in, and along with thoughts of fresh flowers and longer days, we’re thinking about updating our closets for the warmer weather ahead. What better way than a Meghan-inspired Spring Capsule Wardrobe?!
If you’re not already familiar, a capsule wardrobe is a number of essential pieces around which your day-to-day style will revolve. These items will be worn again and again throughout the season, so it’s important that they be high quality. By acquiring and maintaining a capsule wardrobe, you’ll save both time (no longer wasting hours trying to decide what to wear) and money (high quality means you won’t have to buy replacement pieces again and again).
We came up with our own capsule wardrobe for Spring, inspired by Duchess Meghan’s classic style. Stock up on these timeless pieces, and stay stylish all season long.
This British staple is essential in every classy lady’s closet, even if you don’t live in rainy London. Go for the classic beige color, which will coordinate with every outfit. Make sure it comes with a belt to cinch in your waist, giving you a lovely, feminine silhouette.
To get to the May flowers, you’ve got to get through the April showers. Stay dry in style with these gorgeous options for rain jackets. Choose a neutral like beige or navy blue to stay classic, like we saw several times on Meghan during her Toronto days, or brighten up those rainy days with a bright pop of color.
The temperatures may be climbing, but you’ll still need a little protection from the chill. A blazer will not only coordinate with many of your outfits, but can work with either a professional or a casual look. We’ve seen Meghan pair the white blazer with both black skinny jeans and high-end designer dresses. For the best fit, don’t skip taking it to your local tailor.
The button-down shirt is essential during every season, but Spring is the best time to break out the clean, white button-down. Or choose a pop of color or striped design to keep things interesting. Keep the fit relaxed for a comfy, casual feel, like we’ve seen on Meghan on numerous occasions.
Striped Long-sleeve Tee
Like her sister-in-law Kate, Meghan knows how to rock the classic long-sleeve striped look. Our Duchess has typically worn them as sweaters, but we’re choosing t-shirts with a more lightweight fabric for Spring. You can never go wrong with the crew neck, but try a boatneck for a more feminine feel.
We don’t see her rocking them much anymore, but in her pre-Duchess days Meghan loved distressed denim. Don’t be afraid to try different rises and cuts. If your go-to has always been a skinny jean, try the more relaxed boyfriend style. If you typically stick with a low rise, try the high-waisted style to see how it fits your frame.
On her Royal Tour through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, Meghan wore shirt dresses on several occasions. The style is flattering for just about every body type, and is appropriate for just about every occasion. Easter brunch? Shirt dress. Saturday morning farmer’s market? Shirt dress. Important royal engagement? Shirt dress (of course). A neutral color will always serve you well, but feel free to mix it up with a fun pattern or stripe.
The tote bag is essential during both the spring and the summer, but it’s best to get yours in the spring before they’re all picked over. Like Meghan, we love it in classic brown leather, but a variety of colors or a woven straw texture just screams summer.
These days we’re far more likely to see Meghan in a beautiful fascinator, but we’ve seen her don the classic baseball cap many times before her days as a Duchess. Buy one in a plain, neutral color to throw on with any casual outfit, or support your favorite team just in time for the start of baseball season.
Booties / Ankle Boots
It’s time to put away those chunky winter boots and break out some fun booties. This style has really taken off in recent years, so you’ll find no shortage of options. Shop around and try a new color or a cute detail that excites you. Pair them with just about any outfit – dresses, jeans, or skirts.
You don’t have to wear heels all the time to look like a Duchess. A good pair of flats will be both stylish and comfortable. Investing in high-quality like the Sarah Flint pair Meghan wore to the 2017 Invictus Games will see you through many seasons, but you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a good pair. Stick with neutral colors to mix and match with every outfit in your closet.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on building a Meghan-inspired Spring Capsule Wardrobe – what are your go-to pieces for Spring?
Taylor is a Blogger and Duchess Enthusiast who is dedicated to sharing ways to emulate the effortless elegance of Duchess Meghan.