These 10 Items Make for a Stylish Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Maxine Eggenberger

While winter and summer are all well and good, we're of the opinion that the in-between seasons of spring and autumn are the most exciting to dress for. And, naturally, given the time of year we currently find ourselves in, we're here to talk about the former.

Spring allows us to start ushering our favourite pieces from our warm-weather wardrobes back into our outfits, all the while comfortably relying on the winter items we can't bear to part with just yet. As such, you actually don't need to invest in a colossal amount of new clobber for spring, but a few new styling ideas can't hurt. 

Rest assured that for spring's wardrobe reshuffle, you needn't concern yourself with anything other than 10 carefully picked items. Below you'll find everything you need for your spring 2020 capsule wardrobe. So keep scrolling to see the effective spring wardrobe that will do all the hard work for you, and shop our favourite pieces for each of the 10 elements.


Don't worry—the velvet suit you invested in last year will still serve you well from September onward, but for the warmer months, a lighter style, perhaps in linen and cotton, will serve you well and won't overheat you. For an homage to the runway, we suggest snapping up a pastel or muted option. 

Topshop Rose Pink Double Breasted Blazer (£49)

Topshop Rose Pink Peg Suit Trousers (£29)

Asceno Azores Single-Breasted Linen Blazer (£495)

Asceno Rivello High-Rise Linen Trousers (£325)


One of the leading sandal trends for 2020 is thong sandals, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise seeing as just about every other minimal '90s trend has already made a comeback. While shoppable styles are still somewhat thin on the ground, Net-a-Porter assures us it has 36 such pairs landing throughout spring. 

Gianvito Rossi Calypso Leather Sandals in White (£455)

Who What Wear Siena Kitten-Heel Sandals (£95)

Gianvito Rossi Calypso Leather Sandals in Tan (£455)


Leather might be considered a wintry fabric, but thanks to a fresh new colour palette, leather outerwear has never felt more spring-like. Wear it now with a chunky knit and jeans, then flung over slinky slip dresses with espadrilles later on. 

Prada Oversized Leather Coat (£2595)

Topshop Single Breasted Vinyl Coat (£79)

Frankie Shop Oversized PU Coat (£398)


White dresses are always a warm-weather style mainstay, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't consider the new options that are landing in new-in sections. Simple but far from boring, white frocks with something about them—an oversize silhouette, a gathered sleeve, sheer details—work hard in your wardrobe.

& Other Stories Linen Midi Wrap Dress (£89)

Cecilie Bahnsen Alexa Oversized Dress (£945)

& Other Stories Turtleneck Jacquard Dress (£110)


The preppy polo shirt is seriously chic, with everyone from Bottega Veneta to & Other Stories already serving up their own polo options. Wear with straight-leg jeans and chunky trainers for a relaxed but stylised look. 

Albus Lumen Point-Collar Polo Shirt (£159)

Wales Bonner Pointelle Cotton Polo Shirt (£410)

& Other Stories Knit Polo Top (£49)


Mini frocks were all the rage on the runways, but shorts? Bermuda styles that graze the knee are where it's at.

ACNE Studios Ruthie Canvas Shorts (£280)

Arket Belted Shorts (£45)

COS Wide-Leg Shorts (£59)


Having been somewhat of a microtrend over the last few seasons, chain necklaces are finally having their day in the sun. They were apparent on just about every runway you can think of, but don't worry—there are plenty of high-street options out there, too. 

Tilly Sveaas Large Curb 18kt Gold-Plated Necklace (£869)

Weekday Thick Chain Necklace (£8)

Zara Chain Link Necklace (£13)


Polka dots made a not-so-quiet comeback last year, with Zara's iconic midi dress proving to be one of the most sought-after buys of 2019. As such, polkas are still going strong, only this time around you'll find spots of various sizes set against just about every hue you can think of. 

Reformation Marjorie Polka-Dot Blouse (£140)

& Other Stories Polka Dot Satin Midi Skirt (£59)

Faithfull the Brand Vittoria Polka-Dot Dress (£174)


It's hard to believe that perhaps, four years ago, basket bags weren't really a thing. Now, we've been treated to just about every woven iteration we can think of, with spring/summer 2020 set to be all about rattan textures. 

Loewe Hammock Leather Bag (£2000)

Eliurpi Ceramic-Bead Basket Bag (£245)

& Other Stories Woven Straw Tote Bag (£49)


Simple, yes, but don't let that fool you. Much like the white dress, our jersey basics have been elevated thanks to the teeniest of updates—a racer back. Wear with leather trousers or your favourite jeans for pared-back perfection. 

Zara Halterneck Bodysuit (£13)

Goldsign Ribbed Tank Top (£190)

Topshop Black Premium Racer Vest (£9)

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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