The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Spring 2022

Spring is most definitely in the air! Daffodils are bursting into life, the nights are getting lighter – and it is time to start thinking about packing away our winter coats, thick tights, and boots and investing in some lighter clothes to herald the start of a new season.

If you are considering a spring wardrobe update, then the good news is that there are only a few essential items that you need to build a capsule closet that will take you effortlessly from March into April and beyond.

Read our guide to the ultimate capsule wardrobe for spring 2022 and discover the key garments that you should invest in, that can be all mixed and matched for dozens of great looks.

Cropped trousers

If you have been encasing your legs in your trusty jeans since autumn began, then it’s time to retire them and swap denim for a lighter pair of ankle-grazing trousers for the new season. Choose a shape that suits your body type – flared trousers complement an hourglass figure, while tapered trousers are well-suited to those who are tall.

Don’t automatically opt for a black pair either –  experiment with beige or camel colours to lighten both your wardrobe and your mood – or if you prefer a darker colour, consider navy, which goes with more colours than you may at first think.

Our pick: These high-rise relaxed fit tan trousers from Gap are a spring bargain at just £34.99.

Denim skirt

For the ultimate in versatility, opt for a midi-length denim skirt, which can be worn with bare legs on warm days – or with tights if the British weather is not kind to us this spring.

A denim midi will take you from the working week right into the weekend and is suitable attire for almost any occasion from dress-down Friday at the office to a lazy Sunday brunch with your friends.

Choose either a pencil style skirt that hugs your curves or an A-line version that flares from the hips for a blend of style and comfort.

Our pick: This bleach-wash A-line skirt from Roman will keep you looking chic and cool from dawn to dusk and is currently reduced to £22.50 on the Roman website.

The Breton top

Popularised by the effortlessly elegant Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, the Breton top has been a fashion staple of wardrobes across the world ever since. The nautical-striped tee has stood the test of time, making it a worthy investment that you’ll be reaching for year after year.

The Duchess of Cambridge is also a big fan of Breton tops and has been seen sporting this navy and white striped version from ME+EM – giving this look the royal seal of approval!

Wear with your cropped trousers, a pair of white trainers and accessorise the look with designer sunnies and a wristful of chunky bangles.

Our pick: Shop for a classic navy hooped Breton top at M&S – or dare to be different with a striking mix of bright blue and bubble-gum pink stripes for £12.50.

Cashmere cardigan

Layer up this spring with a classic cashmere cardigan that can be worn on cooler days. Cashmere is not only great at keeping out the chill, but it’s also super-soft to wear – and we believe it’s an indulgent, yet practical investment that you’ll be reaching for year after year.

Look for a super-lightweight cashmere cardigan like this fine, delicate one from John Lewis, and pair it with your denim skirt and a white tee for a relaxed, laid-back look.

Our pick: Peter Hahn’s premium cashmere cardigan is available in six bright colours – our favourite is the V-necked apple green version at £69.00.

White shirt

If you are ready to ease yourself out of winter jumpers – but it’s not warm enough for short sleeves just yet – a crisp white shirt is the ideal interim garment.

Whether you prefer a lacy Victorian-style blouse or a sophisticated and slim-fitting white shirt, there are plenty of choices out there for the spring 2022 season. Team with a statement necklace, an oversized handbag and your favourite trousers and you’re ready to go!

Our pick: This loose-fit cotton weave white shirt from H&M is a great everyday garment to add to your collection – and is steal at just £12.99.

Animal print tops

Take a walk on the wild side and add an animal print top to your capsule wardrobe collection. Choose from classic leopard print or zingy zebra stripes and unleash your inner wild beast!

We love this cheetah-spotted a-symmetrical top with ¾ length sleeves, that would look super-stylish with wet look leggings and high heels for a night on the town.

Our pick: This puff-sleeved M&Co leopard print top will make the purr-fect addition to your spring capsule wardrobe at just £14.99 (reduced from £29.99).

White trainers

The most versatile shoe in your wardrobe is undoubtedly the humble white trainer. Often neglected in the muddy winter months, it’s time to invest in a spanking new pair that are so bright you’ll need to wear shades!

White training shoes are both stylish and comfortable and will effortlessly pair with everything we’ve mentioned in our spring capsule wardrobe collection.

Our pick: Tommy Hilfiger’s classic low-top white trainers are always our go-to pair. Grab yourself a pair for just £60.00.

Oversized handbag

Forget clutches and tiny purses, this spring it is all about the oversized handbag. They are large enough to hold all your essentials – keys, phone, and wallet – and also double-up as stylish laptop bag on the daily commute.

Casual totes such as this khaki suede handbag are on trend this season, as are luxe leather cross-body bags that are bigger than the usual average-sized messenger bag.

Our pick: This black leather Ted Baker tote with a stylish bow ticks all the boxes for our ideal ‘carry-everything’ companion.