I originally wrote this “Spring Capsule Wardrobe” post for The Fashion Police, but it occurred to me that it might be of interest to some ShoeperWoman readers too, as it shows you how to create a range of different outfits from just three pairs of shoes, plus a limited amount of clothing. I had intended this to be a basic smart/casual capsule wardrobe for spring, but I guess it could also work as a kind of packing list if you’re off somewhere with spring-like temperatures!
The important thing to note about this, of course, is that no capsule wardrobe can possibly work for everyone, and that’s particularly true when it comes to shoes, because, as well as having different tastes, we all have different comfort levels: some of us practically live in high heels, while others require much more comfortable footwear. Lifestyle also plays a big part in shoe selections: I, for instance, work at a desk all day, so there aren’t many occasions for which heels would be totally inappropriate for, but other people may work outdoors, or have a long commute which makes dress shoes impractical. With that said, here are the three pairs of shoes I’ve chosen for my nautical-inspired capsule wardrobe:
Selecting the shoes for a nautical-inspired capsule wardrobe
Assuming I wasn’t planning any out-of-the-ordinary adventures, I could easily get through spring and summer with just these three pairs of shoes. I’ve chosen flats for casual wear, heels for dress occasions, and wedges for a mix of the two. Although both the wedges and peep toes have high heels, I find platform wedges easily as comfortable as flats, and they’re the style of shoe I go for if I need something I can do a lot of walking/standing in. Again, this is one of those things that will differ widely from person to person, as we all have different comfort/tolerance levels!
Selecting the shoe colours
Because I wanted these shoes to work with a selection of different outfits, I’ve chosen colours that I consider to be “neutrals”. You might not think it, but this is also something that will vary from person to person: I consider red shoes to be a “neutral” for me, because they work with so many of my clothes, for instance, but for some of you that won’t be the case at all. The nude peep toes, however, are an obvious choice (gold would also work here), while the navy polka dot flats blend with a nautical-inspired capsule wardrobe really easily, and also inject a fun print into the mix. You could, of course, go for three pairs of nude shoes, but what would be the fun in that?
I could, of course, have picked any theme for this capsule wardrobe, but, as well as being a very classic look for spring, these “nautical” colours are really easy to put together, and create lots of different combinations with. It also doesn’t hurt that I happen to own quite a few of these pieces, which makes it easier to imagine how they’d work together.
You’ll find the full list of the oufits I created with these shoes below: I’d love to hear which three pairs of shoes YOU’D chose to create a spring capsule wardrobe with, too!
Nautical-inspired capsule wardrobe:
OUTERWEAR & ACCESSORIES: Trench Coat | Jersey Blazer | Scarf | Belt
SWEATERS & TOPS: Breton sweater | White t-shirt | Stripe shell top| Yellow cardigan | Navy cardigan
TROUSERS & JEANS: Red jeans | White trousers | Blue jeans
SHOES: Polka dot slingbacks | Red wedges | Nude peep toes
DRESSES & SKIRTS: Polka dot dress | Flared dress | Full Skirt | Pencil skirt
EXTRAS: Necklace | Bag | Shirt