My Spring 2017 capsule wardrobe – for a casual office.
You can read my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Update and how I put together my shopping list for these pieces here.
ASOS Mannish Blazer
Reiss Maya Knitted Blazer (Sold out, similar here)
Monki Pyjama Blouse
ASOS Printed Drape Front Blouse
Marks & Spencer Printed Trench (colour sold out, similar here)
Monki Longline Printed Shirt
Marks & Spencer Khaki Shirt Dress
Reiss Rose Gold Sparkle Sleeveless Knit (sold out, similar here)
I really had fun shopping for these pieces because it’s been quite a while since I’ve shopped for clothes that don’t make me look like a Mum!
I knew I wanted to add a couple of blazer options to my work wardrobe after trying on a couple of old favourites and finding they were too tight over my shoulders. I’m particularly pleased with this navy checked, double-breasted, boyfriend style blazer from ASOS with the contrast stitching. I had tried on loads of options and nothing was quite working so I started to look at some higher end blazers. I had my eye on this one by By Marlene Birger on Net a Porter which had similar contrast stitching. So when I finally came across this one on ASOS I didn’t hesitate. I picked up the black, knitted, single-breasted blazer from Reiss in the sale for a bargainous £45. The knitted texture gives it a somewhat more casual feel and stops me looking like I’m heading to a job interview and instead just slightly smartens up a jeans and T-shirt combo.
I added two blouses to my wardrobe, firstly a pyjama style one from Monki and secondly a draped front, japanese style printed one from ASOS. I’ve been a big shirt wearer in Autumn/Winter and I usually wear them buttoned up to the top to give a fairly androgynous look. So I thought that for Spring I’d go for some options with looser, more more billowy silhouettes. I think these both work great with jeans and instantly ramp up an outfit and make it look sassy but very feminine.
I found two longer line shirts, a printed one from Monki and a khaki one from Marks & Spencer. I envisage wearing with bare legs in warmer weather but until then over skinny jeans with plenty of buttons undone at the top or the bottom to give a slouchy, effortless feel.
The printed trench coat was a surprise purchase really, I knew I needed some kind of coat option for Spring but didn’t have an idea of what I wanted. I struggle a lot with outerwear. But I was browsing the beauty section of Marks & Spencer in Bristol (I’m kind obsessed with Pixi makeup, but that’s a post for another day) and right next to that section I saw this trench coat and was immediately drawn to the print in particular. I’ve always liked the idea of a trench coat but I think I look like Inspector Gadget in a classic camel coloured one but this monochrome print looks super stylish. I love that this coat also has a “Stormwear” coating which means it’s stain and water repellant so will be perfect for April showers. I think it works equally well with both trainers and boots so I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.
Last but not least, this rose gold, knitted, sleeveless top is from Reiss, again, another sale purchase. It works well as day wear but as it’s got a bit of a sparkle to it is also currently my token “going out” top for those rare (but not non-existant) nights out that I can now start to enjoy again. In fact I’ve already worn it twice, once to London for a bit of a boozy afternoon tea with some girlfriends and once out to dinner at Pasta Loco in Bristol, which I might add was fabulous!
I feel really happy to have plenty of great options in my wardrobe now to see me through to the really warm weather in summer, which lets face it, usually lasts about a fortnight if we’re lucky.