First of all, I would like to warn you that this is a huge post, so please do not feel obliged to read everything I am sort of making up for not contributing much in the past 6 weeks.
I started my spring closet cleaning/switch earlier today and decided to play a little bit and see if I can make a spring capsule based on Angie's post yesterday on Smart Casual for Spring. I tried to stay as close as possible to the original as I have some fairly similar pieces. The color scheme is the same: black, white and taupe, with bright accents (fuchsia and some cobalt later). The item number is also the same, other than the fact that I have 9 tops, as I like to have three tops for every bottom, and the tops are also a bit more trendy than classic. I have also included some accessories like belts and scarves. The items are mix of high, medium and low price wise; and also very old, old-ish, and new. The more recent items, purchased in the last year or so, were added in the finds. I tried to make the pictures as clear as possible but it is tough to do that with cell phone and mirror.

1. The items:

The bottoms (#1) are very similar to original ones in Angie's post, they are black cigarette pants (BR Martin); taupe skinny jeans, coated and embossed (Habitual) and high waisted cropped dark skinnies (Rich and Skinny).
The tops (#2-4) are mainly on trend, most are similar to Angie's, though not all:

  1. On trend fluid drape-front woven blouse in plaid pattern (Piperlime)
  2. On trend voluminous silk blouse in a bright color - different from original post other than color (Vince)
  3. On trend fluid knitted patterned top (Tart)
  4. On trend oversize woven high-low white shirt (10 Crosby Derek Lam)
  5. On trend pattern graphic tunic tee (McQ)
  6. Classic fluid striped cotton sweater (Joe Fresh)
  7. On trend fluid lace knit shell (Rebecca Taylor)
  8. Classic fluid silk blouse in kitty pattern (Equipment)
  9. On trend tailored sleeveless color-blocked blouse (10 Crosby Derek Lam)

Tops #3,5 and 8 have taupe in the pattern, so that can picked up by either the taupe jeans or taupe jacket.

Two of the toppers (#5) are similar to Angie's, they are the black knit merino moto jacket (Loft) and taupe leather moto jacket (Marciano). I have nothing remotely close to the black peplum jacket Angie showed, and since it is dressy and tailored, I went for a black tuxedo blazer with pleather trim (Express) to channel a similar vibe.

The shoes (#6) are generally similar: my black booties are cutout (Carvela), black shoes have a small heel and lots of straps for an edgier look (Grey City). Instead of stone booties I went for stone flat oxfords (Everybody) since the springs here are fairly warm.

The bags (#7) are black and white satchel (BR) and bright tote (Kooba). I also used an assortment of belts in all the three neutrals, both solid and patterned (#7) as well as scarves (#8) which also include two brights. Finally (#10), some extra accessories include oversize black sunglasses (Gucci), large white watch (Michael by Michael Kors), mixed metal medium watch (Marc by Marc Jacobs) and two small convertible cross-body bags than go inside the larger bags. They are stone/taupe (Gap) that converts into a clutch and white/black than converts into a wristlet type clutch (BR).

2. The outfits:

Each of nine tops goes with each of the three bottoms. The lace shell and striped sweater can both be layered over the white shirt and white silk kitty blouse for extra variety. Most outfits work with all the jackets and shoes, though to a different degree. I do not mid wearing light shoes with mostly dark outfits as they bookend my hair. The tops are worn both un-tucked and semi-tucked, in which case I use belts. Belts and scarves are generally used to add balance to light/dark colors in various places.
Obviously, I couldn't show every possible combination, so I went for the following:
I combined every bottom with three different tops and three different pairs of shoes, and used toppers in two such outfits. Outfits #11-15 are based on the black pants, #16-20 on the taupe jeans and # 21-25 on the dark denim cropped jeans. In two of them I used two of the tops layered and in the final outfit I went a little creative and used a silk scarf as an obi belt.

3. The extras:

This capsule can be further extended from the original one based on 3 bottoms to a larger one that is based on 5 bottoms and one would therefore be able to spot a different pair of pants every workday of the week. The extra items preserve the color scheme, adding more white and a second accent color, cobalt. The number of extra tops/toppers etc. is proportionally based on the extra bottoms. The extras are:

  • two bottoms (#26) are cobalt skinny tuxedo jeans (Rag and Bone) and white skinnies (AG). In the same photo you can see the extra bag, a small taupe satchel (BR).
  • six extra tops (#27 and #28) are:
  1. on trend fluid silk tee in pattern (DVF)
  2. classic fluid cobalt silk shell (BR)
  3. on trend (?) fluid silk patterned turtleneck blouse (Rachel Zoe)
  4. on trend fluid floral knitted top (All Saints)
  5. on trend tailored asymmetric white sweater (Zara)
  6. classic (?) black perforated pleather peplum shell (Express).

Again, the shell and and the sweater can be layered over white shirt and blouse.

  • two additional toppers (#29) are white cropped peplum blazer (Express) and cream knit moto (Helmut Lang). Also shown is a wild card item, a patterned silk shirtdress with tiny kitties that can also be worn as a tunic over all the pants (10 Crosby Derek Lam).
  • finally, the additional shoes are cutout patterned white booties (Jeffrey Campbell), pointy loafer cobalt pony hair flats (DV by Dolce Vita) and white loafers (Munro).

I will admit that I planned to show some outfits with the additional items too but ran out of steam.

If you made it so far, thank you very much, you are a real trooper! All the comments are welcome but please do not feel obliged in any way to comment, I know that there is a lot here.

p.s. my i-phone cover totally fits into this capsule and adds to the kitty theme

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