After a long Canadian winter, pulling together a spring outfit can seem like a daunting task. Enter your secret weapon: the capsule wardrobe, a pared-down collection of classic pieces that you can turn to again and again when building an outfit. Fashion trends may come and go, but a well-built capsule wardrobe will serve you for years to come. Today, we’ll look at a few pieces to invest in for your spring 2022 capsule wardrobe.

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When shopping for outerwear, opt for a piece that can withstand the sudden onset of wind or rain without sacrificing style. A classic wool trench in a neutral shade such as cream, camel, or navy is a standby, with good reason. This mid-weight jacket style offers warmth and protection from the elements without the added bulk of a winter parka.

A durable leather piece transitions seamlessly between seasons and is often the cornerstone of a capsule wardrobe. As an added bonus, secondhand leather items have typically developed a beautiful patina from prior wear. If you’re looking to add leather shoes, pants, or a chic moto jacket to your wardrobe, look for indicators of quality: is the item made with full-grain or top-grain leather? Has it been cared for correctly? Was it stored in a smoke-free environment, as leather is a porous material that can absorb odours? Asking these questions will ensure that you’re investing in pieces that will stand the test of time.

As vegan leather grows in popularity, it is becoming increasingly available in the secondhand market. Look for quality vegan leather brands that prioritize classic elegance. Vegan leather is nothing like the plastic-based pleather of the past, and you can rest assured that these products are made to last.

The 90s fashion resurgence is stretching into 2022, and we’re seeing the return of slinky slip dresses made famous by celebrities such as Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker at the turn of the millennium. A silk slip dress is versatile, as it can be layered with heavier pieces and dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Silk is usually dry-clean only, but if you prefer low-maintenance textiles, many satin items can be machine-washed, making this material more convenient for day-to-day wear. Whether you’re headed out for date night or for a casual brunch with friends, a silky dress or luxe blouse can add flair to any occasion.

Cashmere is now available at every price point, making it easier than ever to incorporate high-quality cashmere pieces into your capsule wardrobe. Knit dresses and oversized sweaters are easily layered and perfect for a full day of activities. The preppy trend is staging a comeback in 2022; to embrace this look, opt for cable-knit styles or nautical stripes. To celebrate the longer days ahead, reach for soft pastel shades that pair well with denim or a flowy skirt.

Tip: Looking for more information on how to build a capsule wardrobe? Check out Trove Fashion’s blog post!