The term “capsule wardrobe” was coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique in the 70s, and later popularized by Donna Karan in the 80s. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of your most essential pieces that are timeless and can be worn in various, versatile ways.

With warm weather just around the corner, you’ve probably started thinking about your spring/summer wardrobe. But where to begin? As Elle Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia once said, start shoes first. Yes, you read that right. It’s time to start from the bottom up.

Think about it: Shoes are the foundation of any good outfit, and it makes sense they should take priority. So, what styles should be included in your spring/summer footwear capsule wardrobe? We’re glad you asked.

Peep-Toe Booties:

The perfect transitional shoe, a peep-toe bootie with a block heel will save your soles, literally. Find a style that has a mix of leathers: this will allow you to dress the shoes up or down. Pair with jeans and a t-shirt for a cute and casual look that’s anything but boring, or pair with a figure-flattering dress for a date night done right. For even more of a look to turn heads, try pairing the booties with camo joggers and a neutral top — an on trend look for the season. Did we mention they’ll also go great with tapered, tailored pants and a blouse for work-friendly vibes? Truly a versatile pair if ever there was.

Snakeskin Sandals:

A high-heeled sandal in warm weather is a must, and a snakeskin finish gives the classic go-to some well-deserved edge. (It’s time to live a little.) Find a pair that are crafted with premium leather and cow-lined to ensure that they will stand up to some wear and tear — from the sidewalk to the dance floor. Try pairing with a black cotton romper for a look that will easily transition from day to night, and don’t be afraid to add in more prints to really make a statement. (Just make sure to stay in the same color family.)

A Festival-Ready Flat:

Spring and summer both mean one thing — outdoor activities. From strolls in the park to huge music festivals to campgrounds and fairgrounds, the change in season is the heralding of happy times and a full social calendar. Make sure you’re ready with a cute pair of sandals that will work with any look you choose to sport. A pair that features subtle embellishments, like studs, can be dressed up or down making them all the more versatile.

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