Spring Tops At Madewell: The Beginnings Of A Capsule Wardrobe

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I’m trying something new this spring at The Mom Edit. I usually wait until the end of a season to share my most-worn pieces and my wardrobe workhorses. This go-round, though, I’m going to try and predict the types of pieces that’ll end up being my favorites for spring 2021, and then research the HECK out of those (beginning with spring tops) to create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe.

**Quick Summary (if you’re short on time!): These 3 tops (Floral | Stripe | Tangerine) are my favorites from this try-on sesh. **

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To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

Left: Top (XS) | Denim (28) | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
Middle: Top (XS) | Flares (27) | Clogs | Bag
Right: Top (XS) | Denim (27) | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag

The Best Madewell Tops For My Spring Wardrobe

I’m on a mission here (“all-business-mode-Linzi-alert”), so this will be a pro/con post of 10 different tops I tried. To start creating my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I knew I wanted to look specifically for three tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe, and a pretty spring print. These types of tops are some of my most-worn every single spring, AND I can start wearing them now (even if it has to be under my puffer).

Madewell was my natural starting point since I tend to like their tops for budget-friendly (especially when on sale) options. They also have feminine shapes that usually work for me, and they often get stripes juuuuuust right. Feel free to chime in, guys, if any of these strike you as a fabulous keeper. I LOVE hearing your “votes” on these posts.

1. Printed Madewell Tops For Spring

a. Georgette Ruffle-Sleeve Peplum Top

Pros: Looks SO much better in person than on Madewell’s site! I love this top dressed up a bit or casual. Comfortable, flouncy, and fun to wear. This is definitely the type of top I like to put on when I need a little mood boost. It also has a little snap on the front for those of us who don’t love super low-cut tops.

Cons: No real negatives on this one other than the material if you’re not a poly fan.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS) | At Nordstrom
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

b. Tangerine Sketch Pullover Sweater

Pros: I’m SUPER drawn to this fun and easy-to-wear print. It feels springy, vibrant and playful, and brought me instant joy when I tried it on. Much softer than I anticipated…really nice and cozy, but lightweight. Crop cut hits me just right.

Cons: I might get tired of this print. I have a feeling it would be a piece I wear over and over this season (so maybe it would have good cost-per-wear for one year) but I’d maybe wear it less often in future springs.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS)
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

2. Striped Madewell Tops For Spring

a. Lakeline Popover Shirt (Plus Sizing Available)

Pros: This was the surprise find of my order. The piece I didn’t know I needed, but anticipate wearing ALL the time. 100% cotton. This top feels like pajamas…so it’s the perfect transition piece from life-at-home to getting-out-and-about again. I liked it worn loose, tucked in AND half-tucked. Score!

Cons: It’s more see-through than I would like, but it’s so lovely and soft and light that I don’t care! It’s not the type of stripe top I was initially looking for (the three following this one are what I had in mind), but it might have to be added to my spring closet.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS) | At Nordstrom | At Shopbop
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

b. Whisper Cotton Tee In Damien Stripe (Plus Sizing Available)

Pros: I really like that this is a charcoal stripe instead of the standard black and white. Sometimes a true black and white stripe can feel too harsh with some combinations, and I find a charcoal often easier to wear. 100% cotton. Soft, comfortable, and I like the contrasting crew neck.

Cons: I don’t love the sleeves on me. For a black (or charcoal) and white stripe tee, I prefer a more fitted longer sleeve or a shorter cap sleeve.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS) | At Nordstrom
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

c. Whisper Cotton Tee In Beacham (Plus Sizing Available)

Pros: I love these types of unexpected color combos that Madewell does so well. Soft, comfortable, and I’m pretty sure I’d wear this one a bunch. 100% cotton.

Cons: These specific colors aren’t super easy to wear. I like them on me with lipstick, but not as much without. I guess, though, since I’m always masked outside of the house it doesn’t really matter right now!T TeTl

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS)
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

d. Whisper Cotton Tee In Myrtle Stripe (Plus Sizing Available)

Pros: Soft, comfortable, and easy-to-wear stripe. 100% cotton. The stripe colors are dark enough that they make a perfect seasonal transition tee. Looks better in person.

Cons: I LOVED this when it arrived, but now I’m leaning more toward the Beacham color. I know if I keep this one, though, I’ll wear it a ton. I AlWAYS wear these types of Madewell striped tees on repeat.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

Whisper Cotton Rib-Crewneck Tee in Myrtle Stripe (XS)
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

3. Solid Madewell Tops For Spring

a. Square-Neck Pleat-Sleeve Top

Pros: SUCH a good square neck. 100% cotton. I love this style of top for spring. SO pretty.

Cons: I don’t love wearing this type of crisp poplin fabric. My personal preference is for a little more drape and movement.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS) | At Nordstrom
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

b. MWL Airyterry Hoodie Sweatshirt (Plus Sizing Available)

Pros: SUPER soft and just the fit that I like in a sweatshirt. Pretty color too. Feels happy, but still easily pairs with black if that’s your thing. 100% cotton. Available in 4 colors.

Cons: It IS just a basic pullover hoodie sweatshirt…but is that really a con?

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS)
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

c. Gathered Balloon-Sleeve Top

Pros: I’m a fan of this color and the balloon-sleeve style. 100% cotton.

Cons: Not a huge fan of the crispness of the fabric. I tend to like more drape, and this would always be wrinkled and “creasy” for me.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (XS)
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

d. Drapey Mockneck Top

Pros: Stretchy, soft, and nice drape. Looks kind of cool untucked as well (you can see on the model). I like the sleeve length. Slim fitting, but not clingy.

Cons: The collar doesn’t stay straight up and sometimes folds over a bit on me.

To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.
To create my perfect spring capsule wardrobe, I looked specifically for 3 styles of tops: an easy-to-wear solid, a great stripe + a pretty spring print.

At Madewell (S) | At Nordstrom
1. Denim | Denim (More Sizes) | Sneaks | Backpack | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
2. Denim | Birks | Double Mask Outer | Double Mask Inner | Bag
3. Flares | Clogs | Bag

I did order several pairs of Madewell jeans to try with these tops (as more budget-friendly options to my MOTHER denim) but I’m having a difficult time with sizing in Madewell denim right now. Boo. More on that in a future denim post.

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What do we think?  Should any of these tops (or jeans or shoes or bags) make the cut for my capsule wardrobe? You know I love hearing your thoughts.

-Linzi

5 COMMENTS

    • It really was the surprise of the try-on sesh. I love it. And as excited as I am to wear some pretty frilly get-a-bit fancy tops this spring…I know there are going to MANY days that I’m happy to put something on that feels like pajamas. Thanks for commenting, KTinBK.

    • Awww…thank you! So…I can’t seem to find that lipstick this morning to give you the exact color, but it’s YSL and comes in the square case. https://shopstyle.it/l/bszF5. Maybe #50? Maybe? When it decides to show up (likely somewhere ridiculous), I’ll write back. I love YSL lipstick…beautiful colors and stains my lips just enough that even when it comes off there’s still some color (without being dry and cracky).

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