These 7 COS Pieces = Your Entire Spring Wardrobe

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There is a striking sense of unity to the new arrivals at Euro-minimalist label COS. Select the right handful of affordable pieces and you’ve got your entire spring wardrobe all sewn up.

Well, you’ve got your whole wardrobe if you live in shades of black, white, and grey year-round like I do. I get that this monochromatic color scheme is not for everyone, but these strong minimalist pieces are a great foundation for any wardrobe.

I haven’t actually done the fashion math, but I’m pretty sure these seven pieces, plus some fab shoes and accessories, will yield an entire month of fabulous casual work outfits. I love how that works out. See what you think…

This midi-length pencil skirt has a modern fit that sits high on the waist and hangs slightly lower in front than in the back. The black technical fabric upper has a contrasting white jersey underside that peeks through thanks to the high-low hem. It’s a fabulous spin on the traditional pencil shape.

COS Technical Pencil Skirt

→ Buy the COS Technical Pencil Skirt, $135.00, at

A cotton-silk blend makes this gathered hem blouse lightweight and spring-perfect. A hidden back zip allows for a polished slimmer fit.

COS Gathered Hem Top

→ Buy the COS Gathered Hem Top, $99.00, at

I feel lucky to live in the San Francisco area, where lightweight knits are year-round appropriate. This fine merino wool top is gorgeous.

COS Merino Wool Top

→ Buy the COS Merino Wool Top, $89.00, at

Slouchy, vintage cotton tees are my usual tee of choice, but I’m willing to branch out. This more tailored take on the tee feels right for creating a crisp minimalist look, especially in a work setting. It’s also available in dusty blue and tomato red.

COS Neat-Fit Cotton T-Shirt

→ Buy the COS Neat-Fit Cotton T-Shirt, $39.00, at

Culottes and cropped wide-leg trousers of all types are huge for spring, but many of the cuts feel a little vacation-y for me. This refined take in high-twist cotton vibes a little more edgy, for a more unique spin on the trend.

COS Short Tailored Trousers

→ Buy the COS Short Tailored Trousers, $115.00, at

This long, graduated-hem shirt dress reminds me of Acne, but at about a fifth of the cost. It’s so downtown-chic it hurts.

COS Graduated Shirt Dress

→ Buy the COS Graduated Shirt Dress, $125.00, at

In the imaginary capsule wardrobe world I’ve created here, this is the piece that pulls it all together. It will layer perfectly with each of the other pieces to add depth to the look.

COS Fine-Knit Wool Cardigan

→ Buy the COS Fine-Knit Wool Cardigan, $99.00, at