How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

The first time I thought about a capsule wardrobe, I have to admit, I wasn’t into it. It seemed too limiting! But the more I think about it, I’ve started to like the idea. Let me explain.

First off, what is a capsule wardrobe?! Basically, it’s a group of essential pieces that won’t go out of style and can be easily paired with things you already own or might own in the future. It’s really more about creating a solid base that you can easily build off of. Think pieces that are classic, timeless and versatile. Makes enough sense, right?

So, why am I suddenly all about it? Because it’s simple. The older I get, the more defined my style has become. I’ve noticed that the pieces that I reach for on a regular basis aren’t always the trendy ones, but the ones I know look good and the ones I feel good in. Plus, having an excuse to clear out my closet a bit, is always good too!

The other day I was thinking about the idea of a fall capsule wardrobe, so I went ahead and built one. The good news is that most of these pieces carry over to other seasons.


When it comes to tops, I stuck with the basics that I wear every fall. A plaid button up, chambray, cute white top and a classic striped tee will always be in style. A good silk shirt can’t hurt either!


I included dresses here because they didn’t get their own category, but also a few good pairs of jeans. Black, dark and ripped jeans are my necessities.


If you live somewhere cold, outerwear becomes your best friend as it gets cooler. Layering up with gorgeous pieces like this really completes an outfit! I got a camel coat last year and it was easily my most-worn piece!


Accessories are key for fall! Scarves and hats are my favorite way to make an outfit more interesting. Plaid scarf, chunky knit grey scarf, a warm hat. When it comes to fall, my go to bag is a beautiful tan leather handbag—it goes with everything.


This one changes the most from season to season, especially if you live somewhere like Chicago where the winter and summers vary so greatly. For fall, a pair of OTK boots, booties and loafers are an absolute must.

What do you think about capsule wardrobes? Have you tried it out before?

BTW, how many pairs of jeans do you really need, and 12 stunning fall coats under $100.

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