BUILDING A CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR FALL
My niece recently decided she was ready to start putting effort into her wardrobe. She loves horses, so she spends a lot of time at the barn, and her wardrobe has become mostly jeans, tees, and boots. That is a great wardrobe for the barn, but she needed to look nicer when she went to the movies, church, or out to eat. The answer for her, and maybe for you, was to create a Capsule Wardrobe for Fall.
Last year I wrote a Fall Essentials post that everyone seemed to love. So, I’m doing a similar post building on purchases you might have made from that post.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
You might be wondering what a capsule Wardrobe for Fall is and if you need one. Basically, a capsule wardrobe for fall will consist of fall styles that you can mix and match to create outfits for the entire season. Everyone’s needs can be different depending on your job and social calendar. I work from home, and we don’t have a big social calendar, so I don’t need certain clothing. Many of you still work outside the home, and you need a wardrobe that reflects that.
Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
I want to help everyone with their fall wardrobe, so I’ll be showcasing clothing for a wide range of needs. This will make my capsule appear huge, but you will only need to have one or two items from each category to create your capsule. If you stay home, pick from the items that are casual, relaxed, and comfy. Those of you who leave the home for work will want dressier options. I’m sure everyone will find items you can incorporate into your existing wardrobe to create the perfect fall wardrobe.
A Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
When I think of fall, I think of sweaters, denim jackets, jeans, and boots. You have to have more clothing than that, but those items are always in my fall wardrobe.
Since this is a capsule wardrobe for fall, I’m choosing basic items. Solid colors and neutrals that you can build on with other clothing. The boxy, grandpa-looking sweater seems to be the biggest trend for fall. I’m not a fan of that look, so I tried to find sweaters that are more wearable and not so oversized.
You need a denim jacket for fall! You actually need a denim jacket for every season of the year!!! I wear this one from Amazon a lot, but here are some others for you.
There are a couple of trends this fall for jeans, the biggest ones seem to be a straight leg, wide-leg, and flares are still trending. I did see one report that said flares were going out, but that could have been the huge oversized flare trend from the 70s. I love all of these styles, but the straight-leg and the flare jeans are the most universally flattering.
Shoes and Boots
Boots are always a fall staple, but this year the shaft of the boot is higher, and over-the-knee boots are trying to make a comeback. Chunky soles are still a thing, and flats and loafers are huge this year. Western-inspired shoes and boots are still trending, and white and ivory are another big trend. Plus, clogs are coming onto the scene in a big way, so you have lots of shoes to choose from. Pick what resonates with you, and forget the rest.
I didn’t include sneakers with the shoes and boots, but you need at least one pair of sneakers for your capsule wardrobe for fall. Think retro when it comes to fashionable sneakers. It seems like everything old is new again.
Blazers and Jackets
Oversized blazers are in this fall. I sometimes feel like I’m wearing my husband’s/father’s/son’s clothing. I try to stay away from the huge oversized blazers and pick the slightly oversized ones instead. Leather is still big for fall; leather everything from pants, blazers, bomber jackets, etc. Here are a few items that might be of interest for a capsule wardrobe for fall.
Dresses for a Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
I love wearing dresses since they are a one-and-done item. They are easier to wear than a jumpsuit because of the bathroom issue, and they look dressy too. The midi length is my preferred length for fall since it looks great with all types of boots. Here are some I liked, and ALL of them are already in my possession.
It is a lot to navigate, and staying modern looking takes some effort. Look through your closet and see what items you already have that will still work for this fall. Then, supplement with a few items to complete your fall wardrobe. Pick and choose what works best for you and what looks best for your body shape.
I hope you found this post helpful, and leave me a comment about the style you are most excited about and which one you are going to leave in the store!
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I would love to find a dress ( cotton small print or solid) for my short, curvy apple shape body to wear with ankle boots.
Thanks for the capsule post. It is great to have the info in one post and then I can reference it again and maybe again.
Living in a warm climate, I look forward to fall clothing.
Great post! I have several denim jackets. I ordered the Wrangler one, on your suggestion. It’s by far my favorite! I’m taking it with me on our Mediterranean cruise. I love all the dresses you included. I’m 5’2”. May not work, but I’m going to try them. I love to wear dresses.
I am also 5’2″ plus size and would love to know which dress/skirt length you prefer? I struggle since I want to cover my knees but don’t like longer styles! Any suggestions? Thanks!
I am very excited about the “flash back” to the BOHO look. I love the comfort and romantic looks of this style.
Thank you so much for putting this together, Tania! What a great resource!
I’m surprised about the grandfather cardigans if the wide legs are a thing, too–that doesn’t seem to go. And faux leather pants–they do seem everywhere! Even Talbots. Go figure.
I have been thinking a capsule wardrobe and trying to get pieces to mix and match so this post thrilled me. I hope you will continue showing us ideas for capsule wardrobe clothing.
Thanks for the time capsule post and what is trending for this coming fall.
Great information today! I am ready for some cooler weather.
I enjoy your style posts. Your perspective on clothes and the various retailers you highlight is the reason I read your posts every day. Thank you for the time and energy you devote to your blog! I have changed my fashion perspective a lot thanks to you.
I love fall dressing, so many fun layers and textures. Funny – I am wearing that plaid blazer (and the matching pants)on my blog today – great minds, lol!