Fall Capsule Wardrobe. What does it even mean? I was as clueless as you may be! Essentially, it’s a group of must-have clothing items in your closet that are super versatile and timeless. You can then take any of these essential fall capsule items and pair them with your fast fashion, more trendy clothing to come up with a look. Think of it as preping your canvas with a base so that you can easily build off from it.
The key to building a fall capsule wardrobe is to put quality over quantity! Invest in minimalist, versatile, high-quality items you can keep using year after year. Creating a fall wardrobe capsule wardrobe has made my everyday dressing so much easier. Here are the pieces for fall I recommend, that will help you create a great base for putting together the perfect fall outfit.
Tops You Need For a Fall Wardrobe
Chunky Knit Sweater
My favourite item if you want a simple fall capsule wardrobe. I have been building my sweater collection this year and added lots of solid neutrals and colourful sweaters. Chunky knit sweaters are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. They can easily be paired with jeans, you can pair it with a skirt and tuck it half in for a relaxed yet classy look.
An upgrade to your knit sweater to make you feel super fancy and warm. Cashmere sweaters are a bit more versatile since you can easily layer them, tuck them in your jeans, skirt.
A basic tee should be the first item you grab for fall. It’s my go to when I am in a rush or feeling a bit lazy and want to throw something on under a cardigan. There are also tons of styles to choose from when it comes to basic tees. From slim-fit to loose, depending on what you prefer.
The epitome of Fall. I love wearing flannel shirts under a sweater especially if the material of the sweater is itchy, or also layering it over my basic tee unbuttoned for a more casual, relaxed look.
What Bottoms You Need For a Fall Wardrobe Capsule
Dark Wash Jeans
Whether you want these to be skinny jeans, mom jeans or boyfriend jeans, having a dark wash pair is a must. Dark wash jeans are my favourite for all year around, but in the Fall a good pair of dark wash jeans will look amazing with your sweaters.
Light Wash Boyfriend Jeans
Boyfriend jeans are also a comfy and easy bottom you need in your wardrobe. Love wearing a pair of boyfriend jeans to be casual and have a more relaxed fit. H&M actually has some amazing options for all body types when it comes to boyfriend jeans.
Pair your chunky knit sweater with a midi skirt for a more sophisticated look during the week. From printed patterns to solid prints, are a fun addition to your weekday and weekend look. Mix in bold-colored patterned tops with sneakers to brighten up your brunch look this weekend.
A must for your fall wardrobe, especially if you get tired from wearing jeans all the time and want to switch into something more comfortable. I love wearing leggings with a basic tee and a long cardi on top finishing the look with a pair of white sneakers.
Choose a dress you can easily transition from your 9-5 to a dinner date. As Fall progresses, layer your sweater dress with a cardigan or an unbuttoned flannel shirt to keep even warmer.
Outwear Musts for a Fall Wardrobe
A leather jacket is a classic and better yet timeless item you need regardless of the season. Invest in a leather jacket once and chances are you will not need to buy another one ever again. Like a jean jacket, you easily pair your leather jacket with any outfit. Also, don’t think you need to grab a black leather jacket. There are tons of colour options out there like beige, blush, even maroon that are nicely paired too with patterned dresses.
Another favourite that is not restricted by seasons. Chances are you know what jacket I am talking about but probably didn’t know it was called an anorak jacket. This is a waterproof, hooded, pull-over jacket without a front opening. I personally love the ones that are with a front opening and look like a jacket. Much more practical, especially if it is raining. I layer it over dresses especially if I want to dress them down, also with a pair of joggers while walking Margot. So many options.
Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe will not be complete without a long knit cardigan. Nothing makes autumn days as cozy as a cardigan.
Wool Camel Coat
A wool coat is pricey, but it is also a timeless piece in your wardrobe that will keep you warm. Think of your fall capsule wardrobe as all your investment pieces that are NOT fast fashion, but rather classic pieces.
Whether you’re channeling Audrey Hepburn or need a coat to protect you from the rain, a trench coat is definitely a timeless staple you need in your Fall wardrobe capsule.
Fall Capsule Wardrobe Accessories
For busy moms, busy professionals that are always on the go; a tote bag will solve all your problems. The only purse that fits all your essentials.
Plaid Blanket Scarf
If you don’t have a blanket scarf you need one right now! Blanket scarves will add the perfect layer to your outfit to keep you even warmer.
Another simple essential to add on your fall wardrobe capsule is a felt hat. Not only will it keep your head warm you will also instantly add character to your look.
Shoes To Add To Your Fall Wardrobe
The reason why we heart ankle booties so much? There’s a pair for every style of outfit you can dream up. It’s just as easy to experiment with a super-hot trend like kitten heel ankle boots or stick with the classics with a flat pair of Chelsea boots. Trust us, your wardrobe won’t regret it.
Riding boots go hand in hand with Fall and a chic style. Also if you purchase a good pair of leather riding boots chances are they will last you a long time. I love pairing my riding boots with a sweater dress, and a blanket scarf. The perfect combo to look effortlessly chic.
A pair of suede ballet flats are a classic addition to your fall wardrobe capsule. Perfect for sunny days when you are feeling like giving your feet a breather from the boots.
I never appreciated sneakers as much as I have this year. Love keeping is casual and dressing an outfit down with a white pair of sneakers. Neutral sneakers go with everything and anything while ensuring you look super cute and fashionable for brunch with the girls, running errands or a casual day at the office.
A pair of black/neural pumps especially suede ones are a classic fall item. Easily worn both during the day and at night, pumps are so versatile. You can even opt for a pair of colour ones if you are feeling adventurous and want to add some colour for fall in your wardrobe.
Don’t Be Afraid To Add Colour
EVen if you want a fall minimalist wardrobe, you don’t have to be boring. Probably first thing that comes to mind when you think of Fall is neutral, muted colours Color is key to building your perfect capsule wardrobe, but also giving it new life when a new season rolls around. When you’re ready to dabble in new hues, look to your skin tone to influence which colors you’ll reach for next. But one rule of thumb we have—bold hues like tomato red and royal blue look great on everyone! Another tip? Choosing shades in a unified scheme, like all warm tones or all cool tones that will allow for easy mixing and matching.
When building your Fall Wardrobe just remember to have fun and not stress over it. Whether you are looking to build your workwear fall wardrobe or channel your inner French Girl capsule wardrobe, find pieces you love. Timeless pieces you love that make you feel special will also minimize overspending every year on new pieces to add to your collection.