Building a Capsule Wardrobe
It’s that time of the year when we start trading out our summer wardrobe for fall clothes. Every year, we promise ourselves we are going to downsize our wardrobe, which is where the concept of a “capsule wardrobe” comes into play. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential clothing items like neutral tops, sweaters, jeans, and outerwear, along with stylish accessories, that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits.
Here are a few suggestions on how to build one from your closet, and ideas on a few pieces you might want to add.
Start with a few versatile neutral tops like classic white and black shirts, as well as some muted shades like beige, grey, or olive. These form the foundation of your outfits and can be layered with other pieces.
Amazon Essentials women’s classic-fit short-sleeve crewneck t-shirt, have over 45,000 excellent reviews, and the two-packs (in several colors) are just $19.99.
Classic button-down shirt, in black. Amazon $26.99
Fall is synonymous with sweaters. We covered all the sweater trends for fall in this article.
A pair of well-fitting jeans is a fall wardrobe essential. Dark denim or classic blue jeans are great choices, and you can also consider adding a pair of stylish high-waisted jeans for a modern touch.
We love these classic straight leg jeans (with give) from Lee. Amazon $28.99
Expand your bottom options with a pair of tailored trousers in a neutral color like black, navy, or camel. These can be dressed up or down, making them a versatile choice.
These wool trousers from Theory are versatile classics. Amazon$215.00
Midi skirts are perfect for fall. Look for options in seasonal prints like plaid or houndstooth. You can pair them with tights or leggings for added warmth.
Check out this Max Studio Women’s Faux Suede A-line Midi Skirt. Amazon $33.00
A well-crafted coat is a fall must-have. Consider a classic trench coat, a cozy wool-blend coat, or a stylish leather jacket. Ensure it’s warm enough for cooler days but not too heavy for milder ones.
Double-breasted classic trench. Amazon $46.00
Scarves are not only functional but also a fashion statement. Choose a variety of textures and colors to add a pop of interest to your outfits while keeping you warm.
Invest in a few pairs of shoes suitable for fall. Ankle boots, loafers, and classic sneakers are versatile choices. Ensure they’re comfortable walking through fallen leaves.
Yes, white sneakers are still in. These are ones celebrities and princesses, like Kate Middleton, love. And they’re reasonably priced too. Amazon $69.99
A great pair of leggins can worn out with long tops, or for pilates and yoga.
We love, love these tights from Amazon….no wonder they have nearly 100,000 great reviews, and the price is right. Amazon $20.00
Don’t forget to include a couple of fall-appropriate dresses in your capsule wardrobe. Long-sleeved or sweater dresses are ideal choices, and they can be layered with tights and scarves.
Add some fall accessories like a wide-brimmed hat, a statement belt, and a versatile tote bag to complete your looks.
Consider a denim jacket or a lightweight quilted jacket for those crisp fall days when a heavy coat isn’t necessary but an extra layer is still needed.