My Fall Capsule Wardrobe

What is a capsule wardrobe exactly? Minimalists like to define it as a set number of clothing items to reduce the troubles of decision fatigue & allows us to understand the benefits behind owning less. Courtney Carver, the writer behind the book, Project 333 goes a step further & challenges those to have 33 items of clothing for 3 months. I attempted project 333 for myself during the pandemic & I did take note of the benefits. But overall, I don’t necessarily like to limit myself to a set number of clothing pieces. I simply ask myself how often I wear something? Does it fit the person I wish to be? And is it practical? Otherwise, I let it go. And over the course of the summer, I’ve downsized my wardrobe extremely to the point where 95% of my clothing is gone! As the new season approaches, I look forward to revamping my style & curating a capsule wardrobe that allows me to create classic outfits.

As I’ve decluttered over 10 bags of clothing in the past few months, I’ve also made a few replacements along the way. I’ve been in a style rut & wanted to enter my fall season with a bit more style. Summer tends to put myself in a style rut [ especially when it’s hot ] because all I wear are athletic shorts & basic tanks or tees. Fall fashion is elite. And I’m so excited to share the pieces I’ve bought & put together.

Denim Denim Denim

A classic pair of jeans is a staple in any wardrobe. As a millennial, I still find skinny jeans to be the most flattering at times, but I have been wanting to branch out to different styles. I purchased a pair of the viral 90’s straight leg relaxed fit jeans from Abrocrombie. And I totally understand the hype! I can’t wait to rock these with some sneakers & basic tees all fall season.

Business Beige

To jazz up your dressier occasions, why not swap or add a pair of beige slacks to your wardrobe along with the typical grey or black. I personally love incorporating lighter shades to my fall wardrobe to showcase a brighter look. No white after Labor Day, who? I also love adding knits to make your look a bit more casual.

Stick To The Basics

The majority of my closet is filled with basic tees & tanks. Lately – I’ve added a few fitted crop tops to my wardrobe. I love pairing tighter tops with baggier pants to create a bit of definition. I love layering these with flannels, cardigans or jackets to stay warm. I recommend you have a basic white, black & grey t-shirt & tank & then go from there. Stick to shades that are the most flattering to you. There’s no need to own the entire rainbow.

Sneakers

I’m trying to get away from just living in Uggs until March (although if you are from the East Coast, it’s pretty much inevitable). Last fall, I purchased this pair of Sam Edelman sneakers in this white & beige shade. I thought they would be a perfect minimalistic look to any pair of jeans or leggings.

Birkenstocks

It’s hilarious to me Birkenstock clogs are back in style. I wore these almost daily in high school. I haven’t yet purchased these, but am looking to add these to my capsule wardrobe soon to add variety to my shoe collection. I feel like they would be perfect paired with my A&F jeans.

Dainty Statement Jewelry

I strongly believe you can enhance an outfit by just adding a few statement jewelry pieces. I love pairing my rose gold B&T necklace with a crop top & jeans or adding a pair of gold hoops.

Oversized Sweaters & Cardigans

Of course, it’s not fall without that cozy sweater weather feeling. I love pairing them with black leggings, a warm beverage & a book in hand. They are like warm hugs! For the most part, I prefer neutral shades like beige, grey or black , but I also love wearing Halloween themed jumpers to be festive.

Water Proof Boots

On the east coast, I feel like it’s crucial to own boots that are weather resistant. Whether it’s walking through the pumpkin patch or the muddy Renaissance fair, I’m so glad to have boots that will be easy to clean. During the Nordstrom anniversary sale, I purchased a pair of black water proof ankle boots & I have a strong feeling I’ll be wearing these a lot this fall season!

Graphic Tees

During my recent declutter, I let go of a ton of old graphic t-shirts that were faded or had holds in them. I still believe we don’t need to own an entire drawer filled with graphic tees, but I do think it’s fun to own a few to make an outfit more unique. One of my favorites is my zodiac sign flower t-shirt.

Even More Inspiration

Pinterest is my favorite site for finding fashion inspiration. Here are a few photos that depict the style I’m going for lately…

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What clothing styles / pieces are you looking forward to wear this season?

-B

42 thoughts on “My Fall Capsule Wardrobe

  1. How can someone not love fall fashion??? It’s the best! Literally as I read this I was opening up new tabs with your recommendations to shop I desperately need a wardrobe refresh because the majority of my clothing is falling apart. I just hate spending money on clothes! The basic tanks and tees from Target are the best- especially when they’re on sale. Thanks for sharing! xx

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  2. Great list! I love wearing sweaters in the fall – you’re right, there really is no better feeling! You’ve reminded me that I still need to buy a couple of nice pairs of jeans and leggings too, thanks so much for sharing x

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  3. Ooh, I can’t wait to get my cosy jumpers and cardigans out! I store my seasonal wardrobe away (saves space AND keeps it fresh by rediscovering things) and as we get into September, it’ll be time to get them out from under the bed and wrap up.

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  4. I love how simple and versatile all of these items are. You can make many outfits out of everything listed, which spices your wardrobe up without you having to own too many clothes. Great post!

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  5. This post worked as a great reminder to me cause I really need to buy a new pair of jeans. Usually I forget to check what I need on time and in the middle of the season it is always harder to find what you need.Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  6. I love a good fall clothing essential list! I’m quite happy that I have most of these essential pieces in my wardrobe, as I love Autumn.

    I need to invest in some slacks/dress pants, though, as they would be great for business events. I never considered getting some of them before, so thank you. My oversized sweaters and cardigans are ready for the cold weather, as I have a few too many. They are just so cosy!

    I also own an absurd amount of leggings. Thank you for sharing this post. You’ve given me a few ideas on how I can wear my essential pieces differently. 😊

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  7. Love this! Definitely agree with most of these (not a fan of slacks XD), love love that it is sweater weather again, I can finally grab all my favourites from the attic and put them in the closet again! Plus I recently finally added #1 back into my closet. I finally found a store that had comfy and fitting jeans, unlike other stores *H&M *cough** which seem to only cater to those with no hips/butt and no muscles.

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  8. Great post – I love seeing how other people structure their simple wardrobes! I went through my wardrobe this week as I often do at the start of a new season, and have just added a couple of smarter work clothes, as I found I was wearing a lot of items for both home and work and ending up merging the two. Now I have a few new items I enjoy getting dressed for work more! : )

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