Adding these 35 capsule wardrobe essentials for fall will save you money and time. And you’ll gain a closet full of fabulous stylish, fall outfits you can put together in minutes!
The cooler fall weather has officially arrived! The trees are starting to hint at the seasons change with a few small patches of golden leaves sporadically appearing. And that means, I’m slowly starting to reach for the sweaters in storage.
The cool chill in the air this past week got me looking at my current wardrobe. It’s getting time for me to transition from my spring/summer capsule wardrobe to a more cozy fall look.
You may remember me talking about capsule wardrobes earlier this spring when I gave this (new-to-me) idea a try. I did a ton of research to not only teach me, but you as well. And I have to tell you – I’ve been loving this wardrobe change!
I know fashion isn’t a frequent topic here, but I really like to feel good in my clothes. And my new capsule wardrobe has really been helping me do that –effortlessly!
35 Capsule Wardrobe Essentials For Fall
So that’s why today, I wanted to talk about what capsule wardrobe essentials you’ll need and love to wear for the new fall season arriving!
What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?
Are you asking right now, what is a capsule wardrobe? Great question – let me explain.
The simplest definition is that it’s a curated wardrobe made up of neutral color versatile pieces that you love to wear. So a capsule wardrobe for fall will obviously be focusing more on the fall essentials or staples.
So a capsule wardrobe consists of a set of tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, shoes, and accessories that can be easily mixed and matched together in different ways to be dressed up, down, and anywhere in between.
It means your closet has less trendy pieces that will only be worn for one season and more high quality versatile pieces that stand the test of time and can be worn for years to come.
Now here’s the real beauty of creating capsule wardrobe. Once you master a starter capsule wardrobe, it can be curated and swapped from season to season.
It makes it easy to pack up and take out clothes for the new season because every time you pull them out, they’re just as in style as they were at the time you bought them. Nice, right?!
Quality Over Quantity
A capsule wardrobe reserves your hard-earned money for pieces that are going to get cost per wear and last you as long as you want them to.
So a super-trendy piece that you’re going to wear one time and then never again doesn’t belong in your capsule wardrobe essentials for fall.
Instead, you want something that’s true to your personal style that you know you’ll probably reach for two-three years from now.
Shopping Tip: Prepare Ahead!
I suggest to wait for sales and then snag those good quality pieces at great prices. This will help you stay in your budget while still building up a quality fall wardrobe capsule.
Just so you know, you’re closet will contain fewer clothes than before, but you’ll feel like you have many, many more outfit options. And that’s the reward of the perfect capsule wardrobe!
How To Build Your Capsule Wardrobe Essentials For Fall
So the first step is probably going to be hard work but it’s necessary. Go to your closet and take a good, hard look at what you already own.
And when I say this I mean, take every single piece out and touch it, look at it and then evaluate if it should go back in.
By the way, these next decluttering steps can apply just to a spring capsule wardrobe or to your whole wardrobe. The choice is yours.
As you evaluate each item, sort them into one of these four piles:
1 | I love it and would totally wear it tomorrow. These pieces fit your body, your lifestyle, and you would happily wear them everyday. Put these items back into your closet first.
2| Maybe. These pieces might not fit perfectly, have sentimental value, or you just can’t put your finger on why you don’t wear them any more. (If you haven’t reached for it more than once, the item belongs in this pile too).
Put all of these items in a box that’s easily accessible. If you find yourself reaching for an item out of the box, put it back in your closet rotation. But if you haven’t reached for it by the end of the season, donate it.
3| Nope. No way. Perhaps it doesn’t fit or you just decided you don’t like it, pack these items up and donate them.
4| Seasonal. No need to cram all your clothes into you closet. Move all of your seasonal pieces into a storage location that will be easy for you to swap out once the seasons have changed.
So now it’s time to look at what’s left in your closet and evaluate your personal style. What holes in your wardrobe do you need to shop for? (If you don’t know – I am going to show you the capsule wardrobe essentials for fall!)
Maybe you’re all set on blue jeans but need some new sweaters for fall. Now that you have a clear vision of what you’ll be able to pair with those new sweaters, you’ll make a better choice when it comes to shopping for them!
Start With Neutral Basic Pieces
If you started building you capsule wardrobe back in the spring with me, you may already own some of these neutral pieces. Which is great! That’s exactly the beauty of creating and using a capsule wardrobe.
The absolute key to making your fall capsule wardrobe work is to make sure that the capsule wardrobe basics are in neutral colors and versatile.
This means they can be paired with different pieces to make up completely different looks that will work for any event or occasion that might come your way.
Let’s start with 10 basic pieces which are basically the foundation of your wardrobe capsule:
Fashionable Fall Essentials
Now if you’re worried that you can no longer buy trendy pieces, that’s totally not the case!
You don’t have to completely forego trend pieces and forever live wearing a white t-shirt and skinny jeans. It just means that when you do purchase trendier pieces, you know they’ll have a place in your wardrobe and they will get worn!
So now let’s build on our quality basics and add in 10 new statement pieces for those cooler fall days ahead! Here are my favorite capsule wardrobe essentials for fall.
Now that we have our basic neutral pieces and our new fall pieces. Now it’s time to add 15 fun accessories. Don’t forget, those little details matter!
Fall Outfit Ideas
Now, this is where the whole capsule wardrobe gets to be so much fun!
Let’s put these items together and create some fun outfits. Here’s 12 different fall styles you can combine for a fabulous seasonal look!
So easy and so many quick options for the new fall season!
This is why investing in a capsule wardrobe will save you money and lots of time. No more wondering what you can wear and frantically searching your closet for an outfit!
You can be dressed and ready to walk out the door in just a few minutes. And you will feel confident in what you’re wearing because all the pieces are items you love – with a classic style that never looks dated!
Just so you know, the swapping to a capsule wardrobe isn’t going to happen overnight. I know for me personally, it’s going to require more thought, less impulse purchases, and just a little bit more strategy.
But over time, I’m confident my closet will turn into something that represents me and feels so good to be wearing! And I hope you discover that too.