Thought it would be fun to pull together some looks for a fall capsule wardrobe refresh, and you can use these tips and tricks whether you are shopping your own closet or looking for new, fun, fresh pieces to add to your wardrobe this season! All sizing and links are below each photo, and I appreciate your support when you use them and send a small commission my way for putting these little fun things together for us! You guys make this job way fun. I’ll keep ya. 😘
If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, think of it as a small, thoughtfully curated seasonal selection of clothes that you love, that you feel comfortable wearing and that all coordinate easily together so that getting ready and looking awesome takes no time at all! You put in the work ahead of time, and the payout is a cute and stylin’ YOU in no time flat all season long! You can check out my easy 5 step capsule method [HERE] if you need a place to start. Whether you do a strict capsule or a more fluid one like me, the boundaries created by capsule wardrobes truly pay off in the end: quick and easy outfits ready to go each day, less mindless/emotional spending throughout the season, and a mindFUL approach to your body, your shopping habits and your closet!
For this try-on, I first selected a neutral base: denim, cognac/tan, whites and creams. Next, I layered on pops of color and interesting textures to keep it fun all season long! You can practice this technique whether you are shopping your own closet or online, and starting with that neutral base makes it so easy to work in seasonal/trendy pieces here and there without having to do a total wardrobe overhaul every season. If you need a few fall inspo ideas, see below!
I’m about 5’8″ and wear a 4/6 in pants and S in tops. TTS = true to size.
Camel coat: wearing the XS. Love this classic cut + color for fall layering!
Latte cardi-coat: wearing XS. My favorite item from the try-on…it looks SO much more expensive than it is! So soft and sophisticated. I die over this one.
White button down: wearing L (but would have chosen a M if it was in stock). Inexpensive Madewell-esque button down, and would be cute tied in front too.
Denim: wearing size 4. Can’t beat this price on a classic dark wash denim w just the right amount of distressing at the knee. I’ll always be a fan of this line of inexpensive denim!
Tote: A classic for carrying all the things through all the seasons!
Mule heels: These fit TTS for me. I ordered the cognac color online, but these pale blush rose ones are cute too!
Camel cardigan: wearing S. Every wardrobe needs a camel cardigan, and this soft, thinner version is perfect for doing all the fall layering without all the fall sweating. 😉
Plaid button down: Wearing S. This is one of those pops of color/texture I was talking about. Now that I have my base of denim, cognac/camel, along with whites and creams, a fun pop of blush + plum for fall works easily into the wardrobe line up!
Denim: wearing size 4 (see above)
Mule heels: (see above)
Crossbody bag: a classic cognac staple for Mommin’ on the go!
Camel coat: wearing XS (see above). Such a versatile piece for fall/winter. This one isn’t lined, so if you want that, you’ll need to invest a bit more, but for the price…this one can’t be beat!
Oatmeal cardigan: wearing S. Another basic capsule staple option for a neutral cardigan, and this one is yummy with little flecks of black and brown woven all through the nubby weave, making it super versatile w many diff looks!
Denim shirt: wearing S. This SHIRT. 😻 It’s made from Tencel which is so so soft, and yet you get the look of classic denim. If I didn’t already have a denim button down, this one would have come home with me!
White denim: wearing size 4. If you’re a rule-breaker like me and wear white denim year round, this classic pair is inexpensive and a great capsule staple all year.
Booties: Fit TTS for me. These were pretty comfy with just the right height on the heel in a classic cognac faux suede.
Tote: (see above)
Latte cardi-coat: wearing XS (see above). THE BEST. This came home with me for sure.
Henley tee: snug fit – go up 1 or 2 sizes for a looser vibe. Such a classic cut in a soft material and low price point.
Button fly denim: wearing a 6 for a looser, boyfriend feel. These are multipurpose jeans: they are the ankle flare trend, so if you wanted to try that out on a budget, here ya go! But I cuffed them to create a boyfriend vibe, because I am so drawn to the button-fly look. Multipurpose, I say!
Crossbody bag: (see above).
Mules: not from Old Navy, but I’ll link here! These fit TTS for me.
Denim jacket: wearing a M for oversized look, but grab your true size for a more classic fit. This inexpensive denim jacket reminds me of the one I’ve had for like 8 years (that I paid more for, dang it!), and it’s just a classic piece for almost every season’s capsule wardrobe.
Zip hoodie: wearing S. It always comes back to the softies for this busy mom, so I might as well throw in some capsule looks that are put together but still cozy and casual. Added a pop of fall plum with this hoodie!
Henley tee: (see above)
Joggers: wearing S. Classic joggers can be pajamas or dressed up just a tad to run errands. Whomever invented joggers…I want to hug you.
Shoes: fit TTS for me. Classic white tennis shoes can be interchanged with so many looks in this fall capsule.
Camel coat: (see above)
Blush pink coat: wearing XS. I’ve loved this blush pink pretty since last year but never pulled the trigger…I was having a little “coat-off” in the dressing room, ha! Which is your favorite? White the camel is way more of a classic, I feel like blush pink is such a great yet unexpected neutral these days. It goes from season to season, and it’s a pop of color without overpowering the look.
Striped sweater: wearing M. Go up one size for a looser, blouse-ier vibe. I actually have this sweater from last year, and I wore this classic black and white stripe situation all season! So versatile and SO SOFT.
Denim: wearing size 4. A great Madewell dupe, and I personally love the cropped ankle look when paired with mules. It still lets some of your skin show which I think breaks up the covered-head-to-toe look that colder weather can bring. These are comfy and inexpensive!
Mules: (see above)
Crossbody bag: (see above)
Sweatshirt: wearing S. This crisp, classic sweatshirt is made extra cozy with a super duper soft exterior, and I love dressing up a classic like this with a fun scarf and nice shoes/denim!
Scarf: Now that you’ve built up your base of neutrals for your fall capsule, an easy way to add a pop of seasonal color is with a blanket scarf like this mustard yellow one!
Denim: (see above)
Mules: (see above)
Tote bag: (see above)
So as you can see from the examples above, most every single item can be easily mixed and matched together to create a simple yet super cute + cozy fall capsule wardrobe! If you start with basics that you love and feel comfortable wearing, it’s so so easy to build upon that base with fun seasonal pops of color and pattern to keep things interesting throughout the year. Capsule wardrobes don’t have to be boring or super strict: just be mindful of your base wardrobe first, decide ahead on your seasonal budget, and add in interesting pieces to layer with your base all season long! Once you pull your capsule together at the start of the season, you’ll find that getting ready is SO MUCH EASIER than before, because you’ve done the thinking/work up front. Just grab a couple of coordinating cuties from your closet and go…you’ll feel and look beautiful all day long without expending much effort at all! I heart capsules. And I hope this helps as you build your own for fall and winter!