Creating a chic, practical fall capsule wardrobe will save you endless hours in the morning – here are the key pieces that you need for timeless, easy-to-mix outfits.
As the temperature drops and the days become shorter, that can only mean one thing – our favorite season is around the corner. Fall is the perfect season for easy layering and putting together a good outfit with minimal key pieces. This is your sign to revamp your wardrobe in time for the fall!
Capsule dressing is gaining momentum. Creating a functional and stylish fall capsule wardrobe is all about selecting classic, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create numerous outfits while keeping your style effortless and chic in time for the crisp fall breeze.
Whether you’re heading back to work, going out for a stroll, or simply enjoying drinks at your local bar, having a well-curated fall capsule wardrobe will ensure you’re always ready for any occasion.
In this guide, we share our favorite fall essentials that we keep turning to year after year, which we believe you should add to your fall wardrobe, too.
For this season’s capsule wardrobe, we look at transitional pieces that fill in the gaps to get you fall-ready and on-trend. With capsule wardrobes, you want to buy most of the items in your wardrobe in a neutral color palette, which will give you the ability to create many outfit combinations to get you through the season. This guide will help you have the perfect go-tos for the transitioning seasons.
In this guide, we will be looking at incorporating those fall basics such as neutral t-shirts, crisp white button-down shirts paired with wide-leg trousers, and high-rise tapered jeans. Get ready to swap out your sandals for chic ballet flats [a major trend this season], and dust off your favorite pair of knee-high boots from seasons past, or better yet, invest in a new pair to guarantee a crisp look.
With this said, let’s get straight into the wardrobe items that we think you should add to your own fall capsule wardrobe, so you will have this season’s outfits and trends sorted.
Our Fall Capsule Wardrobe Picks
Fall fashion is embedded with timeless pieces that you can re-wear and combine with new season staples. Good basics are always a great place to start when choosing transitional pieces for your fall capsule wardrobe – think neutral t-shirts and crisp white button-down shirts.
With this, we’ve picked a few neutral tops that we think will look good in anyone’s wardrobe. These basic tops are a good foundation to start with, as they’ll work with a multitude of outfits, no matter if you’re going for a casual or elevated look.
Neutral T-shirts We Love
There is nothing more chic than a crisp, high-quality button-down shirt – it’s the ultimate staple and a great foundation for your fall layering.
You can either wear it open with a tank top underneath, buttoned down by itself, or tucked into your jeans with a sweater draped over your shoulders to really elevate a casual look.
White Shirts We Love
Tailored Wide-Leg Pants
Wide-leg pants are a fabulous wardrobe staple that give your outfits an effortless, cool-girl look that is trendy and timeless at the same time. We love these classic pants as they can be worn in any setting, not just to work. They are an essential piece from our capsule as they are great to pair with other basic wardrobe pieces, and are easy to dress up or down.
You can pair this tailored silhouette with anything from a basic t-shirt to a French-style tweed cardigan, and elevate the look with a pair of ballet flats or ankle boots, or instead, opt for more casual sneakers instead.
Tailored Wide-Leg Pants We Love
Jeans are a must in a capsule wardrobe. They are the seasonal piece that keeps on giving and you can never go wrong with them. The style of jeans is always evolving, and for this fall season in particular we will be seeing a lot of wide-leg jeans – we love these blue-wash wide-leg jeans from COS in particular.
With this, we also love the classic high-rise cropped ankle jeans, if you are looking for a less baggy and refined look. We are huge fans of these ARKET jeans which are incredibly flattering and tend to be out of stock due to their great quality and affordable price tag. Style your jeans with a cute knit or an oversized blazer for a more refined and minimal look.
Fall Jeans We Love
Sweater weather is around the corner, meaning it’s time to start reaching to the back of your wardrobe for those cozy knits. We love high-quality sweaters that will instantly elevate our fall look, and nothing says high quality like cashmere.
Cashmere sweaters are an investment, which is why we recommend opting for classic neutral colors, such as grey, black, beige, and dark brown, which, you can wear throughout the transitioning seasons. We love this high-quality and affordable H&M cashmere sweater for anyone on a budget, as well as this ARKET cashmere cable-knit sweater for a more textured look.
Wear your cashmere sweater tucked into a pair of wide-leg pants and add a belt to create a more refined silhouette. Or, simply throw your cashmere sweater over your shoulders to create an effortlessly chic look!
Cashmere Sweaters We Love
Cardigans are another transitional season staple that we think you should add to your fall capsule wardrobe. Cardigans act as the perfect extra layer for a slight temperature drop.
Wear it buttoned up over a white tank top paired with jeans or as a jacket substitute over a white t-shirt for a cute and minimal look.
Cardigans We Love
Collared sweaters are another knit style we’ll be reaching for this fall. If you are looking to find a chic sweater that isn’t a crew neck or a high neck, collared sweaters are a great staple to add to your fall capsule.
To style, wear your collared sweater with a t-shirt underneath for an effortlessly breezy look. Alternatively, pair it with jeans or wide-leg trousers and a belt for an elegantly styled ensemble.
Collared Sweaters We Love
As the summer comes to a close, we’re nearing the time of year when cooler days start to pick up. While it’s not quite coat weather, you do still need that extra layer. For years, we’ve turned to the same versatile piece: the oversized blazer. This piece is perfect to elevate any look, ensuring an on-trend look no matter the outfit.
For this season, you’ll definitely want to have an oversized blazer in your wardrobe and wear it with trendy wide-leg jeans and a cardigan, or with a fashionable maxi skirt and a chic top for a stylish silhouette.
Oversized Blazers We Love
A chic and minimal fall jacket is just the layering piece you need this season to complete your fall outfit. To make the most of your outerwear piece, opt for classic, neutral jackets which you can use time and time again with any outfit combination.
To style, we recommend wearing these jackets to layer with a chic maxi skirt or wide-leg trousers.
Fall Jackets We Love
As the temperatures drop, you want to be ready to reach for a slightly longer coat to slip into. Again, neutral colors like brown and grey are a fantastic addition to any capsule wardrobe, as they’ll stay stylish for years to come.
Fall coats We Love
Also Consider: Maxi Skirts
Maxi skirts are the go-to hemline for the fall season. This wardrobe staple has been making its comeback and we believe it should be a staple in your fall capsule wardrobe. This maxi hemline creates a chic and streamlined silhouette for your fall outfit.
We recommend opting for a high-quality satin or silk maxi skirt, in a classic fall color such as dark brown, black, beige or burgundy, paired with a matching sweater to create a refined look. We love this maxi skirt from ARKET which comes in black, mole, and khaki green, to work with different skin tones depending on what works best for you.
Maxi Skirts We Love
Neutral Everyday Designer Bags
Designer bags are an everyday staple we can all get behind – it’s sure to instantly elevate any outfit. As we enter the era of ‘quiet luxury’, many fashionistas are turning away from loud monogram bags and gravitating more towards classic and sleek everyday bags.
Opt for a bag that’s in the same color scheme as many of your already existing wardrobe staples – black, grey, tan and beige are all great options depending on your personal color palette.
We love classic, neutral designer bags such as the Chanel Flap Bag, which will no doubt stand the test of time. However, we also recommend more affordable brands like Saint Laurent, Celine, Bottega Veneta and Prada, which also carry timeless pieces.
Everyday Designer Bags We Love
Two words: big bags! This season we see the return of spacious and utilitarian shoppers. We’re obsessed with this slouchy chic bag trend, mostly because you can fit so much in them. The motto is no longer ‘fashion over function’ as these bags are extremely practical and trendy.
Tote Bags We Love
A designer belt is a good inexpensive way to elevate your fall outfit, which is why we have added it to our fall capsule guide. We love the Celine Triomphe belt as well as the Hermès Kelly belt, as they are subtle yet very elegant.
Again, buy your belt in a neutral color to maximize its utility.
Designer Belts We Love
Ballet flats are this season’s micro trend and we love it – they’re the epitome of elegance and comfort combined. Fashion is moving away from heels, and while sneakers have been a reigning trend for many seasons, this fall sees the rise of chic Parisian-style ballet flats as well.
Style your pair with wide-leg trousers a white shirt and a trench coat for an effortlessly chic back-to-work look.
Ballet Flats We Love
Knee-high boots are the perfect boot to add to your capsule wardrobe this fall – they’re elegant, warm and versatile. While you can always opt for ankle boots, knee-high boots can instantly elevate your outfit with. extra flair.
Knee-High Boots We Love
We can all agree sneakers are a must for any season. They’re comfy, functional, and [in most cases] fashionable. Despite their casual flare, you can easily dress them up when going out for a drink at your local bar.
These are our top picks for this season’s sneakers, which we believe will go with the pieces from our fall capsule wardrobe. Wear these sneakers for a toned-down office look with a blazer or with a cute pair of jeans and a cute jacket for a casual and effortless travel outfit.
sneakers We Love
That is a wrap on all things we think you should add to your fall capsule! We hope you enjoyed this article, and have gotten a good idea of how to combine your fall outfits with some of the essentials we picked out.
Feel free to switch up this capsule or any pieces to your style by adding classic pieces in colors that work well with your skin tone and personal style.