The Chic Pursuit’s 2023 Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Key Pieces You Need

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Creating a chic, practical fall capsule wardrobe will save you endless hours in the morninghere 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.

Luxury fall capsule wardrobe 2023
Our 2023 fall capsule wardrobe – all items can be found below.

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

Neutral T-shirts

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
White t-shirt
COS

The Clean-Cut White Tee

At COS

Black heavyweight t-shirt
Arket

Heavyweight T-Shirt

At Arket

Loewe anagram white t-shirt
Loewe

Anagram Cropped Embroidered Ribbed Cotton T-Shirt

At Net-a-Porter

White cotton t-shirt
Vince

Essential Crewneck Pima Cotton Tee

At Neiman Marcus

Button-Down Shirt

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
White cotton oversized shirt
Frame

Organic Cotton Oversized Shirt

At Frame

White oversized button down shirt
COS

Oversized Cotton-Blend Shirt

At COS

White button down shirt
Favorite Daughter

The Ex-Boyfriend Shirt

At Revolve

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
White wide leg trousers
Abercrombie & Fitch

Premium Crepe Tailored Ultra Wide-Leg Pant

At Abercombie & Fitch

Dark brown wide leg trousers
COS

Wide-leg Pleated Wool Trousers

At COS

Grey pleated wide leg pants
&Other Stories

Pleated Trousers

At &Other Stories

Jeans

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
Dark wash high rise straight leg jeans
Toteme

Twisted Seam High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans

At Net-a-Porter

Dark blue wash high rise straight leg jeans
AGOLDE

’90s Pinch Waist High-Rise Straight-Leg Organic Jeans

At Net-a-Porter

Light blue wash wide leg jeans
Dr. Denim

Echo Wide Leg

At Neiman Marcus

Cashmere Sweaters

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
Black cashmere sweater
ARKET

Relaxed Cashmere Jumper

SHOP

At ARKET

Brown cashmere sweater
Jenni Kayne

Cashmere Fisherman Sweater

At Jenni Kayne

Cream cashmere turtleneck
J.Crew

Cashmere Mockneck Sweater Shell

At J.Crew

Cardigans

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
Brown cardigan
Reformation

Fantino Recycled Cashmere Blend Cardigan

At Nordstrom

Off white cashmere cardigan
Jenni Kayne

Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan

At Jenni Kayne

Dark grey cashmere cardigan
COS

Pure Cashmere Cardigan

At COS

Collared Sweaters

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
White collared sweater
Toteme

Merino wool sweater

At Net-a-Porter

Dark brown collared cardigan sweater
Vince

Rib Polo Cardigan

At Nordstrom

Black collared sweater
Central Park West

Marti Polo Sweater

At Revolve

Oversized Blazers

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
Black oversized blazer
COS

Relaxed-Fit Single-Breasted Wool Blazer

At COS

Black oversized blazer
The Frankie Shop

Bea crepe blazer

At Net-a-Porter

Beige Oversized Blazer
ARKET

Hopsack Wool Blazer

At ARKET

Fall Jackets

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
Dark brown fall jacket
COS

Double-Faced Wool Jacket

At COS

Beige fall jacket
Theory

New Divide Wool & Cashmere Crop Jacket

At Nordstrom

Grey fall jacket
COS

Boxy-Fit Double-Faced Wool Jacket

At COS

Fall Coats

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
Beige LouLou studio coat
LOULOU Studio

Wool and Cashmere-Blend coat

At Net-a-Porter

Grey Helsa coat
Helsa

Bold Shoulder Long Coat

At Revolve

Beige COS coat
COS

Oversized Double-Breasted Wool Coat

At COS

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
Black satin maxi skirt
ARKET

Maxi Satin Skirt

At ARKET

Brown and black satin skirt
Vince

Brushed Houndstooth Check Satin Slip Skirt

At Nordstrom

Dark brown leather maxi skirt
Alice + Olivia

Siobhan Vegan Leather Wrap Maxi Skirt

At Neiman Marcus

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
Black Chanel classic flap bag
Chanel

Classic Double Flap Bag

Secondhand at Fashionphile

Grey mini jodie leather tote
Bottega Veneta

Jodie Mini Knotted Intrecciato Leather Tote

At Net-a-Porter

Black Celine Triomphe bag in medium size
Celine

Calfskin Medium Triomphe Bag

Secondhand at Fashionphile

Tote Bags

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
Demellier Taupe Midi New York Tote
Demellier London

The Midi New York

At Demellier London

Khaite Brown Lotus Medium Suede Tote
Khaite

Lotus Medium Suede Tote

At Net-a-Porter

Dark brown The Row bag
The Row

Park Large Suede Tote

At Net-a-Porter

Versatile Belt

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
Black medium Celine belt
Celine

Medium Triomphe Belt

At Celine

Brown Hermes Kelly belt
Hermès

Epsom Kelly Belt

Secondhand at Fashionphile

Black YSL Monogram Leather Belt
Saint Laurent

YSL Monogram Leather Belt

At Neiman Marcus

Ballet Flats

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
Black leather ballet flat
Flattered

Bodil Leather

At Flattered

Black leather ballet flat
Tory Burch

Bow Logo Cap Toe Ballet Flat

At Nordstrom

Suede beige ballet flats
Manolo Blahnik

Veralli bow-detailed suede ballet flats

At Net-a-Porter

Knee-High Boots

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
Black knee high boots
Marc Fisher LTD

Georgiey Pointed Toe Knee High Boot

At Nordstrom

Suede dark brown knee high boots
By Far

Miller suede knee boots

At Net-a-Porter

Black Prada Knee boots
Prada

Suede Block-Heel Knee Boots

At Neiman Marcus

Sneakers

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
Black Adidas Samba sneakers
Adidas

Gender Inclusive Samba OG Sneaker

At Nordstrom

Veja sneakers
Veja

Campo leather and suede white sneakers

At Net-a-Porter

Loewe sneakers
Loewe

Flow Mixed Leather Runner Sneakers

At Neiman Marcus

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.

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