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The Fall Capsule Wardrobe // 40+ Outfits from 15 Pieces

August 1, 2018

By:

Erin Schrader

It’s that time again — we’re approaching a new season which means it’s time to bust out a new seasonal capsule wardrobe! If you’ve been following along over the past year, you’ve probably seen another capsule or two on the blog [peep ’em all here] and if you’re new here, you may be thinking “what the WHAT? a fall capsule wardrobe? girlfriend, speak English please.” I get it, I’ve been there – a clueless girl about what in the world a capsule wardrobe is. Before I fill you in on exactly what a fall capsule wardrobe means, let me get a few things out in the open.

For starters, fall fashion is BEST time for fashion [at least in my personal opinion]. From boots to cardigans to leggings, adorable jackets, etc, etc, I can’t get enough. Nothing screams cozy more than layers and fall is the prime time for doing just that. Add in a Caramel Apple Spice [spiked please] and some delicious smelling Bath and Body Works candle and well, time freeze please. Additionally, with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in full swing [hurry, it ends this Sunday, August 5th!] all of these pieces in this capsule wardrobe are on sale, up to 40% off [double YAY!] Okay, so now back to what this whole capsule wardrobe thing is.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

If you aren’t familiar with what a capsule wardrobe is, I’ll quickly explain – a capsule wardrobe is where you take several pieces (15-20) that all work together within your wardrobe to interchange and get creative with. The point behind a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the number of items you have on hand while maximizing the number of ways you can wear each piece. From a creativity standpoint, it’s awesome – a capsule wardrobe will force you to be more intentional about making sure all items work together in multiple ways, which really will make you feel like you have a closet full of options with just a few pieces! This not only creates a lot less headache and time in the morning when deciding what to wear but also saves you money as well. I think we can agree that we like saving on all of the above.

How to build a fall capsule wardrobe

For our fall capsule wardrobe, we went with a color scheme of burgundy, blush [a HOT color for fall this year], the ever so popular and reliable black and white with a few shades of gray mixed in.  For this capsule, we included one basic long sleeve tee, one button-up top, one faux wrap top, two sweaters, one lightweight suede jacket, one dress, one pair of jeans, one pair of leggings, one trench style jacket, one scarf, one handbag, one clutch and three pairs of shoes. With just these 15 items we were able to come up with 40+ different looks for both work and play. Curious what pieces we chose for our capsule? Here you have em’!

Pieces in this fall capsule wardrobe:

  • BP. Ribbed V-Neck Tee [size up, wearing in small] // other options: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Free People long sleeve Treasure & Bond Ribbed Tee // Having a basic long sleeve tee is KEY for building casual, layered looks!
  • BP. Plaid Shirt  [true to size, wearing in XS] // another option: Caslon Plaid Shirt // Nothing says fall more than a great plaid top! Find something within the color scheme you are using for your capsule and you’ll be amazed at how many ways you can wear this!
  • Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top  [true to size, wearing in XS] // another option: Bobeau Faux Wrap top //Having a top in your capsule that you can easily dress up is crucial for those nights out or days at the office!
  • Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan [size down if in between, wearing in XS] We love this piece for a capsule because it’s 2-in-1 which makes your capsule wardrobe even MORE versatile! You can wear this as a wrap or left open and long for an open sweater! Super cozy!
  • Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic [size down if in between, wearing in XS] Having a tunic in your capsule wardrobe is also a must because of a little thing we like to call: leggings 😉
  • Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket [true to size, wearing in XS] Again, it’s fall so you’ll want to layer for those cooler days. Adding in a faux suede jacket is an awesome option as it doesn’t add much bulk but can provide a little warmth and allow you to recreate outfits so many ways!
  • Ribbed Body-Con Minidress  [size up, wearing in medium for a more relaxed fit] Having a dressy piece or two within your capsule is a must, especially if you work in an office! I love this one with sleeves for those cooler days!
  • Similar Release Hem Jeans [true to size] // another option: Liverpool Release Hem Jeans // Obviously, you can’t get through creating a capsule wardrobe without a great pair of jeans! Find a pair that fit you well and be ready to rock ’em so many different ways!
  • SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings [size up if in between, wearing in size small] A favorite purchase of mine! With these leggings you have the comfort of traditional leggings, yet the sassiness perfect for dressing up!
  • 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest [true to size, wearing in XS] This is another awesome capsule piece because you get more than just a coat with this purchase, you also get a detachable vest which you’ll see below!
  • Sole Society Lightweight Windowpane Scarf // other options: Sole Society Scarf // Treasure & Bond scarf // A scarf is a great accessory to add into a fall capsule to give a different visual appeal to outfits and stay warm on cooler days! I’d recommend something on the lighter side rather than a heavy blanket scarf.
  • Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch The perfect bag for your capsule wardrobe! You get a tote and a detachable clutch with this bag [which is so sharp and expensive looking!]
  • Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet Because the tote above comes with a detachable clutch, you probably wouldn’t even need this wristlet, however, if you wanted an accessory with a coordinating color to your capsule, this is a great option!
  • Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker [true to size] // another option: Steve Madden Wedge Sneaker // The casual shoe of the capsule! These are waterproof which is awesome for whatever weather fall decides to bring your way! Super comfortable and can be dressed up or down!
  • Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie [true to size, wearing in burgundy nubuck] You can’t have a fall capsule without the perfect bootie! These again are also waterproof which provides peace of mind on those rainy [maybe snowy] fall days! The burgundy color couldn’t be more perfect for fall!
  • Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot [true to size] Last but certainly not least, having a taller boot is a good thing to add to your capsule

Now that you know what makes up this capsule, let’s get to the fun stuff…the outfits! Below you’ll see ALL of the ways that you can mix and match these pieces to create enough outfits to last you a month [or three]. Here we go…

1. The basic white long sleeve tee Outfit One: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // Release Hem Jeans // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Two:BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee  // Vest from 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Similar Scarf // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

Outfit Three: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // BP. Plaid Shirt // Release Hem Jeans //  Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Four: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // Release Hem Jeans //  Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Five: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

2. The Plaid Button Up Top Outfit One: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // BP. Plaid Shirt // Release Hem Jeans //  Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Two: BP. Plaid Shirt // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot

Outfit Three: BP. Plaid Shirt // Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Four: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // BP. Plaid Shirt // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

Outfit Five: BP. Plaid Shirt // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Six: BP. Plaid Shirt // BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Seven: BP. Plaid Shirt // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan  // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

3. The Faux Wrap Top Outfit One: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot

Outfit Two: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

Outfit Three: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Four: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top  // Vest from 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Five: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top  // Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

4. The Cozy Fleece Cardigan Wrap Outfit One: BP. Plaid Shirt // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan  // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Two: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan //  SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

Outfit Three: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top  // Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Four: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // Release Hem Jeans // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Five: BP. Plaid Shirt // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot

Outfit Six: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // Release Hem Jeans //  Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Seven: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

5. The Tunic SweaterOutfit One: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // Vest from 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Two: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic //  Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot

Outfit Three: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Four: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings //  Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Five: BP. Plaid Shirt // Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Six: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan //  SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

6. The drape jacketOutfit One: Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot

Outfit Two: Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Three: BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // Release Hem Jeans // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Four:  Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // BP. Plaid Shirt // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Five:  Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // BP. Plaid Shirt // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Six:  Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // BP. Plaid Shirt // Release Hem Jeans // Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

7. The Basic Black Dress Outfit One: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Similar Scarf // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie

Outfit Two: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // Blanknyc Cloud Nine Drape Jacket // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Three: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // BP. Plaid Shirt // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

Outfit Four: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Five: Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

8. The Classic Trench Coat Outfit One: 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // BP Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee // Release Hem Jeans //  Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Similar Scarf  // Nordstrom Sara Leather Wristlet

Outfit Two: 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // BP. Plaid Shirt // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Three: 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Ribbed Body-Con Minidress // Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Outfit Four: 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic //  Similar Scarf  // SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings // Blondo Giselle Waterproof Sneaker

Outfit Five: 1901 3-in-1 Trench Coat with Vest // Caslon Faux Wrap Cotton Top // Release Hem Jeans //  Blondo Nova Waterproof Bootie // Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

Holy heck, that was a lot of outfit changes [excuse the sweat and deflated hair]. Hopefully this has been a helpful guide on how to purchase minimal clothing and get maximum outfit opportunities out of it! Capsule wardrobes, you’re pretty magical. Remember, prices go back up Sunday so scuttle on over here and hit checkout before it’s too late!

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  1. These look like amazing options! Love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and need to implement it this year! Fall is 100% the best time for fashion, food and fragrance, hands down!

  2. Maryann says:

    Where did you get the long black cardigan you are wearing in some of the pictures? I love it!

  3. Louisa says:

    I really love the way you styled the bodycon dress. I had seen it on the sale before and scrolled past it. You make such a simple dress look soooo good.

  4. CAROL BENNETT says:

    Loved the entire presentation! This is what I need to help me pull myself together and buy “right.” I waste so much money buying the wrong items. My favorite part is you show the clothes and actually have them for sale so you don’t have to wonder where your going to go to pull this LOOK together! Genius to the creator of this,

  5. tami says:

    Love this! I can’t believe how many different options you came up with!

  6. Debbie says:

    The focus in so many of these capsule wardrobes is a wee bit too casual for business wear. Would love to see a 12 – 15 piece fall/winter capsule that focuses on dresses, dress slacks, and skirts and suitable for a 50+ woman!

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