If you’ve been following along with us for any length of time, you may already know the drill. New season = new capsule wardrobe. Fall is officially in full swing here and Indiana and it’s safe to say I’m embracing sweater weather with open arms. In my humble opinion, fall fashion is the BEST type of fashion. 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. If you’re new around these parts, you may be thinking “what the WHAT? a fall capsule wardrobe? girlfriend, speak English please.” I get it, this is all new territory for some. But have no fear, a fall capsule wardrobe explanation is here!
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 Capsule Wardrobe
For this Fall Capsule Wardrobe, we went with a warm color scheme. You’ll notice classic fall tones that are neutral enough to mix and match, while also incorporating a few fun prints and my personal favorite piece: a graphic band tee. Rock on friends, rock on. This capsule was intended to fall on the more casual side, but we included several pieces that can be easily taken from work to play. Today you’ll see three bottoms: a suede skirt, distressed denim, and a pair of basic black joggers. You’ll see these three bottoms styled with four tops [paired with various jackets and outwear since it’s chilly season]. Of course no wardrobe would be complete without accessories, so keep an eye out for those too!
Meet the Pieces in the Fall Capsule Wardrobe
- V-Neck Sweater [true to size, wearing small]
- Long Sleeve Waffle T-Shirt [true to size, wearing small]
- Band Graphic Tee [Similar Version // Similar Version]
- Printed Mock Neck Balloon Sleeve Top [true to size, wearing small]
- Button Front Faux Suede Mini Skirt [runs small, size up at least one]
- Mid-Rise Joggers [true to size, wearing small]
- High Rise Distressed Cigarette Jeans [true to size]
Jackets + Outerwear:
- Faux Leather Moto Jacket [true to size, wearing small]
- Distressed Jean Jacket [size up if in between, wearing small]
- Bobble Cardigan Sweater [true to size, wearing small]
- Open-Front Coatigan [true to size, wearing small]
Shoes + Accessories:
- Pointed Toe Bootie [TTS, size up .5 if in between]
- Loafer Flat [size up .5 if in between]
- Chuck Taylor Sneaker [true to size]
- Classic Fedora Hat
- Plaid Blanket Scarf
How to Style the V-Neck Sweater: First and foremost, when creating a fall capsule wardrobe, you’re going to need a great everyday sweater. When it comes to capsules, being basic is a good thing. The warm tones scream “happy fall y’all”, while still being versatile enough to pair with everything from skirts to sweats.
How to Style the Long Sleeve Waffle T-Shirt: Introducing the long sleeve tee of your waffle knit dreams. If waffle knit is your jam, this long sleeve tee is super-soft, cozy, and neutral enough to go from work to play. Snuggle up, scotty!
How to Style the Graphic Band Tee [Similar Version // Similar Version]: Don’t stop me nowww, ’cause I’m having a good time! I’d like to think this look is Freddie Mercury approved. If you’re on the band tee bandwagon this season [who isn’t?] we’ve got you covered. A graphic tee is a fun, casual take on the fall capsule. Grab a tee repping the band of your choice and rock it, babe.
How to Style the Printed Balloon Sleeve Top: From work to play, a printed blouse is a fun way to make a statement this season. This one is on the dressier side [compared to a basic band tee] so you can incorporate it into your office attire if you’re on the clock– or Zoom calls if you’re still WFH. Dress it up or dress it down, the world is your oyster, friends.
Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a hobby blog into a full-time career which she now runs alongside the LIY team! When not in front of her computer screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in front of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you can find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up with her two pups and husband most likely watching the latest Shark Tank episode, or getting lost in an easy beach read.