In an effort to save more money and generally own less stuff, I’m experimenting with a fall capsule wardrobe. It’s not exactly a minimalist capsule wardrobe, but I’m working on paring down my wardrobe and making it easier to get dressed in the mornings.
I broke my capsule down into tops, layers, bottoms, dresses, and shoes for a total of 40 pieces. I didn’t include accessories like scarves and jewelry. Giving myself full range of my accessories will allow me to come up with even more different outfits.
Full disclaimer, this is an experiment. I’m not a capsule wardrobe expert. I’m challenging myself to get more creative with the clothes that I have instead of buying new ones, but I am allowing for some flexibility. The 40 pieces that I’m sharing with you today might not be the same ones that I end with. If I find myself wanting to reach for something that’s not included, I’ll add it. Or if there are pieces I’ve included that I’m not reaching for, I’ll take them out. This isn’t completely set in stone.
Tops was my biggest category with a total of 14 tops. I wanted a good variety to be able to mix and match with my bottoms.
Button-down chambray shirt: This is probably the most versatile piece in my capsule. I can easily dress it up or down, wear it on its own as a shirt, or wear it as a light layer over a tank or dress. This one from Old Navy is my favorite.
Gingham shirt: This is one of my favorite shirts. And it adds some pattern to my capsule while still being able to match it with a lot of my bottoms and add color with accessories.
Black and white striped long sleeve tee: True to my blog’s name, my capsule wouldn’t be complete without a striped tee. Mine is from Nordstrom’s BP. line last year, but this one looks similar.
Black turtleneck: Turtlenecks are great layering pieces when it’s colder. I have and love this one from Gap.
Peplum shirt: I wanted to include a top that made me feel a little more dressed up. Mine is old from SheIn.
T-shirts and tank tops in various colors: I chose to go heavy on the t-shirts because they’re great layering pieces. I can wear them under any of my layers and with any of my bottoms. I can wear them different ways by tucking them in or tying a knot in the front. I love Old Navy’s luxe line and Carly Jean Los Angeles for basic tees and tanks. I also included one graphic tee for a fun casual look.
I included five layering pieces for fall. It won’t start to get too cold here in North Carolina until after the new year so these should get me through until then.
Vests: I love using vests as a layering piece. It helps mix up my wardrobe and add a pop of color.
Gray cardigan: This is my cozy layering piece that can warm up almost any outfit possibility.
Utility jacket: I love pairing my utility jacket with jeans and dresses. It’s a great layer for when it’s cooler.
Jean jacket: My jean jacket is probably one of my most worn pieces of clothing. I can throw on it over almost any dress. I’ll also pair it with skirts and black jeans. I got mine years ago from American Eagle, and it’s held up really well. This one is similar.
I included eight different bottoms, seven pants and one skirt.
Nicer black pants: Sometimes you need something a little nicer than jeans. These are great for both that and casual wear. I love the Old Navy Pixie Ankle Pants. They fit true to size and make great work pants.
Olive linen-like pants: These pants are so comfortable and add an extra pop of color to my fall capsule wardrobe.
Various jeans: I have a lot of jeans, and I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a pair or two. My favorites are from American Eagle, Carly Jean Los Angeles, and Abercrombie. They all have good stretch to them.
Floral midi skirt: Another option for dressier outfits that can also be made casual.
I included six dresses that will pair well with my layers. Apparently I’m a big fan of t-shirt dresses. And black. I tried to pick neutral colors here so they would pair easily with layers or a t-shirt thrown over it.
I’m a little bit of a shoe addict, but I managed to narrow it down to seven pairs for my capsule. I included several pairs of flats, my favorite Aerosoles booties, a low nude heel, and a Keds tennis shoe.
Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe? What else would you include?