Fall is undoubtedly the biggest fashion season of the year. Street style is what women are actually wearing. Statistically, that’s only 20% of what’s in our closets. Capsule wardrobes make it easy to put together a range of outfits that reflect your style. This capsule wardrobe checklist can be customized to manifest your personal style this fall. Mix and match classic closet essentials like a leather jacket or blazer with updated basics like grey jeans. Get cozy in a timeless cashmere sweater or play with proportion in an oversized pullover. You show up for those you love. This season show up for yourself by putting on an outfit you feel good in every day.
YOUR CHECKLIST FOR THE BIGGEST FASHION SEASON OF THE YEAR
1. Leather Jacket
If you invest in a quality leather jacket it will look better the older it gets and as it molds to your body. I have All Saint’s “Balfren” biker jacket. All Saints has always been a go-to brand for cool classic leather jackets. For the best fit buy one full size up.
There are some very convincing vegan leather jackets too.
If you own the original black biker jacket I recommend adding a cropped leather jacket, like I did, to this collection too. This modern silhouette looks great with wide-leg pants and high-waisted skirts.
All Saints Styles
Classic Leather Biker Jackets at Nordstrom Now
Cropped Vegan Leather Jackets
2. Short Blazer
The right blazer makes any outfit better. Blazers help define your silhouette and pull all the pieces in your outfits together.
No matter what you wear with it Veronica Beard’s “Miller” defines your shape the best. This style has shoulder pads, an exaggerated cutaway, a deep stance, and perfectly placed pockets. Because the Miller is only 26″ long she looks especially good layered over the wide-leg pants and long denim skirt in this capsule.
How to Save on the Miller Blazer
The year-round black and navy fabrications never go on sale. Check all of these major retailers including Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shopbop before you buy. They all offer free shipping and returns. Also, sometimes you can time your purchase with a loyalty program promotion like triple points or friends and family. If you’ve never made a purchase from Veronica Beard’s website new customers can save 15% off your purchase when you provide your email address.
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Trending Cropped Blazers
This capsule looks cool with a cropped blazer. Have fun with a colorful or textured blazer that reflects your style and is still easy to incorporate with the other pieces on the checklist.
3. Pullover Sweater
It’s finally sweater weather! Customize your capsule to match your style. Choose anything from a classic cashmere crewneck to an oversized pullover to make outfits you love during the biggest fashion season of the year.
Nordstrom Cashmere Sweaters
Every winter I add a classic cashmere pullover to my collection. Nordstrom brand cashmere sweaters are a great value. They come crew-neck or v-neck, xxs- plus size, and in tons of colors. They run big which is perfect for this capsule because you can buy “your size” and still have enough room to layer a silky top under it or the blazer or jacket over it.
This season I’m playing with proportions and chose an oversized pullover for my personal capsule. I love it layered and with the silky tops in this capsule. The key is using a belt or belt bag to define my shape and keep my proportions in check with long pants and skirts.
4. Graphic Top
Graphic T-shirts are the most coveted street-style staples. Celebrities hunker down at the coffee shop in them. Models and fashionistas wear them front row at fashion week. My personal collection almost makes a daily appearance. Take some more outfit inspiration from this lookbook and the street styles in THIS POST.
I love the look of a grey or black graphic top with the other fall and winter pieces in this capsule. Wear one with grey bottoms to make a flattering and fashion-forward monochromatic outfit that’s easy to layer over.
Oversized and Under $100
High-Low Options to Customize Your Capsule
Long Sleeve Graphic Top
The biggest fashion season of the year is the best time to snag a long-sleeved graphic top from your favorite name brands.
5. White Tee
Any ultra-versatile capsule wardrobe isn’t complete without a white top. This capsule lends itself to an understated crew neck style you can see layered under your leather jacket, or blazer, or poking out of the top of your pullover.
A shrunken or shorter style like this one I found for $10 looks great untucked and helps keep your leg line long when you wear a high-rise bottom that doesn’t leave you enough room on top to tuck.
6. Silky Top
With the holidays right around the corner having key pieces like a silky top that easily transitions from casual to dressy will help you make lots of outfits. A silky style fitted enough to layer looks the best with the outfits in this capsule.
Adele and I are both wearing the “Gillian” blouse. It ticks all the boxes for the best blouse. With a cool collar, you can lay flat and show some skin, or stand up and layer under a pullover sweater it’s so versatile. Plus it has a pretty puff sleeve that’s super flattering. You can see why it was part of my First Look at Fall Capsule Wardrobe and the Nordstrom 6 October Drop.
Affordable Options At Nordstrom
These are a few of my favorite color choices in the covered button placket style that won’t get caught up on your jewelry. This pretty silky style with crystal buttons comes in 10 colors and is under $100.
7. Black and White Striped Top
Sometimes stripes get a bad rap. There is a myth that unless your thin and tall stripes aren’t flattering, but for as long as I’ve been a stylist, I’ve been making fabulous outfits with striped tops for women of all shapes and sizes.
Style details like the neckline and sleeves matter. Pay attention to the direction and scale of the stripes too. It all makes a difference in which styles will work for you.
This capsule works best with a simple fitted long-sleeve black and white striped tee.
High-Low Options for to Customize your Capsule
Black and White Stripe But Make it Fashion
8. Long Denim Skirt
I’ve been on a jean skirt outfit kick since I shared my First Look at Fall Capsule. Apparently, you have been too. THIS POST with jean skirt outfits women over 40 want to wear every day has been one of my most popular.
Continue to wear this new and improved closet essential during the biggest fashion season of the year with boots, sneakers, pumps, and platforms.
Favorites From Fidelity
Denim Skirts Under $100
9. Grey Jeans
There really are 50 shades of grey and they all work with this street-style capsule wardrobe.
Fidelity has the best selection of styles and washes that fit and flatter.
A wide-leg shape, similar to track pants, will work the best with all the same shoe and top options the track pants and jean skirt do.
Get more grey jeans outfit ideas in this post.
Wide Leg Grey Jeans
From 5’7″ to 5′ 1″, on a good day, we all have this style from Fidelity. This similar style from FRAME sits a little higher on the waist, at 11″ inches, but size down for the best fit. If you like showing more shoe try these wide-leg cropped grey jeans from AG with a 27″ inseam.
Straight Leg Grey Jeans
If you feel a little lost in wide-leg jeans with a 20″+ opening, try one of these straight-leg styles with a 16″-17.75″ opening instead.
Bootcut Grey Jeans
Bootcut jeans work with this capsule too, but I’m not a big fan of them with flats or sneakers.
Now You Get It
10. Track Pants
Think of track pants as your new trousers. This street style staple has been a personal favorite of mine since I first shared how to style them alongside some street style photos in THIS POST.
The fit is so forgiving. Try a drawstring or elastic waist track pant from an established ready-to-wear brand like Reiss or take your meet style to street style in a pair of classic Adidas track pants.
Reiss Track Pant Trousers
Every capsule I create for you can be customized with a high-low mix of accessories. You can pull pieces and inspiration from the other capsules in your closet or focus on the key accessories I chose specifically for this capsule wardrobe, that speak to the biggest fashion trends of the season.
3 in one. One size fits most. If needed you can have the extra long strap shortened by a cobbler.
High Low Quilted Bag Options
Any sneaker works with street style. A classic Converse never disappoints. I love high tops for fall, especially with the jean skirt.
Platform and big block heels help balance the bulk of all the layers. They also work well with wide-leg pant openings.
OUTFIT PLANNER FOR THE BIGGEST FASHION SEASON OF THE YEAR
There are 72 outfit formulas in this capsule.