Make a fall capsule wardrobe with 8 new pieces you can mix and match to wear when it’s warm but have all the feels of fall. These ageless outfits from work to the weekend. This capsule wardrobe checklist is easy to switch up as the seasons merge to match the weather. Customize your capsule with the high-low list of links and personal styling tips below.
8 FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE PIECES
1 | Check Blazer
In this collection, your blazer will determine the colors in your capsule wardrobe. Pick a pattern that has the neutral colors you want to wear or wear the most. All of the other pieces in the capsule are plain so a neutral print check pattern keeps the combos interesting. I found a high-low mix of brands for you to pick from.
Labels We Love
Rag and Bone’s “Slade” blazer has been a Nordstrom 6 favorite for years. This black and blue check fabrication is lightweight and less structured than a traditional blazer. Veronica Beard’s dickey blazers never disappoint, and this multicolor check has all the colors that make it the easiest to mix and match.
Styling Tip – When the season shift is stronger you can layer up the lightweight blazers by adding a matching vest or dickey.
2 | Vest
This is the most fashionable piece in the fall capsule. Choose a tailored style you can wear as a top too. A neutral solid color vest is the easiest to mix and match, but one that’s made to match your check blazer is fun too.
Styling Tip – Some styles have a plunging neckline, but it’s easy to layer a lace-trim bra underneath.
Get more vest outfit ideas you can use all year long HERE.
High Low Black Vests
High Low Check Sets
Styling Tip – Most blazers have black in them, but if you pick a pattern that doesn’t, and you don’t like the look of a matching vest, substitute a solid neutral like tan or brown.
3 | Black T-Shirt
My first choice for a v-neck is this one from FRAME. This generous fit Pima cotton t-shirt has been mercerized to retain its color and add a dressy sheen. It’s so flattering I recommended it to all my busty babes and gals with tiny ta-tas. This capsule will work with a fitted or loose style. Majestic makes a high-quality fitted style that will last you for years.
These are all good values. This one from the GAP is fitted and has 3% spandex which helps keep the color. It also comes in tall and petite lengths.
4 | White Blouse
Does everyone look good in white? Yes! Most of us look better in bright white or ivory, but if you apply the right makeup you can wear both.
Can you wear white after labor day? Yes!
Now that is clear let me share some insight on which whites will work best for you. As we transition into fall you can still wear white tops like this. If you want to wear them with white bottoms, switch your shoes to boots, and add lots of textured layers.
5 | Bootcut Jeans
Bootcut jeans are a classic denim silhouette that never goes out of style. They look best with boots or heels. This post has the most popular styles I share, but you can take my free jean quiz and I’ll email you some styles and shopping suggestions just for you.
Dark to Light in My Most Popular Styles
6 | White Flare-Leg Jeans
Anytime you can match your top to your bottom, creating a solid column of color, you improve your overall proportions. Try this trick with the key pieces in this capsule.
If you live in a colder climate consider an ivory or ecru jeans and blouse combination instead of bright white.
One of my favorite combinations from this capsule is the white jeans with black on top. It’s an unexpected and fashionable way to transition your white jeans into fall.
7 | Slip Skirt
This is not the first time you’ve seen me style a slip skirt in a capsule wardrobe. Last year she was part of my Modern Classic Capsule. A slip skirt is also one of 3 Feminine and Flattering Pieces that Never Fail My Clients Over 40. Add a new one to your closet or repurpose the ones you already own. This one from VINCE is the benchmark. It’s cut on the bias for a flattering fit and made with versatile crinkle satin.
High-Low Brands I Tried and Trust
Styling Tip – If you choose a blazer or vest that doesn’t have black in them then pick one of these styles that are also available in other matching neutral colors like navy, olive green, or winter white.
8 | Jean Skirt
I promised you months ago this trend was going to be big. Wear a jean skirt all the same ways you wear your favorite jeans. If you opt for a midi-length, keep your proportions in check and never wear a layering piece or top that stops halfway down your outfit. Heels help too. If you’re on a serious jean skirt kick you can get more outfit ideas than the ones in this capsule HERE.
High-Low Brands I Tried and Trust
WESTERN BOOTS AND CHLOE BAGS
Western boots look great with bootcut and flare jeans which are on this capsule wardrobe checklist. Western boots are also great shoes to transition seasons with because they look the best with bare legs, skirts, and dresses.
Chloe is a designer brand that I included in my Handbag Directory and my recent post on High-Low Styling Heroes. Chole bags are chameleons. They look good with casual and professional outfits. The two Chloe styles I’m featuring are linked to Nordstrom but are also available at Saks.
The small Marcie is my favorite size. It is a great crossbody bag for a tall woman and looks great without the strap too. The medium is quite large. All of the color choices are so good. If you like to mix metals the grey with gold hardware is fantastic. Nobody makes a more versatile brown color than Chole.
See By Chole
Get the look for less. This Mara bag goes with everything!
32-OUTFIT FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE
Use my outfits as inspiration to create your own capsule wardrobe and mix and match to make 32 outfits you can start wearing right now. If you’re still shopping for summer check out my Simple Summer Capsule Wardrobe.