Minimalist Autumn / Fall Capsule Wardrobe
Autumn is upon us, and capsule wardrobes are all the rage.
Basically, autumn is all about it being warm some days, and cold the next. Layering is key (did you know the origins of layering come from the military?), and having OPTIONS for when it is cool one day, but then warm the next, are also key.
Personally, I tried a capsule wardrobe and it just isn’t for me because I like too much variety. I like having different personas, where one day I am a cosy tea-drinking hipster, and the next, I am a sleek camel-coatted bootie wearing ingenue.
Capsule wardrobes remove that kind of creativity (some call it stress LOL) out of dressing, but if you are someone who doesn’t have time nor the energy to care or think about dressing, then capsule wardrobes would be for you — and would save a ton of time. I can understand that.
Me, I love being creative, but if I had to, this is what I’d stick to on a limited wardrobe:
The Autumn / Fall Capsule Wardrobe List
Obviously, my wardrobe above works only for a business casual environment at best.
Your pants clearly can’t be jeans or chinos all the time if you’re working for a bank (you need to wear a suit or at least collared shirts), so take this capsule wardrobe with a grain of work salt.
Note: As of this post, these items are available; but things change. I am putting the pieces in the order (as best I can) that you see in the photos in price points from $$$ / $$ / $ where possible, including PLUS sizing.
- Loewe Oversized Ribbed Cashmere $1650 / Alexander Wang Grey Ribbed $395 / Treasure and Bond One Shoulder Ribbed Sweater $69 / Urban Outfitters Big Sur Ribbed Pullover $49 / Free Press V-Neck Ribbed $33 / Shein Plus Size Drop Shoulder $15
- Tibi Airy Alpaca Pullover $395 / Wythe Ny Long Sleeve Sweater $80 / Tularosa Upland Sweater $50 / Lovers and Friends Storm Sweater $31 / 14th & Union Lace Trim Sweater $30 / Shein Layered Curl Neck Heather Grey $22
- Wythe Ny Long Wool-Blend Moto $140 / BB Dakota Off the Clock Knit Moto $98 / Chaser Cotton Fleece Moto $60 / 3 Dots Draped Moto $40 / Forever 21 Plus Size Moto Jacket $40
- Harris Wharf London Wool Coat $610 / Ted Baker London Belted Wrap Coat $395 / Bernado Double Face Wrap Coat $140 / Tahari Wrap Blend Coat $140 / Shein Waterfall Collar Wrap Coat $23
- Max Mara Manuela Camel Hair Coat $2950 / BCBG Fiona Wrap Coat $398 / NAF Wrap Coat $179 / Dorothy Perkins Camel Wrap Coat $119
- Wales Banner Double Breasted Wool $916 / Boden Seacole Pea Coat $250 / J. Crew Double Breasted Peacoat $198 / Banana Republic Factory Crop Peacoat $40 /
- Burberry Kensington Trench $1790 / Banana Republic Petite Trench $228 / J. Crew Trench $150 / Dorothy Perkins Tall Trench $99 / Stradivarius Basic Trench $50
3 Tank Tops
- McGuire Denim Grey Tank $88 / Nic and Zoe Perfect Tank $48 / Nikibiki Gray Tank $32 / Treasure and Bond Ribbed Tank $29
- Saint Laurent Slim Fit Tank $450 / Frank and Eileen Base Layer Tank $98 / Madewell Whisper Tank $15
- Cinq a Sept Sequin Tank $120 / Joan Vass Sequin Tank $42 / Endless Rose Sequin Tank $25
- James Perse Cotton Tee $95 / Treasure and Bond Tee $30 / Missguided Tee $10
- John Elliott Fawn Cropped Tee $39 / Everlane Cotton Box Cut Tee $20 / Rounded Hem Tee $7
4 Pants/Jeans Mix
- AG Farrah High Rise Grey $178
- By the Way Kate Skinny Cargo Jeans $40
- AG Farrah High Rise Dark Rinse Blue $178
- Paige Hoxton High Rise Cargo $225
2 Leather Jackets
- Tom Ford Leather Moto $4950 / Club Monaco Leather Jacket $595 / Madewell Washed Leather $498 / Removable Hood Leather Jacket $150 / BlankNYC Sharona Vegan Leather Snake Printed Jacket $120 / Halogen Peplum Vegan Leather $99
- IRO Leather Biker Jacket $1265 / Bernardo Leather Moto $260 / Michael Kors Leather Moto $170 / Blank NYC Tonal Star Vegan Leather Jacket $148 / BlankNYC Life Changer Vegan Moto Jacket $98 / BlankNYC Meant to be Jacket $98
2 Knee-High boots
- Frye Melissa Button Knee High Boot $192 – $248
- Frye Vanessa Shearling Lined Knee Boot $300 / Frye Melissa Belted Knee High $250
2 Short Boots
- Rag and Bone Abel Moto $595 / Ara Dallas Moto Boot $230 / Frye Natalie Engineer Boot $160
- Isabel Marant Dicker Suede $560 / Rag and Bone Walker Buckle Bootie $475 / Rag and Bone Margot Bootie $237 / Vince Camuto Nethera Bootie $150 / Sam Edelman Welles Bootie $64 /
1 Pair of Flats
- Frye Sienna Pointy Toe Flat $89 – $107 /Frye Melanie Slip On $95 / FitFlop Allegro Flat $60 / New York and Company Faux Leather Flat $37 / Journee Kim Flat $30
- Eugenia Kim Cashmere Snood $173 / Blue Blue Japan Red Snood $145 / Duffy Wool Blend Snood $98 / Express Chunky Knit Snood $20