Can you feel it in the air? That crisp, cozy feeling that signals the arrival of autumn? Well, you know what that means – it's time to refresh your wardrobe for the fabulous fall season! And what better way to do it than by starting to think about and create your very own fall capsule wardrobe?
Say goodbye to endless closet chaos and hello to a curated collection of chic and versatile pieces that'll have you looking stylish all season long. Plus, you will maximize your wardrobe and budget and feel more confident in your personal style leveraging timeless pieces over trends. In this post we share key considerations and our Prept picks for your fall capsule wardrobe. More to come on our full fall '23 capsule wardrobe lineup with all the categories and pieces we recommend, next week.
Start with the Basics
Every great fall capsule wardrobe begins with the basics, meaning the essential pieces you'll use to curate your fall outfits everyday. Think cozy sweaters, knit dresses, turtlenecks, darker denim, layering tanks, bodysuits, and more. These essentials will serve as the foundation for your autumn outfits. Further, the "quiet luxury" trend has never been more in...and you know what it's based around? Classic, staple pieces, but that are obviously nicer and good quality. Take the time to invest in nicer pieces that you'll wear again and again and again, not just trends this season!
Layer Like a Pro
Fall is all about layering, and it's your chance to get creative! Mix and match your basics and base outfits with all the outerwear: cardigans, blazers, vests, coats, jackets, sweatshirts, scarves, and more. Layers not only keep you warm but also add depth and dimension to your look. Layers alone can help you transition your spring/summer wardrobe into fall by just adding pieces on top of base looks you have been wearing the past season. For example, add a denim or leather jacket over your knit dress.
Nail your neutrals, then incorporate colors
As a new season approaches there are all sorts of new color palettes that emerge. Start with nailing your neutral pieces to optimize your wardrobe and ability to mix and match to make many outfits. Once you have your neutrals, incorporate colors into your capsule wardrobe per your personal style, what best compliments your complexion, what you feel comfortable in, and what you gravitate toward. Have an eye toward making sure your colors are cohesive and you can pair your pieces together to make outfits to make the most of your wardrobe and budget.
Cozy Knits are a Must
Nothing says fall quite like like a good knit sweater (or sweater dress!). Invest in a variety of textures and styles – from oversized cable-knits to fitted turtlenecks. They're not just stylish; they're your secret weapon against chilly days! Don't forget knit cardigans. There are so many styles of cardigans from the most classic with buttons to a more casual shawl style.
A Classic Coat
A timeless trench coat is a fall wardrobe essential. It's versatile, chic, and perfect for those drizzly autumn days. Opt for a neutral color like camel or classic black to ensure it pairs effortlessly with your other pieces. In addition to the trench, a good wool coat is key and there are several styles of this staple piece that you can play with per your preferences.
Mix in Some Patterns
After you nail your neutrals and pops of color, start to think about patterns to compliment. Plaid is a fall classic that never goes out of style. Whether it's a plaid shirt, skirt, or scarf, this pattern adds a touch of rustic charm to your wardrobe. Fall floral pieces and other more simple patterns or versatile enough to wear more than once.
Test out Textures and Fabrics
'Tis the season to try out leather and other warmer fabrics. Leggings make our capsule wardrobe list and we highly recommend a leather bottom/piece whether it be a legging, skirt, dress, or pant! If you haven't invested cashmere yet...it might be time for this cozy and quality fabric for your capsule wardrobe sweaters, cardigans, sets, and even pants. Also, fall is a great season for corduroy. Silk is also perfection for this season, we love a silk slip skirt and a sweater combo or silky tank layered with a cardigan and bottoms.
Play with Different Pants
Jeans are a year-round staple, but in the fall, you can experiment with different washes and styles. Consider adding a pair of black jeans, wide leg cropped denim, high-waisted flares to your collection. Don't put away your white pants/pieces, wear them year round! Incorporate non-denim options into your wardrobe with a trousers, leggings, joggers, and more.
Boots are the undisputed champions of fall footwear. From ankle boots to knee-highs, they're not only stylish but also keep your feet warm and dry during those unpredictable autumn showers.
Accessorize with Statement Pieces
Elevate your outfits with statement accessories like a wide-brimmed hat, a stylish belt, bag, or a statement necklace. These pieces can instantly transform a basic look and give you that wow factor. Accessories are also a key area to have fun, incorporate your personality, and personal style.
Style the Sweatshirt
Yep, the sweatshirt makes our capsule wardrobe piece...I mean if Princess Diana wears it, we call it classic and a staple piece. It's stylish, cozy, and too easy to throw on. Pair this piece with leather leggings, bikers, or denim + white sneakers for an easy outfit to wear on the go.
Rotate and Reimagine
The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is its versatility. Mix and match your pieces to create endless outfit possibilities. Don't be afraid to get creative and reimagine your clothing combinations.
Remember, your fall capsule wardrobe is all about reflecting your personal style while staying cozy and chic. With these tips, you'll be well on your way to conquering the fall style scene. Have fun and embrace the season's charm, and fall into fabulous with your curated collection of autumn essentials. Happy styling! 🍂✨
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Step-by-step process to build your own cross-season capsule wardrobe
Full lineup of recommended categories and pieces
Outfit formulas with ways to style every staple piece
How to incorporate some more fun pieces to mix it up
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