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Building a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

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The first thing to do when putting together a capsule wardrobe is to define what your needs are. For example, if you’re going on vacation in the fall but you live in a climate where it’s still warm enough for shorts in October, don’t include them – even if it means purchasing some new shorts when you get there! It’s also important to take into account other factors like the types of activities you’ll be doing (like hiking or biking) and your personal style. In this post, we’ll help you figure out what pieces are essential for building any fall capsule wardrobe.


Cords are a great alternative to jeans in the fall. They can be worn with denim and chinos, but also work well with sweaters and knits. They’re a versatile piece that you’ll get tons of use out of throughout the season!


Chinos are a great addition to any wardrobe. They offer a similar look and feel as denim jeans, but with more versatility because they can be worn in many different ways. Chinos are also a great alternative to jeans if you’re feeling like your wardrobe needs something new. The chino pants were originally an army uniform staple that was popularized by civilians after World War II, so they have the same ruggedness of military khakis without the military association—which can make them easier to wear in an office setting. Another benefit of these pants is that they come in all sorts of colors and patterns now (including stripes), so there’s no need to worry about looking out-of-the-ordinary when wearing them!




Knits are great for adding warmth to your outfit in the winter, or as a layer under a jacket in cold weather. They also add texture to your outfit and can be layered with other pieces. Sweaters, cardigans, and pullovers are all types of knitwear that you might want to include in your fall capsule wardrobe!


You’ll need a coat, whether it’s a blazer or peacoat. Wool is always the best option for winter, since it keeps you warm without being too heavy. A light weight jacket is also nice to have for layering under your heavier coat in case it gets really cold out. A rain jacket is always necessary to keep you dry if there are any showers at all! Lastly, a scarf can be worn with almost every outfit in this capsule wardrobe and will help keep your neck warm when needed (and make you look stylish).


Focus on what you need now and to get you through the fall.

For example, if you live in a place that is cold during the fall, focus on layering and outerwear. If you live somewhere warmer where it will still be warm at night but cooling off during the day, focus on dresses and lightweight tops and bottoms.

It’s also important to keep in mind what activities you have planned for this season. If it’s your first day of school or job, go for classic pieces like white or black button ups with jeans or slacks that can be worn again after the fall fades away. A tailored blazer and some simple jewelry can help elevate even the most basic outfit but still allow for versatility later in the season when it gets colder again.


Building a fall capsule wardrobe is simple. You just need to think about what you need now and what you’ll be able to wear through the fall. This can be hard if you don’t have any idea of where to start or what pieces would work best for your lifestyle, but we hope that these tips will help guide you on your journey towards building a more functional and stylish wardrobe!

Read more about how to build a capsule wardrobe here.

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