It’s here! I’ve had the best time planning + shopping for my fall capsule, and I’m even more excited to share it with you. Today’s post is a long one, but here’s what we’ll cover:
- My fall capsule
- Inspiration + planning
- Items by category
My wardrobe goals in 3 words: classic, chic, effortless
Planning: Aaaah, hindsight. I learned so much in my summer capsule and feel that this fall version is more cohesive, from the shapes to the color palette. I was able to carry a lot of summer pieces into this fall wardrobe, which was major budget win. (Those items are marked with an * below.) Planning also got my creative juices flowing: I started a note on my laptop where I could drop in links to items I loved, jot notes about what was/wasn’t working, and generally keep everything in one place. It made a huge difference when it actually came time to shop.
Color palette: I’m loving this: grey, blue, and black with a splash of leopard. Sign me up.
Weather: This was what required the most thought, since it doesn’t cool down in Charlotte until late fall. The weather can be 75+ one day and drop significantly the next. Basically: be prepared for anything. I kept textures light and tried to bring in the feeling of fall through color. Another requirement? Almost everything needed to be able to layer.
Budget: After I sketched out my fall capsule, my shopping list totaled $500. That’s not that much when you think about investing in a seasonal wardrobe, but it’s a lot when you’re in between jobs. Selling summer capsule items that were never worn + strategically using gift cards (hello, Amazon searches) paid for half of that. A season’s wardrobe for $250? Not bad, even for a FUN-employed gal like me.
Lifestyle/Travel/Special Occasions: This capsule is a much better reflection of my lifestyle. I learned through my summer wardrobe that my activities are VERY casual. Think lounging at home, breweries on a gorgeous day, and cooking out with friends on the weekend. Plus, being in between jobs means that there are some days I don’t change out of my yoga clothes until it’s time to put on pjs. (Don’t worry-I shower first.) We only have one wedding on the books during this capsule, so I’ll either wear a special occasion dress I already own or Rent the Runway.
Let’s dive in!
This category only required one new purchase, which was great. The colors are basic, but the shapes (length, fit, etc) are what make these tops special. I’m a huge PIKO fan, and was pumped to add this grey version to my capsule. Their boxy, tunic shape is a great balance to skinny jeans, leggings, or shorts. (PSA to teachers: buy a PIKO in every color.) Since this capsule is going to require a good amount of layering, I stuck with my white/navy/black casual racerbacks that are perfectly paired with cardigans or vests. My black dressy tank from my summer capsule remains an MVP, and I bought my beloved chambray shirt again in a medium (sent the small to my mom). Note to self: when in doubt, size up.
03 | grey piko
04 | chambray shirt*
05 | blue piko (this color is “dazzling blue”)
06 | navy racerback tank* | similar
08 | black racerback tank* | similar
09 | black piko
10 | dressy black tank*
Most exciting purchase here? White distressed jeans. I wore my regular distressed pair on repeat throughout the summer, and I knew a white version would go perfectly with the blues + greys in this palette. I’m going out on a limb with the white denim shorts, but they’ll be my go-to when it’s still too hot out for jeans and a sweater. Jeggings and leggings because #duh.
04| jeggings* (the BEST!)
DRESSES AND SKIRTS
I actually purchased a skirt! Skirts were nonexistent in my summer capsule due to the fact that I never wore them. Pinterest inspired me to try a midi dress + chambray shirt + heels for a dressy night out. (Note: please invite me somewhere other than a yoga studio or brewery so this dream can come true.) My navy racerback is casual and perfect for running errands, while my black dresses can be dressed up or down. My 3/4 sleeve dress is an oldie (but a goodie) from Lilly a few years back, and once temperatures drop I’ll pair it with a leopard scarf and riding boots.
Just one new purchase here as well: the lightweight hoodie. I have no idea why I put these oversized cardigans in my summer capsule wardrobe, but I’m excited to wear them now that it’s below 95 degrees. I also love the look of a flyaway vest + tank + skinny pants + tall boots, which is why I’ve included two of them here. My leopard vest was snagged for me by a friend at a clothing swap, but I’ve included similar printed scarves that can be converted into a vest.
Hands-down, my favorite category this capsule! Over the summer I realized how much shoes make an outfit. I’ve never been a shoe fanatic (probably because it’s so dang hard to find cute ones that aren’t leather/suede), but I’m getting there. Over the summer I was wowed at how putting on a heel or wedge could dress up an otherwise casual outfit. Seeing as how my summer capsule had five pairs of shoes and this one has ten, I think I learned my lesson. Y’all don’t even understand my excitement about finding beautiful vegan leopard heels. (Most are calf hair.) I can rock them with my midi skirt + chambray shirt, my black skinnies skirt + dressy black tank, or about a million other ways. Also pumped about my leopard slip-ons, which I’ve been wanting for years. (P.S. How did I teach for eight years and not own a single pair of TOMS? They’re the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet.) Leopard shoes FTW.
09 | cowboy boots | similar
Whew! Thanks for making it all the way to the end. I can’t wait to start sharing outfits from this capsule with you this Thursday. If you’re in the Charlotte area and would like to create your own capsule wardrobe, snag a spot in my SkillPop! class here.
What are your fall wardrobe favorites? I’d love to hear your thoughts!