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Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Essentials to recreate chic outfits

Want to look great during Autumn but you don’t know where to start? I totally get it and this autumn capsule wardrobe will show you timeless pieces you can wear all season.

What is a capsule Wardrobe?

For those new to the concept, a capsule wardrobe is a curated selection of clothes that are interchangeable so you can mix and match easily to create a variety of outfits.

The growing interest is capsule wardrobe is undeniable. Capsule wardrobes emphasize investing in quality over quantity.

With fewer quality clothes to choose from, you’ll spend less time rifling through your closet and more time doing the things you love.

Why Build a Capsule Wardrobe?

Having a go-to capsule will:

  • Save you money: You’ll buy fewer clothes, and the clothes you do buy will be higher quality and last longer.
  • Save you time: You’ll spend less time getting dressed in the morning.
  • Reduce stress: You’ll have fewer decisions to make about what to wear.
  • Make you more stylish: You’ll learn to put together outfits that are both stylish and functional.
  • Is more sustainable: You’ll buy fewer clothes, but endless mix and match opportunities.

Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

This capsule wardrobe features Cardigans, a dress, 2 shoes, 2 layers, and 2 bottoms. You can have more than these number of items, this is just a guide to show you what you need and how they can be styled.

  1. Breton Stripes
  2. Lady Cardigans
  3. Long sleeve tops in Neutrals
  4. Streamlined trainers
  5. Cosy Knit + Trousers
  6. Wide legged trousers
  7. Timeless Knit dresses
  8. Simple athleisure
  9. Classic Neutral Blazers
  10. Knee length Boots

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1| Breton Stripes

Cardigan (J Crew) | Cardigan (Shein)

These nautical-inspired knits with horizontal stripes in blue/black and white (or other colors) are super versatile. They come in various neck styles and can suit any body type. From mock necks, to crew necks and half-zips. I find half-zips to be more versatile for top heavy ladies.

Wear them tucked into high-waisted jeans for a casual look, or layer under a blazer and trench for a Parisian vibe.

2| Lady Cardigans

Cardigan (J Crew) | Cardigan (Cider)

These button-up cardigans are perfect for layering. They are the sophisticated and structured twist to regular cardigans. They come in various lengths and thicknesses. Throw them on over a dress for a touch of preppy style, or layer it up with a vest and jeans for a cozy weekend outfit.

3| Long sleeve tops in Neutrals

Black Long sleeve (Skims) | Brown Long sleeve (Amazon)

These layers are your wardrobe workhorses. Neutral colors like black, white, beige, and navy go with everything! Long-sleeved tops are great for layering in Autumn. You can also use them during other times of the year. For styling, wear them on their own with jeans or a skirt, or under sweaters, blazers, or jackets. So versatile!

4| Streamlined trainers

Comfy and cute, streamlined trainers are a must for casual days. Choose a classic style that pairs well with jeans, leggings, or skirts. They’ll add a sporty touch to your outfit while keeping your feet comfy.

5| Cosy Knit + Trousers

Snuggle up in style with a cozy knit sweater and trousers. This combo is perfect for fall and winter. Go for a relaxed fit with a chunky knit and wide-leg trousers, or create a more polished look with a fitted sweater and tailored trousers.

6| Tailored trousers

Tailored trousers are comfy and flattering. They come in various materials and prints, so you can find a pair for any season or occasion. Dress them up with a knit blouse and heels or keep it casual with ballet flats and trainers.

7| Timeless Knit dresses

A timeless knit dress is a one-and-done outfit that’s both comfy and stylish. The knit fabric provides warmth and flexibility, while the dress silhouette is always flattering. Dress it up with heels and jewelry or keep it casual with tights and boots.

8 | Simple athleisure

Who says comfy can’t be cute? Simple athleisure pieces like joggers or ribbed leggings in neutral colors can be dressed up or down. Pair them with a cute sweater and trainers for a relaxed look, or throw on a blazer and heels for a sporty-chic vibe.

9| Classic Neutral Blazers

A classic blazer is an all year round wardrobe staple. It instantly elevates any outfit and provides warmth during autumn. Choose a neutral color like black, Tan, or beige for maximum versatility during autumn. Feel free to go for other colors you look great in.

10 | Knee length Boots

Knee-length boots are a fall and winter essential. They come in various styles, from sleek and fitted to chunky and casual. Knee-high boots add polish to any outfit and keep your legs warm in cooler weather.

Tips for Building your Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

Autumn can sometimes get confusing because the weather fluctuates wildly – not quite cold enough for winter coats but too chilly for summer dresses. So the best way to go about creating your wardrobe for autumn is to first embrace two key things:

  • Items that can be layered – thermals, soft fabrics, long sleeves
  • Textures – chunky and cozy knits, ribbed fabrics, plaid


Know Your Style: This is your foundation! Think about the clothes you feel most confident and comfortable in and adapt your capsule to those styles. For example, this post may suggest a mock neck striped cardigan as a staple. But if you have broad shoulders and you find that crew neck lines work best for you, then by all means adapt.

The goal of this autumn capsule wardrobe is to give you staples you can mix and match to create so many outfits. You only want pieces you love in this capsule.

Choose a cohesive colour palette: I recommend neutrals often because they can be easily mixed and matched with other items. And the advantage is that you get maximum mileage out of each piece of clothing. However, remember this capsule is only here to inspire you. If you love some color, go for it! Red, green and blue can add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe and still go well with other neutral pieces. So feel free to experiment with cohesive colors.

Stick to Your budget: Since you are building a timeless wardrobe, it is important to invest in quality. However before you go out shopping, assess what you already have in your wardrobe. Also a limited budget should not hinder you. You can curate a great capsule with affordable items that will still look great.

Accessorise: For a more elegant look, don’t forget to throw in accessories. Statement jewellery such as bracelets, pearl earrings and pendant necklaces will elevate your overall look.

With this wardrobe, looking great in Autumn will be a lot simpler.

What items will you be recreating this Autumn? Let me know in the comments!

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