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Illustration of the various options of a capsule wardrobe.

As autumn has finally arrived, now is an opportune moment to assess our wardrobes and determine their suitability for changing weather patterns. The change of season goes along with significantly fluctuating and decreasing temperatures. Autumn offers stunning and breathtaking landscapes as leaves change color from their vibrant green to golden brown. Pumpkin-spiced lattes and coffee are sure signs that fall is around the corner!

Due to weather variability and seasonal differences, it’s crucial that we recognize the necessity of having an adaptable wardrobe capable of accommodating us during each season. When you recently moved to a new climate zone, your may wonder how to build a capsule fall wardrobe. Building one from scratch shouldn’t be hard either, if all your summer attire needs to go or at the very least be stored away until next year comes around! 

Often, it can be a great idea to consult a fashion blog for ideas, as these will typically highlight some of the essential steps and processes to follow. They also can provide you with insight into what you should be looking for. Thus helping you to make a more informed decision about what to put in your wardrobe.

However, those who are fashionistas and know what they are doing will know that they can undertake the following steps to create the perfect fall capsule wardrobe and be ready for the colder months that are being entered …



Start by Selecting Base Colors

One of the very first things is to consider the base colors of the garments that you want. These colors are typically the ones that can be used all year round and are often heavily relied upon when creating a look that you want to wear. Black is usually a staple, although other fall colors may involve grey, navy, and even beige due to its neutral look. Of course, colors can be mixed and others can be added to the collection to enhance any outfit, but it is always important to make sure they complement the base colors.


fall inspired color palettes suitable for capsule wardrobe basics
Examples of fall-inspired color palettes suitable to build a fall capsule wardrobe.



Why to Invest in Quality

Although it can be very tempting in the current economic climate to opt for cheaper alternatives, it is important to try and go for quality when trying to build your perfect fall capsule wardrobe. Quality should be considered when trying to obtain items that are going to be used often. As this can enhance their shelf life, as well as do the required job. Investing in a quality fall coat, jumper, or even footwear can make a world of difference years down the line. Even if they might be costly on the pocket initially.


base of a business casual style minimalist closet for fall
Base pieces for a casual style for minimalists. Use your accessories as statement pieces.


Remember to Layer for Style and Thermal Comfort

It is always important to remember to layer up, especially when building a capsule fall wardrobe. Layering outfits can be a great way to ensure you are able to have a certain outfit readily available to wear for whatever scenario or weather occasion presents itself. You can have a variety of the same garment, while you can add elements such as patterns and textures to keep things interesting with each wear.


4 examples of layering for thermal comfort in fall
Layering examples from left to right: Ivanka Trump pumps, Hipstik pantyhose, H&Mskirt, GNW top, Isaac Mizrahi cardigan, bag c/o R. Riveter. Madonna True or Dare pumps, Ethyl Clothing jeans, statement belt, Coolibar shirt, Isaac Mizrahi cardigan, bag c/o R. Riveter. Nicole sandals, Hipstik tights, Ralph Lauren skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, Great Northwest shirt, Dolezza jacket, Urban Outfitters vest, LeatherCoatEtc beret. Ellie Tahari pumps, Hispstik pantyhose, asaavi skirt, Quince sweater, Great Northwest jacket, Longchamp bag, Nordgreen watch. The bottoms work with all tops.


Don’t Forget Statement Pieces

Although fall may be a time for layering up and keeping warm, this season still allows us to add statement pieces into our wardrobes. While essentials must remain the cornerstone of a fall wardrobe, statement pieces allow for characterful items that show your individualism while remaining practical. These statement items may help show your individualism while simultaneously breaking up the monotony of garments that you might include as well


example of how to build a fall capsulate wardrobe for corporate style
Example of an autumn capsulate wardrobe in corporate style. Wear with your year round button-down shirts or blouses. Add pops of colors with scarves or add pearls, a minimalist watch and diamond studs.



Final Thoughts on How to Build a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

There are various ways in which you can build the ultimate perfect fall capsule wardrobe for the new season. But it is important to remember that all garments should be able to keep you warm as we head into the colder months. If you manage to do this, and then splash in some personality by including vibrant pieces, then you will be prepared for the wonderful few months ahead!


Photos of me: G. Kramm

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  1. SO YOU ARE SAYING that statement pieces are collectively of a certain style that emphasizes your particular individuality?

  2. I love how you included the colors we can use to build a wardrobe.

  3. I think this is super and have embraced a capsule wardrobe this year! I’ve gone for khaki and cream, but plan to add some other accent colours too. Jacqui x