My fall capsule wardrobe is here! This fall capsule wardrobe focuses on 12 new pieces that can be mixed and matched to create looks for home and safe outings that become available to you as your state moves through the phases of lockdown. I’ve also linked budget-friendly and investment styles for certain fall capsule wardrobe items below.
This might surprise you, but I’m looking forward to fall this year more than ever. While many of the social aspects of autumn (football games, tailgating, chili cook-offs, etc.) will either remain impossibilities or look very different, quarantine creates the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the coziness of the season.
Basically, this fall is an open invitation to truly enjoy your house and hometown. I personally can’t wait to watch the foliage change in our backyard, infuse the house with cinnamon and cloves, cuddle up to watch a scary movie, and sip a homemade pumpkin latte. Happy fall!
Sweater Dress / Tan Loafers / Cardigan Blazer / Camel Coat (sold out, similar here) / Silk Slip Dress / Leather Boots (sold out, more options here) / Cashmere Sweater / Leather Bag / Checked Blazer / Ankle Booties / Dark Wash Jeans / Silk Shirt
The Fall Capsule Wardrobe: A Note About Each Piece
Oh man, where to even start with this camel coat—it checks so many boxes. The wrap style makes it easy to dress down (think sneakers and jeans) while the notched lapel and midi length make it 100% appropriate for dressy looks. It’s tailored to avoid an overly boxy fit and comes in gray. This Nordstrom Ralph Lauren wool coat is my investment choice. If fall isn’t cold enough for a camel coat where you live, swap in a classic trench coat or this cardigan blazer. If sold out, find similar here.
I chose a blazer over a faux leather jacket, moto jacket, or denim jacket because I honestly love this Everlane piece so much that I had to share. It’s perfectly oversized (as in it won’t swallow you). The windowpane plaid print weaves brown and black, so you can wear it with fall outfit combinations in both tones. Also love this budget-friendly jacket and this investment plaid blazer.
If you only get one outerwear piece from this fall capsule, it should be this J.Crew cardigan blazer. It was one of my top purchases from 2019 and goes with everything. The weight is between a coat and a thin cardigan, the cuffs are ribbed, the lapel is notched, the pockets are functional…I could go on and on. They brought it back this year in four neutral colors. Size down if in between sizes. Also love this affordable alternative. This investment pick from Vince (my all-time favorite for knitwear).
I love fall sweaters and realistically have more than a cashmere crewneck. For a fall capsule though, I decided to go with something that can work in many ways. This sweater takes minimalism one notch up by adding blouson sleeves. You’ll get more wear out of a basic layering sweater than you would out of a button down, turtleneck, or cotton long sleeve tee. Trust me! I also have this style in oatmeal and love the v-neck in loden (olive green).
SILK SLIP DRESS
This is a gorgeous piece that can be worn several ways and through all four seasons. Layer a sweater over it this fall or pair it with a blazer and boots. The options are endless, and Cuyana delivers every time with regard to quality. See one way I styled it here.
I’m 5’9” and really struggle to find sweater dresses that aren’t too revealing or short. This dress is the perfect length, has a looser fit (belt it to add shape), and is so soft. My favorite way to style this one is with knee-high boots, but it could work for a casual outing with sneakers. Similar option under $100 here.
WASHABLE SILK SHIRT
This washable (yes, washable!) silk shirt has a beautiful drape and is super soft. More feminine than your basic tee or short sleeve t-shirt and prettier than your average chambray shirt, this beauty runs large and can be worn with leggings, tucked into jeans or a skirt, and with chunky sweaters. I love the muted green and tan colors in particular.
The perfect jeans for fall should be comfortable, flattering, and easily wearable with all shoe styles, and these are SO good for all of the above. The dark wash makes them easy to dress up and they’re a true skinny jean, meaning they’ll tuck neatly into knee-high boots and OTK boots. If skinnies aren’t your style, this Madewell pair has a wider leg opening. Also love this high-rise Everlane pair under $100.
Great neutral loafers are to fall what your favorite slide sandals are to summer. They work with just about everything and keep you comfortable yet styled. I like the gold hardware bit detail on these Sam Edelman mule loafers. These croc loafers are really fun if you’re a little more daring, and the Gucci Brixton horsebit loafers are my investment pick.
KNEE HIGH BOOTS
I wanted to include leather boots because a) they’re classic and b) they go with practically everything. I am swooning over the color of these Schutz boots (more options here if sold out). The pointed toe elongates the legs, and even though they have a slight western flare, it’s not overwhelmingly trendy. Here’s a suede option with less of a western vibe. My investment leather boot pick is here (I own and can testify to the quality—they are timeless).
I have this pair in Cloud Suede and Brown and they are comfortable enough to be worn ALL day. The heel is just right; it adds enough height to be flattering but not so much that you’re uncomfortable. The shaft also works with a wide variety of jean styles. If you like a shorter, Chelsea-style bootie, I recommend the Rag & Bone Walkers. I have them in black and the camel are on my wish list because they’re that good.
TOTE OR CROSSBODY BAG
Handbags are one of those items that I find truly worth the extra dollars when it comes to style, quality, and durability, so here are two versatile investment options for your fall wardrobe. The Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag is roomier and a perfect middle-of-the-road color palette for different outfits. The A.P.C. Demi Lune Crossbody is smaller but should fit your wallet, phone, and keys, and the leather is gorgeous. More classic fall bag options here.
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Explore More of My Capsule Wardrobes
If you loved this fall capsule wardrobe, check out my previous posts about capsule wardrobe styling below:
For outfit ideas that incorporate some of the pieces above, be sure to follow along on Instagram, in the free LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app where I share my personal style, and on Pinterest where I share seasonal styling inspiration.
(CLOSED) To celebrate the launch of my fall capsule and as a thank you for your continued support, I’m doing a giveaway. Two winners will be randomly selected to receive a $200 gift card to a store of their choice: Everlane, J.Crew, MANGO, or Nordstrom. There are two ways to enter: comment on this post with your favorite thing from the capsule and you can enter on my Instagram post here. One entry allowed per post. Good luck!
25 thoughts on “Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2020”
I love the sweater dress!
Love this! My favorite piece is the cashmere sweater but I want everything!
I love the knee high Schutz boots 😍 the color is perfect and I love how much you can pair them with!
Love the camel coat!!!
I love the whole capsule, but that cardigan blazer! I think I’d wear it all the time.
Everything is so lovely, and I love your aesthetic ❤️ My favorite are the loader miles, because I can totally see myself just slipping those on to head out the door every day.
I love the silk shirt, ankle boots & leather bag.
Thanks so much for sharing your capsule wardrobe. So excited for the giveaway!
I love the ankle booties and sweater dress!
Love the cardigan blazer! So versatile & chic 🤍
My friends call me Mother Fall and I need the camel coat!
Yes yes yes to the silk slip dress! (And the blazer is on point too) 👏🏻✨
I love the ankle boots! And the small leather bag!
The mini bucket bag!
Ankle boots 😍😍😍
Knee high boots – need to invest in a taller option! I’m also loving the crossbody bag!
Obsessing over those loafers! They would be so timeless with the blazer!
The camel coat! 😍
I am slowly transitioning into capsules, love these picks as they are so classic and timeless ! My favorite transitional piece would have to be the cardigan blazer, but I’m swooning over everything!
I love all of this!! Such good, classic, gorgeous, and comfortable pieces. I think I would definitely live in those tan loafers!
Love the boots!!! I need them for this Colorado fall!
The camel 🐪 coat 🧥 ❤️! Just ordered ✔️
I love the cardigan blazer and camel coat. Pieces like these are so chic and timeless
I love the leather boots!
Love the capsule pieces. I would buy every single one. Very fond of the cardigan blazer. Hoping my size comes available.
Cashmere always wins!