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Capsule Fall Winter Wardrobe (20 essentials)

I’ve been building a capsule wardrobe for fall winter and I didn’t even know it. As an avid traveler, I’ve cut my wardrobe to the bone, so I can shove it all in one carry-on suitcase. Here are 20 essentials I discovered that are super versatile, season-after-season.

1. Basic T-shirt

This is about as basic as you can get. A plain, well-fitted, t-shirt is a year round style essential in my opinion. This is why it tops my Fall Winter capsule list. I own some in black, gray, and white. The styling options are limitless. The key to a great t-shirt is quality. Not all t-shirts are created equal, so take your time selecting the perfect one. My personal fav is by Cynthia Rowley. Her pieces are super soft and hold their quality wash-after-wash. I purchase mine from Thredup at a deep discount.

Basic white t-shirt outfit fall winter wardrobe

2. Turtlenecks

Coming in at a close second is the turtleneck. I only wish you could comfortably wear them all year. They’re the best because they look classy. Bonus, you don’t have to blend your makeup into your neck when you wear one. That’s a win-win for me.

White turtleneck outfit fall winter wardrobe

3. Blouse

Blouses definitely give you a grown up feel. They can do a lot to dress up an outfit. I prefer to wear button-ups because I can transition them into Spring or Summer by tying them up. Although I drift towards neutrals, you can still get a ton of use out of a blouse in a solid color or classic print.

White blouse fall winter wardrobe

4. Cashmere/Wool Sweater

When it comes to warmth, not much can beat cashmere or wool. They are natural insulators. This is why I keep a few on hand for my capsule wardrobe. I have great success finding thrifted pieces on Thredup. I can find almost anything I need there. The best part is that is that shopping secondhand supports sustainable fashion.

cashmere sweater outfit fall winter wardrobe

5. Cable knit sweater

When Fall Winter comes around I want to be two things, warm and cozy. A classic cable knit sweater provides both. I’m not sure why but the thick weaving of cable knit screams luxury to me. You can wear this with jeans but I prefer to dress it up with trousers or a midi skirt.

Cable Knit Sweater outfit fall winter wardrobe

6. Denim Jacket

Honestly, how cool are denim jackets? They come in so many different washes, colors and fits. There is a perfect denim jacket for everyone. I own cropped, fitted, and oversized ones. I wear them with pants and also over dresses. But, if denim isn’t your style, a (faux) leather jacket is fashionable alternative.

Denim jacket outfit fall winter wardrobe

7. Blazer

Want to instantly make your Fall Winter wardrobe look chic? Add a blazer. It’s really that simple. If you do not own a blazer, take a pause and order one right now. I started my blazer collection with black, then I added white and navy, because I feel instantly put-together in one. You can pair your blazer with jeans, shorts, pants, or even dresses.

Black blazer outfit

8. Packable down jacket

I know, I know, this isn’t the most fashionable essential you can think of but, hear me out. I travel between climates and know that weather can turn quickly. When I discovered a feminine-cut packable down jacket, my life was forever changed. I can squish one of these bad boys into the tightest packed suitcase with no problem. I wear it constantly from Fall to Winter to keep warm, and I receive no shortage of compliments in it. Style this with leggings or pants and you’ll be looking like a chic snow bunny.

Black Packable down jacket

9. Camel Coat

Want to look expensive? Grab a camel coat. As a 90’s child, camel coats reminded me of Keven McCallister’s mom. Real wool or cashmere one’s are pricey, which explains how Kevin’s mom could afford to take twenty family members to Paris for Christmas. Whether you go for real of faux, this coat is going to serve you well for the Fall Winter months. It is effortlessly stylish and pairs with more outfits than I can count. Wear it with heels or flats, this coat’s got you covered…literally.

Wool Camel coat outfit

10. Dark Denim Jeans

You probably already own a pair of jeans, which is awesome news. But, do you really love them? I never understood spending big bucks on denim until I owned a pair of Joe’s Jeans. The comfort was superior, and the fit made every outfit look better. I wore my favorite pair until they fell apart, and now I make sure I have at least one pair of well fitted dark denim jeans at all times. A great pair of denim is worth the splurge because you’ll get your money’s worth from them.

high waisted dark denim outfit

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11. Leather Pants

Who knew leather could be essential? My Free People vegan leather pants are the most pleasant surprise in my wardrobe. When I purchased them, I had no idea how much I’d love them. Wear them with flats and an oversized sweater, to feel super cool, or dress them up with a pair of heels. Any way you wear them earns you some major style points. If a fitted skinny leg isn’t your style, no worries. Boxy fits with paper bag waists are also ultra cool.

paperbag black leather pants outfit

12. Midi Skirt

Just because it’s cold, it does not mean it’s time to stash your skirts. A midi skirt is classic and can keep you a little warmer for breezy Fall weather or even Winter months. Layer them with tights, socks, or boots to stay extra toasty in the cold. They easily pair with your other essentials like turtlenecks, knits or blazers.

Brown midi skirt winter outfit

13. Sweater Dress

Sweater dresses are incredible and their inventor should be thanked. All bodies can rock a sweater dress. Whether you prefer fitted or loose, sweater dresses are must for Fall Winter. They’re a reminder that you don’t have to wait until Spring to wear a dress.

Cream sweater dress outfit

14. Little Black Dress

Every woman should own a little black dress, no matter the season. I find them especially useful for Fall and Winter. A classic little black dress can take you so many places. Plus, black is always flattering, especially during the holidays when most of us, myself included, indulge on meals and treats.

Little black dress outfit

15. Black Belt

Tie your look together with a black belt. Not only do belts make your clothes fit better, they double as a style accessory. I get the most use out of a black belt, which is why I suggest starting there. If you prefer a softer look, brown tones are a stylish alternative.

Gray sweater winter outfit

16. Metallic Jewelry

If you’re unsure how to style jewelry, minimal metallic basics are the perfect place to start. I am a big fan of jewelry, but traveling with chunky accessories can add a lot of unnecessary weight to your luggage. I find that packing a few pieces of silver and gold jewelry, are the easiest quick accessory. You can wear them alone, layered or even mixed. Metallics are truly the solution to all your jewelry needs.

Gold Jewelry set

17. Handbag

Purses are an essential for most women, year round. We tote them everywhere. But, many of us forget to incorporate it into our look. I gravitate towards purses that will go with the majority of my wardrobe. For me, this means a black or brown bag. But if your entire wardrobe consists of neural colors, a handbag can be the perfect opportunity for a pop of color.

black shoulder handbag purse fall winter wardrobe

18. White Sneakers

White sneakers were a staple of my childhood wardrobe. I lost my love for them when I discovered heels, and now things have come full circle. Several years ago there was a white sneaker trend in the fashion blogging world, and in my world, they’re here to stay. Rock these kicks with literally anything you want. Dresses, pants, skirts, or leggings, there’s no rules for this one.

White sneakers casual fall winter wardrobe outfit

19. Boots

I can probably dedicate an entire blog to boots, but I’ll save you the rant. These babies are a must-have. Choose a pair that will give you the most wear. If you lean towards casual styles choose a flat or low heel. If dressing up is your thing, grab some heels. Select height or colors that will pair best with your favorite basics. My personal favorites include a leather knee-high boot for maxi skirts, and booties to wear with pants.

midi skirt boots outfit fall winter wardrobe
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20. Black pumps

Grab yourself a classic black heel and you’re good-to-go. Looking back at my own fashion history, I regret not buying these sooner. They instantly elevate your look and go with nearly every thing you could possibly wear. From work to wine at a trendy new restaurant, these heels get the most wear out of my wardrobe.

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Black pumps fall winter wardrobe outfit

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