First things first: HAPPY DANCE!
Fall is MAGIC. And I’m wildly happy to share my fall capsule wardrobe with you.
Pssst … here’s a refresher course on capsule wardrobes, just in case you want to brush up.
In this post, we’ll be chatting about my process of putting it together + my budget + what I ended up with + finally, where you can shop for each piece.
But first, let’s just look at it. ‘Cause it’s so pretty.
Disclaimer: Honesty is awesome, so I chat numbers and dollars in this post. I trust you’ll honor my honesty. Just so we’re clear, everything written here is based on my personal experiences + opinions. Not everything I say here will work for you, but I have faith that you’ll take the information presented and apply some of it to your own wardrobe in a new and creative way.
I came into this season with confidence … only to have it shaken up a bit.
See, my summer wardrobe was really easy for me to put together, I figured, “Hey, that wasn’t so hard — so I guess every season from here on out will just be easier!”
Not so. I felt unsure when it came to combining layers the “right” way. I felt unsure of my style. I felt unsure when it came to translating trends into something that felt “me.” For a while, I was totally lost.
Let me take this moment to remind you that I’m still new at this whole fashion + capsule wardrobe thing.
If you remember from a couple posts ago …
I had a new opportunity to problem-solve + discover a bit more of my authentic style.
I decided to focus on the girl inside the clothes — rather than the clothes themselves. I decided to let go of the idea that I needed to create a perfect wardrobe — I saw it instead as a part of the process, something I’d learn from. I decided that I had put pressure on myself –and I could take it away.
And little by little, things started to come together.
And now I can say:
My style for the fall is cabin-cozy + urban-cool + a little bit classic.
I knew that fall was going to be my biggest spending season all year. Because:
- Cold-weather clothes — boots, jeans, coats, and whatnot — are usually more expensive.
- I was seriously lacking boots, jeans, coats, and whatnot.
With fall purchases looming, I planned accordingly + saved up during the summer.
I budgeted $1000 for my fall capsule and I’m really proud to say I stuck to it. Since I won’t be shopping for the next three months, it comes out to about $330 per month.
My goal is to build 4 really solid capsule wardrobes this year so that next year I can just pull them out of storage, maybe swap out 4-8 pieces, and go.
THE END RESULT
I ended up with a total of 37 pieces in my fall wardrobe including 16 tops, 4 jackets/coats, 8 bottoms, and 9 pairs of shoes.
I bought 21 new pieces for fall. (You can see which ones are new in the photo above – they have a little dot next to them) Most of them were either from Aritzia (new fav store!) + Zara + Madewell. I shopped strategically, using gift cards + hitting up sales + avidly applying discount codes. The remaining 16 pieces were either rolled over from my summer wardrobe or pulled from storage.
Seriously. CANNOT WAIT to show you all the cool outfits I’ve been putting together with these pieces.
A few of these pieces aren’t available anymore, so I’ve linked to a similar item.
The Cocoon Cardigan / Dex / $80 – If you follow me on Insta, you might remember when I posted about this cardigan a couple of weeks ago. Sadly, there were only a few in stock and it quickly sold out. But guess what? It’s back!
The Leather Leggings / Urban Outfitters / $30 – I actually bought this exact pair last year, and I’m so glad they have them again for all of you! If you’ve been wanting to try the leather legging trend, this is an awesome pair to start with. They aren’t all va-va-voom, they lay perfectly, and the fabric is smooth and almost matte — meaning they look high-quality. And that little cuff at the bottom just makes ‘em.
The High Heeled Black Booties / Aldo / $67 – I searched high and low for these shoes after I saw this pin. And amazingly enough, I found them! But if you want a pair yourself, you might want to act fast – they’re on clearance and I’m not sure how much longer they’ll last. (Oh, and size up about a half size. They run a tad small.)
The Lace Up Heels / Target / $40 – I know, I know. I was just going on about how I didn’t wear my yellow heels much this summer, so it’s surprising to see a pair of fancy heels in my fall capsule. There is a method to my madness, though. Summer is casual to the max. But October-December is full of holiday parties and special events, like — my favorite — the Nutcracker ballet. So I’ll be glad to have these little guys around. And … $40!
Starting tomorrow, I’m taking a few glorious days off. And then Wednesday, I’ll be back with FALL OUTFITS! Woohoo!!