Hello and happy November!
It’s been a minute! I took an almost-two-year-long hiatus from blogging and social media — it was quite the reset, and a welcome one at that. During my time offline, I made a career pivot and went back to my roots in photography. I spent the better part of a decade working as a photographer in my 20s before I started blogging, so it’s felt wonderful to return to a familiar career in a fresh way.
However, I’ve also felt a growing desire to return to this space and create again — just fashion, just for fun. I started sharing and creating a little on LTK and Pinterest a couple weeks ago. And today I’ve got a whole blog post for you!
Today’s post is a 29-piece autumn wardrobe. I think you’ll love it.
STYLE: This collection is a mash up of a few different styles I’ve been playing with lately:
- Streetstyle / Sporty
- Parisian / Romantic Menswear
- Minimalist / Classic
COLOR PALETTE: I’ve got a neutral palette going — mostly cream, brown, beige, and black. Still loving those neutrals, but there’s a bit of blue in there too.
TEXTURE: The palette may be neutral, but this little collection is rich in texture. There’s sleek vegan leather, cozy wool knits, washed and faded denim, smooth silk, and ribbed fabrics.
SHAPE: To give even more interest to the neutral palette, I’ve included lots of striking shapes, like chunky lug sole shoes, sculptural bags, boxy sweater vests, wide leg trousers, and tall boots.
Have a look, and if you see something you like, you can shop it and support my blog at the same time by using the affiliate links throughout the post.
Also available in this cool black and white color combo.
4. Baguette Bag
5. Woven Tote
This tote is beautiful on its own, but it looks like it belongs in a Paris cafe with a patterned neutral silk scarf tied around the handle.
7. Sweater Vest (under $20)
This sweater — with an oversized fit, merino-cashmere blend, and ribbed texture — wins sweater of the year. A keeper for life.
9. Silver Hoops | Same Hoops in Gold (under $30)
I cannot say enough good things about those hoops. The silver finish feels modern and fresh. The coiled texture gives them a little something special. They are the perfect medium-large size. Plus they are so lightweight I forget I’m wearing them.
10. Silk Scarf
Makes for a great hair accessory or a simple way to change your favorite bag’s vibe.
11. Ball Cap
12. Black Joggers | Stone Joggers
13. Black Jeans | Blue Jeans (under $90)
THESE JEANS. Great price — check. Petite, regular, and long inseam options — check. Curvy fit available — check. A hint of elastane to make them comfy while still looking like rigid denim — check. Amazing washes — check. They are simply the best jeans I’ve found in a long time.
12. Relaxed Trousers
13. Lug Sole Boots
These ankle booties are my steal of the season. Under $90 and the leather is so supple and soft. The details are on point with the square toe and comfortable low heel. I took a 7.5 — my usual boot size. They’re running low in stock, so here’s a similar suede version.
The pictures don’t do this one justice — this is the prettiest wool blazer coat I’ve ever seen. It also comes in solid camel or cream. Wear it with a turtleneck and jeans or try it with vegan leather joggers.
16. Puffer Coat
17. Coat Cardigan (also available in fawn brown and light grey)
18. Half Zip Sweatshirt Dress (under $20)
I wear this dress all. the. time. It’s surprisingly special. Style it with chunky sneakers and a crossbody, or try it with tall flat boots and a baguette bag.
It’s nearly impossible to find beautiful, dressy boots that also have a low, comfortable heel — but you can consider them found now. Great for everyday wear or for special occasions.
21. Lug Sole Boots
23. Vegan Leather Shacket (similar for under $40)
A black vegan leather shacket is surprisingly versatile and it adds a little extra dose of cool to any outfit. Just toss it on over a pair of jeans and a sweater and the whole look instantly feels modern.
24. Crop Denim Jacket (under $50)
26. Sweetheart Ribbed Bodysuit
27. Floral Cinched Top (under $50)
28. Luxe Ribbed Top + Pants
I’ve been living in this set in blue lately. The fabric quality is top notch, and the whole set is under $55. Wear it at home, or wear it out and about with chunky sneakers and a long wool coat.
29. Classic Sweatpants + Sweatshirt
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There you have it! Thanks for reading!
I’ll be around on the blog occasionally, so feel free to subscribe at the bottom of this page so you don’t miss a post. Just so you know, I’m not on Instagram anymore, but if you want to see what I’m creating these days, follow me on LTK and Pinterest.
Missed your posts so much! Glad you are back!
oh wow…yes I love the post, but mostly have to comment because I was SO happy to see this pop in my inbox just now….am just so so glad you’re back! please don’t go away again!! (unless you need to, in which case: it’s cool – we love you anyway!)
The speed at which I opened this article! So thrilled that your blog lives on. It has always been one of my favorites and I have to say you truly have shaped how I look at clothing more than any other source. Wishing you the best!
Tina Z says
Welcome back!!! :)
Hi Caroline, it’s so good to see you in this space again! I’ve truly missed your beautiful fashion posts and Instagram account (I still follow you there, too, just in case ;) I’m happy to know you’ve had such a great reset, I think that’s amazing! And congrats on going back to photography and allowing yourself some downtime to refresh your life, that’s a wonderful act of self care! All my best to you, and I look forward to seeing more awesome fashion from you :))) xoxo, Cristina
YAY – so grateful to see you blogging again! My sister and I loved reading your previous blog posts. I shrieked (at work) when I received the e-mail notification…
Oh my goodness!! Welcome back! You were missed!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Margo Robinson says
Oh my! So good to have you back. Missed you.
Oh welcome back!
Margo Robinson says
Oh my! So good to have you back. Missed you.
Happy November and welcome to cute coziness.
Holy smokes – what a fun email to receive today. It is SO good to hear from you and congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful break and career pivot. Excited to hear and see more from you in whatever way you find joy and life-giving!
I was just listening to one of your feel good fall playlists on Spotify and wondering what you were up to these days and then your new post pops into my inbox. It feels serendipitous! I love this fall capsule
Welcome back! I was thinking of you this week as I pulled up on your Spotify playlists.
You’re back! That makes me so happy. Love this autumn wardrobe.
Pamela Kanaris says
So thrilled to receive an email from you. I’ve really enjoyed your blog in the past and have missed it. You have fantastic style.
So delighted you’re back! I’d checked the blog occasionally for new posts over the last couple years. I’ve definitely missed your online presence but totally understand the need for breaks and resets. I believe they’re very beneficial. Glad you are happy and well. :)
Wait! This feels like Christmas! Welcome back!!!!
What a great surprise in my Inbox! Welcome back :)
Welcome back! I have missed you! I was so surprised and thrilled to see your post notification in my inbox today. Even after a few years apart, your style is still so inspiring and perfect for me. Brb, I have 20 tabs open with all of these items. Have to go narrow them down :)
This email in my inbox made me smile SO big. I am so so glad to see you back in this space and so happy that your reset was what you needed it to be. Ugh, this made my day. Welcome back!
Yay! So happy you’re back. I love the post, especially the Cuyana bag and that beautiful oversized sweater. Thank you!!
Amanda Traylor says
👏👏👏I was so excited to see this email! Thank you so much for sharing again! You continue to be an inspiration!
All the best,
YOU’RE BACK!!!!!!!! WE’VE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! WELCOME BACK!!!! I’m glad you were able to take a break and do whatever you needed to do! Okay time to read the rest of the post :)
Joining the thousands of people so happy to have you back, however much you post. Your eye is just perfect for me…a bit less bohemian as we all are right now. Best luck with your photography career. Thank you
I am honestly so grateful you are back! I am so inspired by you, and I use your printable packing planners all the time. I have a trip coming up in December, and I have been referring to your blog (secretly wishing to see you again) for inspiration. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got an email newsletter from you today! It was like Christmas in my inbox. I love the styles you have chosen for your Autumn Wardrobe, and I cannot wait to purchase some of them for my upcoming trip to the Christmas Markets in Germany, Austria, and Czechia! I cannot wait for your future posts too!
I’m sooooo glad you’re back!
Nicole A Martin says
So very glad you’re back! I only follow a few blogs and yours was missed. Please consider bringing back the try-on photos – those of us who have a great sense of taste yet a difficult time executing loooove a good look book of suggested combos.
Linda Wilson says
Oh boy! Hello hello. Obviously missed you TONS! Hope you are well ❤️
Brooke Hale says
Wow, I was thrilled to see this email pop up! I don’t have a way with fashion, but your wardrobes have always inspired me and is my taste to a T. You were so missed!
Nelson Bartley says
O yay! So glad you are back. I haven’t bought clothes for a few years (was living in podunk and also broke) and was just thinking last night how I wish you had your posts back because I always got such great ideas. Don’t disappear again please.
Caroline!!! I’m so so so happy you’re back!! I’ve missed you!!! I hope all is well! I just want you to know you’ve been a massive influence on my style for the past few years!! Thank you ❤️
Welcome back! You’ve been missed!
Yay! What a fun surprise to see a post after so long! You’ve been missed!
So good to see you back!
Jade K Brennan says
Glad you are back. I enjoyed this post.
Ahhhh!!!! You were so missed! But so glad to know your time away was restorative. ❤️
Truly thrilled to read this! Would love to see how you style these pieces.
(Gasp!) I’ve missed you!
Karen Davidson says
So happy you are back! Was so excited to see the email in my in box and realized I had really missed them! It’s like maybe we are coming out of the darkness. 🙋♀️
Catarina Batista says
It’s so exciting to read a new post after so long!~
Yay you’re back!
So happy to see this post on my inbox! Love your style inspiration, now I need silver hoops 😬
Emma L Velde says
Welcome back from all the way in New Zealand. I wish our season wasn’t reversed! Very much looking forward to reading your future fashion insights and look forward to seeing some photography too 😃
So darn glad you’re back! Love the 29 pieces!! Thanks so much.
Yeeeeyyy! You’re back. I have missed your posts so much!
Long time reader but I’m shy and don’t tend to leave comments— and now I have to say I am SO glad you are back!!
I still use your capsule planner every season (even if I’m not making a strict capsule) and read through your archives for inspiration. I’ve always loved the honesty, perspective, and joy in your writing.
Love this capsule that you have put together!!!!
Sarah Doig says
So lovely to see you in my inbox! That chunky knit midi dress looks so cosy.
Yay!!!! This made my day! I have missed your posts so much. And I’d love to somehow see what photography you’ve been up to, if you’re willing to share here or on Instagram? I’m guessing I would like it! :) Anyway! Yay yay yay!
Caroline Sanchez says
You were so missed! Congrats on the career pivot and no longer being on Instagram. Looking forward to more of your posts in the future.
Was so nice to receive a new blog post from you! Absolutely loved the autumn wardrobe. Look forward to seeing you soon!!
Elaine steele says
Oh Joy! ❤️
Echoing all the other posts – so delighted to hear from you. You changed my whole mindset around clothes and consumption and am really excited to hear more, even if just occasionally 😉😁
So happy to see you back during my Pinterest scroll this morning! Always such an inspiration 🤍
This post has put a HUGE SMILE on my face!!!!!!! So happy to see your “always-classic-taste” ideas!!!!!!! Obviously, so are many other people!!!!!!! ❤️
Happy to see you back! Just ordered the black booths and relaxed pants.
So excited to see your posts again. You’re such an inspiration. 💕
What happy I am to read you again! You were missed!
Such a good surprise to see this post on my feed reader yesterday ! Welcome back !
You were the first blogger I read about capsule wardrobes, years ago, and it really changed my vision of fashion. I’m French and live in Paris, but I will move to Dallas, Texas in 2022 to follow my American boyfriend. I’ve been reading old posts a lot lately to have an idea of clothes that can be worn in Texan weather ! Haha. Have a great day and hello from a French reader :)
So glad to see you back here – you’ve been one of my long-time favourites for style inspiration. I honestly haven’t shopped at Abercrombie since my high school days, but just ordered a pair of those straight leg jeans – the wash is perfect, and I love that they offer curvy options too. Just what I’ve been looking for. Looking forward to future posts from you!
Laura Ann Lamarche says
Yay! So happy to receive this email this week. I’ve missed your posts. :)
I’m so excited to see you’ve returned. Welcome back! Looking forward to more posts. 🤍
So glad to see you’re back!
What a pleasant surprise to get this in my in-box!
Love the LeScarf — I have my eye on one of their twill silk scarves.
Missed you :)
Mary Grogan says
Glad you’re back! Missed you.
Jaime Hampton says
So glad you’re back!
Kimi, Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair says
OMG! I can’t believe you’re back! So good to see you again. :)
Stephanie G Jaeger says
Missed the posts! Loved this post!
Michelle Tomczak says
Caroline! Yay— I’m so glad you’re back! This post is fantastic. Glad you are sharing here and on Pinterest! I’ve missed reading your blog posts.
Never comment on here but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked Pinterest and saw your videos pop up. Came here IMMEDIATELY. I have often wondered these past two years how you were doing and am so glad to see you let face again. This wardrobe is impeccable, as usual. Thanks for the inspo!!
LAuren Kasey says
Welcome Back! I was hoping all was going well with you and yours. I’m glad you are still being creative, in whatever medium that may be. Looking forward to seeing what the future brings!
Marie James says
Missed you and this so much! Welcome back!!
Caroline! It’s so good to see a post from you!
The wardrobe is fantastic – nothing less than what would be expected! Hope your time off served you well. I have always contemplated a social media detox but never have taken the plunge.
Yay!! How refreshing to not have Instagram anymore. So inspiring! Love this post, so glad you’re back 🤍
Caroline!! You’re back!! I’ve missed you & your blog and words so much!! Welcome back. I’m so so excited to see where you are in your clothing journey. 😊I started following you when I was 15, and still get excited to hear your perspective at 21.
Nicole schindler says
Love these neutrals! Glad you’re back!
Ahhh omg welcome back
So happy to have you back! I hope your past two years have been a nice change and that continue to approach blogging in whatever way gives you life! I love your capsule posts.
Liane Tait says
So glad you’re back! Missed all your posts. You did the wedding photographer for my friends wedding in 2013 and been following the blog since. Glad you’ve gone back to that too as her photos were out of this world.
I’m a little late, but SO happy you’re back! I’ve recently had to change up my wardrobe and looking to do a capsule, so will be looking through your whole site! Welcome back! :)
Good to have you back – I have missed your lovely posts xxx
Im so glad you are back. Missed your post a lot!
so happy to see you write again, and hear your voice.
Mary Grogan says
How wonderful to hear from you again!
I’m so happy you’re back! I’ve continued to use your wardrobe planner and have checked in every few months with the seasons. I was stoked to see that there was a new post! I think I can say for all your regular readers that we’ve missed you in this slower, more human, more dedicated space — and at the slower, more human, more dedicated pace — of your blog.
Blog > Instagram 🤍
Style sanity returns!
I am so happy you are back, was missing your posts so much, accidentally sow you on pinterest and couldn’t believe there are fresh pins! yay!
Thank you for doing this post. Please think about more of them!
Debbie joyce says
Yours is the first fashion blog I got into many years ago and was so excited to just happen upon your new post today. I have also really been enjoying Lee the style Bee who I found through you. You have great style and excited to now to signed up to your email subscribe. This discovery made my day😊
I’ve missed your posts, so happy to see this. Love all your picks and really want those croc boots!
I just found out you came back to blogging! I am excited! I’m glad you took a break, and now feel like blogging again (whatever is the best for you!)
Now I’m off to read your articles, and I’ve just subscribed to your newsletter. Wishing you a good day.
I just found you are back on!! I have missed your posts so much. Welcome back