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The Perfect Fall Capsule Wardrobe

The Perfect Fall Capsule Wardrobe

I’m all about basics and capsule pieces, and today I’ll be sharing my fall capsule wardrobe essentials for 2021.

The great thing about capsule wardrobe pieces is that you probably even have many of these things in your closet already!

Fall is my fave season of the year – from the fashion, to the milder weather, to the pumpkin spice lattes.

There are just so many great things about the fall season, even though it’s oh-so-short here in Toronto (one of the few sad things about life in Toronto).

If you’re looking to transition your summer outfits, peep out my posts on how to transition your summer outfits for fall and how to transition knit sweaters from summer to fall!

Without further ado, here are my fall capsule wardrobe essentials!

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What is a capsule wardrobe?


A capsule wardrobe is basically a collection of versatile and staple clothing pieces that you can mix and match with each other to create endless outfit combinations.

They include timeless pieces that won’t go out of style even 10 or 20 years from now!

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Instead of buying an entire new wardrobe every season, why not invest in a capsule wardrobe that’ll last you for years, if not forever?

It’ll save you money in the long run, and it’ll cause less harm to the planet.

We all gotta do our part in making more sustainable fashion choices, my friends.

What items should be included in your capsule wardrobe?

Basic tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes should be included in your capsule wardrobe.

These should be staple items in your wardrobe that can be mixed and matched together.

You can put together your ultimate capsule wardrobe essentials for the whole year, or split it up by the seasons to make it easier.

If you live somewhere like Toronto where the weather changes drastically by the seasons, it’s definitely easier to create individual capsule wardrobes for each season that you can put together into the ultimate capsule wardrobe!

How do you build a capsule wardrobe on a budget?

When you think capsule wardrobe, you probably also think sustainability and sustainable brands.

You actually don’t have to shop at expensive stores in order to build a capsule wardrobe.

The key is to invest in high-quality and well-made pieces, and there are plenty of affordable brands that you can shop for your capsule wardrobe.

I don’t exclusively shop from sustainable brands myself – I just buy high-quality pieces from brands I like.

What are the benefits of having a capsule wardrobe?

Having a capsule wardrobe is beneficial for many reasons, including:

  • Making it quicker to get dressed in the morning
  • Saving you money in the long run
  • Better for the planet

How to build a fall capsule wardrobe

I’ve separated this fall capsule wardrobe guide into a few different sections to make it easier:

  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear
  • Footwear
  • Accessories
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Keep on reading to see my fall capsule essentials!


Fall capsule tops


How to style Levi's Balloon Pants
Plain t-shirts are great for layering, and they pair with anything and everything.
Fall capsule wardrobe outfit - Guess burnt orange tank, Aritzia white button up shirt, Guess dark denim, Marc Jacobs gold watch
White button-ups are a great fall layer.
Fall outfit featuring American Apparel blue knit sweater, Tobi lace up black leggings, and Steve Madden leather booties
Knit sweaters keep you warm and chic.

Plain t-shirt

Plain t-shirts go with pretty much any and every outfit all-year-round.

Black and white tees are an essential, but it’s also nice to have other neutral and coloured tees as well!

I love these white tees from Madewell and Reformation, and these black tees from Madewell and ALLSAINTS.

Knit sweater

Knits are just so easy just to throw on with anything – they’re the perfect layering piece!

I love this black sweater from VERO MODA, this tan sweater from VERO MODA, and this grey sweater from Reformation.

Button-up shirt

While I don’t work in a business casual setting, I love wearing button-up shirts.

They just look so chic, especially when paired with a good pair of jeans!

I love this classic white button-up shirt from Nordstrom.

Plaid shirt

I absolutely adore plaid shirts during the fall season.

You can wear them as an outer layer, tie them around your waist, or layer them under denim or leather jackets.

I love this Lovers + Friends plaid shirt.


Fall capsule bottoms


Winter outfit idea featuring Aritzia pink puffer jacket, cropped grey hoodie, Guess denim, and Converse Winter Boots
Blue denim is a classic for any season.
How to style Levi's Balloon Pants
White pants elevate any look.
How to style a pleated midi skirt for fall/winter
Pleated skirts go perfect with knit sweaters.

Blue denim

Denim is always a good idea for any season, and you can’t go wrong with some classic blue jeans.

You can pair it with knit sweaters for a casual fall look!

Levi’s Wedgies are one of my fave denim fits as a petite girl, and Topshop Jamies are another great fit (that are also more budget-friendly).

Guess also makes incredibly high-quality denim that lasts forever, and I love these super-high mom jeans!

Black denim

During the fall and winter seasons you’ll usually catch me wearing the same pair of high-waisted black skinnies every single day #noshame.

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I love the Levi’s Mile High Super Skinnies, Levi’s Wedgies, Levi’s Balloons, and Topshop Jamies.

White pants

White pants are a year-round closet staple, and they’re a chic item to have in your closet for fall.

Wearing white pants with simple outfits like knit sweaters or turtlenecks can completely elevate it!

I adore my Levi’s Balloon Pants, which are sold out, but the Levi’s Ribcage Jeans are similar.

Topshop Jamie Jeans also come in white!

Leather pants

I absolutely adore leather during the fall and winter seasons, and a good pair of leather (or vegan leather) pants is an absolute essential in your fall capsule wardrobe.

I love these faux leather trousers from Nordstrom.

Midi skirt

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been more into midi skirts than mini skirts.

Pleated midi skirts are such a closet staple year-round – you can wear it with a simple crop top for summer or a knit sweater for fall!

I adore this faux leather midi skirt from cupcakes and cashmere.

Slip skirts are also gorgeous and pair with pretty much anything, from band tees to crop tops.


Fall capsule dresses


Aritzia Vivienne dress with Reverse kimono
Slip dresses are perfect for fall layering.
Winter outfit idea featuring American Apparel red beanie, Aritzia turtleneck midi dress, Mackage black leather jacket, and Michael Kors booties
Sweater dresses are perfect for work or play.

Slip dress

For me, summer’s all about bouncy floral dresses, while fall’s all about sleek slip dresses.

I love wearing them with leather jackets or even bombers – it makes for a simple yet chic look.

Throw on sneakers like Adidas Ultra Boosts to make them more casual!

I love this black maxi slip dress from Free People, this black slip dress from ALLSAINTS, this green slip dress from Reformation, and this burgundy velvet slip dress from Lovers + Friends.

Sweater dress

Sweater dresses are so easy to wear for fall – simply throw on a leather jacket and booties and you’re set!

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On warmer days, you can just rock ’em with a chic pair of booties and cool accessories.

I love these sweater dresses from BB Dakota, Bardot, and Nordstrom.


Fall capsule outerwear


Tips on how to style denim on denim, also known as the Canadian tuxedo!
Denim jackets are the perfect fall staple.
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Moto jackets make any fall outfit instantly cooler.
Summer outfit featuring Aritzia pink trench coat, Jeffrey Campbell grey suede booties, and nude Michael Kors bag
Trench coats are an elegant fall staple.

Denim jacket

Sherpa-lined, fitted, oversized denim jackets – there are so many different kinds of fits.

I love layering them with plaid shirts and throwing beanies on during the fall!

The classic Levi’s Trucker Jacket is an essential if you love oversized fits.

Moto jacket

You’ll pretty much catch me wearing the same exact leather moto jacket everyday during the fall.

It just gives any outfit you wear that classic cool-girl look.

I love this Levi’s moto jacket, this BLANKNYC moto jacket, and this ALLSAINTS moto jacket.

Trench coat

Trench coats dress up any outfit and make you look a little more elegant.

Perfect if you’re going to nicer events or even if you want to look a little more professional!

This moto-style trench coat from Aves Les Filles is super cute.


Fall capsule footwear


One Teaspoon distressed denim and Steve Madden black leather booties
Booties are the perfect everyday fall shoe.

Booties

I think booties are the perfect everyday fall shoe, and they literally go with everything.

Black booties are an absolute must, but brown ones are also nice to have!

There are all kinds of classic black bootie styles you can go for, but my faves are chelsea boots and combat boots.

Dr. Martens and UGG both make great chelsea boots, but you can also find budget-friendly ones from brands like Steve Madden.

As for combat boots, you can’t go wrong with the classics from Dr. Martens, and they even have an amazing platform combat boot called the Jadon!

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Over-the-knee boots

Over-the-knee boots make any outfit a little more fancier and a little more risqué.

One of my fave go-to fall outfits is a pair of black over-the-knee boots with an oversized top and leggings!

I adore this leather pair from Michael Kors, this faux suede pair from Marc Fisher, and this suede pair from Stuart Weitzman.


Fall capsule accessories


Amazon Fashion outfit - American Apparel beanie and Levi's trucker jacket
Beanies are great for bad hair days.
Forest green wide brim hat and grey wool turtleneck sweater for fall
A wide brim hat makes any fall outfit more interesting.

Beanie

Beanies are one of my go-to items for the fall season.

They keep your head warm, and they can add a fun little pop of colour to your outfit.

Especially if you tend to navigate towards more dark colours during the colder months!

I love these cozy beanies from Madewell, Herschel, and Carhartt.

Wide brim hat

Wide brim hats are also super cute for fall – they can be worn all-year round, as well!

They just make any outfit look a little more interesting.

I love these wide brim hats from Nordstrom, Brixton, and Rag & Bone!


Essentials for your fall capsule wardrobe:

  1. Plain t-shirt
  2. Knit sweater
  3. Button-up shirt
  4. Plaid shirt
  5. Blue denim
  6. Black denim
  7. White pants
  8. Leather pants
  9. Midi skirt
  10. Slip dress
  11. Sweater dress
  12. Denim jacket
  13. Moto jacket
  14. Trench coat
  15. Booties
  16. Over-the-knee boots
  17. Beanie
  18. Wide brim hat

Besides wardrobe pieces, I also love red and berry lipsticks for the fall season – I have a blog post all about my fave MAC lipsticks for fall/winter!

What are your fall capsule wardrobe essentials? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Fall capsule wardrobe essentials you absolutely need in your closet. These timeless staples will be endless pieces you can keep in your closet for every autumn season!

Sara

Sunday 14th of February 2021

love these looks! <3 ~ Sara https://thecliqueblog.com

Jessica Lam

Monday 15th of February 2021

Thank you Sara! :)

Erica @ Coming up Roses

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

I have such a love for pleated skirts!! Also a fan of the berry lippies!

Patricia Conte

Saturday 16th of September 2017

I could live in denim, leather jackets and booties ALL YEAR LONG! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Shannon @ Lady's Little Loves

Friday 15th of September 2017

I haven't purchased any over-the-knee boots yet, but I think it's time!

Ayana Pitterson

Friday 15th of September 2017

Perfect list of fall items to have. I went through checking off what I had, and what I need. Did make a list of things to check out on Amazon.

Thrifting Diva www.thriftingdiva.com