In this article, I will share with you my fall capsule wardrobe list. It’s sad but it’s time to say goodbye to crop tops and embrace knit sweaters. I love summer but fall fashion is my favorite. Time for my favorite outfit formulas like booties, jeans and a warm sweater. Get some serious inspiration and build your fall closet with me.
I will help you:
- Create a style mood board
- Build a cohesive color palette
- Plan fall clothing purchases
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Fall trends and how to create a fall mood board
Yes, yes and yes. Cardigans and bell sleeves are back. Together with some fall trends that come straight out of the ’70s which is my favorite fashion decade. The base of my fall capsule will consist of my year-round wardrobe-essentials. I will adopt two or three 70’s trends – that speak to my personal style – as accent (statement) pieces.
As a slow fashion devotee, I’m very careful when it comes to adding trends to my wardrobe. Most trends only last a few weeks. Therefore, invest well. I advise you to choose more classic and timeless designs for your wardrobe essentials and add trends you fancy on a few statement pieces. That way you can spice up your fall outfits while shopping consciously.
How to create a moodboard
Check my 70’s fashion Pinterest board to get some inspiration to create your own mood board. Repin or save looks that you like and match your personal style. You can also save looks from my other themed style boards. See them here. After you’ve saved quite a few pins, start creating your own mood board.
You can use online tools like Canva (also available in-app version) or on a blank Word file to create it. Start by adding the images you like to a blank page and voilá. If you’d like a more simple route, save on your phone two or three styles you’d like to wear this fall and that’s it. Choose styles that match your lifestyle as well. You don’t want to buy trendy pieces randomly, so they can end on the back of your closet after a while.
Head to the next vintage shop or your favorite clothing store and try those styles you chose and see how you feel about them.
If you have too many statement pieces in your closet and what you’re lacking are essentials, save this article to read afterwards. I have also more basic styles pin ideas for your capsule wardrobe here.
Tip: Asos Marketplace, eBay and Depop are great to find real vintage clothing.
My fall capsule wardrobe color palette
For my fall closet, I’m choosing colors that will flatter my natural beauty. I always choose my wardrobe colors with the help of seasonal color analysis. The right colors will make balance your skin tone and make you look fresher and more beautiful versus the wrong colors that can make you look tired. Your colors can be determined by a skin tone analysis that helps you find which season you belong too and your best colors.
If you already have your own set of colors, build a cohesive color palette with them so you can always consult it while shopping. You can edit this template on canva I prepared (very importat: if you do, make a copy before you start editing, so you don’t change the original template for everyone).
Now, my colors. I’m a Soft Autumn so I chose warm and soft colors for my fall closet. I’m in love with soft oranges and greens. I added lavender as an accent color to play with some complementary color schemes in my fall outfits.
Note: If you’re building a capsule wardrobe from scratch click here to read the full article. Now, if you’re in the process of selecting items for fall, grab a pen and paper and write down the items you want to keep in your closet. Also, add the ones you need to purchase.
My fall capsule wardrobe list
My list consists of 27 pieces of clothing (not counting shoes and accessories).
Down below I will list my Fall Capsule Wardrobe items with links in case you’d like to purchase something ethical and sustainable for your fall outfits. I buy a lot of second-hand clothing therefore I couldn’t link all clothing pieces, but I made sure to find identical alternatives from ethical and sustainable brands like Everlane, Organic Basics and Reformation which have the same ethical standards as me and ship worldwide.
Some of these links are affiliate links and some are not. If you decide to purchase trough the affiliate links you’ll be supporting my work at no extra cost for you.
- Graphic tee
- Band tee
- White T-shirt
- Black T-shirt
- Bodysuit (or a chic black top is also a good essential)
- Statement blouse
- Spaghetti strap top (old reformation collection, see here new tops)
- Colorful Blouse
- White blouse
- Turtleneck sweater in Black
- V-neck sweater in Olive
- Wide Leg Chinos
- Blue jeans high waist
- “Mom” jeans in black
- Vintage Levi’s 501’s jeans
- Colorful utility trousers
- White jeans
- Midi skirt with belt (note: the one on the image is from a Danish brand that I emailed asking where products were made. They were very informative and told me all their styles are made in Portugal and China in factories that they visit regularly and made with Responsible Down Standard. I can’t verify this infos so I found an ethical alternative here for you in case you’re looking for 100% sustainable clothing)
- Crossbody bag
- Big Tote bag
- Belt bag
- Shopping bag
- Hair scarf
- Minimal Jewelry set
- Maxi earrings
If there is some item on the graphics that I didn’t link it’s because it’s old or not from a 100% ethical brand. Leave a comment in case you want to know.
In this fall capsule wardrobe, based on my lifestyle, I chose a romantic, timeless and practical theme for my looks. You can use this list as a starting point and give your own personal touch. Write down what your most frequent daily activities are (formal, business, work from home, etc). After you examine your lifestyle, look out for pieces that you’ll actually wear.
Share with me in the comments. What statement pieces will you choose for your fall capsule wardrobe?