Autumn Capsule Wardrobe (If I Created One)


Although I don’t actually have a capsule wardrobe, I have always loved the idea behind them. It is a great way of looking at everything you own and seeing what pieces you really enjoy wearing. And it shows how you really can create a wide variety of outfits with only a few pieces. I decided to take a look at my closet and determine what items I would pick for the autumn time if I were to create a capsule wardrobe with 19 pieces.

My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe (If I Created One)

Navy and Black Turtlenecks – If I had to have my own “uniform” for the autumn time, I think it would be a neutral turtleneck tucked into high waisted jeans. It is a super easy outfit to put together and it still looks great in my opinion.

Striped Long Sleeve Top – A striped top is a staple for me since it is perfect for layering underneath sweaters, dresses, or wearing on its own. 

Green Turtleneck Sweater – A good, oversized turtleneck sweater is a must for me during autumn. This green one has been in my wardrobe for 3 years now, and I still wear it at least once a week during the colder months.

Neutral Striped Sweater – Although I would usually stick to non-patterned sweaters so it can go with more, neutral stripes are something I tend to get a lot of wear out of.

Gray Long Sweater – On days where you want to just throw something on and not think about it, an oversized sweater is always my top choice.

Black Sweatshirt – I live in sweatshirts whenever I am spending the day mostly at home and have no idea what to wear. They are great for comfortable days or pairing with more tailored pants.

Polka Dot Shift Dress – Even though the colder months make it impossible to wear a dress while being warm, an outfit I love is wearing a dress with tights and a sweater layered over top. Shift dresses are really comfortable + easy to style.

High Waisted Blue Jeans – A classic pair of blue jeans that go with everything. I wear these almost all the time so it would probably be my most worn item.

Black High Waisted Jeans – A pair of light washed black jeans for when I get a bit tired of wearing blue jeans.

Navy Grid Pants – Sometimes wearing jeans can become a bit repetitive or inappropriate if you have to go somewhere you need to dress up for. Black pants would normally be my choice since it goes with everything, but these navy grid pants surprisingly go with a lot.

Light Gray Raincoat – The windy, rainy autumn days call for a raincoat and this long one from Uniqlo is one of my best purchases. I sized up so it can fit over big sweaters.

Gray Coatigan – Not quite a cardigan and not quite a coat. This coatigan from Uniqlo is great for throwing on over a top you have worn many times before. It’s also great to have a jacket for those days where it is not cold enough for a coat, but not warm enough to go without one.

Navy Gap Parka – A heavy coat is a must for when those extremely chilly autumn days seem to just creep up. This one I bought last year is perfect for those days and it has an inside section that can be removed when it is a bit warmer out.

Black Short Rainboots – These boots are a fairly recent addition to my wardrobe, but I don’t think I will get rid of them until the soles are falling off. Not only are they waterproof, but they keep your feet warm which is exactly what I need during the colder months. A good pair of boots really can make a big difference.

Black Oxfords – I live in these all year round and they are just as comfortable as wearing sneakers, but look a bit dressier.

Black Crossbody Purse  – Perfect for dinners out and quick trips out of the house.

Tote Bag – My go-to when I am heading out the door is a tote bag and the one I use I actually made myself. It holds everything from my water bottle to a small purse and more, and it doubles up as a shopping bag if I need to pick something up.

Gray Knit Beanie – My ears are always the first thing to get cold, so a neutral knit hat is a must for me.

Although I’m not sure I will ever get to the point of having a true capsule wardrobe, my goal is to slowly reduce the number of items I have in my wardrobe. I find it can get a bit overwhelming having too many options to choose from in the morning when trying to pick an outfit. Creating what my autumn capsule wardrobe would look like has really helped open my eyes to what I really need and actually love in my wardrobe. It has also helped me see what styles and colors I tend to wear the most.  Often times having more is not always better.

I highly suggest taking some time to look through your wardrobe and create what your capsule wardrobe would look like. Would you ever consider having a capsule wardrobe? I’d love to know what you would put into your own autumn capsule wardrobe!

35 responses to “Autumn Capsule Wardrobe (If I Created One)”

  1. Kayla says:

    These are some great pieces that would be so easy to style! I recently just moved from Australia to Canada with just one suitcase, and it was difficult to cut everything down while also making sure I had the essentials for the freezing weather that I’m absolutely not used to.

  2. jasna says:

    You created such a good capsule wardrobe, I have often thought of that however I just love colour and patterns to much lol

  3. I love this list you made for a capsule wardrobe! You’ve inspired me to try this myself. Navy is such a nice alternative to black.

  4. Mica says:

    I love the cardigan you’re wearing in these pics, so cute and cosy! I have a maxi cardigan in grey that’s an autumn / winter staple, and while I don’t need rainboots (summer is our wettest season) I do agree with so much on your list, this would make a great capsule wardrobe!

    Hope that you are having a great week! 🙂

  5. Such an interesting post. Pick only 19 pieces and build Autumn wardrobe sounds like great idea. Maybe I will try same. Thank you so much for inspiration. I like your photos, nature looks gorgeous as well as you.

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  6. Ekaterina says:

    This is such an interesting idea for a post! Your capsule wardrobe sounds like it would be very versatile.

    I don’t think I would want to create a capsule wardrobe for myself. One of the things I enjoy about clothing is coming up with different ways to pair the items I have together and fewer items would diminish my choices 🙂

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  7. Sounds great! These are really simple but effective tips

  8. Lovely says:

    Your capsule wardrobe has fab pieces Kara and I have most of them in my closet too.


  9. melina says:

    i love your autumn capsule wardrobe! its sooo nice! would totally wear it 🙂 xx

  10. Allie Mackin says:

    I don’t have a capsule wardrobe either. In New York it is called wearing head to to toe black 7/365. But seriously it is a good idea but kind of hard to pull off. I think the French are good at this.

    Allie of

  11. Radi says:

    You’ve got a great list here. I would add a cozy sweater dress to mine.

  12. Ivana Split says:

    First of all, I love your outfit. Lovely blue turtleneck top and jeans combo. I also like your coat, tote bag and shoes. Your proposals for an autumn capsule wardrobe are wonderful. I would love to have all of these pieces in my closet and I can imagine building a capsule wardrobe with it…I’m not the minimalist type when it comes to clothing, I like to have options but sometimes I’m drawn to an idea of a capsule wardrobe and the functionality it offers. I kind of have a capsule wardrobe right now because I moved cities and the closet in the apartment I rented is tiny. I need to write down what I have in it, although I must admit that I haven’t planned it or given it much time so it is far from perfect.

  13. merel says:

    These items are so timeless. Love it! 🙂

    X Merel

  14. The Evolista says:

    Love this post and have always been intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Minimizing the amount of clothes into a group of things you love makes so much sense. Your photos here are beautiful.

    xx Jenifer

  15. Biki says:

    If only we coud have our dream capsule wardroooobe (; Im with you with polonecks. They are the foundation of my daytime outfits. Personally I like the ones from Zara as they have statement buttons on the cuffs…I actually got a new one yesterday in a mustard 70s orange/mustard colour.
    Have a good weekend ( :

  16. Simone says:

    I wanted to start a capsule wardrobe too a few months ago but somehow I wasn’t able to manage it. With so many clothes in my closet it’s a bit difficult to arrange them and put all the basic items together. I love the idea of the items you have chosen, they’re my favourites as well.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  17. Yiota says:

    I love turtlenecks for fall and winter and a black and navy one are a must for this season!!!!


  18. Just adore this outfit! I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe too!!


  19. Quinn says:

    I agree, a capsule wardrobe is such a commitment, but seems so amazing to have. I love this one! I am such a fan of turtlenecks – can’t get enough. The outfit you’re wearing is just perfect for fall. It’s cozy without being ‘I need my PSL’ 😉


  20. Margot says:

    A lot of the pieces you picked here are definitely some of my must-have.
    I love green sweater, high waisted jeans and striped top for autumn.

  21. Nina says:

    Love your capsule wardrobe hun!
    xx- Nina

  22. Mai says:

    I love your capsule wardrobe! It’s looks warm and cozy.


  23. Ashley says:

    You nailed this capsule collection list- I would be terrible at creating one because I literally have that “more is more” mentality, lol.

    A turtleneck this time of year is perfect- chic, timeless, and the best layering piece!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  24. Hello Kara
    I wasn’t able to have a capsule wardrobe, I love my clothes so much that I like to wear everything and not just a few garments !!!
    But I loved that you were able to make a selection !!

  25. Jessica says:

    This is such a beautiful coat dear. So simple, yet stylish and super versatile.

    Jessica |

  26. Eena says:

    Your autumn capsule wardrobe would be very similar to mine! I love that coat you have on, by the way. Cozy yet stylish at the same time!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

  27. Jeanne says:

    Great items on your list! Loving that navy sweater on you!

  28. Turtlenecks and high waisted jeans would definitely be in my capsule too! They’re must have staples for me

  29. Vanessa says:

    I love this cozy fall look! SO cute!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  30. Missy May says:

    This is a wonderful idea, Kara. Gradually the thing in my closet are becoming overwhelming. Thank you for the inspiration!

  31. Adi says:

    Can’t agree more with this list!! This is so good! Thanks for sharing!!
    Adi xx |

  32. Susie says:

    I seriously love your style and those deep dark tones suit you so well <3 Hope youre doing good xx

  33. Tania says:

    Truly wonderful choices Kara! Yes, I have thought about creating one, but need to be so much more strict with my choices. I think I shared with you that I have been trying to minimize my wardrobe for about 3 years or so now and it is not as easy as 1-2-3, lol! Little by little I’m getting better at it though. :)) Great ideas Kara!


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