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.
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!