Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Key Staples to Wear this Season

Something new and exciting is happening on Fashion Jackson this month, and I cannot wait to share it with you guys! This is something that is long overdue, too. I’m so excited to announce that Fashion Jackson will now feature seasonal capsule wardrobe collections, starting with a 2021 fall capsule wardrobe!

In case you need a refresher on what exactly a capsule wardrobe is or what items should be in a capsule wardrobe, let’s have a quick refresher! A capsule wardrobe is a limited, meticulously hand-picked selection of versatile clothing pieces that can be paired together in an endless amount of combinations. Capsule wardrobes are often built with classic staples that are always in style (read: no trendy, of-the-moment clothes here) and consist mainly of neutral colors like black, white, tan, grey, and olive green.

Creating a capsule wardrobe is a smart move for so many reasons. First, it saves you money because you’re not as tempted to go out and buy something new or trendy for every occasion. Second, it encourages your own creativity to see what new look you can put together with staple pieces. Third, it cuts your “getting ready” time in half since you are so familiar with your fall capsule wardrobe checklist and color palette!

All that said, I am sharing my fall wardrobe essentials for 2021 with you today. Whether your working from home or back in the office, a working mom or stay at home mom, a woman over 40 or 50, or just looking to update your wardrobe, I’m going to show you how to build a fall capsule wardrobe that will answer every style need of yours throughout the fall season! 

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Black Leather Jacket

The first piece is a true fall capsule wardrobe classic—the black leather moto jacket. It’s an iconic piece every fall wardrobe should have and can be styled with an endless amount of outfits. 

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Utility Jacket

A good utility jacket (named that because of its soft olive green shade and hardware) is something you can wear throughout the fall with a number of different shirts and bottoms. I love that it’s green because, while it’s still a neutral tone, it adds just a bit of color to your capsule collection.

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Camel Blazer

This camel blazer from J.Crew is the best I’ve ever owned. It’s a great shape and fit—just a quality blazer. Wear it with a white tee and jeans for a casual look or put it on over a jumpsuit for a workwear look.

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Oversized Denim Jacket

When in doubt during the fall, denim jacket, t-shirt, jeans, repeat. Or denim jacket, maxi dress, cute sneakers, repeat! Or… you get the point. It’s not a fall capsule wardrobe without a denim jacket—it’s completely essential!

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Oversized Blazer

Whereas the camel blazer is a more tailored look, a complete fall capsule wardrobe also needs a more casual, more boxy boyfriend blazer. I especially love a boyfriend blazer for late summer into early fall transition outfits because the right boyfriend blazer looks so chic with a pair of jean shorts and ankle booties!

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Coatigan

When it’s not cold enough for a heavy duty jacket but you need a bit more warmth than just a cardigan, this J.Crew camel coatigan is the perfect marriage of the two. I’ve had mine for two years and can promise you it’s just as essential a fall wardrobe capsule piece as all the others.

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Hoodie Sweatshirt

One of my favorite fall looks is wearing a great hooded sweatshirt underneath my favorite denim jacket. It’s a classic cool girl look, not to mention incredibly comfortable. You don’t need to overdo it with hoodies and sweatshirts during the fall; buying just one really great hooded sweatshirt you love will do the trick for your fall capsule wardrobe!

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Leopard Midi Skirt

I’ve always lived by the rule that leopard is a neutral. While I don’t love leopard pants, I love leopard bottoms which is why this leopard midi skirt is part of my fall capsule wardrobe. Again, this skirt can be paired with the majority of other items within this wardrobe: white t-shirt and denim jacket, graphic t-shirt and boyfriend blazer, or even just a black sweater! The options are endless and that’s what we’re going for with this capsule wardrobe.

Tops

A well-made, high-quality, perfectly-fitting white tee is a non negotiable for every capsule wardrobe, no matter the season. This particular white tee is the best I’ve ever owned—I have a backup just in case! Spending the extra on such a versatile basic like this is important in building your capsule wardrobe.

Graphic tees made a big comeback this year and for good reason. The right graphic tee oozes understated elegance and gives your look a subtle edge. I love this particular graphic tee because it’s classic, and I know it looks good with any of the outerwear I just listed!

This may be the most iconic piece of a fall capsule wardrobe. A crisp, well-made, wrinkle-free, white button-up shirt goes miles in terms of sophisticated, chic, weather-appropriate style. It’s also the perfect layering piece and looks fantastic with any and all outerwear and pretty much every bottom you can dream of. Use code JACKSON15 for a discount

Sweaters

The basic sweaters to own are a neutral sweater, a grey sweater, and a black sweater. Having such straightforward sweaters serves as the base layer for so many fall fashion looks. French-tucked into a midi skirt with sneakers? Worn with a denim jacket and black denim? You can even wear it over your white button-up for an Oxford vibe. Sweaters are life during the fall.

Short-sleeve sweaters have also become a closet staple for me, think elevated tee. When you want something that is a little nicer, warmer, but not quite ready for a traditional long sleeve sweater, short sleeve sweaters are my favorite. They are great for wearing as is with denim or trousers for the office, or layering under jackets a blazers. I love this cashmere t-shirt style sweater and will be keeping it on heavy rotation this season, might even have to get all the neutral colors too. 

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Layering Sweater

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Jeans

Black, destructed, and light wash. If you have one of each of these styles in your fall capsule wardrobe, you are good to go. I’m guilty of overbuying when it comes to jeans because they’re my first love, but I’ve learned to pare down over the years and realized these three types of jeans create a great wardrobe foundation.

Casual/Athleisure Bottoms

Besides jeans, the only other bottoms needed for your fall capsule wardrobe is a great pair of black joggers and, of course, a pair of faux leather leggings. The black joggers for obvious comfort, the faux leather leggings for comfort that everyone views as dressy so you get the best of both worlds!

Shoes

Sneakers: My obsession with sneakers reached an all-time high over the last year. I’ll be honest—it was really hard to choose just two for this fall capsule wardrobe, but I think I chose wisely. You need a white sneaker and then a “specialty” sneaker. For the white sneaker, I chose my Vejas with tan suede detailing because they go with literally everything. For my special sneaker, I love my leopard print Golden Goose sneakers so much and can wear them with everything in this capsule!

Mules: Every season, my black Gucci Princetown mules become my go-to slip-ons. They are a must-have fall shoe and one of the first things I listed for this wardrobe.

Pumps: If you’re going to have one heel in your fall capsule wardrobe, make it a nude pump. It’s the most versatile and pairs well with jeans, skirts, and leggings!

Booties: Same goes for your fall capsule bootie! Make it a neutral shade like camel or tan to ensure it works with every other piece within your wardrobe.

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  1. Deb Hawkinson said:
    Posted 10.6.19 · Reply

    Just discovered your blog! Love it!

  2. Lisa said:
    Posted 11.13.19 · Reply

    I also just discovered your blog – love your style! I have a question about the Ganni Leopard dress I know it isn’t lined and I am wondering what under piece/ slip did you pair with it? Thank you for your time!!

    • Posted 11.17.19 · Reply

      Thank you for following! It doesn’t come with a slip but it is lined, so no issues with it being see-through!

  3. madeline said:
    Posted 8.13.20 · Reply

    I love your blog! I especially love the posts about the capsule essentials and the fall capsule! They have been so useful to build my closet into an easy “uniform” with tons of combination options. I would love to see another post for the summer that is similar. Thanks so much!

  4. Madeline said:
    Posted 2.15.21 · Reply

    I love your essential capsule wardrobe and fall capsule posts so much! It would be so awesome to see one for spring and summer as well.

  5. Carrie said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    Thank you for this! I love everything you put together.

  6. Ronnie Drake said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    Love this post! Can you please also list out the purses for this capsule as well? Thank you!

  7. Elizabeth Rampaul said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    Love this helpful post!!! Now I can plan and pace my shopping…

  8. Hilary said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    Possibly my favorite post yet! This was so much fun. Love thinking about the combos I already have and what could round out my wardrobe this year.

  9. Heather said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    I am excited about the addition of your capsule collection. I agree that it can work for me, a 50 year old! One thing I would love to have on this post would be pictures of you wearing each combination. I saw that you have a quick view of each outfit on you on Instagram but it flashes by too fast for me!

  10. Nicole said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    I love this thoughtful collection! Thank you!

  11. Lisa V said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    Wow, This is the best capsule wardrobe I’ve ever seen. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Great outfits with great style. I already have many of these items but your outfit visions are helping me see the options I have and didn’t realize. Thank you for this wardrobe and I look forward to each new season!

  12. Julie Gibson said:
    Posted 9.7.21 · Reply

    This is INCREDIBLE! I love this idea – thank you, thank you, thank you!

  13. Patrícia said:
    Posted 9.8.21 · Reply

    How much I love this! Amy, I wanted to ask you, when and how you decided to limit the color choices for your outfits. I’m trying to change my style and getting inspiration from your posts; I have so many colorful stuff, and I don’t feel they suit me but I’m kind of attached to them so I don’t wear black all the time.

  14. Tracy said:
    Posted 9.8.21 · Reply

    Thank you for this post! I truly appreciate the effort you put into this!❤️

  15. Jen Copley said:
    Posted 9.9.21 · Reply

    This is the most incredible post! Thank you so much for your time and attention in everything you do! It’s made a huge impact on my life and confidence!

  16. Julie said:
    Posted 9.9.21 · Reply

    Hi,

    My daughter introduced me to your style and I have been a fan ever since. This post is the essence of your style and I love it. It will be very helpful to me because it is sophisticated and ageless(except for the high heels). It will be my reference post for the fall. Many thanks!

    Julie

  17. Odette said:
    Posted 9.10.21 · Reply

    An excellent and really useful article! So glad you’re starting to do seasonal capsules, already looking forward to the next one!

  18. Courtney Geller said:
    Posted 9.10.21 · Reply

    Absolutely love this! Thank you so much for putting this capsule together!

  19. Tamara Cnossen said:
    Posted 9.11.21 · Reply

    Love, love,love this capsule wardrobe collection! Thanks so much for putting it together!

  20. Katie said:
    Posted 10.14.21 · Reply

    I love this! I’m a sucker for a good capsule wardrobe!