I’m a firm believer in curating a wardrobe that really works for you. When you choose the components of your wardrobe purposefully and selectively, limiting your colors to the ones you love and enjoy wearing, you absolutely can build a capsule wardrobe that makes getting dressed fun and stress-free. Today I’m unveiling my personal modern classic fall capsule wardrobe. It absolutely is shoppable and I do hope it inspires you to build your own curated wardrobe.
The pieces in the graphic above are the unique components in my modern classic fall capsule wardrobe, not the base layers. You’ll see those in a minute. But this first graphic is comprised of my pants, dresses, shirts and blouses, sweaters and jackets. Some of these are old, as in I’ve had them for a while in my closet. Others are new. Many are still available, but not all.
Of course, I’m not encouraging you to necessarily copy my wardrobe. But I just thought I’d share it so you can see what I’ll be working with this fall. It’s not the smallest capsule wardrobe, for sure. But really a capsule wardrobe can be any size. A curated capsule wardrobe is simply one in which the pieces mix and match purposefully for multiple outfits. And I’m becoming more and more determined to work with a smaller wardrobe so that I can really enjoy its versatility and creative potential.
My Sweaters for Fall
You won’t see any turtlenecks in my modern classic fall capsule wardrobe. I’ll save those for winter. These are generally lighter weight sweaters. I’m sharing my sweaters in the shopping widget below the graphic. Most of these are the actual sweaters I own, but I did swap in the black, beige, camel and grey sweaters for ones I’ve actually had in my closet for years.
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My Shirts & Blouses
This year I’m already enjoying wearing more shirts and blouses. I got away from wearing these for a while because it’s not always easy to find ones that fit nicely. But this year I put in the work and found some beautiful feminine blouses as well as a few sporty button up shirts I can feel comfortable in.
My Jackets for Fall
One of the things I love most about fall is simply being able to layer on a little style with a great jacket. While I tend to naturally gravitate to blazers, I made sure I have the trending bomber jacket, shacket and button up belted jacket, too. The plaid blazer shown in the graphic below is not actually the plaid blazer I own. You’ve seen mine in this post from last winter, but it’s not available anymore and I couldn’t get a picture of it for the graphic. Since my actual jacket is not available, I’ve linked to several comparable as well as less expensive plaid blazers in the shopping widget below the graphic.
Oh, and that “chewed up” faux leather shacket in the top row…Hahaha! That’s just the best photo I could get without a model wearing it. Bear with me. *grin* I’ve also linked to a few extra blazers in the shopping widget.
My Trousers and Dresses for Fall
I don’t anticipate wearing dresses a lot. But when I do I think these two from J.McLaughlin will be all I need. I may actually have a few pair of black trousers in my closet that I can choose from in different silhouettes, but the one I’ve listed below is from Spanx, and it’s a great straight leg trouser.
Fall Wardrobe Base Layers
Here are the base layers I’ll be working with this fall. My polo style black and ecru tops are no longer available, but they’re so integral to my wardrobe I wanted to picture them anyhow. Everything that is available is in a shopping widget below the graphic.
Oh, and obviously I already had much of this in my closet, so I’m just picturing this year’s edition of these closet staples.
Really, now that I’ve created the shopping widget below, I realize that the above graphic is more “representative of” my base layers than the actual products. I think I linked to most of the exact jeans I have, but the tees and tanks are sometimes not the exact ones I have in my drawers.
I would say the only thing I’m heavy on in my base layers is denim. But that’s by design. Since my job is to put together outfits for her and my YouTube channel, I did want to have a nice variety of denim to work with. And because my lifestyle is very casual and I don’t work outside of my home office, I have jeans where some women may have more dresses or skirts.
But I do think one of the keys to having a well coordinated wardrobe that really works for you is to have plenty of base layers such as t-shirts, tanks and solid shirts.
Fall Wardrobe Accessories
Of course, another key to being able to create great outfits with my modern classic fall capsule wardrobe is having good accessories. Here are my fall 2022 accessories. The gold clutch below is not in the shopping widget, but it’s available here.
I’ve shared my curated modern classic fall capsule wardrobe today for a couple of reasons. One, this is my way of keeping myself accountable. I want to get serious about moving toward a more slow fashion lifestyle and mindset. That means I am trying to keep my wardrobe smaller than in the past. And I’m intent on enjoying its functionality and versatility. So, even though I will occasionally share other things here on the blog and at my YouTube channel as sponsored opportunities present themself, I’ll mainly be styling outfits from this wardrobe that I’ve presented you today.
Now I haven’t pulled everything out of my storage yet. So I’ll probably find that I have a few other sweaters in solid colors to add to the mix. But I suspect that I may choose simply to keep some things boxed up for another year and just enjoy what I have here.
But the other reason I’ve shared my wardrobe today is to inspire you to cultivate your own intermixable wardrobe. Yours doesn’t need to look like mine. It should reflect your style, your chosen colors, your lifestyle and your body shape and proportions. While mine is heavy on denim, yours might be full of dresses. Or where mine definitely has a lot of neutrals, yours may be full of color.
Outfit Inspiration from My Modern Classic Fall Capsule Wardrobe
Hopefully you can see that my wardrobe is created to mix and match well. And I could literally created dozens and dozens of outfits from it…maybe hundreds! But here I’ll just share a little bit of outfit inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.
I wish I had time right now to provide shoppable links to more economical alternatives, but I’ll have to save that for another day. My time is quite limited as I wind this blog post up. But let me know which of the combinations you like best and I can try to create posts around those with more affordable options. meanwhile I’ve linked predominantly to my actual wardrobe components with just a few more economical options.
Camel & Grey
I’m loving creating camel and grey outfits for fall. I think this is a modern take on a quintessential fall combination.
Grey & Oatmeal Beige
I also love working with grey and oatmeal beige.
Here’s another look at grey and oatmeal beige.
Grey & Navy
Even though navy is not one of my chosen neutrals for Fall 2022, I do have this classic navy Veronica Beard blazer in my wardrobe. So you better believe I’m going to wear it. It’s okay to have a few “rule breakers” in your wardrobe. Don’t box yourself in to the point that you can’t enjoy the clothes you have and love. And I can wear this navy blazer with all the other neutrals and colors I’ve chosen for my wardrobe.
Camel, Ivory & Navy
Camel is another neutral in my closet that pairs nicely with navy. Those camel trousers are with the tailor right now. I’m having them hemmed so that I can wear them with my platform sneakers and low heels, such as these slides and my kitten heel pumps.
Camel, White & Black
I love the clean feel of combining camel, white and just a touch of black.
Brown & White
I’ve added brown to my list of neutrals this year. And I’m enjoying seeing how it works with the other neutrals and colors in my closet. Just brown and white is so crisp and pretty.
I’ve put the above outfit on several times for YouTube videos and reels, and each time James has told me how much he likes that outfit. He rarely comments, so I definitely took notice that he liked this one.
Brown & Peachy Pink
This peachy pink cashmere sweater is another one of my “rule breakers.” My color is actually pink, and this cashmere sweater is more peachy. But I LOVE it, so I added it to my wardrobe this year. As long as you don’t add too many extra colors, I don’t see the harm in a “rule breaker” here and there. And this one is beautiful with brown!
Camel & Peachy Pink
My rule is that an item has to work with at least three things I already have in my wardrobe before it can come into my closet. This peachy pink sweater works nicely with camel, too.
Black & Camel
Black and camel is a classic combination, of course. Here I’ve created a bookended look with this duo.
But for the next outfit I created a column of black under my camel blazer.
And here’s a dressier rendition of that same concept.
Here’s a black and camel combination with a little sparkle thrown in for a fun date night look.
Camel, White & Denim
And who can resist this classic camel, white and denim combination?
Bold Colors & Denim
It’s true that I don’t have a lot of color in my wardrobe this fall. I just love wearing neutrals. But I decided to add a powerful pop of red with purpose in this fun cashmere sweater. This fiery red is trending this year.
Bold Colors & Brown
And fortunately I discovered that red sweater works beautifully with my brown pants, too.
Thank you so much for stopping in today. Do you work with a capsule wardrobe? I built a similar capsule wardrobe one spring and shared a little more about the process in this blog post. Definitely check it out if you’d like more information on how to build your own.
Blessed for My Day
We don’t always get to choose the company we keep. At work, family gatherings and even in friend groups we’re sometimes thrown together with people who consistently behave foolishly or say things that make us wince. We certainly need to pray for God’s grace and wisdom in those situations, as we have to navigate those relationships carefully and with discernment.
But we do get to choose in whom we invest ourselves. We can decide who we will allow to influence us. Let’s remember that the ones with whom we choose to spend a lot of time will ultimately help shape our minds and our behavior. We will do well to choose our friends carefully. In fact, maybe it’s time to look for some women who will help shape us positively and point us toward the Lord rather than causing us to stumble. Do you have women like that in your life? Or do you need to seek them out at church or in a local Bible study group?
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm. ~ Proverbs 13:20
22 thoughts on “I’ve Curated a Modern Classic Fall Capsule Wardrobe!”
Great tips for Fall. I love the neutrals but will also add some pop of color for me. Red, bright blue, etc.
Great BFMD. I had a friend years ago that was so negative and opinionated that I had to cut her loose. This was
for my own peace of mind. Have to run. My husband had open heart surgery, valve replaced at Mayo clinic in Rochester, Mn
yesterday and need to check on him. He seems to be doing well.
Oh my. Praying for a full and speedy recovery. Bless him!
Have you seen the Talbot’s Long Blazer, Foliage in “person”? I’m wondering if the larger area of the fabric is more gray, or is it pale green? Do you know? I can’t always tell in the Computer screen that I have what the exact colors really are.
Thanks for the great work you did for us today–very helpful for ideas in curating my own wardrobe. God bless.
Hi Jane. I have not seen it in person. I did see it in a video the other day and noticed it was longer than it appears in the website photos. But it may have just been because of the person who was wearing it.
This is the best post ever! While I love seeing your individual outfits, seeing it all together like this is immensely helpful. And yes it has inspired me! My goal is to continue to build a classic, classy and fun wardrobe incorporating many of your suggestions and tips. My wardrobe is actually similar to yours in terms of functionality. I love neutrals but also have a few pops of color. I don’t wear black; it looks great on many people but not me. I sub Navy for black. This Fall, I am adding a few very purposeful pieces. You have helped me so much! Enjoy Florida!
I’d be interest in adding in more brown and red, also gray pants.
My daughters tell me I am dressing much better since I started following you! Thanks, Kay!
Thank you for your very thoughtful post. I know you put a lot of work into pulling all the pieces together. It will be so helpful to me in trying to curate my own fall wardrobe. I love your classic styling and basic neutrals with pops of color for another kind of look..
I really like this post. Especially the way you broke down the categories of colors, such as camel and gray, gray and oatmeal beige, camel white and denim etc. By doing that you made it very easy to see how all the colors can mix and match. Now I can substitute my colors. My favorite is the camel white and denim.
Great post Kay!! Thanks for putting together all the looks with comments. Really love your blog with all your positivity and faith. Have a great vacation!
This must have been a ton of work putting this all together. I had to tell you thank you, because seeing the “big picture” like this with all your pieces grouped together in categories is immensely helpful. I’m now going to do the same with what I have in my closet and see if I have any cohesiveness whatsoever!
My absolute favorite outfits are camel, and navy then the camel, white and black!!!
Thank you for this post. Loved it! So encouraging. I know it must have been a lot of work pulling this together so I want you to know how helpful it is to me.
I love your outfit inspirations!
Goodness, Kay…this is now my complete manual for fall! Thank you so much for the hard work. While reading, I was able to substitue my own pieces. I have embrraced the hot pink trend with a Talbots blazer instead of red. I can substitute heeled slides with sling back sandles, the flat mules with loafers, and the leather bomber with my leather moto jacket. Now I have an idea what to pull out, while keepig other items for another year. I think I might print this post and carry it with me shopping!. I’m off to find v neck polo collared sweaters. Do you have affiliate with Amazon? I’d love to use your link since I order so much from them. Thank you!
Hi Connie, I’m glad you found this so helpful. It was a lot of work, but it was helpful for me, too. Here’s a link to Amazon. You can just copy this link and store it somewhere if you’d like and then use it each time you shop. https://shopstyle.it/l/bLvLK Thanks for asking!
Thank you for such a great post. It is so helpful and I’m sure you in a lot of time compiling it.
I appreciate all of your efforts. I look forward to your email every day!
I love this idea, my closet is so full of clothes but it’s a hodgepodge of things. I would love to see more ways to style the brown pants as I just bought a pair:)
Thank you for a very informative article about a fall capsule wardrobe. I so much enjoyed the many flat lays of ideas on how to use the clothes in the fall capsule. I love flat lays which give us many ideas on ways to mix and match the clothes. it helps to see the complete lay out with accessories and shoes. I really enjoy your blog and look forward daily to learning something new. Keep up the great work.
I love the blouse of rust navy and gold flecks!
I do wish your videos were shorter, more around 10 minutes .I am retired now and usually find time to watch the whole video, but even working part time, if saw a video was 20 minutes, I wouldn’t even start it..
Thank you, Kay, for all of your hard work putting together these posts and your YouTube videos. I love the full-length ones but do not care for the “Shorts” that YouTube is pushing right now.
I love this post! I am trying to curate my closet, and I love how you divided your wardrobe into “basics” and unique components. This has given me food for thought, plus a plan that I may actually be able to use with my wardrobe.
Nice capsule wardrobe with some great ideas, but WOW…your taste has gotten a lot more expensive this year.