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