The Essentials You Need To Revamp Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is great for so many reasons. Besides the fact that limiting the size of your wardrobe and focusing on quality pieces is a great way to ditch fast fashion for slow fashion, it can also help reduce stress in a big way. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that each piece in your closet can work with every other piece, which results in almost endless combinations that look effortlessly cool and put together. When you've got a great capsule wardrobe, finding the right outfit for each occasion is simple, and you don't have to worry so much about whether or not your outfits look polished.

However, just because the concept of a capsule wardrobe is simple, that doesn't mean the process of putting one together will feel so easy, at least not right away. Finding quality pieces that will really work for you may feel a little intimidating. This is especially true for those who are looking to update their wardrobe, or who want to find ways to incorporate trends while still being able to pull off a classic, easy look. The good news is that putting a capsule wardrobe together for the fall doesn't need to be even remotely difficult. By focusing on coordinating neutral tones and subtle details, you can easily incorporate lots of elements into your wardrobe, while still keeping it streamlined, chic, and effortless to style this fall.

A timeless trench

Trench coats are one of the few wardrobe pieces that never go out of style. That said, this fall, trench coats are especially cool. Not only does a classic tan trench go with everything, but you can style it in so many different ways. If you want to play with a retro feel, you can pair it with a pencil skirt and pumps. If you want the look to feel more modern, a graphic tee and slouchy jeans can look casual and cool, too.

A cream sweater

A cream sweater is a simple piece with a lot of appeal. If it isn't already part of your capsule wardrobe for the fall, it should be. The piece can be paired with a plaid midi skirt or a pair of jeans with equal ease, and can also be dressed up or down depending on the situation. If you want a more preppy or traditional look, a sweater with cables is the way to go, but if you're looking for something with a more flirtatious feel, an off-the-shoulder sweater can be an elegant option.

A black turtleneck sweater dress

The LBD is a garment that should be in everyone's closet. Incredibly versatile, there are so many ways to style your favorite little black dress. However, if you want one that will help you look trendy this fall, a black sweater dress with a turtleneck could be just what you need. Not only can it help keep you warm (which is always a bonus) but it exudes exactly the kind of quiet luxury that is totally in this season.

Pintuck flare jeans

If you're updating your capsule wardrobe, then your skinny jeans might have been one of the first things you got rid of. This season, lots of styles of jeans are in, and a pintuck flare jean is a great elevated style for casual looks. A pair of dark, flared jeans can look crisp with lots of different kinds of tops and can look especially trendy when paired with a duster or blazer.

A classic leather jacket

A leather jacket isn't just edgy and cool — it can be super sophisticated, too. This is particularly true when you incorporate it into your capsule wardrobe. Leather jackets can dial up the edginess when worn with ripped jeans or thick-soled boots, or they can create intriguing contrast when paired with a soft sweater or a flowy midi skirt.

Trendy flared dress pants

Some slouchy flared dress pants not only have the benefit of looking cool, but they are effortlessly chic, too. If you need a pair of pants that are truly versatile and will allow you to look polished no matter what, then these should be in your regular rotation. You can easily pair them with a button-up, cardigan, or sweater for a more formal look, or toss on a striped tee for a more casual but still posh vibe.

A satin tank

Satin is trendy, and for good reason. Not only are garments like satin tanks or slips a great throwback trend, but they're also incredibly elegant and feminine. One of the simplest ways to incorporate satin with a capsule wardrobe is to wear a satin tank top. A tank can easily be paired with a cardigan, shrug, or a button-up shirt. A neutral shade like cream or black can ensure that you get a lot of mileage out of the piece, but a bold fall color like orange or umber can be fun and versatile, too.

A midi skirt

Midi skirts have been super in style this summer, and they aren't going anywhere this fall. In autumn, you can still wear some of your favorite skirts from summer, but instead of pairing them with a tank or a tee, you can combine them with your favorite sweater or a pair of tights. While you might not be sure of the right shoes to pair with all of your midi skirt outfits, tall boots are an on-trend choice. Neutrals will always look great and can maximize your options when it comes to putting together skirt-centric outfits.

A gray tee

A plain gray tee is an important style staple no matter the season. While many may be focused on blacks and whites or other neutrals, gray is an often overlooked color that can be used in so many ways. From tossing it on with your favorite pair of jeans to pairing it with a mini skirt and boots, there is a lot of mileage to get out of your favorite gray T-shirt.

A pair of cargo pants

Some may think that cargo pants are too trendy to incorporate into their capsule wardrobe, but the reality is it just isn't true. Cargo pants have gotten a high-fashion upgrade and can look particularly polished if you choose the right color to pair with other pieces of your ensemble. While a pair of camo cargo pants might be harder to style, sticking to shades like tan or gray can ensure that there is no limit to your styling options.

A satin button-up

Button-ups have a lot of class, and a satin button-up in particular can be extra elegant. Not only can you easily wear it in formal environments, but it can also be styled for more relaxed settings, too. On the job, a satin button-up will look amazing with a structured blazer. If you're going out, a satin button-up combined with your favorite pair of mom jeans can look both casual and ultra-cool at the same time.

A pair of cowboy boots

Just because cowboy boots are trending doesn't mean that they should be excluded from your capsule wardrobe. In fact, they can be a great addition that offers an element of fun. Not only can they be worn with jeans or a cute minidress, but pairing them with a midi or maxi skirt can bring some interest to an outfit, too. Whether you opt for some mid-calf boots or some more dramatic knee-high ones, cowboy boots were made for walking, so you should wear them everywhere this fall.

A baguette bag

Along with many other Y2K trends, compact and effortlessly chic baguette bags are back in style. Whether you prefer a smaller handbag or are just looking for something that's on-trend, a baguette bag is an adorable addition to your capsule wardrobe. To ensure it styles well with your wardrobe, it can help to choose a color that matches your favorite footwear. If you plan on wearing brown cowboy boots often, a brown bag will ensure you look put-together. If you wear black loafers most of the time, a black bag is a better bet.

Some classic mom jeans

Mom jeans have been around for a while now, and they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. With so many different jean styles growing in popularity, it might be hard to know what to wear, or how to style things like cargo or baggy jeans. The good news is that mom jeans are a trend with staying power, so they should definitely remain in your capsule wardrobe. If they aren't already, adding a pair is a good idea, especially for the days you just want to feel comfortable and chic.

A tan duster

Since this spring, dusters have been an easy-to-style and hard-to-miss trend. Adding a duster to your capsule wardrobe can be a great way to update it while still achieving a classic and sophisticated look. A tan or camel-colored duster in particular can really pull lots of different outfits together. That said, other neutral hues like black, gray, cream, or brown can be great choices, too.

Some laid-back loafers

Loafers have the benefit of being trendy, classy, and polished all at once. If you don't already have a pair of loafers, they definitely deserve a space in your capsule wardrobe. Basic black is an obvious choice, but if you're looking to mix it up, cream or tan loafers can introduce a lot of interest. Not only that, but they can be useful if you have lots of light-colored tops and want to try the viral outfit sandwich trick, where you match the color of your shoes with your top for a cohesive style.