Summer may be here until September 22, but I have finalized the pieces for my fall capsule wardrobe! It’s what I’m calling “Fall 1.”
This capsule is a little smaller than my others, because the weather here changes pretty rapidly from fall to winter. These next few weeks are truly the most beautiful in New England! Most of the pieces I’ve selected will stay in rotation for “Fall 2”, but I needed to give myself some flexibility since this is my last capsule wardrobe of the year! (Can you believe it?!) Regardless, some semblance of this is what will take me through December.
As always, I am not including loungewear/athleisure, footwear, or accessories in my capsule. I’m still deciding if I want to include outerwear as capsule items, which I think could be a fun challenge. I’ve counted it for now. Or, maybe I want to cap myself at 22 items instead of 30. Twenty-two is arbitrary, but 30 hasn’t felt challenging enough lately, so I am interested in adding another guideline to this. I really want to push myself to be even more mindful about what I own, and why, as we head into end of 2021.
I should mention that if you follow me on Instagram, I’m not fully wearing this capsule yet – it’s still pretty warm here. So, if you see a few more summer capsule outfits, that is why. But, the next eight weeks are the busiest part of the year for me when it comes to personal occasions – Matt’s birthday, our anniversary, numerous friend birthdays and weddings and other events – and this was my one free weekend to sit down and get this done, so I could have it ready for when that chill enters the air!
I have a few new pieces in here for fall, and am listing a lot of items on my Poshmark in the coming days; things that no longer fit or that I don’t reach for. I’m excited to have some new items to style and am so grateful to have a wardrobe I feel excited about going into this new season. Some of these items will be familiar, too, of course!
My aim for this capsule was to experiment with some warmer tones than I did in the summer, while still staying true to my minimal and classic style. I also wanted to mix textures to curate a cozy and welcoming wardrobe.
Advocate [The Label] Tee (gifted): Proceeds from the sale of this tee provide direct support to victims of human trafficking, including shelter, trauma-informed therapy and paths to education and employment.
Parallel 51 Alexa Wrap Top (gifted)
Elizabeth Suzann The Artist Smock Tunic (no longer available, I couldn’t find anything comparable to comfortably recommend.)
Tradlands White Button Down (old, similar here)
Everlane Silk Button Down (old, similar here)
ABLE Nico Dress: We love a checkered print for fall! This dress is so comfortable.
American Giant No-BS Kick Flare (formerly the ponte kick flare; gifted) 20% off your American Giant order with code KELLIE.
American Giant No-BS Legging (gifted) 20% off your American Giant order with code KELLIE.
ABLE Long Merly Denim Jacket (gifted)
TBD as it gets colder
As always, I like to end with how I think this capsule might change a bit as the season goes on. I am waiting on a couple of pieces from ABLE that I pre-ordered, the Joan Shacket and the Rose Relaxed Tunic Sweater. I probably could also use a long-sleeved tee, but I plan to swap that in for the Imogene + Willie tank as it gets colder. And of course, outerwear will fluctuate with the weather.
I hope you enjoyed this post! And, I hope it serves as a guide for the types of items to include in a capsule wardrobe.
I know it can be challenging to compare other people’s clothing and closets to our own (I always do), but all of the outfits I make can be made with an array of similar items – if you ever need another suggestion because something is sold out, or you’re looking for a different fabric, or price point, just let me know! It’s not the item, but the colors, silhouette, proportions and textures that make an outfit work!