It’s the beginning of September which, for many of us, means the beginning of fall. The temperatures have significantly dropper where I live in Canada and I’ve found myself gravitating towards warmer clothes. I’ve been intentional and minimal with my closet for years but this year I decided to put together an official 2020 fall capsule wardrobe!
I’m not going to lie, fall is NOT my favourite season. I love summer dresses, shorts and t-shirts. But since I don’t have a choice, I’m trying to make the most of this season.
The term Capsule wardrobe was coined by Caroline Rector who described it as, “a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear.”
As I have simplified my wardrobe over the years I have found it true that less is more when it comes to clothing. The process of getting dressed every day is so much easier with less items in my closet!
If simplifying and decluttering your closet feels overwhelming, check out this post first!
Over the past few years I’ve been working (slowly) at creating a more sustainable wardrobe. I’m by no means perfect, and neither is this 2020 fall capsule wardrobe – but I’m making an effort!
I didn’t personally buy any new items for my fall capsule wardrobe, I’m choosing to shop from my own closet. Because the items I own are all at least a year old (most are much older), they aren’t available online anymore. So I did my best to find similar items for you!
I’ve seen two extremes when it comes to capsule wardrobes. There are people who have a 100% thrifted and/or ethical fall capsule wardrobe complete with 20 items. Then there are those who go out and purchase a whole new (fast fashion) wardrobe for each of the 4 seasons.
I would say I’m somewhere in the middle! My wardrobe still consists of some fast-fashion items, but I’m trying to get away from that by purchasing less, keeping my clothing longer and investing in sustainable pieces.
I am ALL about a practical wardrobe that suits your own lifestyle. I work from home full-time so my wardrobe is very casual. I’ve actually stepped it up a notch on this blog post because I realize that most people actually leave their houses LOL.
You’re not going to find one-of-a-kind designer items here. This is simply a practical and realistic fall capsule wardrobe!
Create a capsule wardrobe that works for YOU and your lifestyle.
Because I spend most of my time at home, I have curated a 2020 fall capsule wardrobe that reflects that. I do get dressed in real clothes everyday and I aim to be cozy but put together!
CAPSULE WARDROBE COLOR PALETTE
I don’t think you need to stress about your capsule wardrobe color palette. Please don’t feel like you need to donate every piece of clothing you own to start your 2020 fall capsule wardrobe!
Instead, focus on neutral staple pieces with a few colors and prints that compliment!
I chose neutrals – black, white and denim plus earthy pink/orange tones for my 2020 fall capsule wardrobe!
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CAPSULE WARDROBE PANTS
I refuse to wear any pants that aren’t flattering AND comfortable. For any season I like to have a dark & light option. (I absolutely wear the same jeans year-round!). I also added in two versatile dresses that can be dressed up/down or worn with tights for colder days!
DARK WASH DENIM: I find dark denim to be dressier than light denim! A pair of dark skinnies are timeless and will work in the winter with boots.
BLACK CROPPED PANTS: I wanted to add a dressier pair of pants, but in my own fall capsule wardrobe I have a more casual pair of black joggers. They are just as comfy as leggings but can be dressed up a little bit more.
COLORED PANTS: I’ve been eyeing these burnt orange pants for my own capsule wardrobe. I love that they’re neutral but still FUN!
SOLID BLACK LEGGINGS: Most people don’t include leggings in their capsule wardrobe because they’re considered activewear, but I’m absolutely team “leggings are pants”. I finally invested in a pair of sustainable leggings from Girlfriend Collective!(Click here for $10 off)
DENIM DRESS: One of my favourite outfits lately is a denim dress with leggings + a cardigan! Denim is always so versatile, and a denim dress is such a fun piece with added texture!
CAPSULE WARDROBE T-SHIRTS
Honestly, I love t-shirts and they’re the only thing that I really swap out regularly in my own wardrobe. You might want to have more basics t-shirts in your own wardrobe which is totally ok!
TAUPE TSHIRT: I work from home so I live in cozy clothes! But I still think this could be dressed up with a denim jacket + accessories.
PINK TIE-DYE: I love the tie dye trend right now and this is perfect to wear alone or layered under a jacket/vest.
FLORAL BLOUSE: This is a fun way to add some colour to your capsule wardrobe!
BLACK BUTTON UP: I know drapey shirts aren’t for everyone, but I’m obssessed! I have a button-up black t-shirt and I love that it works for every season.
CAPSULE WARDROBE SWEATERS
Layers are the key to a fall wardrobe! So often our mornings are FREEZING but it’s warmed up by the afternoon. Neutral sweaters are basically the key to my fall capsule wardrobe!
CREAM KNITTED SWEATER: Ok to be honest, I’m not brave enough to rock the leopard print, but it’s so cute on other people!
LONG CARDIGAN: I actually have two long cardigans in my capsule wardrobe because I wanted both a light and dark one.
RUST SWEATER: A neutral, textured sweater is a fall capsule wardrobe staple.
BEIGE SWEATER: Every fall capsule wardrobe needs a basic, cozy sweater! This could be worn with leggings or either of the jeans!
CAPSULE WARDROBE JACKETS
Since I pretty much have to wear a jacket every day between September – April, it’s nice to have cute ones that I actually like to wear! If you like a dressier look, a blazer would also be a great option!
BLACK VEST: Vests are my favourite fall essential and I’m wearing almost an identical one as I write this post!
CAPSULE WARDROBE ACCESSORIES
Accessories are a fun place to add in some trendy pieces. However, I always choose quality over quantity when it comes to handbags and shoes. And to be totally honest I’ll be wearing Birkenstocks until there’s snow on the ground!
ORANGE SCARF: Scarves are a great way to play with patterns you otherwise wouldn’t wear.
HOOPS: I’ve always been a fan of simple, timeless jewelry and I love that this company created ethical, carbon neutral designs! I’ve been wearing these exact earrings daily! (You can use code Tory10 for 10% off!)
BLACK SHOES: An alternative for those of you who aren’t hard core Birkenstock wearers LOL.
BROWN BOOTS: These high quality boots will work for both your fall and winter capsule wardrobe.
I wanted to share some ways to style these pieces! Of course there are countless ways, but this is a start.
One of the goals of a capsule wardrobe is being able to mix and match all of the items. While I wouldn’t claim that every one of these pieces can be used together, I think they are all very versatile!