Temperatures are gradually dropping day by day which means now is the perfect time to start pulling out your knitwear and coats or investing in staple pieces that you’re missing in your wardrobe. Creating a capsule wardrobe for Autumn has allowed me to become more disciplined in terms of my shopping habits and has also helped define my style. As a ‘no-fuss’ shopper, having a capsule wardrobe works for me and encourages creativity when it comes to restyling key pieces. This article is a guide on how you can also build a functional and timeless capsule wardrobe for Autumn so keep reading!
Recently, I shared some helpful decluttering tips to help you downsize your wardrobe and get your clothes organised for the new season. I highly recommend sorting through old clothing first to identify what you’d like to keep and what needs to go. You might want to check that post out first if you currently have a love/hate relationship with your wardrobe! Trust me, it’s a good one and will make planning your autumn capsule wardrobe a whole lot easier.
Building a capsule wardrobe has been a particular goal of mine over the last year, as I started getting more intentional about creating a clutter-free environment. There are so many guides available on the web that break down the process of creating a timeless and functional capsule wardrobe, including myths surrounding the specific amount of clothes you need in a capsule wardrobe.
I’m here, however, to break those myths and ideologies surrounding capsule wardrobes. In this post, I’ll be providing an all-encompassing rundown of my Autumn capsule wardrobe, including an explanation of why you should create a capsule wardrobe for Autumn, how you can build it, and what pieces of clothing should be included in your capsule. My goal is to help you create a multi-functional wardrobe which is why I’ve created 3 different looks for each key item featured. Hope you’ll leave this post feeling super inspired and stylish for Autumn!
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
Capsuling can be described as refining or editing your current wardrobe down to your favourite pieces.
A capsule will normally consist of a set number of pieces of clothing that you wear for a season before starting the next capsule. However, the number of items you select is completely up to you and dependant on your work & lifestyle needs. We’ll touch more on the quantity a little later in this post. At the start of your capsule, you’ll focus on adding some new items, based on those needs.
Why You Should Create An Autumn Capsule Wardrobe?
I love Autumn but dread the cold temperatures. I do enjoy dressing for the weather as they often involve adding as many layers as possible but on days when I don’t have the time to plan my outfits, my capsule wardrobe comes in very handy. So, in simpler terms, a capsule wardrobe can save you some time in the morning. Each capsule piece I own is carefully hung on a clothing rail in my room which makes it very easy to pull for a 5-minute fashion fix!
Building a capsule wardrobe for Autumn will also help to control your shopping habits and make more informed purchasing decisions. It’ll allow you to re-wear, re-mix and recreate clothing which in turn helps to develop your style. Want to hear the best part of it all? You’ll be saving a lot more wardrobe space and reducing the environmental impact that overconsumption causes.
How Do You Make a Capsule Wardrobe?
The building of a capsule wardrobe will differ for everyone. Your capsule wardrobe should be personalised to tailor your needs, lifestyle and interests. There’s no right or wrong way of capsuling. A lot of people equate capsuling to minimalism which is two different variations. As defined above, a capsule wardrobe involves refining or editing a collection of pieces that can be worn year after year. It is ideal for people who have restricted small spaces or are looking to invest in quality pieces that can be worn for many seasons.
Minimalism is a broad concept. It isn’t limited to just streamlining your wardrobe, but more so your life. A minimal lifestyle is born out of the desire to spend less, shop less and possess less. See the difference?
So, how do you start building this capsule wardrobe? You can read a detailed guide on building your capsule wardrobe, here. However, here’s a quick breakdown on the steps you’ll need to take:
Define your style
Describe your style in 3 words, figure out what you DO like to wear and what you DON’T like to wear. For example, I would describe my style as vintage-inspired effortless chic. The base colours in my wardrobe consist of neutral staples and complementary neutrals such as white, grey, black, nude and beige. As someone who has experimented with bright colours, patterns and textures, I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m confident with my style and can easily shop for pieces that match it.
When I decluttered my clothes, I got rid of styles, colours and textures that didn’t compliment my style which gave me a clear vision of what pieces I should invest in to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe. It’s amazing how much difference this little step makes!
Have a wardrobe clear-out
This is probably a process that no one ever looks forward to, but not only is it the best thing for your sanity, it also helps restore some calm into your wardrobe. I’ve written a well-detailed article on how you can clear out your closet, here.
Make note of what items you have left
How many items do you have in your ‘Keep’ pile? What is missing from your wardrobe? What needs to be replaced?
Make a plan
Decide on a budget. Gather inspiration on your favourite trends, icons, if you need that extra assistance for shopping specifically for your style. Make a wishlist for the new pieces you wish to introduce into your wardrobe and make a wishlist for items that you want to replace. Note: you should prioritise in order of what you need right now.
Add new pieces (in order of priority)
Take your time to add new pieces. You don’t want to rush this process as it can be easy to fall back into old shopping habits if caution isn’t taken.
My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe
I’ve enjoyed putting together my capsule wardrobe for Autumn but I’ll be completely honest and tell you that the pieces featured in this post are just some of the core essentials. I’ve still got some gaps to fill in my wardrobe but I’m taking my time researching sustainable brands (I’ve been stalking Everlane’s denim collection!) and really putting effort into curating my wardrobe so that it is as versatile and functional as it can be.
I’m leaning towards beige and neutral tones for Autumn/Winter whilst also incorporating accent hues such as a hint of red and some muted greens. As I get mature, simple and ‘no-fuss’ dressing continues to appeal to me because of how classic and effortless it can be.
What’s Included? Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Essentials 2019
My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe consists of a:
I’ll be updating this post with outfits created with a blazer, knitted dress and jumpsuit so keep an eye out! In this article, I’ve styled a check coat and cardigan for three different occasions – casual wear, work and evening shindigs. I’ve maintained the overall theme of my wardrobe by incorporating neutral staples and complementary neutrals such as black because you can never go wrong with black!
How Many Items Should Be in a Capsule Wardrobe?
Many people prefer to stick to a specific amount of clothing in their capsule wardrobe while others would prefer a bit more freedom in their choices. Neither is wrong, by the way. As mentioned previously, it’s completely up to you how you wish to approach your capsule wardrobe. If you are numbers-oriented, then some challenges may help such as the 10×10 challenge and 33×3 (wearing 33 items for 3 months) If you’re just starting, it may be worth sticking to a limited amount of clothing and slowly building it up to your satisfaction.
Feeling Stuck? Where To Search For Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration?
I love fashion and even though I’ve started taking a more conscious approach, it doesn’t mean that I’m not constantly pinning inspiration to my Pinterest boards or saving some of my favourite style influencer’s posts on Instagram. If you’re feeling a bit lost with your wardrobe or style, these are just a few of my favourite resources for inspiration:
Online magazines/fashion outlets such as WhoWhatWear
I hope this guide has helped you to start thinking of ways you can build your own capsule wardrobe this Autumn. Remember to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to inject some personality into it. A lot of the time, the assumptions attached to building a capsule wardrobe is that they should be minimal and only consist of neutral tones. If you’re a natural minimalist then it’s absolutely fine but if you love injecting colour, there’s nothing wrong with that too. I’ve created a Shop page where you can easily shop your favourite pieces and fill or replace any gaps in your own wardrobe. Don’t forget to comment below if you enjoyed reading this post!
Until next time,