When it comes to shopping for clothes for seasonal capsule collection, you might find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed. If you’re not sure where to start or what your personal style is, choosing timeless pieces in a (mostly) neutral color palette is a great place to start. Trendy pieces and fast fashion won’t last. So if you want to capsule your closet, the first step is a simple one. Invest in fewer, high-quality pieces in neutral colors. Owning fewer versatile pieces will eliminate decision fatigue and make it easier for you to get dressed in the morning. You’ll spend less time looking through piles and piles of sweaters. I can’t really think about fall, but it’s coming. I’ve put together a list of my capsule wardrobe essentials for this new season, and hope it helps you streamline your curated wardrobe for the change of seasons. 


A Classic Fall Capsule Wardrobe


Since I live in Chicago, I have seasonal pieces – summer dresses, spring sweaters, fall jackets, and winter coats. A perfect capsule wardrobe will be full of pieces you really love. And this might sound surprising, but owning fewer clothes that you actually like will make it easier to get dressed in the morning. There are no rules though, so make your own capsule wardrobe work for you. If you love sweaters and want to alternate 10 of them, great. 


One of the best ways to figure out what belongs in your closet.

There are a few easy steps to make a capsule wardrobe concept work for you. When going through your clothes, only keep the pieces you’d add to a packing list for vacation. Think of Marie Kondo and keep the pieces that spark joy. If you’re not excited to wear it, it’s time to sell or donate. If you’re holding on to a sweater that you haven’t worn in years, let it go. Only keep the essential items you love. Then see where the holes are – what’s missing? Do you have basic sweaters in a few colors that you can mix and match? A classic, black coat? 

Give me classic pieces – a trench coat, a great coat, white shirt, white sneakers, black dress, and pair of jeans, and I’m good to go. I focused on easy pieces because that’s the season of life I’m in right now. So you could include a pair of trousers, leather jacket, and suede jacket. And maybe even some heels or heeled boots. But I have a 2 and 4 year old and work from home, so I’m in a loafers and ballet flats state of mind right now. Here are the essential pieces to add to your current wardrobe for fall 2023.


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Tops and Sweaters

Mornings are starting to feel a little crisp, but we’re still experiencing some warm weather. But the seasons will change soon – it’s coming. A white t-shirt is always a classic piece with jeans or even leggings, and can be worn under a sweater, but is great on its own. I have a sweatshirt problem, but live in them all fall and winter. They are my work-from-home uniform, so I feel good owning 10 of them and wear them all the time. The important thing to remember is to have a mix of classic colors – grey, cream, white, navy, black, and camel. And if you love bright colors, add those in. I’m focusing on neutrals that can be worn multiple ways. 

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Popover Sweatshirt

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Pants and Dresses

When it comes to pants, I’d say you need fewer bottoms than tops. I almost always wear my favorite pair of light jeans, dark jeans, or leggings, and switch out my tops and coats. Pants are pretty basic – I definitely avoid trends here. They look great with sweaters, and you can mix up the look with your outerwear and shoes. I like a wide leg jean but you won’t find me in flared jeans this fall. And for dresses, it gets very cold here,, so I tend to stick with warmer sweater dresses vs lighter dresses for colder seasons. 

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Coats, Jackets, and Blazers

Coats can be so expensive, so I tried to include a mix with some more budget-friendly options. I love Summersalt’s eco coat – and it’s under $200. Fall is the perfect season for a classic trench or light coat – they are one of the key items you’ll want this season. I love blazers but struggle with them since I’m so busty, but included some favorites. And J.Crew brought back their teddy jacket – it sold out multiple times last year. I have it and love it! 

Rag and Bone


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Shoes and Accessories

And the accessories. I keep things pretty simple and classic here. The Gucci loafers are such a splurge but they are beautiful, comfortable, and will never go out of style. 

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