Capsule wardrobe essentials: autumn/winter capsule wardrobeThis wasn’t supposed to be a capsule wardrobe post.

No, seriously, it wasn’t. It actually started off as just a giant list of all the things I want to buy for autumn/winter (“ALL the things” being exactly the right phrase here…), but then, the more things I added, the more I started to think that, hey, I could totally wear this with that, and that with this other thing, and so it was that yet another capsule wardrobe post was born.

This one, however, is slightly different from all of the other capsule wardrobes I’ve created… er, even although it looks almost exactly the same, that is. I have, however, learned a few things from my previous capsule wardrobe attempts, namely…

01. You don’t need as much as you think you do.

Most of the advice I’ve read about capsule wardrobes tells you to aim for around 33 items. My capsules tend to be smaller than that, mostly because I’m basically trying to create a ‘core’ wardrobe, rather than prepare for every possible eventuality, so I don’t bother including basics like tees and tanks, which I’m sure everyone owns, anyway.

02. Especially not dresses.

This is the first capsule wardrobe I’ve done which hasn’t included any dresses at all. In all of my previous attempts, I’ve included at least a couple of dresses because, well, I like dresses, and I think I just felt like I SHOULD include some, in a bid to make the capsule more rounded, or something. Any time I’ve tried to actually LIVE with a capsule wardrobe, though (or even just to create outfits from one), I’ve found the dresses to be pretty superfluous: there aren’t normally that many different ways to style them, so they’re much less versatile than skirts and tops, which I prefer to include instead. This time around I just skipped the dresses altogether, and proceeded straight to the skirts: it’s just easier that way!

03. For autumn and winter, shoes and outerwear are everything.

For this capsule wardrobe, I’ve included more shoes and outerwear than I normally would (and, to be honest, it could still use another couple of pairs of shoes…), because I’ve found those to be the most important elements of my own autumn/winter wardrobe. In spring and summer, I wear more or less what I want: in autumn and winter, however, I frequently find myself having to dress from the feet up, so to speak – and then having to to either ruin the outfit or cover it up completely with outerwear. This year, I’m focusing on getting those two elements right – I figure that if I have the right footwear and outerwear, winter dressing should be a breeze, right? Right?

Needless to say, this capsule wardrobe won’t work for everyone, but if you’re looking for some autumn/winter inspiration, here’s what I’ve used…

Inside the capsule wardrobe:

khaki coat / khaki coat / khaki coat

wrap cardigan / cable knit / turtleneck

bardot sweater / bardot sweater / shirt

gold top /camisole/ shirt

blue jeans / velvet jeans / green trousers

full skirt / pencil skirt / slogan sweater

tan bag /green bag / knee boots / black boots / ankle boots / court shoes

selection of outfits created from a capsule wardrobe

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  1. Hi Amber!

    I’m Italian girl from Milan and I always read your blog, I love your style and your post are perfects to inspire my shopping…
    Create a capsule wardrobe is genial! I didn’t yet find an Italian fashion blog to do this! Unfortunately there aren’t the same shops in Italy…
    Thank you for your advices 🙂


  2. Nice ideas, and a very Autumnal colour palette! (ha, I’m still sorry about emailing you about something that you didn’t write…) I’m into the dark green this year, I’ve worn a dark green dress twice so far this week and had to stop myself from reaching for the dark-green top today. It does look good with tan, and I use navy accents too. Apparently this year you’re meant to team yellow with dark green though, according to the Pantone colour thingy. Have a super day! x

  3. I like that your capsule actually has some colour in it (the green for example). All neutral black / grey / beige / jeans based capsules don’t go anything for me but adding one colour a few times I can get on board with! Much more interesting and put together as you have done makes me think I too could do something like this.

  4. I love your style! Your capsule wardrobes are amazing! I like the fact that they look chic but affordable outfit.. =) thanks for sharing Amber! Keep it up!

  5. How do i follow your posts? Your site is the first Pinterest I read that matches what I am.looking for in fashion. I’m so grateful for your post!!

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