It’s pumpkin spice season. . . I mean, the fall season. And with that brings shopping for all the fall things. I love fall fashion with all the cozy sweaters and leggings. And I love looking cute and stylish without spending a ton of money. It’s even better when you can mix and match the pieces in your wardrobe to save you both time and money when getting ready. That is why I’ve put together a simple and affordable fall capsule wardrobe for moms.
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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
Who’s ever walked into their closet full of clothes and had nothing to wear? Yeah, me too.
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of usually color coordinated clothes and accessories which can be interchanged to keep a simpler wardrobe. It’s usually made up of classic pieces that will last for a while, and with which trendy or seasonal pieces can be added.
Benefits of a capsule wardrobe:
- Minimalism: Less items to clutter your closet
- Saves money: A capsule wardrobe saves you from constantly buying new clothes; and you get more use from the ones you have; trendy pieces can be added here and there instead of a whole new set of clothes
- Saves time getting dressed: All of your pieces mix and match, allowing versatility and saving you time coordinating your outfits.
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What should be in a capsule wardrobe:
- Basics: classic tops, bottoms, shoes, etc that will pair with numerous outfits.
- Colors that go together: black and whites; neutrals, and a few pops of color that coordinate
- Invest in a few key items. Investing in a few good pieces like a good pair of shoes, boots, or leggings helps your capsule wardrobe last longer. They can also add to the overall look of your wardrobe to make your more affordable pieces look more expensive.
How many clothes should be in a capsule wardrobe:
There’s no right or wrong answer.
Deciding how many items should be in a capsule wardrobe also depends on things like:
- Your budget
- Available space for storing your clothes
- A desire to have a more minimalist wardrobe or not
My advice is to start simple and add as needed.
I’ve seen most capsule wardrobes consist of around 30 pieces (give or take a few) depending whether shoes and accessories are included.
Capsule wardrobes are supposed to make things simpler. So I think sticking to around 30-35 pieces (or less), is the perfect amount.
Capsule Wardrobe for Moms
The following are key pieces perfect for moms to wear this fall. Look cute and feel comfortable from running kids to school or practice, to running errands and meeting for coffee. There are even pieces for you to wear for a date night out!
I’m giving you lots of options from each category. This will help guide you as you slowly build or add to your Fall wardrobe over time.
Capsule Wardrobe Tops
Camis / Button Downs / Tees
SHOP CAMIS / BUTTON DOWNS / TEES
I usually start out with buying black and white and then add stripes and prints to give some variety.
A button down top is very versatile for Fall. They can be worn alone or layered with a sweater or cardigan. A chambray button down is a great Fall wardrobe staple, along with a plaid flannel. For a more casual look, you can tie them around your waist. I love my button down shirts from Old Navy and Target – and they’re often on sale!
Sweaters & Cardigans
SHOP SWEATERS / CARDIGANS
I loved it so much in black that I bought it in white too. It fits over sized so I even wear it as a sweater dress paired with OTK boots. It’s bump friendly for any expecting mamas as well.
Capsule Wardrobe Bottoms
Jeans / Leggings / Joggers
SHOP JEANS / LEGGINGS / JOGGERS
Leggings are pants, right?! I could live in my leggings, especially my favorite SPANX ones. But I’ve also found how cozy a great pair of joggers can be. And this pair from Amazon is so soft and come in lots of colors! Not to mention they’re super affordable:) They are one of the pants I wear on the regular.
If jeans are more your thing, Old Navy has a lot of great affordable options. And these jeans from Hollister are my current faves. I love the stretch because they feel like leggings. They come in a variety of shades/colors/lengths too.
Capsule Wardrobe Dresses
Owning a little black dress (LBD) is always a good idea. But a t-shirt dress and sweater dress are other good options for the Fall Season.
T-shirt dresses can be paired with button-down tops, cardigans and jean jackets. Sweater dresses are cozy and comfy and look great with OTK boots.
Capsule Wardrobe Outerwear
Jackets / Vests / Raincoats
SHOP JACKETS / VESTS / RAINCOATS
I think at least one jacket, vest or trench is essential for the Fall weather. Jean jackets are great pretty much all year round and moto jackets give an edgy look. I found most of these affordable pieces on Amazon; the puffer vest usually goes on sale in the fall/winter months, as does the jean jacket.
Capsule Wardrobe Shoes
Flats / Sneakers / Boots / Booties
SHOP FLATS / SNEAKERS / BOOTS / BOOTIES
Ahhhhh! A girl can never have too many shoes, right?! But if you’re looking for some essentials for Fall, I rounded up some of my favorite. They go with SO many things! The OTK boots are an Amazon “look for less” and I’ve listed a Walmart and Target version of the more expensive Nordstrom bootie. Booties, boots, fashionable sneaks and cute fall flats round out the perfect shoes for the season.
Capsule Wardrobe Accessories & Trends
Wardrobe accessories really help an outfit standout. The following everyday accessories and fun and trendy ones, will pair well with all pieces shown in this post. A fun animal print, blanket scarf, and pom beanie are my top picks for making your Fall wardrobe shine. Many of the other accessories are great for year round style too.
Which piece do you like best? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to Pin or share this post! Thanks friends:)
XO – MEATBALL MOM
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