I have something to admit: I spent the better part of my 20s absolutely hoarding clothes (shopping is kinda my job, can you blame me?), and it wasn't until I hit my 30s that I decided to start downsizing my closet. To shop and consume fashion more sustainably—and make getting dressed each day way easier—I decided to build a capsule wardrobe full of timeless, go-with-everything clothing and accessories. With fall in full swing, now is the time for my carefully curated collection of pieces—think sleek and simple coats, oversize blazers, and classic ankle boots—to truly shine.
Of course, there's more to a fall capsule collection than outerwear and boots; there are several items I consider absolute necessities for putting together a week's worth of solid autumn 'fits. A good mix of polished and cozy, these are the pieces I reach for on the daily. Trust me—they're great for layering and surpassing the trend cycle.
Ahead, I outlined eight must-have items for building a fall capsule collection of your own—consider it a checklist of sorts. Keep scrolling to check out all the essential fall clothes for women and snag some of my favorite pieces while you're at it.
1. Brown Blazers
Hands down, a brown blazer is my number one fall essential, as you can throw one on over any outfit and look instantly polished (yes, even sweats). Plus, I love that it feels slightly less dressy than a black blazer.
Zara Wool Blend Elbow Patch Blazer ($129)
This one features super cute elbow pads.
Nanushka Hathi Vegan Leather Blazer ($850)
Not a fan of plaid? Opt for a similar style in buttery vegan leather.
Mango Oversized Woolen Blazer ($170)
Chocolate brown may just be my favorite neutral.
Eloquii Plaid Blazer ($130)
Sure, this blazer is great on its own, but as a full three-piece suit? I'm obsessed.
2. Black Wool Coats
A simple black coat is always a reliable staple for colder weather, as it adds much-needed warmth without overpowering the rest of your look. I like mine long and slouchy, like the above.
& Other Stories Relaxed Wool Coat ($249)
Adding this one to my collection stat.
The Reformation Greenwich Coat ($288)
This one, too.
Zara Oversized Wool Coat ($219)
Another hit from Zara.
3. Camel Turtlenecks
When it comes to layering, a camel turtleneck is always a good basic to have on hand. The same goes for other neutral hues, like beige.
H&M Cropped Turtleneck Sweater ($18)
This cropped style is so easy to wear and it comes in several different colors.
Vince Sleeveless Turtleneck Wool Top ($165)
Sleeveless options are also key since they won't bunch up under tighter-fitting jackets and blazers. (And if you're a naturally sweaty person like me, you'll appreciate that your pits get to breathe a bit.)
Good American Seamless Mock Neck Bodysuit ($59)
Turtleneck bodysuits are another favorite. They make tucking into pants and skirts a breeze and won't bunch up every time you sit down.
4. Chunky Knit Sweaters
Who doesn't love a good cozy sweater? I'm personally a fan of cropped versions that can be dressed up or dressed down.
Eloquii Cropped Turtleneck With Roll Cuff ($70)
Free People Confetti Pullover ($98)
I'll be living in this one.
WhoWhatWear Collection Christine Sweater ($135)
This baby-pink color is too pretty.
5. Leather Pants
Whether you opt for real or faux, leather pants always look chic. I like to have a few different colors in my closet at all times.
Who What Wear Collection Eli Relaxed Vegan-Leather Trousers ($155)
These sleek pants are made from buttery-soft vegan leather that you have to feel to believe.
We the Free The It Factor Vegan Pants ($98)
Another excellent vegan option.
Good American Better Than Leather Good Icon ($175)
Yup, I need these.
6. Pleated Midi Skirts
Pleated skirts can be worn year-round, of course, but in my opinion, they look extra-good paired with a leather trench coat or styled under an oversize sweater. They've become a fall favorite for me.
Joseph Asymmetric Pleated Satin-Crepe Midi Skirt ($475)
This asymmetrical cut is too good.
H&M Pleated Skirt ($40)
Simple but so pretty.
Who What Wear Collection Avery Pleated Midi Skirt ($125)
How good would this one look with an oversize blazer?
7. Chunky Loafers
Loafers may be a hot item this season, but they're also a classic that truly never goes out of style. For me, the chunkier they are, the better, but there are plenty of simpler styles out there, too.
Charles & Keith Black Perline Beaded Platform Loafers ($83)
Okay, these are amazing.
Circus by Sam Edelman Everly Loafers ($90)
Sam Edelman is a great go-to shoe brand for reasonable prices.
Franco Sarto Balin Platform Loafers ($89)
This subtle burgundy hue adds just a touch of color while still remaining neutral.
8. Black Ankle Boots
Don't get me wrong, I'm a pretty big fan of this season's boot trends—namely the knee-high lug-sole styles we've been seeing just about everywhere. But you really can't go wrong with classic black ankle boots with low heels. Comfortable and easy to walk in, they’re a great everyday staple that instantly elevates any look.
WhoWhatWear Collection Christina Boot ($149)
Right now, I'm loving square-toe styles.
Aeyde Kate Booties ($475)
Heeled Chelsea boots always look sharp.
& Other Stories Heeled Leather Chelsea Boots ($179)
Another classic style you'll wear for years to come.
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