Almost two years ago, I boldly whittled down my wardrobe to what I now call, “My Accidental Capsule”. At some point, the clothing you accumulated from your high school and college years – I’m talking about the itchy fall sweaters and the hooker cheetah print heels – just will not cut it anymore 👿
So I took a deep breath, said, “I’m sorry. It’s not you it’s me,” and moved on. #clichebutnotcliche
Today, I am obsessed with longevity in my wardrobe. What I like about the capsule wardrobe concept is that it prioritizes efficiency. You only keep a small selection of versatile pieces that you really love to wear. The downside to this is that you feel pressured to keep it small. And if you know anything about me, it’s that…
I like to have my cake and eat it too 😀
In other words, as long as I have clothing for any occasion known to man, I’m good. Big closet or not.
Fall is right around the corner and I’ve been making a wish list of clothes – well, mostly shoes, if I’m being honest – that I absolutely need to have. I took a cold, hard, look at my wardrobe to see where I had gaps. And I used this information to come up with a list of fall must-haves for any woman. Let’s take a look 🙂
I first noticed the alarming gap in my shoe collection when I was in Paris 🙁
Because of the never-ending rain, I was forced to choose between wearing two of the least appropriate shoes for the weather: flats or heels. By the end of the trip, I had ruined 2/3 of my favourite budget-friendly flats.
This experience made me realize that I had no comfortable shoes that were suitable for walking great distances as well as appropriate for the rain. I needed a flat boot. Something chic and not in the form of a riding boot – which I own and love but don’t like relying on as the sole option for a comfortable boot 👿
Enter the Chelsea Boot. This one is from Everlane and I have heard nothing but good things regarding the quality of the shoes from this brand. This is going to be my first investment shoe of the season and it will definitely be in black. Why? Because I know it’s the accessory colour I wear the most!
If you don’t have a flat black boot in your wardrobe for everyday wear, look into these babies! 🙂
(Available in 4 colours)
Mustard Ankle Boot
Now you’ve got a great staple black Chelsea boot for your wardrobe. But what if your wardrobe is looking a little bland and you want to add some colour? How do you make sure you actually wear it?
Take a look at your existing wardrobe. If you wear a lot of earthy tones, I think this mustard ankle boot from Everlane would be an amazing addition. It would go great with a military jacket or an edgy neutral like a black leather jacket. You can also consult this colour wheel to help with other pairings 🙂
If you wear more cool tones, the navy version of this boot might suit you better. Realistically, your wardrobe may consist of both cool and warm tones. I know mine does. It varies by the season! So start with the tones your wardrobe consists of most, buy according to that, and accommodate the other tone at another time.
(Available in 3 colours)
Honestly, I’ve been talking a lot of smack about the sneaker. I’m just not into the athleisure trend. I like to save my sporty wear for the gym or the trail. But, something can be said for a casual, urban, walking shoe.
Just like something can be said for the jean depending on the occasion!
I like this leather street shoe from Everlane because it has the sneaker vibe without looking like it belongs in the gym or on a skateboard 👿 Add the slight point and you’ve got sophistication to go.
(Available in 3 colours)
High Quality Umbrella
I must have broken three umbrellas over the past year. The worst was when I broke one in Paris. The fabric came off two of the spokes and I almost poked everyone within a 1 meter radius straight in the eye.
Similar to investing in shoes and bags, higher quality items last longer. That being said, I think it’s really important to have a high quality umbrella – especially for rainy season – because then you don’t have to replace your flimsy umbrella every year or so. At least, if you’re aggressive like me 👿
I like the original bubble moustache umbrella by Hunter. The combination of clear material and a thick black trim is oh so chic and wildly versatile. A red and pink version are also available here and here.
The last basic top that I bought was a striped henley shirt from Brooks Brothers. I love layering so it’s important for me to have great foundational pieces to layer upon as well as killer outerwear to layer with.
If you’re into creating layered looks like me, especially for fall, you’ll want to go for an ultra chic, warm, and versatile black turtleneck. I love the way Chriselle styles her turtleneck here and here. Here’s a budget-friendly version for under $30 from Zara. Also available in white and navy.
I’m symbolically ending this list with a trendy item because I believe the classics come first 🙂
The bomber jacket has been popping up slowly. First, I saw it on Julia Engel’s blog, Gal Meets Glam, in vintage form. Then, I saw a quilted version – today actually – on Michelle Madsen’s blog, Take Aim.
Normally, the bomber jacket is a little too edgy-casual for me but, similarly to how I feel about the sneaker and the jean, that’s definitely a place for it on a casual fall day. I love the way Zara pairs it here.
So you KNOW I’ve been stressing about clothes! Wearing something different everyday, geez. But I think the solution to a limited budget is to invest in shoes, basics, and accessories so that you have pieces that will make your outfit feel like new for years to come as opposed to buying separates you may not wear as much.
What are your fall must-haves? Let me know in the comments!
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Featured image photographed by @dressupchowdown.