Do you have all these fall wardrobe staples in your closet? These are foundational to most fall outfits, and they can be mixed and matched to be a really simple fall capsule wardrobe. See if you have all ten of them.
Fall closet basics…or a fall capsule wardrobe
It’s almost fall, so let’s talk about fall closet basics.
Later this month I’m sharing a brand new Fall Better Than Basics week (you can see my Summer Better Than Basics HERE), and that’s all about those pieces that are beyond the basics.
So today we need to talk about the basics…the super versatile pieces that are foundational to an outfit.
This roundup of ten pieces is basically like a fall capsule wardrobe.
Do you have all these fall staples in your closet?
Check your closet to see if you have all these basics, and if you don’t, I’ve shared some shopping options below so you can fill the gaps in your closet.
10 closet staples for fall
1. Dark wash jeans
You can do either mid rinse, or dark wash, and you can do any style you want (straight leg, wide leg, skinny…) but you should absolutely have a pair of darker wash jeans.
Can you still wear light wash jeans during the fall and winter? Yes, of course! But as the hues in your clothing become darker and richer for fall, those jeans should go a little darker too most of the time.
Here are a few of my favorite pairs:
2. Black jeans
I think a pair of black jeans is just as important as dark wash jeans. A pair of black skinny jeans is great with sweaters and cardigans and jackets, and it’s absolutely a fall staple for me. I wear my black jeans so much during fall and winter!
Here are a few of my favorite pairs:
3. Neutral boots
Tall boots, ankle boots, lace up boots, black boots, brown boots, tan boots…your choice! But you should have at least one pair of great neutral boots that can be dressed up or down and can be worn with a lot of different things.
Take into consideration if you can wear them with skirts and dresses, skinny jeans and non-skinny jeans, tights, tall socks, and leggings.
Here are a few of my favorite ankle boots:
4. Lightweight jacket
You could choose an olive green jacket, suede jacket, denim jacket, leather jacket, trench coat…whatever works best for what’s already in your closet and your personal style.
Here are a few good lightweight jackets:
5. Long sleeve striped tee
I wear my long sleeve striped tee more than almost anything during the fall and winter. It’s a great layering piece, adds a pop of print, and is neutral all at the same time. If you’re not a stripes person, you should have a neutral and versatile solid colored long sleeve tee.
This is my favorite long sleeve striped tee (plus some others):
6. Long cardigan
I love a cozy cardigan in the fall! They’re great with leggings or jeans, and can even look cute with some skirts and dresses. Get a neutral color that goes with lots of things.
7. Pullover sweater
Every fall closet needs a good pullover sweater. You can choose if it’s v-neck or scoop, turtleneck or mock neck, oversized or fitted, and all those other details.
Choose one that can be dressed up or down, and worn with a skirt or jeans.
Here are a few great options:
8. Black leggings
A pair of black leggings is great with an oversized sweater and boots, a tunic, or a hoodie and sneakers.
9. Tailored longer coat
It doesn’t start getting super cold here in Dallas until the winter, so a coat may not be a fall essential depending on where you live. But a tailored coat is absolutely a fall essential, and is a classic piece you’ll have in your closet for years. Choose one with good material, a tailored fit, and one that can be dressed up or down.
This was my favorite one that I bought a few years ago:
10. Neutral flats
A pair of neutral flats is a great option during the fall. You can, of course, still wear sneakers (I always do), but a flat is a little more dressy and neutral option (most of my fall flats are more statement sneakers).
These are some great neutral flats:
Do you have all 10 in your closet? If you don’t, it’s time to fill in the gaps!
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