7 Fall Clothing Essentials to Kick Off Your Capsule Wardrobe

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Putting together a fall capsule wardrobe can feel overwhelming, especially if you feel like you’re starting from scratch.

Below, find the seven must-have clothing staples that are essential to starting off the season right.

1. A Pair of Jeans

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Finding the perfect pair of jeans can feel impossible, especially when there are so many styles to choose from. The best kind of jeans are versatile, flatter your body shape, and, most importantly, make you feel good.

Darker washes and black jeans are ideal for dressing up or down as are styles like high-waisted jeans and boyfriend jeans.

2. A Nice Blazer

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Regardless of whether you work in a corporate office or not, a great blazer is definitely a must-have. They make perfect jackets when you want to elevate a pair of jeans and are great for going from day to night.

Go neutral with a black blazer to get the most wear out of the piece. Looking for something with a little more wow factor? Try opting for a plaid or herringbone blazer for a little more style.

3. A Lightweight Jacket

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Fall is all about layering so a lightweight jacket is definitely essential. The exact style, however, can depend on your personal preference — whether you’re a fan of jean jackets, leather jackets, or twill jackets.

Pro tip: Go up a size to make the jacket perfect for layering or for that oversized look.

4. A Cozy Cardigan

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Literally *everyone* looks good in a cardigan! And the great thing about cardis is they came in so many styles — cropped, oversized, fitted, chunky, and more.

If you want a cardigan that will work for a variety of outfits, pick one that comes in black, brown, tan, white, or cream to get the most bang for your buck.

5. A Button-Down Shirt

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Button-down shirts are definitely one of the most versatile articles of clothing ever! Go for a classic white blouse if you need it for the office. Go for a denim shirt that can easily convert to a shacket. Or, opt for something in silk if you want a more elevated look.

6. A Pair of Boots

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How could anyone survive fall without the perfect pair of boots? When going boot shopping, make sure you think about what your needs are. If you live in a city and do tons of walking, you may want to opt for a flat or low-heel boot that will be comfortable for hours. If you want a pair that can go with everything, opt for a boot in a black or brown hue. Most importantly, make sure your boots can go with a variety of pieces in your closet — from jeans to dresses.

7. A Layering Tank

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Fall weather can be completely unpredictable. So just like you’ll want a lightweight jacket on-hand in case things get chilly, you’ll also want to keep a few layering tanks around in case the weather gets unexpectedly warm. White tanks are perfect for layering under cardigans and blazers, making them a great choice for your wardrobe.


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