Autumn Capsule Wardrobe 2016

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After a week of spending far too much time thinking about my wardrobe, it’s finally time to share my autumn capsule wardrobe. I’ve been pretty excited about putting together this wardrobe. I’m not really that interested in summer dressing (well I do live in Scotland) and ended up not making any changes at the start of summer, keeping my spring capsule wardrobe. I’ve not made any changes to my wardrobe since March which is really impressive considering what a shopaholic I used to be. I quite enjoyed not shopping and having the same clothes for so long. But with the start of autumn, I’m ready for a bit of change. I much prefer dressing for cold weather than warm weather, which is a plus considering I live in Scotland. I just love layering, cosy knits, scarves and boots. So naturally I enjoy the process of creating my autumn capsule wardrobe.

clothes hangers on rail

Autumn Goals

In my summer wrap up post, I shared 5 of my goals for my autumn capsule wardrobe. These goals have been a useful starting point in thinking about what I want to get out of my autumn capsule wardrobe and how I will share this with you. In case you missed my summer wrap up post, here are my autumn wardrobe goals.

  1. Create an autumn/winter half year wardrobe. Unlike last year, I’m going to include my chunky winter knits and boots right from the start so they are in my wardrobe when I need them. I’ll also be prepared for any cold spells we might get before Christmas. This may mean having more pieces in my wardrobe but I’m not going to focus on the final number, rather my focus will be on creating a useful wardrobe which works for me.
  2. Add more colour to my wardrobe. This something I started in summer and want to continue into autumn/winter as I’m starting to get fed up with all the black and grey. I’ve got some burgundy and red pieces which I’ll be adding for autumn, I’m also thinking about adding some colourful accessories. We’ll see how this plans works out, as I do tend to gravitate towards the blacks and greys, especially during the winter.
  3. Create a fall uniform/outfit formulas. Like I did doing the summer, I would like to create a couple of simple outfit formulas which I can use to make getting dressed even easier in the morning. I’ve been writing down a few outfit ideas for my autumn wardrobe, and can already see a couple of uniforms forming. I just need to try these out and see how they work in real life.
  4. More layering. Last year a lot of my winter wardrobe focused on chunky oversized knits rather than lots of layers. This year I want to make the most out of all my clothes and incorporate more layers into my outfits. I know layering is one of the best ways to dress for cold weather. I need to focus on this and resist the temptation to throw on a massive jumper on a cold day.
  5. Post more real life outfits. When I was looking out the pictures for this post, I noticed I didn’t post enough of my everyday outfits. I want to share what I wear on a daily basis with you and not just the outfits created for a photo shoot. I’m not sure how I will do this yet, but I’m thinking of maybe doing a monthly outfit/capsule wardrobe round up post. I’m just a little worried it will be a post on jeans and jumper combos.

autumn capsule wardrobe

Season Plans

I want to continue with this wardrobe throughout winter as well. I feel that half year wardrobes are more suitable for the Scottish weather as it can change so much day to day. Last year I felt I needed my thicker knits around December but couldn’t wear them as I didn’t include them in my autumn capsule. This year I have included all my autumn/winter clothes, so hopefully I won’t ever feel like something is missing and will be able to dress for all weather. As usual, it’s a pretty casual capsule, with a couple of pieces which can easily be dressed up if needed. I don’t have any particularly special dates in the diary over the next few months, just the usual blogger events and date nights so I didn’t have to incorporate any special outfits. I have however included my ‘presentation’ dress just in case and a couple of workwear appropriate pieces in case I do have any meetings over the next few months. For Christmas nights out etc, I’ll use pieces from the capsule wardrobe or my special occasion wardrobe. Around December/January, I will review my capsule wardrobe to see if any changes need to be made before the winter, however, I’m hoping this capsule will last right through to March next year.

Colour Scheme

Autumn capsule wardrobe colour scheme

One of my goals for my autumn capsule wardrobe this year is to introduce a bit more colour. Last year my wardrobe was mostly black and grey which can get a little boring after a couple of months. This year I wanted to introduce a few more autumnal colours and even a little bit of pattern. It’s not the most colourful wardrobe, but I’m never going to be the girl who wears bright colours every day. I’ve picked out a few pieces in maroon/burgundy which is such a perfect colour for this time of year. I’m also introducing more blues and navy into my wardrobe. I find navy a little more flattering to wear than black so want to start using it as a neutral colour in my outfits. I’m really looking forward to wearing a bit more colour and not being in blacks and greys all season.

Burgundy / maroon knitwear pieces

What’s In My Autumn Capsule?

I have 40 pieces (including shoes/boots) in my autumn capsule wardrobe. The same as last winter I’m not counting coats and jackets. This is because of the ever changing weather in Scotland, you need a range of coat or jacket options available. I am counting shoes and boots in the final number but will allow myself to be a little flexible if I want to wear a pair of shoes not included in the capsule. Similar to the coats this will help me deal with the weather and will also enable me to dress up an outfit if I want without having to count high heels in my capsule.

Tops (x 11)
Black Blouse
Smart Black Vest
Flannel Shirt
Black Boxy T-shirt
Navy Spot Blouse
Denim Shirt
White Shirt
Stripe Shirt
Polka Dot Shirt
Stripe Funnel Neck Top
Sleeveless Blazer

Knitwear (x 9)
Black Loose Fit Jumper
Black Roll Neck
Grey Chunky Knit
Navy Chunky Knit
Blue Jumper
Grey Turtle Neck
Cream Jumper
Stripe Jumper
Burgundy Knit

Bottoms (x 9)
Girlfriend Jeans
Black Jeans
Black Tailored Trousers
Blue Skinny Jeans
Pattern Trousers
Leather Look Jeans
Black Suede Skirt
Denim Skirt
Burgundy Leather Skirt

Dresses (x 3)
Red Shift Dress
Black Dress
Floral Shirt Dress

Shoes/Boots (x 8)
Black Loafers
Black Suede Ankle Boots
Tan Suede Ankle Boots
Black Leather Ankle Boots
Black Knee High Boots
Tan Flat Ankle Boots
Black Over The Knee Boots
Black Trainers

Autumn, fall knitwear

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Because of how time-consuming it is looking for similar items I haven’t included any links in this post. I will share links to similar items or the exact item (if still available) whenever I share an outfit post. I think it’s better for you to see an item on before I give you a link to it.

Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

Click through to see what I've included in my autumn 2016 capsule wardrobe and read my goals and plans for the season ahead

4 Comments

  1. J
    September 30, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Hi Jen
    Thanks for sharing your capsule wardrobe posts and for all your ideas here – I love that your blog includes ethical buying, as this is something I care about too.
    Please may I ask where you bought your leather jacket? I can’t see a link anywhere and I hoped it might be an ethical brand too. Thanks in advance!
    Best, J

    • Jen
      October 1, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Unfortunately, my leather jacket isn’t from an ethical brand. I bought it about 5 years ago (before I was interested in ethical fashion) from Warehouse, it’s real leather so has lasted well. Finding leather from ethical brands can be difficult as they as tend to be vegan-friendly. I would suggest looking for a second hand or vintage leather jacket which would be a more sustainable option.

  2. October 3, 2016 / 7:54 am

    Such a good idea! I need to sort my wardrobe out once I come back off my holiday!

    Isobel x

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