The busy mom’s guide to a fall wardrobe

It can be hard balancing #momlife while still looking and feeling good. Introducing every mom’s new best friend: a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a set of clothing you can mix and match throughout the season. The best part? Since they can be mixed and matched, you no longer have to spend time thinking about what looks good.  You’ll save money and you may find yourself donating your old clothes because you now have your very basics you’ll wear all the time. Plus, your items will be good for on-the-go errands, playdates, nights out with your partner, work, and everything in between!

When it comes to building a capsule wardrobe, there are a few things to remember. First, it’s important to remember that quality matters. Even if you have to splurge a little to get a higher quality item, you’ll be glad you did because it will last longer. Second, avoid bright, loud colors that you will get tired of quickly. Keeping your color palette neutral will make it easier to mix and match. 

If you want to build your capsule, select one piece (or get inspired by our selections) in each section. This means you’ll only select one piece of outerwear, one t-shirt, one sweater, one pair of jeans, etc. 

Outerwear

Your outerwear needs may be different depending on what part of the world you live in. If it gets chilly, opt for something a little heavier, like a leather jacket or a wool trench. If the sun’s heat doesn’t let up until December, you’ll want to keep it light with a soft linen. 

J.Crew Women's 2011 Icon trench ($228)
BB Dakota Revolution Drapey Bouclé Trench Coat ($130)
BB Dakota Revolution Drapey Bouclé Trench Coat ($130)
Banana Republic Classic Moto Leather Jacket ($499)
L.L. Bean Women's Quilted Riding Jacket ($159)
L.L. Bean Quilted Riding Jacket ($159)

Comfortable t-shirt

Adding a basic t-shirt turns your look into a blank canvas. You can keep it relaxed or dress it up with the right accessories.

J.Crew Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt ($29.50)
Banana Republic Soft Stretch Modal Crew-Neck T-Shirt ($34.50)
CALSON V-neck tee ($20)
CALSON V-neck tee ($20)
The Gap Vintage Wash Stripe Crewneck T-Shirt ($24.95)

Sweater

For me, fall means it’s time to break out the chunky knit sweater. It’s important to select a sweater that goes with your style, whether you’re looking for something relaxed, polished, or can be worn for work and the weekend. 

BP everyday knit sweater ($45)
The Reeds X J.Crew sweater in rainbow stripe ($79.50)
Madewell Parkhouse pullover ($78)
Poetry Boat-neck cashmere sweater ($228)
LEITH rib wrap sweater ($49)

Denim jeans

A high quality pair of denim jeans will last years if you take care of them. Whether your a fan of skinny, bootcut, straight, or the now widely-loved “mom jean” cut, grab a pair that flatters you the most. 

Banana Republic High-Rise Skinny Button Fly Jean ($110)
The Gap Mid Rise Long & Lean Jeans ($69.95)
The Gap Mid Rise Long & Lean Jeans ($69.95)
Everlane The Cheeky Straight Jean ($78)
Madewell Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Carbondale Wash ($128)

Little black dress

The LBD is a must-have for every season because of it’s versatility. A dress like this is an easy way to dress up without putting in a ton of effort. It’s great for work events, dinners, or nights with the family. Pair it with a boots and you’re all set. 

Gal Meets Glam Edith City Crepe Fit & Flare Midi Dress ($178)
Gal Meets Glam Edith City Crepe Fit & Flare Midi Dress ($178)
Tahari Tie Front Crepe Sheath Dress ($128)
Tahari Tie Front Crepe Sheath Dress ($128)
Eliza J Bell Sleeve Knit Sheath Dress ($118)
J. Crew Tiered popover dress in cotton poplin ($110)
J. Crew Tiered popover dress in cotton poplin ($110)

Scarves

You can’t build a fall capsule wardrobe without a scarf. I like to go for patterned scarves as they add an extra element to your whole look, but solid color scarves are a nice way to add a pop of color. 

Sole Society oversized blanket scarf ($39.95)
Sole Society oversized blanket scarf ($39.95)
Banana Republic solid scarf ($58)
J.Crew oversized scarf ($59.50)
Madewell plaid blanket scarf ($65)

Small earrings

If you’ve got a baby in the house, you know long earrings are the enemy. Small earrings go with every outfit you can think of without fear of baby ripping your ear off. Plus, it’s a nice way to feel polished without much effort. 

J. Crew Demi-fine 14k gold-plated orb stud earrings ($55)
Kate Spade bright ideas pavé halo stud earrings ($48)
NADRI Rae small stud earrings ($40)
Madewell Charlotte Cauwe Studio 14k Gold-Plated Everyday Hoop Earrings ($175)
Madewell Charlotte Cauwe Studio 14k Gold-Plated Everyday Hoop Earrings ($175)

Shoes for on-the-go

Between grocery shopping, play dates, doctor visits, and trips to the park, you need a shoe that can keep up with your schedule. I’m a big fan of the dressy sneaker look, but you can opt for slip-ons or flats. 

ECCO Soft 7 Mid Top Sneaker ($169)
UGG Sammy Slip-On Sneaker ($109)
UGG Sammy Slip-On Sneaker ($109)
VINCE Marley Venetian Loafer ($250)
ECCO 'Soft 7' Cap Toe Sneaker ($159.95)

Shoes for the times to dress up

When it’s time for a night out with your partner or you’re heading to work, ditch the sneaker and go for something a little more dressy.

Madewell Brenner Boot ($210)
Madewell Brenner Boot ($210)
Tory Burch Everly Knee High Boot ($498)
Jeffrey Campbell Raven Bootie ($124.95)
Jeffrey Campbell Raven Bootie ($124.95)
Banana Republic Slouchy Boot ($218)

A bag to hold it all in

You need to find a bag that’s going to hold everything no matter what age your child is. Finding a nice quality leather bag will last you for years to come and will withstand just about everything you put it through. 

J. Crew Devon Zip Tote ($188)
J. Crew Devon Zip Tote ($188)
Kate Spade large molly leather tote ($228)
Kate Spade large molly leather tote ($228)
Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote ($145)
Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote ($145)
Nordstrom Laura Croc Embossed Leather Tote ($189)
Nordstrom Laura Croc Embossed Leather Tote ($189)

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