Fall Capsule Wardrobe Edits + October Update

Well guys, I have officially finished my first month with my casual fall capsule wardrobe. As promised, I’m sharing my notes with you about the process: what is working, what is not, and what I’ve changed. If any of you have your own capsule wardrobe, or are trying to minimize for the first time, I would love to hear about your experiences as well. Please share in the comments or send me an email!


  • Cutting down on spending – One of my major reasons for creating a capsule wardrobe was to encourage thoughtful purchases and discourage impulse buys. Since beginning my fall capsule, I have replaced one sweater and one pair of jeans. When I feel like I don’t have the right types of clothing for the weather, or if it feels like I have too much of the same thing, I pull clothes from storage instead of going shopping to fill the holes.
  • Clothes are easy to mix and match – Determining the color palette up front has made it really easy to mix and match pieces and create many outfits.
  • Using accessories to create different outfits – blanket scarves, hats, gloves, belts and jewelry have made it easy to make the most of wearing fewer pieces.


  • Limiting shoes and outerwear – Pittsburgh weather is completely unpredictable. Last week, I wore gloves and a wool coat during my morning commute, but only a lightweight sweater for the commute home. The temperature ranges in one day, let alone one month, have made it difficult to limit my shoes and outerwear. Going forward, I plan to remove these items from my capsules and instead create only a core wardrobe of tops and bottoms, treating outerwear and shoes more like accessories (meaning they can be switched in and out, as necessary). I don’t put these items in storage, so this is not a major adjustment.
  • Not enough color variation on my office capsule – I created two capsules, one for weekend and one for work. I haven’t shared my work capsule because I am still figuring out what works best. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling with that. In summary, I got bored with my work capsule very quickly. It was primarily black, and I found myself wearing the same few things over and over again. Last weekend, I pulled my clothes from storage and added in a few pieces for color.
  • Storing work and “play” clothes separately – there have been occasions where I have wanted to wear items from my work capsule on the weekend, or vice versa. Mostly out of stubbornness, I have use the capsules for their original purpose. For the winter capsule, I think I’ll be more successful to create one larger capsule for both work and weekend.

fall casual capsule wardrobe edit

From the time I started the capsule (late in September) to now, the temperature changes have ranged from near 80 degrees to 40 degrees. I had plenty of items that worked for warm and cool temperatures, but nothing to combat the cold–especially in outerwear. I swapped the items crossed out above with the items below from storage for a little more warmth. I’ve been much happier with these pieces than the originals (I’m specifically looking at that wool coat!). Additionally, rain boots and [eventually] winter snow boots will be worn as needed, though they aren’t listed on the capsule. If we’re experiencing any sort of precipitation, I commute to work in weather boots to prolong the life of my pumps and flats.

fall casual capsule wardrobe edit
Denim Shirt | Sweater | Turtleneck


Stay tuned for more outfits from this capsule and another status update at the end of November!

Let's chat!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Follow @wellesleyandking on Instagram

  • Yesterday was so crazy that I forgot it was Valentine’s Day, so here’s a sweet photo of my two favorite valentines one day late. I hope you all had days filled with love! 💕 #valentines #newdaddy #daddysgirl #myvalentine #thehappynow
  • You said it, sister. Finding childcare has us like 😵  #babygirl #newmom #momlife
  • Adjusting to motherhood has been filled with ups and downs, but darn it, every time that little girl looks at me, my whole heart aches with love for her. #newmom #momlife #babygirl
  • Today was in the 50s and, after the polar vortex, felt like it might as well be summertime! I’m ready to bust out pastels and white jeans already! #springstyle #sscollective #jcrewalways #everdaymadewell
  • Welcome February. The month of flowers, chocolate, and all things love. #valentines #4121main #weekendbouquet
  • With these below freezing temps, the heat in our apartment can’t keep up. That meant we all had to do some serious snuggling last night. Josie didn’t seem to mind one bit though 🤱🏻 She is a magnet to snuggles.
What are you guys going to stay warm during the polar vortex? I can’t wear enough layers! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Speaking of, I linked this down parka on my Poshmark. After our little one arrived, it became even more important to make room for only the essentials—which meant having only one parka (against my will). Great color and quality, per usual, from @eddiebauer for anyone in need! I linked my whole closet in my bio and on the blog to see more!
#myposhmark #konmari #closetcleanout #poshmarkstyle #newmomlife

Follow Me!

Ready to build a wardrobe to last?