fall capsule wardrobe.

Capsule 1

sheer cream tee (ThredUP) / mama bird tee (Bee & The Fox) / grey silk tank (Everlane)
mint racerback (Banana Republic) / Splendid striped top (Stitch Fix) / grey knotted tee (Gap)
woven back sweatshirt (Stitch Fix) / lush tunic (on sale at Nordstrom!) / gap chambray (ThredUP)

Capsule 2

open shoulder cream top (Nordstrom Rack) / grey tank (Everlane) / open cardigan (Anthropologie)
tribal cardigan (Stitch Fix) / sweater tunic (ThredUP) / printed dress (Nordstrom Rack)
striped cardigan (Nordstrom Rack) / black tee (Everlane) / cozy sweater (Poshmark)

Capsule 3

off the shoulder dress (Topshop Nordstrom) / grey pocket tee (Everlane) / anthropologie chambray dress (ThredUP)
black customizable jumpsuit (Seamly.co) / J. Crew shorts (hand-me-down from BFF) / boyfriend jeans (Nordstrom) / hi-rise skinny jeans (American Eagle) / hi-rise leggings (Nordstrom Rack) / Joe’s skinny jeans (Nordstrom Rack)


colorblock flats / wedges / nude pumps (all Franco Sarto from Nordstrom Rack)
Ankle booties (Target, similar) / Nisolo flats (Nisolo) / flat black boots (Nordstrom Rack)
Sam & Libby flats (Target) / brown boots (Target) / Minnetonka moccasins (Nordstrom)


With three capsules under my belt, I’m still hooked on this system. The pros: I only shop 4x a year, I’m totally in tune with my style, everything fits, I’m spending more money on better quality basics, everything goes together, getting dressed is a breeze, no spontaneous shopping or guilt, my closet is always organized. A few people have asked how much new stuff I buy, and it varies from season to season. This capsule has 36 items—15 were new, 21 were old. Between Stitch Fix, Everlane, and ThredUP credits, I didn’t spend that much out of pocket, but I definitely bought more newer pieces for this capsule than previous ones because FALL. Now if only we could get a break from this 90-degree weather so I could actually wear my boots!

Are you on the capsule train? How’s it going?

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14 Responses to fall capsule wardrobe.

  1. I love your fall capsule wardrobe! I just finished mine and I am so excited about fall! It is my third capsule wardrobe and I am absolutely obsessed. This mama has no room in her head to have to figure out clothes every day so having a set wardrobe with things that fit and work together makes getting dressed so much easier!
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  2. Helen says:

    I would love to try doing this… But I’m way too addicted to shopping.
    Starting out with no-buy weeks, that’s already a small step, no ??

  3. Victoria B says:

    I have not tried a capsule wardrobe yet. I really like the concept, but my formal work clothes are so different from my casual lounge/play clothes that I would either need a large capsule wardrobe or have to make two, which feels like it defeats the purpose. Instead, this year I challenged myself to only buy 12 new pieces of clothing the whole year. And I really like this way of doing it, I’ve only purchased 9 so far (which is great because it is September) and I don’t even have my eye on much for the rest of the year. Most of the time I am looking for things and then realize I have a similar article of clothing and just make an outfit out of that so I don’t feel the need to buy the other thing I’m looking at.

    I love this capsule wardrobe you picked out this time! They look so much like you and comfy and casual. Love it! 🙂
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  4. chelsea says:

    I’ve been really wanting to try out Everlane but I’m not sure what size to get. Do you size up for a looser fit?

  5. Andi says:

    I love all of your shoes!
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  6. Sighhh, your style is divine. HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF FROM BUYING MORE STUFF?!?
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    • Ashlee says:

      Ha! Part of it is because I have made the declaration public. If I go around shouting capsule wardrobe from the rooftops, I can’t possibly go shopping all the time because I’d rather have no new clothes at all than look like a hypocrite.

      So usually I spend about one week shopping in between capsules, but I’ll browse stuff online whenever I want to. Shopping has become VERY intentional for me. If I’m going to buy a new pair of jeans, I will spend a LOT of time figuring out exactly what pair I want to get. If I’m looking for a new jacket, I’ll do a ton of research before I shop and find the one I really want. This has really kept me away from spontaneous or compulsive shopping, which was never a huge problem for me, but I definitely bought things I didn’t “need” when I was in the mood to shop. I don’t really do that anymore, and it’s been good for my wallet, my closet, and my general contentment.

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  8. Carly says:

    Do you happen to have the exact website link to those black boots from Nordstrom? I love them and but can’t seem to find them online. Thanks!

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