Now back to crafting your chicest capsule wardrobe yet. Like any strong fashion foundation, great denim is where we suggest you start–and this season, all eyes are on relaxed blue jeans. Pairs from Citizens of Humanity, Agolde, and Re/Done have a lived-in feel, yet are still perfectly polished. Styling-wise, elevate the essential with an aforementioned kitten heel boot or a quietly luxurious loafer. Similarly statement-making, but simple are second-skin dresses from Proenza Schouler, Cos, and Gabriela Hearst. Consider these all-in-one-outfit dresses that make getting dressed in the morning effortlessly easy—and chic, of course. Just throw one on underneath a structured wool coat from Zara or Staud on days when the winter chill is just starting to linger.
Then, there are layering essentials that can easily be added in and out of a look, like Leset’s long-sleeve white tee or Wolford’s classic black turtleneck. As to how to style, tuck into a leather midiskirt from Salon 1884 or even H&M’s wool pencil skirt in a slate gray. And if you haven’t heard, designers are leaning into suede handbags for fall–and in a big way. Some of our favorites include a shoulder bag from The Row, J.Crew’s timeless tote, to even Zara’s take on the trend. Below, 10 fabulous fall finds to make the centerpiece of your seasonal capsule wardrobe.
The Long & Lean Dress
Nothing is easier—or looks more elegant—than a long and lean maxi dress. Consider these outstanding options from Proenza Schouler, Mango, Cos, and more for your new second-skin look. Styling-wise, pair with a knee-high boot or even a stylish sneaker for a take on modern workwear.
The Structured Overcoat
The runways have spoken—and this season, your capsule closet is in desperate need of a structured overcoat. The It item is almost too easy to style—just throw it on over a plain white tee and jeans you’re instantly put together. Our favorites include those from Zara, Staud, Khaite, the list goes on.
The Statement Red Sweater
Of all the trending fall hues, no color can outshine a statement cherry red. Case in point? These cozy, yet seriously chic sweaters from Tory Burch, Everlane, &Daughter, and more.
The Leather Jacket Alternative
When it comes to versatility in your fall capsule wardrobe, you can’t compete with a sumptuous leather jacket. This season, however, we’re gravitating toward clean-lined versions from Cos, Proenza Schouler, and Hommegirls. Then, for a bit of edge, distressed options from Mango and Remain Birger Christensen are just as good.
The Minimalist Midiskirt
The minimalist movement continues–and this time, by way of sleek midiskirts. Leather midis from Salon1884 and Ceffin come with the street style seal of approval, while H&M’s pencil skirt version is a polished workwear pick. Other go-tos include those from Proenza Schouler, Agolde, and Toteme.
The Relaxed Blue Jean
Looking for a fresh way to style your denim for fall? A relaxed blue jean is the chicest (and in our opinion, the only) place to start. Slouchy styles from Re/Done, Citizens of Humanity, and Agolde are tried and true, while Khaite’s Isla jean comes adorned with sleek snaps and a chunky belt for a slightly different look.
The Layering Essential
Whether you wear yours underneath a roomy knit for added coverage or all on its own tucked into a pair of tailored trousers, a slim-fitting turtleneck or a long-sleeve tee is the ultimate layering essential. You’re going to need at least one of the below…
The Sleek Smoking Loafer
For fall, quietly luxurious loafers are a fashion-girl favorite. Join the club with our picks below, from Everlane’s classic black pair to Emme Parson’s croc-embellished version.
The Kitten-Heel Boot
Kitten-heel boots are the latest street style sensation, beloved for their practical heel height and subtle sleekness. Opt for knee-high pairs from Zara and Toteme or ankle booties from Khaite. For a colorful pop, Staud’s suede Wally boots are latte–inspired, while Aeyde’s little white boots are the finishing touch to any minimalist outfit this fall.
The Suede Handbag
Of all the hero handbags to shop this fall, suede styles from The Row and Khaite to Zara and Little Liffner are at the top of our list. Not to mention that J.Crew’s timeless tote makes the chicest work bag yet.