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Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017 From Nordstrom

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017

When I asked you guys what kind of Fall blog posts you wanted to read the most popular responses were Fall capsule wardrobe ideas and how to style booties.    I will be getting to the post about styling boots and booties soon.   Today in collaboration with Nordstrom I am sharing a Fall capsule wardrobe.   A capsule wardrobe is pretty much the basic and essential items you’ll need to dress for the majority of your occasions (work days, weekend days, evenings out, etc).   So I went through and hand-picked some basic wardrobe pieces that I thought would help as building blocks for a great Fall 2017 wardrobe.  I kept almost every piece (2 exceptions) under $100.

While Nordstrom is a great place to get trendy items I use it most often for my wardrobe basics.  Nordstrom has such good customer service.  Last season I bought a pair of trendy jeans and twice the seam split after one wash and Nordstrom kindly exchanged each pair without question.   Since capsule pieces tend to be the most frequently worn pieces in one’s wardrobe it’s good to buy them at a retailer like Nordstrom that stands behind their products.

Key Pieces for a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Fall Outerwear

A great utility jacket and vest will carry you through many of the outdoor Fall events like picking pumpkins and foliage hikes.  I linked 2 utility jackets below because it’s such a closet staple in my opinion.   Find a utility jacket you love because it’s something you can wear for YEARS to come.  I also love a moto jacket (I have this one in size small) to dress up for date night or down for a polished athleisure look.  Lastly, a cozy poncho is a comfortable way to make your leggings look chic.

Fall Tops

Basic tees are a must!!  Layering is a huge part of Fall fashion.   I always grab a couple cardigans because I live in New England where Fall temperatures fluctuate quite a bit.  Tunics, plaid and chambray shirts, and light sweaters all pair well with denim or leggings and boots.  For size reference I have several of these tops.   The plaid button down, olive tunic, peplum camisole and Leith circle cardigan all run a little big.  The BP and Lush tees are true to size.

Fall Pants

Since I’m not working in an office at the moment I wear either jeans or leggings almost every day.   It wasn’t long ago that I did work in an office.  I almost always wore skinny black (or white in the Summer) ankle trousers to work.

Fall Footwear

A neutral over the knee boot is so chic for dressing up or even with jeans.   I often gravitate towards taupe shoes and bags because the mix of gray and beige makes the color perfect to pair with most any outfit.  A pair of black or nude pumps will carry you through work and evenings out and a solid pair of plain sneakers is perfect for the weekend.

Fall Accessories

I love a crossbody bag because it can be worn several ways and is very practical.  I love the look of a satchel bag as well.  Don’t forget scarves!   A scarf can elevate a jeans and tee outfit to a very polished look.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017 Styling Outfit Ideas by PinterestingPlans

The Fall dress I shared in the “Fall Tops” above is the same dress I showed in this Spring dress post with Nordstrom.   I shared several ways to style the dress that could be done with other Fall capsule wardrobe pieces (like over the knee boots and a cardigan).

If you want some real life Fall outfit inspirations you can refer back to this recent Fall outfit post with Nordstrom or reference a few looks I am sharing below:

Fall capsule wardrobe - cropped sanctuary utility jacket over peplum camisole and skinny jeans on pinterestingplans

 Fall capsule wardrobe - cropped military jacket and peplum camisole on pinterestingplans

 Fall capsule wardrobe - cropped utility jacket with peplum camisole and skinny jeans

This cropped jacket runs a little big and the peplum cami runs small.  The step hem jeans are true to size and one of my most worn pieces of denim.   My peep toe block heels are the perfect dusty-rose-taupe suede.   Doesn’t that sound like the perfect color?   The shoes are true to size and surprisingly comfortable.

If you feel a little unnerved in spaghetti straps (ME!!!!) try wearing a lace bralette under the camisole.  It’s a pretty layering piece and gives a little extra coverage.


 Fall capsule wardrobe - neutral Fall layers on PinterestingPlans

Fall capsule wardrobe - white halter and long thermal cardigan Fall outfit on PinterestingPlans

Wearing size small in this top and cardigan. The jeans are true to size – the same pair I suggested in the capsule wardrobe.


So let me know what you guys think!   Do you like outfit collages like I shared above (and in this recent post) or do you prefer pictures of me wearing the clothes?   I really appreciate your feedback!  I don’t want to spend my time making posts people don’t care to look at.

As always I appreciate you stopping by!  XOXOX.  For my most recent Fall finds make sure to check out my SHOP MY INSTAGRAM.

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!



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  • Marshi
    August 23, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I like the line up but I think you wearing the clothes would be more helpful to make it dummy proof for us dummies.

    • Rachel
      August 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      ha. next time!!! I was going to post an athleisure outfit for this post but it ended up selling out right before my post date so I had to change my topic last minute. thanks for the feedback!!

  • Sharon
    August 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Such a great capsule. I’m still looking for boots and some hats for my capsule this fall. I love hats! Thank you for sharing.

  • Kristie W.
    August 26, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Love this capsule! Lots of great items and I have several in my closet already.

    • Rachel
      August 26, 2017 at 2:58 am

      great mind think alike 😉
      if I had more time I would have loved to shoot lot of different outfits because I too have many of these pieces.
      have a great weekend Kristie!


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  • Jess
    September 14, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Rachel, I love following you on Instagram and purchased the cozy UGG poncho. My husband said I look like a monk so I am sending it back. I think he’s been reading too many of your husband’s comments 😉

    • Rachel
      September 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      BAHAHAHAHAHAH. omg omg. yes. they should team up. that’s definitely something my hubby would say. I just saw that poncho went on sale!!

  • Carly
    September 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    This blog/website has completely turned around my closet. I am a full time fitness specialist/instructor and at work am constantly in workout clothes. When I leave work I am CRAVING putting on real clothes. I never knew what to buy/where to put my money towards, but everything you post has been sooo helpful and I have definitely stepped up my weekend outfit game! Check out my website for anything exercise if your interested! Thank you so much for helping my closet!!!

    • Rachel
      September 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      I just saw your buns and apparently I need to start biking!!!! you look amazing. thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!!