How to Build a Casual Fall Capsule Wardrobe

A Casual Capsule Wardrobe

The Casual Fall Capsule Wardrobe and Casual Outfit Ideas

Camisole | T-shirt | Blue Blouse | Black Wrap Shirt | White Blouse | Adidas Sweatshirt | Blue Sweater | Turtleneck Sweater | Grey Cardigan | Blazer | Leather Trousers | Jeans | Track Pants | Black Joggers | White Dress | Green Coat | Hat | Scarf | Earrings | Face Mask | Black Crossbody | Tote | Waterproof Boots | Black Boots | Sneakers | Converse | Heels |


Let’s face it, it seems that 2020 has become the year of the casual wardrobe out of default. I mean, there were literally months where people wore strictly stay-at-home loungewear.

Many still do.

There was no point in getting dressed, even if you were going to the grocery store.

I think there was uncertainty, panic, fear, and a little bit of the sense of giving up during that period.

Now that we are still in the thick of it, we are realizing that a huge mental shift has taken place right across every aspect of our lives, even the way that we dress.

I think this time has really shown a lot of us how nice it is to have truly comfortable clothes to wear all the time.

I thought it would be fun to take the concept of an all loungewear wardrobe and elevate up just enough so that you still feel put together and dare I say…somewhat chic?

Not like you are running around in your pyjamas or exercise gear.

And while there is no shame in that, it is nice to get dressed in an actual outfit periodically.

I am a casual dresser 99% of the time, but even I would like to embrace and even more casual-chic look.

There were a few things that I kept in mind when I was selecting the pieces.

First, elastic waist is the key to comfort in pants.

Every pair of pants in this capsule wardrobe has an elastic waist (except the jeans, but they have elastane in them so they have stretch), even the faux leather joggers/trousers.

Balance with chic details.

For example: If you are going to wear joggers on the bottom, then you want your t-shirt to be a little less casual, so I picked one with a tie waist detail.

You want to wear a sweatshirt and joggers? Then layer a white button-down under the sweatshirt and slightly push up the sleeves.

Change your earrings, put on a necklace, wear dressier shoes.

Simple touches like that will take a really casual outfit that you bum around the house in, to something that you feel good wearing out as well.

It was really hard for me not to include my regular fall capsule wardrobe staple…the leather jacket.

I opted for an oversized blazer instead simply because it brings out a more elevated look than the leather does.

I would go up a size in the blazer if you like a good oversized look that allows you to layer sweaters and sweatshirts underneath.

Otherwise, it will end up to constricted in the arms which neither looks good nor feels good.

I kept to darker neutral for the most part since black tends to make everything look chicer.

This would also work if and have the same affect if you did the opposite and included a lot of creams or off white.

I find pure white too harsh in large doses, cream and off-white is a softer look if you are wearing it head to toe.

Don’t forget to include a long, soft dress that you can both climb into bed wearing, or throw a blazer over the top for a polished going out look.

Damn, I love a good versatile piece.

This casual fall capsule wardrobe, would also make a good fall packing list (minus a couple of pairs of shoes because you don’t need to pack that many).

I put together 24 outfits from these pieces but you can make so many more.

I just want to showcase how easy it is to dress casual but still look chic.

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Casual Outfit Ideas

The Casual Fall Capsule Wardrobe Outfits 1-12

Casual Fall Outfit Ideas

The Casual Fall Capsule Wardrobe Outfits 13-24

Camisole | T-shirt | Blue Blouse | Black Wrap Shirt | White Blouse | Adidas Sweatshirt | Blue Sweater | Turtleneck Sweater | Grey Cardigan | Blazer | Leather Trousers | Jeans | Track Pants | Black Joggers | White Dress | Green Coat | Hat | Scarf | Earrings | Face Mask | Black Crossbody | Tote | Waterproof Boots | Black Boots | Sneakers | Converse | Heels |


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Sara is the founder and creative behind livelovesara. She is always on the hunt for the perfect band tee, is a Levi's jeans lover, and puts together wardrobes in her spare time. She is also trying to learn french....albeit unsuccessfully.


  1. you read my mind, once again! we just got told this week that they aren’t renewing the lease on our building, so it’ll be work from home for the foreseeable future. i’ve mostly been in super old t-shirts and shorts from my soccer days, which was ages ago-not the cutest thing to be wearing day in and day out. so now that i’ve got a better idea of what my work situation is, i think it’s time to step it up a bit. i’m definitely going to be shopping around for some joggers and cosy knitwear. button downs are a staple of my wardrobe, so i’m going to take your advice and layer one with joggers and a sweater/sweatshirt.

    i’ve been ride or die with skinny jeans for so long, but i’ve actually been thinking of switching it up and trying some straight leg jeans. do you already have a post on what kind of shoes look best with them, or a general how to style straight leg denim? for some reason i’m having a hard time visualizing where straight jeans should hit (should they be mid-rise, should they be a bit above ankle?) and if it looks better to pair them with a more fitted top or a looser fit top with a half tuck?

    i just discovered zara’s home range as well, so i’ve been having a good nose around on their site as another distraction!

    • I love Zara’s home range. So much good stuff.
      As for the straight leg jeans, they are mostly what I wear. The thing with straight legs though is that there are so many different fits with them now. Most of mine are a mid-high rise but the length of the jeans and the width if the leg differ. My Ribcage are considered straight keg but they are a wider straight that lets me wear them over high boots easier. My favourites are the straight cropped but that’s because I’m short and they hit me in a good area. I’d look for ones that hit about the ankle or just a smidge above. That way they will work with every shoe and boot. I can even wear some of them with knee high boots. I tuck them into my combat boots. They are super versatile. It feels weird the put in skinnies after wearing these so long. Just really pay attention to the inseams because depending on the jeans you may need to get the long vs regular length, especially in the ankle grazing styles. In the new Abercrombie jeans I have been wearing a lot, I hit the regular length, anyone over 5’4″ should go with the long or they’ll end up way too short.

      I also invested in some cute socks for when I wear sneakers in the cooler weather.

      There are lots of good joggers coming out. It seems everyone is realizing the shift in mindset and are jumping on it.

  2. that’s a very good point about the inseams. the last thing i want is to end up with a pair that look more like clam diggers or that weird cropped length that was popular in the late 90s/early 2000s. i’m 5’11 so i’ve always had a struggle with inseams regardless of the decade lol. i am impressed with Abercrombie jeans since you’ve mentioned them, they have such a wide range of sizes, fit, and washes. they’re having a buy one get one 50% off at the moment, and the boyfriend style is catching my eye as well…

  3. My favourite capsule wardrobe so far! Thank you for all the great ideas, I will definitely be trying to recreate some of these.
    Great timing too as today I had planned to wardrobe cull and create a more realistic capsule wardrobe for myself. It’s been 10 weeks of not being able to leave my small country town due to never ending lockdown 😐 so this has given me lots of inspiration for this weekend.
    Thank you Sara!

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