I'm in My 30s, and This Is My Ultimate Fall Capsule Collection Checklist

I have something to admit: I spent the better part of my 20s absolutely hoarding clothes (shopping is kinda my job, can you blame me?), and it wasn't until I hit my 30s that I decided to start downsizing my closet. To shop and consume fashion more sustainably—and make getting dressed each day way easier—I decided to build a capsule wardrobe full of timeless, go-with-everything clothing and accessories. With fall in full swing, now is the time for my carefully curated collection of pieces—think sleek and simple coats, oversize blazers, and classic ankle boots—to truly shine.

Of course, there's more to a fall capsule collection than outerwear and boots; there are several items I consider absolute necessities for putting together a week's worth of solid autumn 'fits. A good mix of polished and cozy, these are the pieces I reach for on the daily. Trust me—they're great for layering and surpassing the trend cycle.

Ahead, I outlined eight must-have items for building a fall capsule collection of your own—consider it a checklist of sorts. Keep scrolling to check out all the essential fall clothes for women and snag some of my favorite pieces while you're at it.

1. Brown Blazers

fall brown blazer



Hands down, a brown blazer is my number one fall essential, as you can throw one on over any outfit and look instantly polished (yes, even sweats). Plus, I love that it feels slightly less dressy than a black blazer.

This one features super cute elbow pads.

Not a fan of plaid? Opt for a similar style in buttery vegan leather.

Chocolate brown may just be my favorite neutral.

Sure, this blazer is great on its own, but as a full three-piece suit? I'm obsessed.

2. Black Wool Coats

fall black coat



A simple black coat is always a reliable staple for colder weather, as it adds much-needed warmth without overpowering the rest of your look. I like mine long and slouchy, like the above.

3. Camel Turtlenecks

fall camel turtleneck



When it comes to layering, a camel turtleneck is always a good basic to have on hand. The same goes for other neutral hues, like beige.

This cropped style is so easy to wear and it comes in several different colors.

Sleeveless options are also key since they won't bunch up under tighter-fitting jackets and blazers. (And if you're a naturally sweaty person like me, you'll appreciate that your pits get to breathe a bit.)

Turtleneck bodysuits are another favorite. They make tucking into pants and skirts a breeze and won't bunch up every time you sit down.

4. Chunky Knit Sweaters

Fall chunky knit sweater



Who doesn't love a good cozy sweater? I'm personally a fan of cropped versions that can be dressed up or dressed down.

fall leather pants



Whether you opt for real or faux, leather pants always look chic. I like to have a few different colors in my closet at all times.

These sleek pants are made from buttery-soft vegan leather that you have to feel to believe. 

6. Pleated Midi Skirts

fall pleated midi skirt



Pleated skirts can be worn year-round, of course, but in my opinion, they look extra-good paired with a leather trench coat or styled under an oversize sweater. They've become a fall favorite for me.

How good would this one look with an oversize blazer?

7. Chunky Loafers

fall chunky loafer



Loafers may be a hot item this season, but they're also a classic that truly never goes out of style. For me, the chunkier they are, the better, but there are plenty of simpler styles out there, too.

Sam Edelman is a great go-to shoe brand for reasonable prices. 

This subtle burgundy hue adds just a touch of color while still remaining neutral.

8. Black Ankle Boots

fall black ankle boot



Don't get me wrong, I'm a pretty big fan of this season's boot trends—namely the knee-high lug-sole styles we've been seeing just about everywhere. But you really can't go wrong with classic black ankle boots with low heels. Comfortable and easy to walk in, they’re a great everyday staple that instantly elevates any look.

Heeled Chelsea boots always look sharp.