The Beginnings of an Autumnal Capsule Wardrobe

There is no better time for a wardrobe shake-up than during the autumn season, when we say goodbye to summer’s floaty dresses, silky camis and – for some, like me – colourful prints. While swapping bare legs for 100 denier takes some adjustment, the prospect of a new wardrobe and draping ourselves in the cosiest knits is something that I, for one, am excited for. With shopping opportunities in abundance, it’s easy to go a little overboard and so, following my year-long attempt at sensible shopping, I have decided to set myself the target of creating a capsule wardrobe this season.

soft neutral knits

No autumn wardrobe is complete without a cosy sweater or two in a neutral shade. I started with a soft knit round-neck in the loveliest shade of cream from H&M and a more oatmeal coloured rollneck from Zara. Both will look chic with ripped jeans or with a pair of floaty shorts and tights for a cosy, demure look.

simple black jeans

In addition to finding a more on-trend pair, I picked up a pair of simple straight-leg jeans from the Zara sale towards the end of summer. The simple cut and wash makes them an ideal staple for pairing with cosy jumpers and silky blouses alike. I wear mine rolled up at the hems (sadly, not just for style reasons) and use this as an opportunity to show off whatever shoes I am wearing, usually a pair of sneakers or block heels.


Neutrals need not stop at ready-to-wear as this season’s jewellery is bursting with the most beautiful shades of blush, tan leather and the classic black, of course. The new additions to my new collection this season include the beautiful Classic Petite Durham watch by Daniel Wellington and a delicate beaded bracelet by Lola Rose, both of which I have written about here and here. You can use my discount code milenawears for 15% across the website until 10th October to find your own perfect timepiece for this season.

Gifted pieces.

Creating a capsule wardrobe for autumn doesn’t need to be a daunting process, nor should it be created overnight. Personally, I think that it is all about gradually building up until there are enough pieces to rotate and pair with each other for different outfit combinations. For me, there are still key pieces missing, such as a pair of black boots, a couple of A-line skirts and a new bag in an autumnal shade like blush, tan leather or dusky grey, which I’ll be hoping to pick up throughout October. By buying sensibly and planning ahead a little, these autumnal pieces should be able to carry on through winter with a couple of additions for the colder months.

What other pieces would you choose for an autumnal capsule wardrobe?

In collaboration with Daniel Wellington

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