Fall Capsule Work Wardrobe

September 7, 2016Kelly Baum

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Dressing for work can be a hard task – you want to retain your personal style but look professional at the same time. If I had one piece of advice to someone who’s shopping for work outfits, it’s this: “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. Not everyone has an unlimited budget to shop for professional outfits, so I’m sharing how I recently revamped my wardrobe for under $200 – and how you can do it, too! My idea utilizes a “capsule” type wardrobe for my work outfits. A capsule wardrobe is the idea that you buy the minimum amount of clothes needed but here’s the thing: every piece you purchase has been carefully considered for versatility purposes. The more versatile a piece is, the more outfits you can create with it! Here’s my essentials for creating perfect fall capsule work wardrobe.

Fall Capsule Work Wardrobe


-White silky button down blouse
-Blue gingham / seersucker button down dress shirt
-Black sweater


-Tan pencil skirt
-Black skinny dress pants
-Grey flared suit-style dress pants


-Black blazer
-Cream blazer
-Tweed overcoat


-Black pumps
-Nude pumps
-Smoking flats


-Black a-line dress
-Tan a-line dress


-Black work bag
-Black and gold watch
-Nylons (and lots of them)


Here’s a few of my favorite outfit combinations:

Fall Capsule Work Wardrobe

Fall Capsule Work Wardrobe
I know it may seem like a lot – or maybe too little! – but this is definitely a good start or just all you’ll need to create outfits for work. This is definitely doable for under $200, and I know this because I did it! All it takes is a little creative shopping but you can definitely find affordable pieces to fulfill this capsule wardrobe.

My best recommendation is outlet malls, specifically Gap stores and The Limited. I’ve actually found most of the items above when The Limited does their 50% off clearance sales. Last time, I picked up a pencil skirt, dress pants, jeans, white button down, and a sweater for under $55 including tax.

But, if you’re under a time crunch or don’t have good stores near you, here’s a few of my favorite picks from Amazon (go get you that Prime shipping!)

Just a few ideas for whatever your budget needs are! Those Daniel Wellington watches are gorgeous and would be a good statement piece for any fall capsule work wardrobe!


Fall Capsule Work Wardrobe
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I’d love to know, what’s your professional outfit staple piece? Mine is definitely my black blazer, it just goes with everything!

Thanks for reading,
Kelly xoxo

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    September 8, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I think you did a great job and got some really nice, stylish but universal pieces. That white top is stunning! Is it from The Limited too?

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      Kelly Baum

      September 11, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you! The white top is last season from Kohls, the Lauren Conrad line!

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