Autumn Casual Capsule Wardrobe

Like many of my readers I am in the process of putting together my autumn capsule wardrobe. Some of the pieces are from previous seasons but as I wanted to add in some new neutrals this season, there are several that I want to buy. Most of my days are spent working from home, visiting brands and doing research (my husband calls it shopping) and low key socialising so my wardrobe needs to be comfortable but easy to dress up when needed. It’s that “smart casual” look without being too casual that I aim for. One which many of my readers tell me they struggle with. I’m not that keen on blue jeans because I struggle to find a pair that’s not scruffy but are still comfortable to wear all day (the dilemmas of a curvy body) so a trouser that is slim fitting but still comfortable is at the top of my list.

In previous autumn/winter seasons my capsule wardrobe has revolved around neutrals of brown and black. But this season I fancied a change, plus there isn’t much around in brown, especially ankle boots which I have hunted for the last few seasons. My new colour scheme was kicked off by a couple of early buys from the autumn season, firstly this wrap which I fell in love with:

smart casual autumn capsule wardrobe

Then while on holiday I found the perfect navy trousers in Eileen Fisher. The stretch crepe ankle pant – they look nothing in this picture but they are incredibly soft, keep their shape and stop just on my ankle bone (longer than they are on this model – I’m 5’6″) so they look good with flat shoes, tucked into knee length boots or with heels. As an alternative I have tried on and liked these from LK Bennett which I have included in the capsule below.

autumn capsule wardrobe

So my colour scheme started with navy and grey (which is one of this season’s trend colours) to which I have also added a deep berry colour. This works for me as a Deep but you could swap the berry for a lighter accent colour if it’s too dark for you.

Here are the pieces I would like to include in my wardrobe. (I have tried the grey boots and they didn’t work for me as you need really slim legs so I will continue researching that item.)

Autumn smart casual capsule wardrobe

Cashmere dress // Blue/grey wrap // Blue knit // Blue leggings // Blue knit skirt // Berry top // Berry cashmere wrap // Grey top // Grey jeans // Blue ankle boots // Blue hat // Blue bag // Blue necklace // Berry tote // Scarf // Grey boots // Merino tights – blue and grey //

And how I would wear them:

Autumn smart casual capsule wardrobe

Autumn smart casual capsule wardrobe

Autumn smart casual capsule wardrobe

Autumn smart casual capsule wardrobe

For now I will wear my chocolate boots and bag (my wonderful Mulberry that hubby is still getting brownie points for buying!) or black boots with the pieces I already have and may add in a lighter neutral of camel or biscuit later too.

autumn smart casual capsule wardrobe

Brown boots // Brown bag // Black boots //

Here are some alternative colour combinations you could try.

autumn capsule wardrobe colour schemes

For Light colouring swap the charcoal for a silver grey, look for a light navy and add heather.

For Warm colouring take out grey and add olive as an alternative neutral then accent with paprika.

For Cool colouring add in a brighter pink accent, you could still keep the navy if you want a second neutral.

For Bright colouring work your contrast with icy grey and blue and add a bright blue, you could keep in the navy or the charcoal too.

For Soft colouring use a more muted blue and a soft blush pink.

If you would like a personalised autumn capsule wardrobe why not order the done for you capsule wardrobe dossier service? Or if you just want a few pieces to add to your existing wardrobe have a look at the monthly wardrobe builder service.


  1. Irene
    October 16, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Maria, enjoyed this post very much and particularly loved that you’ve included alternative colour schemes. I’m thinking of photographing my own existing clothes and wondered if you recommend any particular method of doing this or if there’s an easy app that could be used? Thank you

    • Maria
      October 25, 2015 / 1:18 pm

      Hi Irene thank you for your comment and apologies for the delay in replying. I think there are apps for photographing and combining your clothes so you can put them together as outfits. I use photoshop for the pictures I create for the blog but that would be a bit over the top I think for you. I have heard good things about picmonkey for photo editing or you can also use a tool by Google called Picassa which you can make collages with. The other option is to create Pinterest boards which you can upload photos to, so you could have one board for evening outfits, one for work etc and you don’t have to share them publicly you can keep them as private boards.
      I hope one of those options works for you.

  2. Ginger Ratzlaff
    October 17, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    I would like guidance on wearing a bootie (or ankle boots). In my opinion, when worn with skirts or dresses, they appear to shorten the leg. However, they have been popular for several years now. Thank you, Ginger

    • Maria
      October 25, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      Hi Ginger
      Thank you for your comment. You are right that wearing a short boot with a dress can shorten the leg, the best option is to wear tights and boots of the same colour so you have a continuous line. Hope that helps.