We’re now in October full-swing, and all I can think of today is brisk Autumn walks, a bright moon high in the sky, crisp russet leaves crunching underneath my shoes. And, appropriately, the boots I’d be wearing when that crunch happens.
A couple of weeks ago, I did my seasonal wardrobe audit, and since then, I’ve had nothing but boots (and all things Autumn fashion), on my mind. This audit is what I do seasonally in building my ‘Capsule’ Wardrobe. The one I just did (September – November) is for Autumn, of course. I’ll be sharing a whole blog post about how to do a wardrobe audit, why my wardrobe isn’t really ‘capsule,’ and how you can practice my ‘mindful’ approach to capsule wardrobe-ing — all coming soon!
But, for now, let’s focus on what I’m lusting for most this Autumn — made even more prevalent by, of course, Pinterest, which has been chock-full of the most beautiful Autumn outfits lately. See below for the pictures that have been inspiring me the most, to achieve my Autumn ‘Casuple’ wardrobe look. And further down, I share the items I’m most coveting for my Autumn wardrobe wishlist.
My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration Pictures
(All pictures via Pinterest, unless noted)
Before I begin curating my wishlist — or, indeed, what I could use in my wardrobe in the first place — I turn to the Holy Land of Inspiration: Pinterest. Here, I create a separate board just for what I’m loving this year (you can see mine for 2019 here). My main advice is don’t save everything you like; rather, have a separate seasonal board for everything (like my Autumn one here), and only keep the pictures you love the most in your capsule board.
Here are some of the images that have caught my eye the most, the ones that have inspired my wardrobe (and wishlist) below:
What’s on my Autumn Wishlist
As I evolve Wolf & Stag — and, indeed, my entire online offering, with something in the works coming very soon — I, too, am evolving, learning to curate the type of life I want to lead. And, of course, curating the type of content I want to read. What I’ve been looking up most is inspiration of what to add to my wardrobe for Autumn this year. And, surprisingly approximately 0% of you, everything I’m drawn to is full of texture, in a ‘warm neutral’ hue, and evocative of that ‘effortless’ style I crave so much.
Croc or Snakeskin Leather
If you, like me, shy away from color and ‘trend led’ pieces, texture becomes your new best friend. Textured leather adds and material visual interest to an otherwise simple bag without adding color. My eye has been drawn to textured croc or lizard leather in rich, brown hues, my favorites sticking out from brands like By Far, CHYLAK, and these Jimmy Choo boots (too expensive and not sustainable, but a gal can dream).
“Flowers, for Spring? Groundbreaking.” — is the beautifully succinct and insulting line that perpetually comes into my head when I do something stupidly obvious. Case in point: listing cozy sweaters on my Autumn wishlist. But, s evidenced from the photos above, a cozy knit is the perfect staple for Autumn, looking polished with straight denim, tailored trousers, and a silk skirt. Any item that master that sartorial feat deserves a mention in my book.
Plus, cozy sweaters, both oversized and fitted, have me lusting for cool days ahead, and they yield my yearning for Autumn without requiring the necessary brisk days (thanks, San Francisco weather).
My favorite knits are always from Doen, Sezane, and Toteme (if I won the lottery). I’ve also very much been loving this neutral-on-neutral look — white on off-white, camel on beige — and I plan on trying to make my own versions of this with my Autumn wardrobe.
A New Coat
A bit broad, but honestly, I could have one of every coat I list below. As I spoke about in my Capsule Coat post, having a small variety of of coats helps polish every outfit. Whether the perfect plaid jacket, or the snuggliest neutral teddy coat, or an over oversized trench — thrown on top, they create the most quintessential Autumnal outfit.
This Sezane teddy coat is the perfect deep rust shade, and I a loving this Isabel Marant Etoile cream overcoat to tie together my neutral palette. In terms of a plaid coat, so far I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet, but I am still looking. However, I have found not one, but two perfect trench coats (an Autumn essential in San Francisco). One is this mid-shade, perfect-length Sezane number — but sadly, it is sold out! The other is a more practical (i.e water resistant), darker caramel hue, splurge-worthy iteration, in the form of the Burberry Taffeta Trench.
Chunky Gold Accessories
Chunky but, you know, not too chunky. Leaning more towards heavy than dainty, but still minimal in shape and design — a nod to the late 80’s/early 90’s of my childhood. With swept-up hair, crisp whites, and clean neutrals, it helps to create an outfit both effortless and polished (I promise, ‘effortless’ is not the SEO word of the day).
To point out: Missoma’s gold jewelry is the only brand I have found where gold plating / gold vermeil holds up for years. And I mean it: years. If it’s not from Missoma, I pretty much will only buy solid gold pieces. That said, Ana Luisa’s signet ring — plated with recycled gold — is really catching my eye.
What’s on your Autumn wishlist? Any specific pieces you’re adding to your wardrobe? I’d love to know!