Core Fall Wardrobe + 20 outfit ideas

Fall 2023 capsule wardrobe

I’ve done a few capsule wardrobes in the past, and wanted to parse it down even further to the few “core” pieces I get the most mileage out of. I love building my wardrobe around a Smart Casual concept, since depending on my footwear choice, the same outfits can lean either weekend casual or work-appropriate. I also included two skirt styles I’ve been loving that are on-trend this season and can be mixed into the rest for many fresh-feeling pairings.

Below I listed out the brands pictured in my video, as well as alternative options. If you’re looking to build a versatile Fall capsule wardrobe, I’d recommend starting with pieces simialr to these!

Fall wardrobe minimal wardrobe hanging rack with shelves

Outer Layers

  • Cardigan Jacket
    • Pictured: Amazon coatigan – I have this in Gray (it’s a taupe in-person) and Khaki (camel). Steam upon arrival to help it hang better on the body. I’m usually xxs so size Small is oversized on me, but I like it as a loose sweater jacket.
    • J.Crew sweater blazer for a shorter option
  • Trench Coat
    • Pictured: The Drop: lightweight relaxed style. Alterations needed on me.
    • Oak + Fort: thicker oversized drape style. Length & sleeves are long on me.
    • J.Crew: petite sizing, more structured, non drapey. Fits small with a hood
    • Banana Republic Factory: petite sizing, TTS lightweight drapey long trench
  • Cropped Jacket
    • Pictured: A&F tweed jacket – nice quality and fitted for petites (sleeves just need to be folded under). If black is too austere for your lifestyle, the navy or black & white combo tweed ones are also beautiful!
    • Crop sweater jacket: If tweed is too dressy for you, this in black is a great alternative
    • Crop bomber – a more trendy alternative
  • Blazer



Optional, on-trend additions to build upon the above core bottoms:

Layering Tops


  • Black Loafers
    • Sam Edelman – so comfy in 5.5. I have black + a neutral
  • Versatile Sneakers
  • Ballet Flats
  • Neutral Low Heels
    • Pictured in collage: Old H&M style
    • Shown in video: Ann Taylor – a very similar neutral color and good quality


20+ Fall outfit ideas with these core pieces:

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Past Capsule Wardrobes:

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  1. Ai Ling wrote:

    As a fellow petite (5’2″), i simply love your blog and you have provided much inspiration to me! I am super interested to get the A&F jeans you speak so highly of but your A&F links do not seem to work.
    Could you send me the description/ link please, thank you.

    Posted 1.24.24 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi! You can go to Abercrombie’s website and search “ultra high rise ankle jeans” which come in regular or Curve

      Posted 1.26.24 Reply
  2. kate wrote:

    Love your blog/style! What size do you wear in the Adidas sneakers?

    Posted 12.24.23 Reply
    • Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks Kate! I wear a women’s 5.5 which leave me room for cotton socks. Possibly could’ve done a 5, but I don’t mind a little room for sneakers!

      Posted 1.2.24 Reply
  3. Kim Gerry wrote:

    oh gosh! love all of these staples. all of your picks are so classy.

    Posted 11.27.23 Reply
  4. Cristina wrote:

    Great post Jean. I’m in the process of building a new wardrobe and investing in timeless pieces.

    Posted 10.4.23 Reply
  5. Amita wrote:

    Jean this was such a useful post! Thank you for creating this wardrobe and for showing us the outfit pairings. I’m off to shop!

    Posted 10.4.23 Reply

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