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My Classic Closet: Autumn Capsule.

23 September 2019 1 comment


Outfit details

Trousers (LK Bennett, similar here)

Cognac tote (past season, similar here)

Well hello.

It's been a while hasn't it?

If you're after an explanation as to where I've been/why I haven't posted lately, it's just that I've been so busy! With my personal life, with my job, with family. And we've our little holiday soon so I ought to be preparing for that too..

Anyway, I am here with a shiny new post for you today, and it's one I've been excited to share.

It's also one that's taken me bloody ages to finish because I'm just terrible at narrowing down my options and working against my magpie tendencies to try and create a 24 piece capsule closet for the upcoming autumn - and of course with my classic, timeless-style approach.

So allow me to share it with you :)



Trench coat // Collarless coat // Suedette jacket // Blazer // Boucle jacket

I'm a dedicated trench coat user, so that'd be top of my list as far as outerwear goes. I haven't added a nice wool wrap coat or anything yet because I find that a jumper and trench will suffice for most occasions in autumn. Collarless coats and jackets are also high on the agenda, for being easy to wear and somehow more chic and stylish than their collared counterparts.

I tend to choose outerwear in neutral colours (well of course), beiges, tans, cognacs and khakis and maybe a nice russet or raspberry boucle. For fabrics, I'd look for boucle, suede or suedette, wools, cottons or tweeds (like the one I'm wearing here), and blazers always single-breasted unless they're navy and somewhat nautical.

Knitwear & Casual Tops

If honest I'm never the biggest fan of knitwear until it gets to winter because I'm one of those people who is forever hot, but saying that, if it's a particularly nippy autumn then I reach for cashmeres and wrap cardigans. There's an abundance on the high street this autumn in all sorts of neutral, camel and beige tones, for relatively inexpensive prices. I'm personally rather partial to the mock turtle neckline.

Breton tees have a place in my closet whatever the season, and I think they ought to have in yours too! These are my favourites - worn here as an eg.

Shirts & Blouses

A couple of classic shirts (silk and oxford) and a few pretty blouses I think are all you really need in an autumnal capsule closet. White or off-white shirts and blouses are my staple I'd say, which is why I've got a couple here, as they can be worn with absolutely anything - tucked into a skirt, worn with jeans, for work or for play.

I think one 'dressy' blouse or top - the sort I wouldn't wear in the day, either because it's glitzy, sheer, too ruffled or over the top in some way - is enough to suffice for your more glamourous occasions, otherwise I'd stick to plain shirts and blouses, and maybe one with a nice floral pattern.

I'd actually probably throw a camel utility shirt in here as well.. so I suppose that makes it a 25 piece capsule collection..


Burgundy dress // Navy dress // Camel dress

I've gone for three dresses. The premise being one plain, one printed and one ruffled.

I actually like H&M for good 'work appropriate' staples, which I don't think need be reserved purely for the workplace - something similar to the dress in this post for example.

I'm a firm midi-dress wearer now because they're generally quite flattering, demure, elegant - you can see an ankle boot or other footwear underneath them, and they're long enough to hide some shorts for when it's chilly.


I'm not the biggest jean wearer, but I think I've become more fond of a straight-cut, white jean that doesn't hug every curve. They're actually quite flattering and easy to wear, as well as being far easier to pair with a neutral closet I think.

My favourite item in this line up I think might be the camel trouser. I picked some up from LK Bennett earlier on in the year and I find myself wearing them all the time - I love a mono-hued tonal outfit.


I'm a ballet flat kind of girl, I think influenced by our yearly Paris holidays as a child and seeing all these impossibly chic French women sauntering around in ballet flats. Get a good pair and they're comfortable enough for getting from one end of the city to the other.

(I also very much like these ballet flats, so let the counter creep up to 26..)

A pair of cognac suede ankle boots were first on my list at the first hint of summer dwindling - they're a little less harsh than black for closets with a softer colour palette.

I need not say a lot about loafers because you've likely seen me wear them oh, only all the time. And that's it for shoes really.

It was so tough trying to shrink this down to only 24 (to 26..) items! I'm really trying to make more of an effort to re-wear my clothing and not get sucked into the fast fashion trap and buy heaps of clothes all the time.

I'd love to know what would make your autumn capsule collection!

I forgot to mention, we're off to Portugal soon for a little getaway so I'll likely be taking a litle hiatus from the blog whilst we're away, but rest assured I'll be sharing the trip when I get back :)