This is an all-inclusive J.Crew capsule wardrobe for FALL! It's filled with bestsellers and must-haves for a classic and timeless preppy closet that will take you from this year through the next several years.
When I think of a J.Crew capsule wardrobe, I don't think of a set group of items you buy together and then mix and match in a very minimalist wardrobe. I just think of seasonal staples -- things that go with what you already have and things that will stay in style for years to come for those with preppy leanings. So, that's the intent behind how I share these pieces.
I first came up with the idea for this J. Crew capsule wardrobe post when I analyzed my website data and realized readers were finding my blog with that search term. It made sense -- it's where I have bought most of my clothes since high school and what I share most often in my style posts.
This is a post I intend to update seasonally, so bookmark it and check back for new picks!
J.Crew Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
It's finally time for your closet to meet FALL warm brown tones, layers, and cozy fabrics.
My J.Crew capsule wardrobe choices for FALL are focused on only those items I think you may REALLY need to get you through the next few months, as well as FALLS in the future.
Below are my top picks: first, some thoughts on each of them, and then images for you to shop.
First, let's talk cashmere. Not just soft and cozy, it's also a great price point for a luxury piece, and I fill my closet with these sweaters each year! Check out the variety of colors in the classic style, v neck, and v neck cardigan styles.
Personally, though, I've got my eye on this bestselling long-sleeved striped tee for that classic collegiate look.
I also think every wardrobe needs a blue striped button-down shirt for, really, every season, but especially for a polished look under blazers.
And, these button-up collared sweatshirts are popular with me and readers of The Literary Lifestyle every single season. I have at least five, and they are perfect for making it look like you got dressed, while you're really just wearing lounge clothes. Stock up in Fall tones!
This donegal sweater is on my wish list. It screams "a New England Fall."
Roll neck sweaters have always been a J.Crew staple since the 1980s, and I love how this roll neck sweater is especially cozy for Fall and can be dressed up with jeans or down with joggers.
Speaking of blazers, J.Crew has my favorite blazers, and their Fall options are ALWAYS the best. I own more of their sweater blazers than I can count at this point, and they are possibly my favorite J.Crew piece of the past several years.
I also have and ADORE this houndstooth wool blazer. It's both classic and trendy at the same time. I've had a blazer similar to this herringbone schoolboy blazer for years too, and it's perfection. (I always go a size up in their blazers.)
If you need a heavier overcoat, the city coat is my absolute favorite jacket of all time, which I have worn for a decade now and ALWAYS get compliments on. It goes with everything, looks good with everything, and is comfortable. (runs slightly large)
I recently searched high and low for a classic sheath dress like this one. They are hard to find in the days of working from home, so if you need one, grab it, and style it for every season, every year.
I'm also a huge fan of the demi boot crop jean for a slightly more updated look than your skinny jeans, without getting TOO trendy. (True to size for me) Wear with sneakers, flats, loafers, clogs, ankle boots -- you name it.
And, I'll never NOT recommend corduroy pants in the Fall. It's Autumnal Americana at its finest.
Speaking of corduroy, if you add one classic Fall skirt to your arsenal, make it a button-up corduroy skirt. It's quintessential Fall from the 1970s to today.
For slightly chilly weather, I always wear my classic J.Crew quilted vest (true to size) and/or the super warm and fuzzy, very high-quality teddy vest (runs large). Buy these once and have them forever.
Denim jackets are also always in style, and currently, the look is a bit oversized and boxy -- perfect for sweater weather.
As for shoes, the classic loafer is having a moment as is the clog. But, if you're like me, you'll wear them every year regardless! I snagged the clogs last season, and they are true to exactly what you wore from J.Crew 20+ years ago. (True to size)
These suede knee-high boots with a heel made it onto my own personal wish list, as they are right on trend for an update to the classic riding boot, yet still look timeless.
This bucket bag is already a hit, but the classic colorways, style, and material mean you'll have it forever.
A classic print meets a modern trend with this herringbone turban headband. As a lifelong headband fan, I have no doubt I will add it to my cart at some point this season. But, if you prefer a more classic style, this herringbone headband is also lovely. I have a similar one from a prior season.
Lastly, I am always a fan of tortoise jewelry and this bauble ring really stood out to me as an affordable piece of Fall jewelry.
Shop the J.Crew Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
Bonus: Coastal Grandmother Edition of the J.Crew Capsule Wardrobe for Fall
Since "coastal grandmother" is such a hot trend right now, I have also created a coastal grandmother edition of the J.Crew capsule wardrobe for FALL. (And, if you aren't familiar with the trend, think: Diane Keaton wearing linen while taking a stroll on the beach in Something's Gotta Give.)
Now you've seen the entire J.Crew capsule wardrobe - FALL edit.