Fall Workwear Capsule: 18 items for under $315
Last year I did an 11 piece work capsule from Target but it was more business professional looks. When I asked you all if I should do it again it was a huge YES!! Although I got a lot of feedback that you needed more business casual looks. This year I decided to add more color and add a few jewelry pieces in the mix.
When I put together this capsule I wanted items that could work now in the heat and into cooler morning weather. In Texas our fall is typically still pretty warm so a lighter cardigan is all I tend to wear until about late October so I went with those options versus searching out jackets.
Rolled Cuff Sleeveless Crewneck Blouse| Black Mid-Rise Jeggings | Faux Leather Printed Mules | Long Sleeve Open Cardigan Sweater in Oatmeal | Micah Pointy Toe Loafers |Sleeveless V-Neck Woven Tunic | A New Day Cardigan in Brown |Ponte Pencil Skirt (prefer this one)| Leopard Print Top | A New Day Nude Pointed Toe Pumps (not pictured)|Flutter Short Sleeve Crewneck Sandwash T-Shirt| High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants
Additional Accessories: Leopard Print Calf Hair Belt | Women’s Chain Tassel Necklace | Fishhook Hoop Earrings | SUGARFIX Classic Resin Hoop Earrings | Printed Necklace (not shown)| Scarf (pictured above)
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DETAILS TO NOTE
In the pictures you will notice I am wearing the Sam Edelman in nude leather pumps, unfortunately I was not able to get the Target brand ones in fast enough in my size so these had to be a stand-in, although I have them in another color so able to be accurate on sizing.
New Arrivals: the brown cardigan and the resin hoop earrings I found in my local store and have not yet loaded online. I have linked similar color and style for the time being but will update when available.
The other item not pictured is the printed necklace, this is a leopard print necklace that I found as a shorter necklace to go with many of the outfits. I again did not get that in quick enough so I subbed in an older Kendra Scott necklace. I feel that with capsule wardrobes you should look at what you have in your closet then grab a few new items to fill in for current color and style.
Also the skirt pictured is a stretchy Ponte fabric (left) but after pictures I got in the twill pencil skirt (right) and totally preferred that one, one of the reasons is that the back zipper is just more professional and the fabric is more of a suit skirt.
I ordered these printed mules because I wanted another shoe option but when I got them in and started mixing them with outfits I didn’t love them. I’m not super big into flats at work but I know a lot of you are so I tried to bring a 2nd flat option. If I were to do it again I think I would either order a 2nd pair of the loafers in tan or the mules in taupe.
Let’s also talk sizing, I’m 5’5 and typically wear a size M/10 top, I’m a 36DD so I do have to worry about items being tighter across the chest or too low cut. In Target bottoms I typically size up to a 12 and it’s been correct, although in other brands I wear a 10.
Here is how each item fit:
- Rolled Cuff Sleeveless Crewneck Blouse true to size, M
- Black Mid-Rise Jeggings size down if in-between 10 short
- Faux Leather Printed Mules true to size but would have gotten different color
- Long Sleeve Open Cardigan Sweater in Oatmeal true to size, I’m in a L needed a M
- Micah Pointy Toe Loafers true to size
- Sleeveless V-Neck Woven Tunic true to size, M but this is very low cut
- A New Day Cardigan in Brown (other cardigan same color) the cardigan in the pics runs true to size, M will update link when it loads to the site
- Ponte Pencil Skirt this versions is very stretchy with pockets but definitely need to go up 1-2 sizes, in a 12 would have preferred 14
- Twill Pencil Skirt this feels like a typical suit skirt and looks longer because I sized up and got a 14 and it fits perfect.
- Leopard Print Top I’m in a 2XL (only size I could find at the time) but tried it on in another print and would need a L, so size up if you have a larger chest
- A New Day Nude Pointed Toe Pumps (not pictured) these run true to size (have them in leopard)
- Flutter Short Sleeve Crewneck Sandwash T-Shirt true to size, M
- High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants true to size and have an internal stretchy band that I LOVE, 12
- Leopard Print Calf Hair Belt in a L, this fits easily around my waist and on the last notch with jeans closer to my hips.
Let’s start with this green flutter sleeve tee, it is super soft and thicker and nicer looking than a typical tee and more like a blouse. I love the longer short sleeve even wearing it on it’s own. This top comes in 3 colors (blush, olive & black)
The long tassel necklace you see with two of the looks I love because it is almost a dupe for more expensive Kendra Scott long tassel necklaces for a fraction the price.
Chic Jean Friday Capsule Mix Up:
Outfit #4: Sleeveless V-Neck Woven Tunic | High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants | Long Sleeve Open Cardigan Sweater in Oatmeal | Similar Nude Pointed Toe Pumps| Leopard Print Calf Hair Belt | Fishhook Hoop Earrings
Outfit #6: Sleeveless V-Neck Woven Tunic | Ponte Pencil Skirt (prefer this one) | Leopard Print Calf Hair Belt | Similar Nude Pointed Toe Pumps | Leopard Print Calf Hair Belt | SUGARFIX Classic Resin Hoop Earrings
This tunic length blouse has a very light woven pattern and it very light weight. I noticed when I tried it on that it is pretty low cut so if you have a job where you are moving around or bending over (hello teachers) I would definitely put a cami under it.
Since it is so lightweight it’s a great transitional piece that will work in hot weather but can be an under layer as it gets colder. I honestly didn’t love the color of the printed mules with the top so I decided to show you a few more shoe options that I love.
Shoe Capsule Mix Up:
I loved this look with the longer tunic and cardigan but thought there are more fun shoes than JUST pumps and to be honest the printed mules are not the same color tone as the sweater. I grabbed my Steve Madden studded loafers and Target block heel pumps (in taupe) and LOVED how both of these could also work with this outfit.
Outfit #7: Leopard Print Top |Long Sleeve Open Cardigan Sweater in Oatmeal | Black Mid-Rise Jeggings | Faux Leather Printed Mules | Women’s Chain Tassel Necklace | SUGARFIX Classic Resin Hoop Earrings
As I mentioned in the fit section I’m in a 2XL top with the back tightened so keep in mind my correct size of a L would be a bit shorter and tighter. Of all the leopard tops I’ve found this season this one is by far the best for the price. It has a silky blouse feel and a great nude/ camel color that goes great with browns, blacks and color.
Since again I wasn’t the biggest fan of the mules I had to show that this top looks so good with the ankle pants and some block heeled pumps for an early fall look.
Early Fall it’s SO HOT capsule mix up:
I wasn’t sure I was originally going to use this blouse but out of all the tops I got in this one was just really nice feeling, had great details and I loved that it comes in this cream & black print as well as a block print with light pink. It flows away from the body just enough while untucked but also looks gorgeous tucked in. The WOW factor though are the buttons down the back and tab at the shoulder.
Since this blouse felt the most professional of them all (the leopard was close 2nd) I thought it would be great to mix it up with a blazer and some heels to show a professional look.
Professional Dress Capsule Mix Up:
12 core items (2 sweaters, 4 tops, 3 bottoms and 3 pairs of shoes) = $241.26
(with 5% RedCard Discount & code SHOES20 for 20% off shoes) = $229.20
6 accessories (2 Earrings, 2 Necklaces, 1 belt and 1 scarf) = $89.90
(with 5% RedCard Discount) = $85.41
18 Pieces $331.16 (with 5% RedCard Discount & 20% off shoes) = $314.60
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I hope you love this affordable workwear capsule, let me know in the comments below if this is a type of post you would like to see each season.
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