All the TikTok Fashion Girlies Are Building Fall Capsule Wardrobes—Here’s How to Do It for Less

McKenzie Cordell for PureWow

The term “capsule wardrobe”—used to describe a pared down selection of clothing, shoes and accessories that can be easily mixed and matched to create ensembles with minimal effort—is nothing new. But it is having a renaissance on social media, where fashion influencers are showing us how to create their own capsules full of versatile styles for fall. And they’re all opting for pieces from Kohl’s that are both affordable and elevated.

Why the sudden resurgence? Blame it on inflation, busy fall schedules or maximizing small closets—capsule wardrobes can save you money, time and space. Even if you love scooping the latest trends (hello, crocheted kitschy sweaters), having a capsule of clothing will help you stay within budget. And this fall, we’re all about looking chic and not overspending.

Here, three savvy fashion influencers break down how to build your own affordable capsule wardrobe, and how to style it so you never run out of outfits.

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe, According to Three Style Gurus:

1. Focus on Just 1 Super-Versatile Item

Make your capsule wardrobe go the extra mile by honing in on one everyday staple that you can style a myriad of ways. Minimal fashionista @kerifay used just one white button-down from Kohl’s paired with cargo pants, jeans, a maxi skirt and athleisure dress to create four different outfits.

2. Invest in Outerwear, Save on Vests

When creating a capsule that’s heavy on layers (or any capsule for that matter), it’s important to be selective—not every piece needs to be an investment piece. Take a cue from style maven Kenzie Welch and spend a bit more on workhorse pieces that you’ll reach for year after year, but save on more trend-forward items. “This trench coat had me shook,” says @stylingwithkenzie in reference to this London Fog jacket. In other clips, she layers the two white button-downs, an on-trend vest (for under $30) and tanks with various trousers to achieve a dozen different outfits.

3. Opt for Neutrals, but Don’t Shy Away from Fun

Curvy fashion influencer Nita Danielle opted for everyday basics—like a tank, bodysuit, heels and leather jacket—in basic black to go with everything else she owns. But adding in a midi skirt in an unexpected purple hue and leopard print bow heels proves capsule wardrobes don’t have to be boring. As long as all the pieces can give you the most bang for your hard-earned buck, like @nitadanielle’s picks from Kohl’s, you’re doing it right.

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