Fashion 101: Your 16-Piece Fall Winter Capsule Wardrobe

January 8th, 2009

Omiru Fall Winter Capsule WardrobeOmiru’s 16-Piece Fall Winter Capsule Wardrobe (from left to right): #1: The Blazer Jacket, #2: The Cold Weather Coat, #3: The Day Coat, #4: The Peacoat, #5: The Cardigan, #6: The Pullover Sweater, #7: The Sweatervest, #8: The Day Dress, #9: The Drapey Blouse, #10: The Button Down Shirt, #11: The Patterned Shell, #12: The Dressy Tee, #13: The Perfect Fit Jeans, #14: The Wide Trouser Pants, #15: The Casual Trousers, #16: The Cold Weather Skirt.

After we created our bare-bones list of essential wardrobe foundations, we started getting questions about what makes a more well-rounded core wardrobe.  Our 10-piece skeleton wardrobe, though functional, lacks the variety and spice of a real woman’s closet. 

Enter our 16-Piece Fall Winter capsule wardrobe.  This foundation wardrobe is still purposefully small, but it was designed with versatility in mind to feel much bigger.  With a little creativity and some strategic accessorizing, the variety of outfits you can make with it is pretty darned amazing.

As for the pieces in the capsule wardrobe, they’re a mix of designer and more affordable styles.  We aimed for a high-low combo that mimics a stylish woman’s carefully edited wardrobe.  If your wardrobe looks nothing like this, don’t fret.  These are styles that you pick up over time, piece by piece.  Not only because most of these items are trend-proof pieces that are worth the investment, but also because your taste evolves over time.  On a related note, we don’t mean for our picks to be a straight shopping list; rather we intend for them to inform your own choices so that your wardrobe has your own personal stamp.

Over the next few months, we’ll be making a bunch of outfits from these 16 pieces, plus accessories.  And as with our other Ready Made Outfits, we’ll be highlighting core principles about putting together a chic outfit along the way.  Our aim, which feels especially appropriate in our economic situation, is to give you the inspiration to do more with less.  

Look for our first Capsule Wardrobe outfit tomorrow.

Trisha and the Omiru Team

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits,Women

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  January 8th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    It would be great if you could do the same article for guys

  • 2. Allison  |  January 8th, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I love this! I’m looking forward to seeing different combinations you come up with, and how they might translate into my own closet.
    Also, where is that divine red coat from??

  • 3. Heather Darnell  |  January 8th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Who makes the #2 Cold Weather Coat? It is to die for!

  • 4. Sal  |  January 8th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Oooh, can’t wait to see the outfits. I’m already coveting many of your picks, Trisha. Also curious to see what accessories get thrown into the mix!

  • 5. RobynT  |  January 8th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Cool… yeah, my concern is, where I live, I need a long-sleeve wool sweater everyday (or long-sleeve fleece or possibly a long-sleeve wool jacket, but the sweater seems best in terms of price and versatility)… but maybe I just lack imagination?

  • 6. Lily  |  January 8th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Where are these items from? I love the cold weather coat!

  • 7. Andry  |  January 8th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    This is amazing. Is there any chance you’re creating a men’s version anytime soon?

  • 8. Steve  |  January 8th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Please do this for us fellas too (if it’s not too much trouble)! ‘ll be eternally grateful.

  • 9. Harper  |  January 8th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    The cardigan is so cute! I wish you guys would tell us where it’s all from =(

  • 10. Trisha  |  January 8th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry–didn’t mean to hide where the garments came from! Here’s a link to the items on Polyvore:

    The Cold Weather Coat is from Dorothy Perkins, but it’s out of stock:

    The Cardigan is from J Crew, and it too is out of stock.

    Yes, we can do this for guys too! Just give us a little time to get this women’s version off the ground :)

    Thanks for the love,

  • 11. Key Wii  |  January 10th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Nice Fall Winter Pieces. I do need a few items on the list, like #2 and the wide-legged jeans/pants. Honestly, I’ve been hankering for those for a good while now.

  • 12. Mi Fashion Blog  |  January 17th, 2009 at 2:50 am

    I like what you’ve put together. There are some really lovely colors!

  • 13. Shauna  |  January 19th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I happened upon this wonderful list not even two weeks after it was published, and everything on this list is already sold out! Would it be possible to suggest similar alternatives to these items for those of us who didn’t buy the items the day the list came out?

  • 14. Trisha  |  January 19th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Shuana,

    The purpose of the list wasn’t to create a straight shopping list, but yes, we’re interested in providing shopping alternatives for foundation wardrobe items–for this Fall Winter capsule wardrobe and beyond. Great pieces sell out so fast, so we’re looking into how we can do this right.

    Thanks for the Omiru love,

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