Coat: Vintage | Dress: Brandy Melville | Boots: Alexander Wang x H&M
You’ve read the title and I mean it. Well, this year, I suggest that you don’t buy a winter coat from stores.
As a fashion blogger and bargain hunter, I’m already starting to look at the prices of winter coats this year at my favorite stores like ASOS, Mango, or Aritzia. They are pricey, but in addition, they aren’t the heaviest quality. I live in the NYC area so it gets cold and I want a coat that will actually keep me warm. At the same time, I don’t want to be spending $300 on a coat.
Ready for my solution?
Isn’t thrifting the solution to everything though? Ehh, maybe not, but for this winter, it is! I have been thrifting vintage women’s and men’s jackets ranging between $6-$20 (what a difference from $300). And these coats are all 100% wool or 100% cashmere! These will actually keep me warm (but they are super stylish at the same time).
Since this season is all about the blazer trend and vintage plaid prints, I guarantee you will find a coat within that trend at your local thrift store.
Tip: I recommend taking the shoulder pads out of your thrifted coats because personally, that 80s look is too bulky for me and it looks like I stepped out of The Breakfast Club.
I am all for capsule wardrobes. While my entire closet is not a capsule wardrobe and I don’t practice minimalism religiously, I still love to create capsule wardrobes for personal ease when picking out outfits or when I’m travelling. It makes choosing outfits a whole lot easier.
Read on for a step-by-step guide of how to create your own fall capsule wardrobe.
For my fall capsule wardrobe this year, I stuck to a maximum of 15 items including clothing, shoes, and hats. I chose some classic fall essentials, some classic all-year favorites, and some new pieces I recently bought that I want to incorporate.
This is what my fall capsule wardrobe looks like:
And you can totally shop my fall wardrobe here:
Now, let’s move on to how to create your own fall capsule chic wardrobe (and I really encourage you to try!):
Step 01. Be true to your style. I feel like “capsule wardrobes” created a stigma of very simple, minimalistic clothing. That’s not true at all – you can make it how you want it to be and don’t be afraid!
Step 02. Pick out clothing and accessories according to these 3 categories: your classic fall essentials, your year-round favorites, and your newly bought items or items that have been sitting in the back of your closet forever.
I’m one of those people that have an overflowing drawer of scarves and I never wear them….and it’s time for me to change that. If you’re looking to amp up your style a little bit or add more detail, then scarves might be the answer to your problem. Sooo, let’s style those scarves that are sitting in the back of your closet:
bandeau style: take a wider long scarf and wrap it and tie it around your bust; widen the scarf to cover what you want covered. if you are wearing a strapless bra or bandeau underneath, you can tuck it in.
headband style: take a wider long scarf and place it under your hair in the back; wrap it around to the top of your head, twisting it, then bringing the ends back down to under your hair in the back where you can tie the ends together and tuck it in.
long choker style: use any skinny long scarf or even a ribbon; tie it all the way around your neck and make sure each end is equal length.
kimono style: take a big scarf and simply wrap it around your body like a jacket without sleeves.
turtleneck/choker style: take a wider long scarf and simply tie it around your neck and tuck in the ends.
on your bag handle style:my favorite! simply tie it around your basket bag or any handle on any bag to add a little something extra to it.
with a ponytail style: tie your hair up in a fedora and using any longer scarf, tie it around your ponytail holder; leave the ends hanging or tuck it in.
old hollywood style: using a square scarf, fold it in half so the opposite corners match eachother, and place the triangle shape on the back of your head facing down; tie the ends under your chin. add big sunglasses to complete the look!
with a fedora style: using your fedora, wrap the scarf around the hat, tie it, and tuck it in.
flight attendant style: take a square scarf and fold it in half so the opposite corners match eachother; with the triangle shape in the back, tie the ends in the front around your neck; position it to the side.
warm cozy style: if you have a real big scarf meant for fall and winter and it’s cold outside, this is for you! fold it in half so the opposite corners match eachother, and place the triangle shape in the front; take each end and wrap it around your neck to the opposite side of your body.
Happy scarf styling! Which style is your favorite?