Fall Wardrobe Staples

Hi friends! How’s your day going?? Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. I’m hitting up the gym for a quick upper body workout and then we’re heading to the bay to play for a while. I still have a mountain of laundry to do, but it can wait until P’s naptime. Livi has music class later today (so fun) and I teach barre tonight.

Since the weather has been cooling down (for the most part, minus the freak heat wave we’re experiencing), I thought it would be fun to talk fall fashion today. 

Remember when I did a capsule(ish) wardrobe??

Well I think we all know how well that worked out for the long term. I think my thing is that I revert to the pieces that I love and use them over and over again, but end up rotating some of the more trendy pieces in the mix. The current exception: the 1990s trends that are currently back in style. About 99% of them make me want to die, and also brought back vivid memories of badly-fitting mom jeans, feeling cool while wearing my new embroidered and patches jacket, plus rejection from my middle school crush while wearing JNCO jeans, a CK One top and a choker. Never again. Never again. 

Even though I’m not doing a traditional capsule wardrobe, I’ll definitely have my staples that I rotate through throughout the season. I thought I’d share some of my favorite pieces for a mild fall/winter.

If you have any faves you’re currently loving, or something you’re scoping out, please shout it out in the comments section! I always love virtually shopping with you all. 😉

FALL 2016 capsule wardrobe checklist


Classic plaid button-up*

Chambray button-up**

White tee and black tee* (only $12 and 

Flowy top* (on sale; I have 3 of these and LOVE them)

Dressy tank

Casual top

Capsule wardrobe tops for fall 2016


Neutral shirt dress*

LBD (I have this one and love it)

Jacquard dress

Plaid dress*

Lacey dress 

Casual floral dress ($46. whaaaaat)

capsule wardrobe dresses for fall 2016


Deep red moto pants** ($39!)

Destroyed denim**

Black skinny jeans*

Bootcut pants 

capsule wardrobe bottoms and shoes for fall 2016


1 pair of rain boots*

1 pair of booties

1 casual sneaker

1 flat (very similar style here for way less)

Tall brown boots**

Printed flat

1 heel*


Printed sweater**

Neutral cardigan ($12.99)**

Off shoulder sweater (yay, Target)

Turtleneck sweater (need this one)


Cargo jacket**

Classic blazer ($30 version at Target here)

Moto jacket (on sale right now!)

Neutral raincoat

So, tell me friends: what’s something that you’re rotating through this season? What’s something you have your eye on? Feel free to link away!!

See ya later today with a fitness post. 🙂



*= things I personally own, or ** = super similar

Others are on the wish list 🙂

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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 27, 2016 at 6:30 am

    That cutout sweater I think I need. I’m always looking for unique clothes that are a bit on the edgy side.

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

      same! i like that it has a little something special to it

  2. Jenni on September 27, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I pretty much went shopping directly from these links. You should do these posts more often! It makes me consider styles I wouldn’t otherwise (and is just a lot of fun!)

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

      yay, i’m so glad you found some new goodies! i love reading posts like this too! it’s always fun to get new ideas 🙂

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on September 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I’m all about plaid shirts, skinny jeans, and boots in the fall. Though I recently purchased a sleeveless turtleneck from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that’s getting it’s fair share of wear, too!

    Trends for Fall… I can still rock a classic choker. But velvet?! Maybe in some accessories, but why oh why is it all over the runways. There’s no need to bring me back to that ill-fitting fabric, ha!

    Thanks for sharing your favs!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

      there are so many things that are coming back that i’m like NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  4. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on September 27, 2016 at 7:42 am

    That printed flat from J Crew is super cute! I’m not much of a heel wearer (I prefer my shoes to be comfy), so I could totally see myself wearing them.

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

      i love them, too!!

  5. Sharon on September 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Ha! ” JNCO jeans, a CK One top and a choker.”
    That brought back some vivid images for me. I lovED chokers!! Thank you for that. 😀

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

      hahah so many chokers. i’m right there with ya

  6. Katie on September 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    LOVE everything that you linked…. Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, especially for the fashion. I was recently pleasantly surprised by a pair of skinny pants from Walmart of all places! They are by the brand Jordache and cost $25 here in Canada. I can’t find a link, but they are skinny denim leggings that still have pockets and a zipper. They are super soft and stretchy, and are SO comfy! They have pretty fall colours like maroon and olive green (I got green!). Over all a great find for a great price! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

      love finds like that!! they sound amazing! 🙂

  7. Erika S. on September 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I love blazers & boots in the fall. I can’t wait to get more jeans…while I love skinny jeans, I love flared jeans and the wide leg cut. Boots…I still can’t get enough of OTK ones. Flats, short stacked heel, stiletto…love them all. I am on the hunt for a nice, black, flat pair.

  8. erin @Serindipity1214 on September 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I’m obsessed with Tom’s fringe booties! The heel is the perfect height for all occasions and they go with virtually everything! They’re super comfy, plus they support a good cause. Also, I’m hankering for a army green cargo jacket. I also want a big floppy hat. The French Fashion House Tarjay, has some great fall sweaters, too.

  9. Crystal on September 28, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I’m right there with you on most of the 90s trends…noooo.

    I tried a capsule wardrobe once and failed miserably. I usually just buy things I really like and find a way to make it work. I do like to invest in quality shoes, boots, etc. I just broke down and bought some tieks and I’m looking for some nice brown leather boots for fall. Considering Frye boots, but I’ve heard once you get some, there’s no going back 😮

  10. Bethann Wagner on October 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I remember you looking pretty dope in JNCO jeans and tattoo chokers 🙂 These updates are better suited for adult Gina though. You have such good taste/style and you did in the late 90’s too!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      LOL. oh man, a person who has seen my 90s style in real life 😉
      ps the red dress in your last post is everything

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