A capsule wardrobe featuring tan and camel

by Sylvia

A capsule wardrobe for fall featuring tan shades | 40plusstyle.com

Fall is around the corner and you may be thinking about adding new pieces to your wardrobe. It’s always good to add a few trendy pieces to your current wardrobe to look current and add a bit of styling fun! Today we give you ideas on how to do that for the Tan Shades trend!

Today I will focus on the tan shades trend and show you how to create a little capsule wardrobe around it.  I will show you 9 looks you can easily incorporate into your daily style.

As a quick reminder about capsule wardrobes, a capsule wardrobe is a versatile approach to having the most multifunctional closet.

  • The capsule wardrobe consists of pieces that are well coordinated (in other words, you can mix and match with ease)
  • A capsule wardrobe also coordinates well with other pieces in your closet (such as neutral blazers, pants, etc.)
  • They can range in number from a few pieces (such as 10 critical pieces) to about 30 pieces (including accessories).

The goal is to translate the runway trend to complete looks that work beyond Fashion week.


A capelet style blouse satisfies the cape trend that overtook the fall runways. In a neutral and clean shade, the look pairs well with pants or skirts and does a great job of creating the illusion of a thinner waistline.

We also embraced the tie-neck trend by selecting a crisp white blouse that is unassumingly chic and can be effortlessly dressed up or down. The shade of tan trend is incorporated with a lighter sweater that is minimal and multifunctional, and can be worn within a blazer for a dressier look or with jeans for a dressed down look.

A capsule wardrobe for fall featuring tan shades: tops and sweaters ideas | 40plusstyle.com


The beauty of the current season (and previous seasons), is that there are a multitude of pant leg styles that are in style. From wide leg to skinny jeans, your options are endless.

Key trends that you can incorporate are low key pinstripe pants in a flattering cut and shade (a navy blue if very multifunctional and classic), tan wide leg trousers (once again, these go with everything), and a pencil cut skirt.

A capsule wardrobe for fall featuring tan shades: bottoms, pants and jeans ideas| 40plusstyle.com


If a full-on cape style dress is not your cup of tea, you can take a capelet style approach. The sleeves have a cape effect that gives you a hint of the look without being overly dramatic.

For a more structured and ruffle approach, go with a basic gray dress that includes ruffles on the hem. It’s a little extra without being too overwhelming and does not limit the times and places you can wear the look.

A capsule wardrobe for fall featuring tan shades: dresses | 40plusstyle.com

Coats and Blazers

Two of the biggest coat trends to come off the runways for Fall were shearling or fur coats and navy military style coats.

To keep a fur or shearling coat purchase unregrettable, select a neutral color (I opted for black in this case) in a classic cut. This way, you get the edge of a trend with the staying power of a classic that will last you season after season.

To bring in the velvet trend, you can also opt for a velvet blazer in black, which carries enough of the trend in a way that is flexible enough for a variety of looks.

Fall capsule wardrobe: neutral and navy colored coats and blazers | 40plusstyle.com


Black straps and embellishments were the name of the game for this season’s shoe trends. Ankle straps play into this look without being too season or trend confined.

A classic pair of flats with a jeweled brooch-like embellishment has staying power, draws visual interest, and also ties in the brooch trend from this season.

Combine the shades of tan and animal print trends by selecting a leopard print pump or flat, with a print that serves as a neutral and can add interest to any look.

A capsule wardrobe for fall featuring tan shades: animal print shoes and black heels| 40plusstyle.com


Adding a pop of color or a unique and visually interesting accessory to your look is absolutely key (especially for the attention grabbing theme of this Fall).

Key trends in accessories this fall include long scarves, leather gloves, pearls, brooches, chokers, fur, and crossbody bags. Texture is also critical to this season’s looks, so go for chunkier necklaces, tasseled earrings, suede pieces, and soft fur in brighter tones to add a multi-dimensional and effortlessly chic tone to your look.

A capsule wardrobe for fall featuring tan shades: accessories, scarves, and bags| 40plusstyle.com

Here are 9 looks using the capsule pieces above

Fall 2016 tan trends capsule: 9 chic looks | 40plusstyle.com


Want more inspiration? Check out how these women over 40 wore camel and tan.


Will you incorporate tan hues into your fall wardrobe this year?


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melisa

I can’t wear tan without looking ill but I like the outfit with the pinstriped pants, white top, and oatmeal coat and also the gray jeans & briton sweater one. We rarely wear coats though, so without those and with flat shoes for me. BTW, your link says “Shoes of Prey leopard print flats” but goes to heels. I looked for gray jeans last year to replace my old pair that had zipper failure, but no luck. Maybe I will find some this year.


2 Melisa

Forgot to say that I find the bow neck shirts very old lady-ish. Even in the catalogs when they are worn my young models, they look very matronly to me. I saw someone wearing one with the bow untied and left open to hang and that looked a little better but I think I will feel like I’ve given up the battle once I start wearing those.


3 Natalie

I agree. The tie blouse feels very 80’s when we were trying to navigate the corporate scene…..I’d rather just go for an androgynous look.


4 Melisa

Sorry to hog your comments section but I just noticed the outfit for me isn’t put together in the photos but would be the oatmeal sweater with the purple scarf (I need the color near my face) with the pinstriped pants (which I love) and some leopard flats if I could find some or some low booties.


5 Sylvia

Thanks for your feedback Melissa. Yes I agree that you need to be careful with bowties but if paired with more ‘youthful’ items I think they can work. Great that you found your perfect outfit from the capsule. If tan is not a great color for you, it’s also very good to combined it with brighter hues through scarf or jewelry.


6 Natalie

I have a couple of vintage fur stoles sitting in storage. Any ideas how to repurpose them and embrace the fall fur trend?


7 Sylvia

I think they would look great with some of your trendier or casual clothes. It will create a nice contrast and will look modern.


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