10 Pieces, 10 Outfits: A Fall Capsule Wardrobe Inspired by Paris and NYC
Meghan Donovan shares her timeless approach to fall style.
Meghan, who splits her time between New York City and Paris, is all about versatile, well-made pieces that will last in her wardrobe for many years. And fall is her favorite time of year to get dressed. “What’s fun about fall dressing is that there are so many options, and you can really get creative with layering,” says Meghan. “Sometimes in the fall, I’ll pick my entire outfit based on the coat or the sweater.”
Her approach to dressing is informed by the cities where she lives and works, but also by a desire for longevity and a deep understanding of her own personal style. “Outfits that are simple yet impactful are where I feel most confident in getting dressed,” Meghan explains. “I often think to myself, ‘Okay, what would you be wearing if you were waking up in Paris?’ And I try to get dressed the same way in New York. My goal is always to wear something that’s timeless and effortless, and yet makes me look really put-together. Oftentimes, my hope is that I look like I spent a lot more time getting dressed than I actually did.”
For her capsule, Meghan selected 10 pieces that reflect her classic approach to style. Below, check out her 10×10 wardrobe featuring Power Casual outfits you can make with her picks.
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“I love the details on the Kasha coat. The collar has blazer-style lapels, and the split cuff is such a thoughtful touch. This is an example of a coat that elevates every look. You could throw this on over an athleisure outfit for school drop-off or running errands, and you’d instantly look really chic. I actually don’t own a lot of turtlenecks, but this one has a really modern take. It’s not an overly bulky neck, and the fact that it has the split hem allows you to wear it with a variety of different bottoms.”
“The blazer and hoodie combo is a favorite of mine, and what I really like about the fit of these two together is that they didn’t add additional bulk. I feel like blazers have gotten really oversized in the last year, and that’s not something I’m personally going to be wearing. The O’Hara blazer is a really nice in-between piece, because it has that boyfriend cut, but it’s not too oversized. And I was so delighted when I tried on the Freya hoodie. The built-in mock is such a thoughtful detail, and it makes the piece really elevated—it doesn’t look like a hoodie that you just grabbed off the shelf and threw on.”
“I’ve had the Merritt jardigan since 2020, and I love it so much. The maroon Leslie T-shirt looked so nice with the latte color. This shade of maroon is really versatile, because it isn’t strictly a holiday red, but it could definitely work around the holidays. I often bring the Curie pants to Paris, because they travel so well. I call them my magic pants. People always ask where they’re from—they’re just that type of piece.”
“The trouser trend is something that I didn’t see coming. So often, trousers are seen as very corporate. But then I started following girls in Paris and London on TikTok, and I realized that they were wearing trousers way more than they were wearing jeans. And I was like, ‘I could do that. I should do that. That feels very true to my personal style.’ The Horton pants have a nice high rise on them, so they create a balance with the cropped Arbus sweater. I brought my old intern, who’s in her early 20s, to help with the shoot, and she was like, ‘I love these pants. Do I need these pants?’ Even if trousers aren’t ‘cool’ anymore in a year or two, I’ll still be wearing them, because they make me feel good. I think that’s the core of how everyone should get dressed each day.”
“To me, this is an ideal travel outfit, because I’m not someone who travels in sweats. Especially when I’m traveling to Paris, I often can’t check in until six or seven hours after I’ve arrived, so I want to be able to hit the ground running. Plus, I’m always cold on planes, and I always overpack, so I have to wear my coat on the plane. This is probably what I’ll wear for my flight to Paris next week.”
“The Whitney skirt was such a fun, exciting piece for me to see, because I’ve been wanting to incorporate a vegan leather mini skirt into my wardrobe. I kept seeing them pop up at different stores, but I didn’t find one I loved until I saw the Whitney. My friend Jessica also wore it in Paris recently, and she styled it in a very edgy, cool way. The way I styled it here, with the Leslie T-shirt, is how I would wear it to go to a meeting and then meet up with my girlfriends for drinks. I love the combination of a classic T-shirt with something a bit dressier.”
“I love the length of the Kasha coat. I’m 5’5”, and it hits me basically right at the knee, which is about the same length I like for my miniskirts. I love fall dressing, because you can start with the layer and then build from there, so I always try to think of cohesive looks.”
“The fact that the Gwynne dress can be both a dress and a jacket is amazing. In my opinion, this piece should be in every single suitcase you ever pack. You have the chicest blazer dress to wear out at night, but you could also wear it to a meeting as a trench. And let me tell you, I had this rolled up to shoot, and when I pulled it out, it didn’t need any wrinkle release, steaming—nothing. I put it to the test, and it really did a great job.”
“For this look, I took the Whitney skirt and styled it in more of a street-style outfit with the Freya hoodie—which is both casual and elevated—and the O’Hara blazer. I love how this look turned out. I was like, ‘I can’t wait to wear this again.’ If you’re looking for inspiration on pieces to bring on a trip, this is a great example of an outfit that could go from day to night. You could wear it with an over-the-knee boot. You could wear little suede booties, like I did here. If you don’t need tights, you could style this with sneakers. It’s a very versatile look.”
“I have tried on blazer dresses before, and they’ve never been a fit for me. But the Gwynne made me feel like a million bucks. My photographer remarked, ‘You look like a celebrity coming out of her hotel.’ You could wear this without anything underneath it, but I chose to layer it over my Leslie T-shirt in black. It would also look really pretty with the silk Lisey cami. This dress is just uber cool, and I love the versatility.”