Since reading deadfleurette's F/W planning post, I've begun to turn my attention to making my own list. The weather seems to have turned, going from hot to cold and then back again. When it's winter I dream of summer dressing, but as soon as it's summer I'm desperate for winter again. I certainly prefer the layers and scope of winter. I have also been inspired for a long time by the concept of a 4-5 piece wardrobe, as discussed at length on thefashionspot. Having hundreds of clothes has never really appealed to me, and I've never been drawn to fast fashion. But with constant wardrobe culls (it's a guilty pleasure of mine) I really own very little! So I guess this post is a chance to work through the gaps, and work out a small, but effective list of the things I could buy that would have the most impact. Firstly I'll list what I already own that I am happy with.
- Brown leather skirt
- Powder blue Ralph Lauren shirt
- Assorted long and short sleeve t-shirts
- Cashmere jumpers
- Black ballet flats
- Brown suede ankle boots
Of course I have more but really there is far too little. I am particularly lacking in the trousers. I despise jean shopping, and the pair I've had for the last 5 years have finally given up the ghost. The shops are saturated with things that weren't even nice enough to shift at bargain sale prices, so are hardly the most inspiring places right now. The thing that will totally revolutionize my wardrobe is getting a job (which will hopefully happen sooner or later). I've never had much money to have the clothes I dream of. But money wouldn't lead to frivolity, it would actually increase the planning staging of buying even further - the price of anything has to be justified.
So, what do I want to buy? The latest Isabel Marant show did not grab me at first, but the idea of the cropped and rolled trousers has really grown on me, but the jeans have to work when unrolled as well so that it isn't just a one note look. I usually head to Gap for jeans that last well for the price but there is nothing but dark washes at the moment. Ideally I want black and a lighter side of medium wash. I am wondering if an investment in J Brand is worth the money. I saw a tv show where they went behind the scenes at the J Brand factory, and I was really impressed with the amount of effort that goes into getting every aspect of colour, fit and the perfect amount of bought 'distress'. As I'm short I think a cropped version would hit me on the ankle which is the most flattering length on any height.
Secondly, I am so in love with my Isabel Marant style ankle boots so I really want tons of them! Beige, black, leather, suede. All assortments of ankle boots really, chelsea boots perhaps - a more fitted type that don't just have to be worn over the top of trousers.
I feel that the search for the perfect t-shirt is an ongoing one, but shirts are a lot easier. I really love these American Vintage ones (in white). International online store please open soon!
The most crucial item is a new coat. The last few years I have survived the British winters with nothing but a short wool jacket. I don't think I want to do that again so I will be on the hunt for a coat that falls slightly above the knee. Ideally camel, but I'll settle for black.
I'm really being drawn back to the Isabel Marant look, but with my own take on it. As much as I am really not a fan of Kate Bosworth, I absolutely adore this outfit. I love the skirt.....Not great for winter, but never mind!
Sources: jbrandjeans.com / am-vintage.com / justjared.com
This has turned into a bit of ramble, sorry! I will let you know if I stick to the list or not. I would love to hear other people's lists : )