15.8.11

Wardrobe | The perfect autumn wardrobe

Image via Flickr and the lovely Vicky.
The A/W wardrobe. Something us mere bloggers spend hours thinking over, lusting over, dreaming over. The first instinct comes when your favorite shops start stocking the winter ranges, however much the sun is shining outside, you find yourself lingering over a knitted sweater or a pair of fur lined boots. The second comes when your favorite magazines start on it - "THE PERFECT CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR A/W" screams from the front cover. And the third stage, the beggining of planning - alas the stage that makes you count your money in your paypal account and think "oh well, I really need that super adorable hat/heavy denim jacket/insert wintery item here". Currently, I'm at stage three. How many items can you get? Where from? What money budget are you thinking off? What trend are you going for? After reading Susannah Frankel's recent column in the Independent, I decided to get down to it, and start the planning stage.
  • The first thing to think about is the kind of trend you want to go for. A good place to start is of course, trusty Style.com for the catwalks, Vogue, Elle. and online blogs. Sure, Fetish inspired bondage gear might not be everyones cup of tea, but there are some really great guidelines to follow around. 10 years back from the recent 70's trend, the 60's mixed with some futurist elements and slick boyish tailoring are my go to styles.
  • Secondly, think of your wardobe! There is no point spending lots on on items you already have enough of. Keeping in mind with my still ongoing capsule wardrobe project, I'll be looking for pieces that keep in the trends, but also can easily be styled with older pieces from other seasons.
  • Think of your budget. Being a 15 year old student, lets face it, I don't have lots to spend. Gather an idea of how much you want to spend, and the relevent shops you can look for. Online market places like eBay or Etsy are always good to look for pieces at a cheaper price, after all, trends are recycled all the time.
  • And lastly, make a mood board! My inspirations has come from "This is England 86'", old 60's movies, back issues of old magazines, and skin heads.
I've been thinking of 5 items in particular. Firstly, a cool polo shirt. Topshop, Lazy oaf and Fred Perry have always stocked some great styles, and as well as nodding towards the skin head, boyish vibe, they easily fit into my every day school uniform. An slightly over sized 6o's styled coat. Maybe something with a peter pan collar, something similar to the gorgeous coats Audery Hepburn wears in all her movies. A burgandy sweater. A navajo rucksack. and lastly, a fur collar. What looks are you interested in for this coming winter? Have you begun on your wardrobe? Oh and I almost forgot to ask, does anyone know how to use a Dell for blogger? Being on hols, I've been using the hotels old old DELL, and my layout is coming up distorted, and won't let me open new tabs to reply to your comments! HELP! Panda xo

24 comments:

  1. I've started my wardrobe with an incredibly trashy leopard print coat. I'm going for simple clothes with statement jewellery and coats this year, for sure. I am getting my inspiration from everywhere though, native americans (still loving the aztec thing), hippies, bikers. Ahh I love autumn! x

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  2. Awesome shoes !
    I want to have the blue creepers !

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  3. Garr.... A/W already, my bank isn't going to like that... I'm thinking big jumpers with jazzy shirts underneath and skinny chinos or jeans. Inspired by english boarding school chic and emma watson

    www.converseandchords.blogspot.com

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  4. I think I'm going plan exactly like this for my a/w wardrobe, I really need to stop just walking into a shop and buying whatever I lay my hands on! It's not good for the contents of my paypal account!

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  5. Love creepers :)

    www.Crystallized-Elements.blogspot.com

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  6. Love those creepers so so much, really wish i could afford some!
    x

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  7. yeah, i have starteed buying clothes for college/winter and have gonee for quite simple, quality investment pieces as they need to last a longg time- the perfect chelsea boots which i purchased recently, next knitwear! Greatt post!

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  8. i want creepers! i hope they put some in tkmaxx someday.... maybe i'm being too hopeful?

    awesome outfit.

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena ♥

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  9. Hi,Um...i have awarded you the 'one lovely blog award'so if you would like to visit http://woodenwardrobe.blogspot.com/p/lovely-blog-award.html it will show you how to accept the award ;if you want to.
    hollie :)

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  10. yay for creepers! as for me, I'm going back to basics for the fall, but I'm lusting over giant granpa-y cardigans and oxfords; i love the menswear trend. great post, have fun on holiday :)

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  11. such great advice! I never really plan outfits and seasons but i might just start doing so! Hope you're having fun on holiday! :)

    Joel

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  12. Ah I love those creepers so much - I so wish I could afford some!
    xxx

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  13. Really liked reading this post, I should really plan ahead too, I need to sell my clothes I dont really wear so I can get new ones...just a bit of effort lol
    x

    milkandlotsofsugar.blogspot.com

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  14. i love lazy oaf! and those creepers are just..<3
    Krissy xoxo

    www.swallowmyfashion.blogspot.com

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  15. I just want shoes and boots. A Barbour jacket, penny loafers, sweaters, duck boots to start with....

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  16. So sorting out my capsule today! I'm inspired! X

    mydaddyisjamesbond.blogspot.com

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  17. great post, so heplful! :) I'm really into collars too and burgundy! And I think I'll buy some leather pants or pleated leather skirt...

    xoxo

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  19. Panda this is perfect! You took the words out of my mouth, I went thrift shopping yesterday- and oh my gosh I did everything but plan- i practically bought the whole shop. Izzy xo
    www.swampedinflowers.blogspot.com

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  20. Loving the sound of your a/w wardrobe m'dear! Burgundy is my absolute fave colour, especially for autumn.
    x

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  21. I love your choices! I also will be wearing a lot of polo shirts i love them! I also love lazy oaf. I gave you a mention on my blog xx

    http://www.gingerrsnap.blogspot.com/

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  22. wow. digging the shoes. and polo shirts✓

    xoxo.
    neonrosefashion.blogspot.com

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  23. You don't even know how happy I am you posted this! Nice guide for shopping for some autumn and winter essentials!

    x jeanne
    allthingssnice.blogspot.com

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