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