Spring/summer 2016 wishlist

New season, new wishlist. After gathering some inspiration in my previous post, I decided on which items my wardrobe needs the most:

Cropped, straight jeans - After giving in to flared jeans, I want to add another fit to my denim collection. I'm specifically looking for a pair that fits quite snugly around the hips, has a tapered (but not skinny) leg and a classic denim colour. A cropped hem would be nice too, since it would look great with my suede boots. I'm planning on trying on the new Levi's wedgie fit depicted here, and maybe compare it to the 501 CT and a vintage 501 to see what suits me best.

White linen or cotton shirt - I already own a white shirt and I wear it loads, but it's quite starchy and extremely prone to wrinkling. For summer, I prefer one in a thinner fabric for a more laid-back look. The one depicted from Uniqlo looks like it would fit the bill, and Massimo Dutti also has a nice option.

Blue and/or red neckerchief - I admit, these scarves are having a huge moment. However, they are versatile, fit my style and regularly pop up again after a few seasons, so I still really want one. I'm planning on getting it from Asos Reclaimed Vintage, which is a more sustainable option than the high street chain stores.

Menorquinas/Avarcas - After purchasing my first pair of espadrilles last year, I have added another classic mediterranean shoe to my wishlist: the Menorquina or Avarca sandal. These are timeless, durable and worn by all ages and sexes, which makes them an ideal summer staple. To be honest I'm not quite sure yet where I'm going to get these. I might wait until Pons stocks them again, or I might pick them up if I go to Spain this summer, we'll see.

Red breton longsleeve - Finding a blue striped longsleeve that I liked required a lot of trial and error (and those that I own now are still not 100% perfect). Now that I want one in red as well, I decided to skip the bad bargains altogether and go for the ultimate classic from Petit Bateau. Considering these are supposed to last a long time and are produced sweatshop-free, €75 seems like a fair price.

Black or navy striped T-shirt - The one I'm looking for has a round neckline, thin stripes and a rather straight fit at the waist. APC does these so well, but let's be honest, I'm never going to spend €90 on a single T-shirt. This one that I found on Zalando came closest to what I'm looking for, but for that price, I'm a bit unsure about the quality. If it's too flimsy, I will have to return it and continue my search.

You might have noticed this wishlist is a bit smaller than the one I put together last season. This is in part because I already own quite a lot of summer essentials like striped shirts and denim shorts. However, I also wanted to give myself a bit more freedom than last season. So in addition to this list, I'm allowing myself a maximum of three other garments on two conditions: I have to be able to wear them with items that are already in my wardrobe, and I'm only allowed one trend piece (although none at all would be preferable, of course). Like last time, as this season comes to its end, I'll round up my new purchases and evaluate how this new approach panned out.

What's on your wishlist this season?

Spring/summer 2016 style inspiration

Some looks I found inspiring for the upcoming warmer months. As you can see I'm fond of both a relaxed, minimal aesthetic and some classic French charm. Material-wise I'm looking forward to wearing lots of light fabrics, natural fibers and sturdy denim, while sticking to a colour scheme of mainly neutrals with the occasional stripe.
My wishlist for this season, loosely based on these looks, will be up soon.

Spring/Summer 2016 style inspiration | melanophilia.com
Spring/Summer 2016 style inspiration | melanophilia.com
Spring/Summer 2016 style inspiration | melanophilia.com
Spring/Summer 2016 style inspiration | melanophilia.com
photo's used: 
Jeanne Damas for Reformation, found on W Magazine | Tilda Lindstam by Tommy Ton, original source unknown, found on Tumblr | Jeanne Damas, found on Pinterest | unknown (she looks a bit like Maja Wyh?) found on Pinterest | The Sartorialist | Victoria Törnegren | Hackwith Design House | Jane Birkin, original source unknown | Jenni Kayne, found on Vogue.com

What are you looking forward to wearing this season?


In retrospect: my autumn/winter 2015 purchases


6 months ago I decided to step up my wardrobe building game. I had a long hard think about what items I could really use for the upcoming season and set up a wishlist with the 10 items my wardrobe needed the most. Not with the intent of purchasing all of them, mind you, but rather as a guideline to follow when the season's trends threatened to blur my vision. Since that season is now over, I decided to evaluate, so I can make my wishlist for this Spring/Summer season even more effective. Here's what went down.

In retrospect || melanophilia.com

H&M wool scarf (€39,99) - I started off with a no brainer. I was craving the Acne Canada scarf, but with still so many gaps to fill in my wardrobe, I realised that I would never be able to justify the price. This alternative from H&M looks virtually the same and the quality didn't disappoint either. At one point I wore it almost daily and it will probably last for several more seasons, so I have no complaints at all about this purchase.

H&M merino wool turtle neck (€39,99) - This one was the exact one from my wishlist. At first a was a bit worried about how light and thin it felt, but as soon as I put it on, I realised my doubts were unfounded. It keeps me perfectly warm, but at the same time, it's still breathable. A major step up from the synthetic knits and jumpers I bought over the past few years. 

& Other Stories loafers (€125) - Again, these came straight off the wishlist. They did require some breaking in and I still wouldn't be able to walk miles in them, but they're comfortable enough to wear to uni. I wore them regularly in autumn, but I'm planning to get a lot more wear out of these over the next couple of months.

So far I managed to keep up with the wishlist. That changed, however, when that gorgeous camel coat slipped through my fingers. I had finally managed to save up for it, but by that time it was sold out everywhere. This made me sadder than I'd like to admit, and at that point the rest of the wishlist lost some of its appeal to me. It had gotten too cold for some items, others were too expensive and the rest of them didn't excite me enough to actually make the purchase.
I found myself browsing the online shops again and was drawn to a couple of items that seemed a bit less timeless and rather on trend. So decided to give it some thought. If I still wanted them after a couple of weeks and if I could wear them in more than one outfit, I allowed myself to buy them. So I abandoned the list and purchased the following:

Adidas Stan Smith trainers (€84,95) - Yes, possibly the most hyped up footwear of the last few seasons. After denying myself these for months, I finally realised that not buying something you really like just because it's a trend is just as ridiculous as buying something you don't really like just because it's a trend. To me these are the perfect white trainers, and I'm planning on wearing these long after the hype dies down.

Mango bootcut jeans in black and blue (€39,99 each) - Last year's seventies trend might have caused the relaunch of flared jeans, but after seeing this photo of Clémence Poésy, I felt inspired enough to wear these in more timeless looks as well. I haven't worn these a lot yet, but I will definitely have some fun with them in the upcoming months.

Warehouse suede boots (€79,95) - Okay, so I got a bit carried away with the seventies vibe. However, I have seen Jeanne Damas wear boots like these in so many different ways, so it seems unlikely that I'll get tired of these soon. I'm not entirely over the moon with the quality of the suede though, so I might update on the longevity of these later.

So that were my purchases of the last couple of months. I didn't exactly stick to my plan, but I'm all the more determined to compile a more efficient wishlist for this season. Update soon!
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