I found out that, at least for me, some effort goes into looking effortless. So seeing as my autumn/winter wardrobe is seriously lacking in the consistency department at the moment, I made up a list of my top ten most needed items, to tie it all together. A plan to stick to by the time this season's trends are shoved in our faces again. Here's what I came up with:
1. parka: As it turns out, I'm quite fussy about parkas, but I spotted my perfect one at Topshop. The colour isn't muddy, the mid-thigh length is exactly what I'm looking for, and it's padded but not puffy. Also: no atrocious fake fur lining in the hood. Score!
2. chelsea boots: An androgynous all-time classic. This pair from COS looks promising, so I'll probably pay them a visit in the store soon. & Other Stories also has a nice version, which I'm keeping in mind as a backup plan.
3. oversized black coat: Snuggly yet simple, this coat by Samsoe & Samsoe is a strong contender, although the price is probably a bit too steep to my liking. Will have a long hard think about this one (and possibly drop Santa some hints).
4. cashmere jumper: Since I'm trying to upgrade to better materials, cashmere is a must for the colder months. My current favourite has a slightly slouchy fit and a V-neck and can be found at Massimo Dutti, but an honourable mention goes to & Other Stories' more elegant (and dusty blue!) take on a crew neck sweater.
5. turtle neck jumper: I wanted to stick to the most basic shape so I picked this simple black merino jumper from H&M, but I have to say the longer version looks tempting as well.
6. black trousers: This pair by Mango has a slim fit, so they should be easy to combine with the majority of my tops. (I'm a skinny jeans girl after all.) I'm already looking forward to wearing them with the turtle neck and loafers in this post.
7. wool hat: I was surprised how much wear I got out of my sun hat this summer, so now I'm on the lookout for a warm alternative. Which I seem to have found, yet again, at & Other Stories.
8. loafers: For a long time I thought these were too classic for my taste, but they've grown on me. I'm looking for a black pair without any hardware, and this one by & Other Stories looks like it will work with just about anything.
9. camel coat: With the purchase of my first trench coat earlier this year, I discovered the versatility of sand tones. Camel is a great addition to all the blacks, greys and whites that dominate my wardrobe. It adds warmth and can be combined with virtually any other neutral. I'm especially fond of this version by Massimo Dutti, as the fit isn't overly dressy, despite its sophisticated colour.
10. wool scarf: Does this one even need explaining? This Acne bestseller is what scarf dreams are made of. The quality is supposed to be superb, but I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to justify the price. Luckily both Sissy Boy and COS currently offer more affordable options, so this year I'm bound to find the right one for me.
Okay, I do realize this is not the most minimal of wishlists quantity-wise, but remember I'm virtually starting from scratch. Will all of these be mine at the end of the season? Probably not, considering my rather meager budget. But it felt like a good idea to set up some guidelines, to help me give priority to what I could really use. So there you have it.
What are you on the lookout for this season? Any classics I missed?