Planning an Autumn Wardrobe

Friday, September 4, 2009

Oh deary deary me. Only a week ago I was wittering on about lazy late Summer days and posting links to bargain sale maxi dresses and now it’s raining, and there’s that definite Autumn chill in the air that is prompting me to take stock of my existing wardrobe and wonder what I need to see me into the chillier weather.

I love to look at the seasons trends and work them into my wardrobe. But generally not by marching into Topshop and walking out with armfuls of the same clothes that everyone else is going to be wearing all winter. This is partly due to a lack of funds and partly due to the urge to have my wardrobe be something other than a collection of someone elses interpretation of the seasons style. The odd piece, yes. The whole lot, no.

So if I want to update my wardrobe I need to work out what I already own, what I can adapt or make and what I need to buy, whether that’s new or by trawling the charity shops and vintage boutiques for that perfect structured shift dress..

The Trend I already own

  • Big shoulders – I already have a great black 40s style jacket with structured shoulders. Belting it and wearing it with a chic black pencil dress and some fabulous hosiery will make it perfect for autumn. Not quite Balmain, but more my budget.


L-R:Pollini, Max Azria, Balenciaga

The Trend I can make

  • Snoods – Oh how I love a fashion trend that is warm, cosy and stylish too. I’m pretty sure I have some jumpers falling apart at the seams that are just begging to be made into snoods. I doubt I shall be wearing mine with quite as many layers as the Missoni catwalk, or quite such a miserable expression as the Burberry girls, but oh how warm my ears will be this winter.


L-R: Missoni, Burberry Prorsum

The Trend I NEED to buy

  • Hosiery – I’m unlikely to be knitting my own tights any time soon and my recent clear out has meant I don’t even have a pair of black opaques at the moment, but new hosiery is generally a pretty affordable way to liven up your wardrobe. I live in skirts so I’m currently lusting after the perfect pair of black lacy tights, but I’d also love a pair of leg lengthening vertical stripes and I adore graphical prints like the Chanel ones below.


L-R: Marni, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel

30 Responses
  • Anne Chia
    September 4, 2009

    FANTASTIC post….i know what’s on my shopping list now xxx 😉

  • Retro Chick
    September 4, 2009

    All I need now is to actually BUY it! 😀

  • reckless daughter
    September 4, 2009

    I’m with you on the legwear. I’m really excited to get a few more things – I love all those items! esp that velvet balenciaga dress 🙁
    .-= reckless daughter´s last blog ..ziggy stardust =-.

  • eyeliah
    September 4, 2009

    I need the big shoulders have the other two, I am excited to wear tights but also sad that summer is over.

  • Michelle
    September 5, 2009

    Ooh, I’m also super excited for tights. I’m not sure if there’s a Target near you or honestly (gosh I’m showing my American ignorance here, haha) if Target is overseas at all, but they have some SUPER cute hosiery and socks right now!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Defining Your Personal Style: Dress Codes =-.

  • PixelHazard
    September 5, 2009

    Oh man, I wish i had read this before i got rid of my old jumpers. Oh well at least they went to the homeless.

    I love leggings but good tall ones are so hard to find
    .-= PixelHazard´s last blog ..This is make believe =-.

  • fritha louise
    September 8, 2009

    I really want to knit myself a snood for winter, but the speed I knit at it’s be June before I finished it, so I might just have to invest. Definitely with you about the tights. Such a cheap and easy way to update your wardrobe!
    .-= fritha louise´s last blog ..Planning for Autumn =-.

  • Posh Swaps Clothes Swap
    September 8, 2009

    Great post.Style is more important than fashion. You can develop your own style by getting inspiration from the trends and picking and choosing what you like and what suits you and your budget from the fashions. I also love tights, suh a great way to brighten up any outfit.
    .-= Posh Swaps Clothes Swap´s last blog ..ARISE Promise of Africa Collective show =-.

  • Kristen
    September 9, 2009

    I will be skipping big shoulders (as my own are big enough), but can’t wait to wear a cozy snood.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Pearls of Wisdom: Fashion Bloggers on Style =-.

  • Retro Chick
    September 9, 2009

    Reckless Daughter – I think that’s my favourite too. Still, it probably looks better on the model than it would on me anyway!

    Eyeliah – It’ll be back next year 😉

    Michelle – We don’t have Target in the UK. Unless it’s me that’s being ignorant! I have a department store near me with a great hosiery dept but it’s often really pricy 🙁

  • wholesale coach purses
    September 24, 2009

    I love her style, elegant and effortlessly chic.

  • mode.ulation
    October 16, 2009

    Snoods are cute and big shoulders are big fashion statements indeed =).

    Care to exchange links?
    .-= mode.ulation´s last blog ..Links a la m.o.d.e =-.

  • samantha
    November 19, 2009

    im selling hand knitted ribbed snoods on ebay search for penchanted_shop, I have two on my side that are velvet with rabbit fur they have silk in them.