Now that fall is reaching an end and winter's presence is more pressing with every passing day, I have a clearer view of the things I need to add in my closet. I've noticed that before the reality of the season sinks in, I often have a polluted fantasy image of what I'll wear and as a consequence of what I should buy and the shopping results tend to be so-so.
It's when putting up an outfit every morning that I'm fully aware of where the essential gaps in my wardrobe are.
I don't know how people make lists and purchases months ahead of a season, aside from the obvious basics. I tried, and this path is rarely working for me and the surest way to mistakes and un-pragmatic purchases.
The downside of my slow process is that fashion and stocks in store are moving faster than I am... and even, the actual meteorological season. I barely have the time to digest fall winter that pre spring is already here...
Here are the 5 fall-winter essentials to fill my needs :
1) Thinner knits:
I need thinner sweaters, something like a grey and/or navy merino because I had underestimated the power and awesomess of Uniqlo's thermals to keep me warm. Bye-bye multiple big layers!
(Constance Jablonski, Sofia Coppola, keira Knightley for Allure, La Garçonne)
2) Pants: It's because I'm already fed up with alternating between the same 2-3 pants for work that I'm looking for a new one. I still have a soft spot for straight slim/skinny pants which work great with boots but the wider leg is definitely getting my attention.
(Style By (Elin Kling), Mango, Theory, Paris Vogue team)
3) Outerwear: It's because the first cold wave is upon us with the promise of more to come that I'm suddenly seriously motivated to shop for some serious protective outerwear.
outerwear battle: shearling...
(Sofia coppola, E. Alt, Joan Smalls, Paris Vogue nov 2011)parka / down coat
(Garance Doré by All the pretty birds, Michelle Williams, Carolines Mode, Nitty gritty)
4) Skirts: It's because I enjoy the lighteness I feel when wearing my Lanvin flat boots that I realize I need more (short) skirts.
5) Boots: Also it's because I wear my Lanvin so often that I'm thinking of getting another pair of flat boots to spare the aforementioned once in awhile. Maybe a sportier/tougher model.
(Olivia Palermo, Net à porter, Emma Watson)
5 bis- Bonus item (!): An everyday tote for work in black, navy or tan. I've tried my luck with the Wood Wood bag but the size was sadly too overwhelming for my taste. I would like a simple, practical (fully lined with zip closure), resistant, lightweight over the shoulder bag preferably in leather and not too expensive (150-200 euros max)... It seems what I'm looking for is a challenge because so far nothing fits the bill.
(Charlotte Casiraghi, the blogger Hedvig from The Northern Light, Ashley Olsen, Julianne Moore)