Sunday, 16 August 2015

Wardrobe Stocktake & Styling

Going into this A/W I really want to play with my style and push the boundaries of my comfort zone (see this tweet), and with every transition between seasons I like to strip back my wardrobe and take note of what needs to be purchased for the months ahead, as well as what needs to be stored away until the next season, and turf out the pieces I know I won't wear - I like to think of the process as my own personal stocktake. I feel like I've got my basics down, with the plain tees and denim, so today I'm talking the trends I want to relish in and the pieces I want to add to expand my wardrobe. 

I'm so into the whole 70's flashback that is going on at the moment, but I've yet to be brave enough to rock it myself. I have recently took the plunge and bought a few introductory pieces (sneak peeks in the snap above) that you will see on here soon, but suede is one trend is really want to get on board with, so it is just as well it is carrying through to the seasonal months! ASOS and Misguided have some awesome pieces at the moment and I'm basically EVERYTHING in ASOS's 'How to do Suede' with ELLE video - FT the babe'n Megan Ellaby! The queen of suede and 70's style. 

Another nod to the 70's. Usually combined with aforementioned suede items, I've been eyeing up jackets with awesome fringe detailing. I can't promise I will act on this one, it may be a bit too far out of my comfort zone at the moment, but I'll definitely settle for this bag. Oh yes!

I keep seeing cute a-line skirts popping up whilst scrolling through the internet and I'm really digging them. I may not have worn a skirt in a few years (they aren't really my go to) but after seeing the beautiful Carrie from WishWishWish in these shots it has confirmed that I need at least one in my life. I feel like this cut could be super flattering on my body shape, especially now that I'm trying to get my butt to the gym on a regular basis! Check this denim beauty from Urban Outfitters - yes yes yes!

Lighter weight outerwear options is something I'm lacking in my wardrobe - I've been loyal to my super thick winter coats - so a trench is something I would love to add to my collection. I'm thinking a classic colour like this Topshop Split Back Duster? Teamed with ripped black denim and a white tee, or a pair of dungarees and a jumper. BUT, I am also particularly in love with this ASOS Suede Trench! Oh, the decisions.

I remember owning a bomber jacket as a teen - isn't it funny how trends come back around? A lot of my outwear options are long-line, so a shorter, more relaxed option for Autumn is key for me. Bombers are super easy to style and work best when layered up, which makes dressing for the indecisive British weather a whole lot easier. I'm currently head over heels with this Urban Outfitters Suede Bomber! Isn't she a beauty? The colouring is bang on for Autumn and the suede is a welcome twist on the classic jersey options.

You can never have too much stripe, in my book. Unfortunately, most of mine are looking pretty well loved! I have been on the hunt for some more classic Breton additions and I am currently trying to hunt down this tee I saw on kaffeeundtee's Instagram from UNIQLO, to no avail. (If anyone spots this - help a lady out!) But the dream would be to own a tee from the Comme De Garcons 'Play' collection - if only I had a spare £85! 

Alongside the classic Oxford shirt options in my wardrobe, I've been wanting to add an oversized stripe. Something I think would fit perfectly when worn with the dungarees above, or dressed up for an evening out. In fact, I have been eyeing up this &OtherStories Shirt, hoping it will hit the sale.

Speaking of bags, I mentioned in my July Favourties that in the summer months I most carry around canvas totes, but in the A/W I think to switch back to something more structured and, lets be honest, weather appropriate, and ALL the new season MATT&NAT bags have gone straight to the top of my birthday list. They are all ethically made and completely vegan, and remind me of a few of the APC and Whistles collections. Definitely up there wish the best of them and now I have to choose which one I shall make mine...

I'm a trainers girl through and through, but with autumn approaching I'm in the market for a boot, plus I've recently separated with my Topshop chelsea boots so I'm on the hunt for a replacement. Luckily, A/W stock has just started to drop in stores, so I've got some feelers out. I'm not quite sure what I'm after, yet, so hook me up with links below if you have any recommendations!

What pieces are on your A/W shopping list? 

Fancy a read through last years A/W Stocktake?


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