{Pages}

Home    about    Contact    Favourite Reads    Shop

2 September 2014

My Autumn/Winter plan

So here goes with my wish list.....hope it doesn''t bore the socks off you dear readers. I really want to streamline my wardrobe this year so I am starting with basics as I really am only really looking to enhance what I already have. First item on the agenda is a new pair of jeans. Without a doubt my purchase of the year has been a pair of ripped skinnie's which I picked up in H&M for all of £10, with that in mind I researched some new ones and I have narrowed them down to these ASOS Ridley ripped knee jeans. Hopefully they will give the H&M ones a much needed rest!


No wish list would be complete without boots! As I was dashing out of Clark's after the purchase of the dreaded school shoes I spied this Lolly Dawson style. Love the fact that they are totally flat and look fab with super skinny jeans which sit neatly just inside these boots or skinny jeans that fit outside the boots well too. When I was paying for the school shoes, Clark's were good enough to slip a 20% off voucher in the bag so I have already made these mine, I will do a show and tell soon!


Sticking with footwear which as I have mentioned before seems to be my Achilles heel, I've ordered these lace flats from H&M. Another item which will be useful, I was thinking these would look great with skinnies and a blazer should I have the occasion to lunch with the ladies (a few birthdays coming up including mine!) and dress up a bit!  I was also thinking they would be fab with my Mango jumpsuit instead of heels and also with my leather look pencil skirt which I am still yet to wear! At £14.99 it would be rude not to partake in a purchase!


I'm in need of a few new tops so I'm starting with a classic Breton. I have more than a few of these but after hearing fellow bloggers and friend's extolling the virtues of the Boden ones I had a little peruse around their website and I loved the look of this little number. I'm going to be pretty strict with my colour palette so this raven and grey marl colourway should be the perfect addition to my collection of Breton's


I think this slouchy boyfriend style cardigan, would work perfectly over the above Breton. This one caught my eye in the window of Topshop. Brilliant for now with a few layers instead of a coat.



I was a huge fan of the shirt and sweater comb last year and so I started my research to find the perfect shirt for this year. Love this red and black from Gap, I think this one will look brilliant with a black round or v-neck sweater....more on those below.


Another style staple I'm looking to update is a denim shirt, my current H&M one is quite stiff and although it has stretch it is still quite rigid so I am looking for a softer version and I have eyed up and decided on this one also from Gap.


More basics as we move onto some knitwear. I am just after a couple of simple v-necks and round necks. I have bought merino from Uniqlo before and have been really pleased with the quality and how well they wash and wear so first up I'm after this grey v-neck.


I'm also after a plain black crew neck, see here.


I am going to wait to get into a store before I purchase these as I want to compare the men's and women's fit after reading Susie So So's post.

Last but not least I think my list would be incomplete without a new coat. This is where I need to reign things in a bit this season as I purchased 5 new coats last year! The one gaping hole I have amongst my coats is a bit of leopard print. I spied this Marks and Spencer Limited Edition coat in store and was immediately enamoured by the cocoon shape.


Love it in real life, I think the colour looks a lot better, a bit more muted than the M&S website would suggest! Thank goodness I have a birthday coming up so that I can justify getting it! 


Looking over my list, it is striking me as a tad.......dare I say it...a bit grungy but that's not a bad thing for me!! My favourite look which I discovered late spring was this ensemble of a Superdry leather jacket (courtesy of T K Maxx) Zara cupro T-shirt, the aforementioned H&M ripped skinnies and Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes (you can them here with 20% using code KGSEPT20). This outfit has been the inspiration for some of the Autumn/Winter purchases as I felt so comfortable in this.


If I've realised anything since I've been blogging it's better to build on what you've already got! I think I've learnt to buy better as (even with the cheaper high fashion things) I buy more for my actual lifestyle, as in what's suitable to wear on the school run and to do the food shop in.....as on the whole my life doesn't get much more exciting than that! Don't get me wrong I'd love to dress like Victoria Beckham everyday but I just don't have her lifestyle (or budget) and so I'm getting practical! I think when I discovered blogs and Pinterest I tended to buy everything I loved and ended up making a few mistakes because I didn't get the wear out of certain things and would end fed up with them after a season. So now I'm trying to buy more classical basics that go with everything and make my wardrobe work a bit harder for me. So do you have a plan for you Autumn/Winter wardrobe to or is it just me?

So here are just a few of the looks I've been donning over these past few days.....yep the black is already featuring heavily!


Topshop Shirt (Spring 2014)
H&M jeans (Spring 2014, mentioned previously)
Kurt Geiger Madison espadrilles (Spring 2014)


River Island drape cardigan (Summer 2013)
Dorothy Perkins coated jeggings (Autumn 2012)
Kurt Geiger Laurel's (still available here)


Whistles blazer (Autumn 2012)
H&M white T (old!)
Gap Always Skinny (old)


Zara jacket (old)
Topshop T-shirt (Spring 2014)
Gap outlet premium skinnie's (old)
Birkenstock Arizona's (via Amazon here)


Whistles dress (old)
Kurt Geiger Madison's (Spring 2014)
Mulberry Dorset tote (Autumn 2012)

I would love to hear all about your Autumn/Winter plan!

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

Be back soon.....I may have already found another little gem to add to the ever growing wishlist!

Michelle xx


49 comments:

  1. I have the white / navy stripe boden Breton from 2010 still going strong but I'm going to order a replacement to stash away as I like them so much. As for an a/w plan... Wear everything I already have basically. I'm on SMP now so not an awful lot, if any, disposable £ for clothes now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am about to order the Boden top now Lou as a £10 voucher has literally just plopped on the door mat.....whoop whoop! I suspect that as it will be as good as everyone says and I will be stashing one or two more as well! xx

      Delete
  2. Not in the least bit boring Michelle, I agree with your sentiments about lifestyle, blogging etc. lovely choice, I will be checking out the Clark's Chelsea boots of course, and I love your choice of colour palette, in my head I'm going for grey, black, navy this a/w. Love your style as always, very Aggie. Great post as always.
    Sue x
    Bestfriendstyle

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Phew I'm glad you think it's not boring Sue! I nearly put a disclaimer in the first sentence about it being all black! The boots are really comfy, they will be perfect for rainy day instead of trainers. I love black and grey, at least it will be punchuated with a bit of red. If only I had an ounce of Aggie's style....thank you for that lovely compliment :0) xx

      Delete
  3. Ooh some great picks Michelle, needless to say I'm loving the leopard print coat!! I've brought quite a few basics on holiday which I'm hoping will add new lease into my wardrobe - again mainly blacks, greys & navy with some injections of hot pink to brighten everything up!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I though the coat might be up your street Jane ;0) Can't wait to see what you got in Zara on your hols and I am loving the sound of the injection of pink! xx

      Delete
  4. I think you are so right building your a/w wardrobe around pieces you already own:) I am trying to do the same and will maybe try to spend a little extra on the new bits I do add! Having said that I still can't resist a bargain, so the impulse buys will prob still feature on and off!! Have a lovely week Michelle:)
    Anne xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't want to go off on a tangent Anne which is so easy to do when you follow lots of blogs and keep coming across lots of tempting things! I do keep a list of what I bought the year before and note if I do think it's been a bit of a mistake so I can refer back to it and hopefully not make the same mistake again! Enjoy your week as well Anne xx

      Delete
  5. A great post Michelle! I could easily buy all of it, but the nice thing is that I realised I actually have quite a few of these pieces already, and now you have given me some inspiration on how to wear them, thank you. I too got a 20% voucher from Clarks after the school shoe purchases, hubby snaffled it but it might well soon be mine if he doesn't pull his finger out - love those ankle boots! Abby x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ahh brilliant Abigail, it's always lovely to hear if I've given someone else a good idea! Build on what you've got and snatch that voucher off your hubby quick!! xx

      Delete
  6. I was in M&S this morning & saw the Leopard print coat, it is fabulous & I agree it looks much better 'in the flesh' (they didn't have my size 'tho which might not be a bad thing!!). I've bought a few bits from H&M with the 25% discount (it doesn't seem to matter how many times you use it...at least 4 times in my case!!!). I've also seen a lovely pea-coat in Gap (& they have their VIP 30% off starting this Thurs). I'm totally with you on adding to your existing wardrobe...I need to make what I have work a bit harder & just add in the odd piece! You look fab as always! Good luck with the school run tomorrow, we went back today & the 6.30am alarm call was a shock I can tell you!! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't the coat lovely Sian, so much nicer in real life. I prefer it to a fur leopard print which to me does a bit more Bet Lynch (from a previous experiance!) Apart from the shoes I haven't had time for a proper look around H&M but the voucher is still good for a while! Thanks for the tip off about Gap too, that'll be another couple of items checked off the list ;0) Yep back to school it is tomorrow....we shall have to arrange to catch up in the next couple of weeks xx

      Delete
  7. Great post Michelle, I'm still a bit like a headless chicken with what to buy for A/W, I don't wear my own clothes for work so whatever I buy I have to get my money worth out of it and pick carefully, but you've given me some inspiration! Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Sue! I am trying to keep in mind that I don't need as much because of work too! I don't have a uniform but have different stuff set aside just for work! Lovely to hear I've given you a few ideas!! xx

      Delete
  8. Best to build on the basics & classics Michelle sounds like a great plan for the coming season. Isn't the leopard coat better in the flesh than the picture - looks great on you and totally will work with your wardrobe & style. Great post and interesting points made I was nodding at some of comments. Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is so much easier to fling an outfit together of a morning when everything works well together in your wardrobe....classical basics are the way to go!! I will be buying the M&S coat at the next available opportunity! Have you decided to take the plunge yet?? xx

      Delete
  9. Lovely outfits Michelle. I am totally with you on buying what fits with your lifestyle as oppose to willy-nilly buying x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully no more willy-nilly (love that phrase Donna!) for me. I need to make sure I build up the best basics for me!! xx

      Delete
  10. I too received a £10 Boden voucher today so know I know what to spend it on!!! Great ideas as usual, really enjoy your blog.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Boden voucher was a lovely surprise wasn't it?! Enjoy spending it! Thank you for the lovely comment, it's great to hear you enjoy the blog :0)

      Delete
  11. Great post, I too am guilty of buying on impulse and then hardly wearing the item as it doesn't fit in with my daily lifestyle! I must take a leaf out of your book! some great picks here. Unfortunately I love colour and can't wear black, grey or animal print (love on others, just not on me!) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am going to try and really think about what I've got to go with each potential purchase before I buy, although there is bound to be the odd impulse buy too! I have the opposite problem as although I love colour and love it on other people I am not always so keen on it on me! Thank you for the lovely comment :0) xx

      Delete
  12. Love it all and I am loving your' hair Mrs!! :0) xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks H! Our hair is always a labour of love isn't it?! xx

      Delete
  13. Great post. Absolutely love the Topshop cardi and also the leopard print coat. I agree that blogging can distract you into buying things you may not wear , so it's good to have a plan. Still working on mine!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't afford to get this lot all in one go, thankfully though...as usual I have checked the stuff I have stored in the loft and found a fab H&M grungy grey cardy to ties me over until I get the Topshop one!! Pretty pleased with the plan...so far so good!! xx

      Delete
  14. Great picks, Michelle. I think you're so good at buying things that really suit you and that work with your wardrobe. Love your Superga outfit (I'm a massive fan as you know!) and of course your Whistles dress. Fab post! Lynne xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lynne!! I definately feel like I'm getting there, picking the right things!! I think this past year I have definitely found my style niche which is making it easier to pick the right things!! xx

      Delete
  15. Hi my lovely!! I really enjoyed this post- you've so inspired me with 'dressing for your lifestyle' this year as I've been topping up my wardrobe with items that are totally wearable and go with existing pieces, you do lifestyle dressing so effortlessly stylishly!! Like you I had already decided to invest in a couple of merino wool sweaters- black and grey crew necks. I'll be looking out for a couple of tartan scarfs too and maybe a Leopardprint one! Your style list is just ideal and as usual I love your daily outfits too! I hope you're having a good week it's early morning alarm calls from now on again, lol!! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Sharon!! So lovely to hear you enjoyed this post!! I'm taking a leaf out of your book as you always seem to have a plan of what you are looking for when you thrift!! It is definitely a bonus being a woman of a certain (almost mid 40s in my case!!) age in this case as we have learnt to understand better what suits us!! It was a shock to have to get up early today but it is so lovely to have some routine and structure in our lives again!! xx

      Delete
  16. Your picks are so well researched. In particular I am rather taken by the Chelsea boots. I have an inkling that I'll be blaming you for more shoe purchases that I'll be making this season. Thanks for reminding me about the Uniqlo jumpers as I am after a grey v neck but it has to be long in the body so I'll follow your lead by waiting until I can visit a shop and see how the men's version measures up. Your outfit posts are as super stylish as ever.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay!! You know I will be following in you in some of your purchases right?? Love your style too and would love to see how you will wear the Clark's boots!! I am counting on you to find me the perfect fur gilet this season xx

      Delete
  17. I love all of your outfits & your wish list Michelle! I've just posted mine & we have a few similar things on them except from different shops! Love the ASOS ripped skinnies! I saw the Hennes ones recently too! Black is back although we are forecast sun for the next two days! Yay! Ax

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have some brilliant items on your wish list Andrea....it's spooky how lots of us bloggers have the same ideas too!! Do try the ASOS ripped skinnie....they feel so comfortable!! I saw the H&M ones too....I may end up with them as well as they are such great value xx

      Delete
  18. Great post, Michelle! Not boring at all,it just shows that you know what suits you. Everything you picked will work perfectly with your existing wardrobe! If I had your slim figure I'd completely copy your style!(unfortunately I can do skirts and colour better than skinny jeans and navy, the grass is always greener...)
    My plan is to buy solid colours(as I tend to buy all sorts of patterns and then nothing goes together!),a bright blue blazer/jacket and black boots.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you Evi, I was in 2 minds as to whether to publish this post as I thought readers might find it a bit boring but I am so glad I did as I've had some great comments!!
    I am so envious of how well you do colour and your style suits you perfectly....I wouldn't go changing it too much!! A bright blue blazer and black boots sound like a couple of fab additions to what you already have xx

    ReplyDelete
  20. Absolutely right to publish this post because a lot of this will resonate with a lot of people out there - it's better to stick with what actually works with you and your lifestyle and that is what I have been learning over the last couple of years. Hence I seem to make quite erm "reserved" purchases but I deem them more useful and versatile than those items which have the immediate wham factor. So yes, I'm continuing in what I actually feel comfortable in. The leopard coat looks lovely on you - it didn't look very good on me - I think your extra few inches height helps where as the rounded shoulders died on me a little. I suit neater shapes. And I actually quite liked the little H&M one when I tried it on in store this week - I had to leave it behind as I was in such a rush but I might order it yet! Look forward to your write up about the Uniqlo merino jumpers and what the differences are!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What I can't work out Sue is how long it took me to get this point of what suits me and my lifestyle! Lol! Having said that I'm glad I'm here now and that my wardrobe is making sense at last!! I've had a bit of a purge on eBay of things I just don't love enough so I have made quite a few purchases already and I have to say I'm getting really rather excited about my A/W stuff this year! Less is more is going to be my mantra!!
      I think the H&M leopard print coat looks super, a brilliant buy! The shape reminds me of a tweedy one I bought there last year which was an absolute winner! I think it will look ace on you! And yes I shall keep you posted on the Uniqlo merino front!! xx

      Delete
  21. Really great plan to stick with classic pieces, I do try to do this as well but end up going off piste! I adore the skinnies with knee rips, please get them, I can already see you in them!
    Abbi x

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'm impressed as to how well I'm sticking to it Abbi!! So far I haven't deviated and any other things that I have added to the wish list do slot in perfectly with all of the above!! I've had a couple of happy hours trying on some of the new bits with what I already have and I'm excited about the new season....bring it on!! The ripped knee jeans are already in my possession and I can't wait to wear them!! xx

    ReplyDelete
  23. Amazing looks - totally in love with them all!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Fiona....my plan is coming together nicely!! xx

      Delete
  24. I tried the Tooshop grey cardigan on, it's lovely but runs large. The 12 drowned me and I would usually be a pretty comfortable 12.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They cardys are on the large side aren't they! I may have to turn my attention to the H&M cashmere one.....I still have 25% off voucher burning a hole in my pocket and that would bring that cardigan in at the same price as the Topshop one!
      Just checked out your blog by the way.....love it!! xx

      Delete
    2. Brilliant price for cashmere! And thank you, lovely of you, bit nerve wracking being a new blogger :)

      Delete
  25. Great picks Michelle - you have such a good eye! I love the long cardigan! For what it's worth I have the men's cashmere Uniqlo crewneck in a M and love them - nice and slouchy but not too long.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Joanna! I'm getting strict with myself in hope that I don't make as many wardrobe mistakes!!
      I hope to make it up to Lindon before the end of the month to do the research on the Uniqlo sweater...I shall be keeping your comment in mind :0) xx

      Delete
  26. Hi Michelle, I do think everyone needs to do a complete review of their wardrobe from time to time and just see what they can utilise, to take them forward. and not just buy into every trend going......... Sounds like you really have done your homework this season girl! Helen xx

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hey Helen, thank you!! I am pretty proud of my plan as so far I have stuck to it and already purchased a few of the items so I am raring to go!! Every time I buy something now I am questioning myself as to how much wear I will get out of it and what else I have that will go with it!! It seems to be working so far!! Fingers crossed for this new regime!! xx

    ReplyDelete