Fall Needs/Wants

This is by far my favorite season to plan for. I can not wait for sweater weather and everything pumpkin :) My fall 2016 capsule will be my fourth capsule! So exciting and so far I’ve truly loved everything that goes into this process. 

This go around I’m adding a step in planning. I’m going to plan out my wardrobe based on what I already have, then determine the gaps and make a wish list/shopping list. It’s so fundamental and simple and I always thought about this in the back of my mind while planning. But I never really took the time to sit down, analyze what I need - and kind of want but mostly need - then create a true plan of action. 

While doing this I actually realized a couple things:

  • My basic accessories are lacking - I feel that having something black in every accessory category is a strong basis for a wardrobe. So this means a black band watch, black long simply scarf, black knit hat, black wool hat & black gloves. I would love to work up to having all of the main accessories in black, cognac & nude but that will take some time to curate!
  • My list is branching into two: a true need and a want

So to start here are the items I am needing to make my wardrobe feel more complete:

Black Oversized Coat
I have a lightweight coat that I first bought when I was planning to move to Chicago four years ago! And then I have a cocoon wool coat from Jcrew that I love dearly but nothing in between. 

Plan to Purchase: Only Child Madelyn Wool Coat (ethical & handmade)

Other Options: Need Supply Ferderiksberg Coat / Everlane Premium Wool Oversized Unstructured Coat (ethically made)

 

Black Cardigan
Next is a black cardigan. So basic and I believe everyone should have the perfect black cardigan in their closet. I've had several throughout the years but none of them fit me quit right. Some were too cropped some just too tight. I like unstructured so to fill my black cardigan void I'm looking for a little less structure.

Purchased: Madewell Seabank Cardigan (currently on sale!)

Other Options: Free People Chunky Knit Cardigan  / Everlane Chunky Wool Cardigan  (ethically made)

Black Wristband Watch
See, a lot of black accents are in need! This is a major one. I used to have tons of watches when I was younger but I never wore them. Not until I started working and it became more appropriate to check your watch instead of your phone. I have a natural band watch from The Horse which I love but I’ve had my eye on a Daniel Wellington for years :) 

Purchased: Daniel Wellington (I'm trying out this site, I'll let you all know if it's any good!)

Other Options: The Horse D Series (love this option!) / Cluse La Boheme Silver White/Black

Black Tote
Now let’s round it all out with a black tote! Again very simple and utilitarian. The tote I pick out needs to have a zipper closure. I’m just not a fan of bags that don’t close. So that will limit my options but I’d rather find what I really want than settle. 

Plan to Purchase: Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote (ethically made)

Other Options: Dear Survivor Obsidian Black Tote (no zipper closure but an awesome company and handmade!) / Everlane The Petra Market (again no zip but a beautiful bag & ethically made!)

Duster
I love duster vests. I think they add so much dimension to an outfit and are just great. This isn’t a need wish list item but more of a want :) Since I’ve never worn a long vest before I may try and look for a secondhand one before I fully invest. 

Options: Need Supply Fall Line Vest (on sale!) / Elizabeth Suzann Keaton Duster (LOVE) / Nordstrom Echo Knit Long Vest

Flat Mules
I have one pair of rose color mules that I love but I would also love something that’s a little more fall friendly. Again not a need but a want. I just love how they look with dresses or boyfriend jeans or even wide leg pants! Trendy but something I can see myself wearing for years. Also the Elizabeth Suzann mules are to die for. Fingers crossed they come back in stock!

Options: Elizabeth Suzann Mules / Madewell Barlow Mules

Midi Dress
I’m not much of a dress wearer but I’m starting to think that might be because I don’t own a ton of dresses that I feel good in. This purchase would be a test of sorts to see if I had a midi dress would I really truly wear it. I think yes. I love the silhouette of a slightly (not too much) formfitting midi - especially with sneakers! So this will be on the want list for now.

Options: Madewell Jersey Midi Dress / Black Crane Slim Dress (ethically made) / Lacausa Tie Dress (made in USA)

So that is my fall need/want wish list! We'll see where I end up but I'm excited to share my fall capsule soon! Are there any pieces that you have on your wish list? Does your wish list split into a need/want like mine did?

Cheers!

Allison 

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