The other day, I eyed a wool coat as a viable and weather-appropriate top layer for my journey to the great outdoors; I do believe Fall is upon us.
Last season, I approached shopping without a plan. Well, maybe there was a plan but it was flawed. Essentially, this was it:
1. See it
2. Lurve it
3. Buy it.
And that plan is not inherently wrong. The problem is when utilized as a ‘Plan A,’ at the end of the season, you’re left with a pile of unworn pieces that, once full of potential, are now kind of irrelevant for another six or so months.
So for Autumn, I’m going to use some of my experience as an over-planning, non-profit professional to shop a little smarter.
1. First thing every non-profit professional knows is that you have to begin planning with the end in mind. Meaning, start planning by thinking about what is it you’d like to ultimately accomplish and then plan your work to get you there.
For me, this picture is the look I’d like to ultimately accomplish this season:
Nevermind the blonde part. Or, the ‘but, it’s Nicki Minaj’ part (if that bothers you). This picture combines warmth, decadence, vibrant and fearless use of color and comfort. J’adore.
So, here’s what I’m thinking so far:
Primary Colors (Curve-Conscious Dresses, specifically):
I’m so excited about red, green and blue for the winter months. They are vibrant, super playful and can pack a punch when everyone else is somber hues.
Some favs on my radar:
So excited about the button detail in the back of this. Totally plan to wear this backwards.
Monif C. Emme Ponte Dress in Navy
Come on. This red geometric detailing is gorgeous.
Lux Fabrics ( Leather, specifically):
Everyone is crazy for leather these days. It’s a bit of a challenge to find great leather pieces for curvy girls, but I think I may have found something interesting. Make Your Own Jeans apparently, custom makes leather pieces for anyone, of any size in darn near any color of leather.
Check out my picks below:
High-waisted, pleated leather shorts? Perfection. If they would consider changing the color of the button closure, and perhaps another sort of leather, we’d officially be in business…
This pleated leather skirt is my fav find thus far. And the best part, each piece is 79$. Not sure of the quality of leather, but 79$ for custom-made leather pieces is nice indeed. I will be placing my order shortly.
Great Blouses in general (Pussybow Blouses, specifically)
I’m SO happy these are on-trend. I’ve loved them forever. Such a great way to add a pop of color an outfit AND (in the case of the pussybow blouse) a great excuse to fashion a bow.
Also comes in red but more striking in the black and white, I think.
Robert Rodriguez at ShopBop
Totally outside the color scheme I discussed, but, seriously; look how pretty!
You guys know how I feel about a hi-low hem.
This is just part 1, but I couldn’t wait to get the ball rolling.
What’s on everyone else’s shopping list? Feel free to share with the group!
Thanks for Reading!