James Perse cotton/cashmere striped dress | $265 at James Perse
(I did say I wasn’t going to BUY any more stripes, not that I wouldn’t TRY THEM ON!)
I am not immune to the call of fall. Especially since it got relatively cold here over the weekend (down to the mid-50’s actually!). I loved it, and sort of hated it at the same time LOL – as I may have mentioned, I have a very small range of temperatures where I’m comfortable, and that does not include below 60 degrees! Kidding. Sort of. But while I’m ready for colder weather, I’m not necessarily ready for cashmere yet…
Anyway, while I was getting dressed for cooler weather this weekend, I used the opportunity to really think about what I want to add to my wardrobe this fall. What was I missing? What did I want to wear, but don’t have? I truly don’t need anything, but there are definitely some things I can replace with newer ‘versions’ (and that fit me…) and some ‘holes’ I’d like to fill.
Long, black blazer/jacket : done, got this James Perse blazer
Long gray skirt/dress : tried, don’t want anymore
3 Cheap run-around oversized boyfriend jeans
4 Black Loafers
Chunky oversized sweater : done, got this Madewell sweater
6 Black cardigan/sweater
I’ll go one-by-one 🙂
Long black blazer
I don’t own a black blazer. I know. It’s one of the 10 things EVERY WOMAN MUST OWN, didn’t you know? And I don’t own one. I’d like to have one though, but not a traditional work-wear type blazer, one that’s more casual, fleece perhaps? I do like the LOOK of a more structured, polished blazer, but knowing my lifestyle and what I actually WEAR, I’d never wear it. I would wear a fleece jacket/blazer though, in fact, I had a DarylK/Barney’s Co-Op collab fleece blazer from 2004 that I LIVED IN until it got too small for me. And I’ve had James Perse jackets here and there.
I do also have a HELMUT Helmut Lang asymmetrical zip jacket from fall 2012 that I love, but haven’t worn as much as I would have liked. It fits nicely now, and I really do like it, but it’s short on one side, and every time I put it on, I wish it was longer…So, I ended up with the James Perse hooded blazer. I haven’t worn it yet, because just as soon as it cooled off, it warmed up again, but I wanted to get it now and tick this off my list. And yes, I will be purging the Helmut Lang jacket, because I don’t need both…
Long gray skirt/dress
Since most of my tops/sweaters are black, and I wanted to add a black sweater & cardigan this fall, I wanted a long gray dress/skirt to layer with black. As soon as I saw the cotton/cashmere dress & skirt at James Perse I knew I would end up with one of those. And I did; the maxi skirt. It is AMAZING. So good, not perfect, because there’s no such thing, but if there was it would be. It’s not for me though. The gray is pretty light, the skirt is meant to be fitted (it’s what makes it so great), and the cotton/cashmere is nice and soft and stretchy, which leads to being able to see all my bits & bumps through the skirt. My knees especially. Hard to notice unless you’re in the right light, but I definitely noticed it, and decided to take the skirt back.
And since I’ve put black skirts/dresses on my DO NOT BUY list, I couldn’t exchange it for the black one. But man…I wanted to. I still want to. I am DRAWN to that skirt, because like I said, we gravitate towards the “comfort” pieces, and end up with too many of them. I know I would live in that skirt (the black one does a better job of camouflaging bumps), but I don’t need it. It would be just one more thing. Unless I could get rid of a few other long skirts/dresses in my closet to make up for adding that one. And I don’t think I want to do that. So, I’m over a desire for a long gray dress/skirt – I don’t need one; I’m happy sticking with black on the bottom LOL.
A note on the JP cotton/cashmere dress – I wanted this to work also, but it’s a strange length on me, and I didn’t like the gray. But again, it’s a phenomenal dress. The JP cotton/cashmere blend is HEAVENLY, and has just the right amount of give/stretch without going over.
Straight-leg boyfriend jeans
I can’t help it. I still want a pair of truly oversized boyfriend jeans that fit my thick legs. I love my Frame Le Garcon jeans and my Rag & Bone jeans, but I still really want a more oversized pair with straighter legs. So I went to try on the Sexy Boyfriend at the Gap, where they were on sale for $29 (!!) and loved them. But I don’t have the budget for them this month, so I didn’t get them. I loved the patch front jeans, but they’re not on sale online, I don’t understand?
I have sort of decided I don’t need/want these anymore, but I’ll hold off until I see the Everlane ones (assuming they come in black). I have a pair of taupe/nude Dieppa Restreppo loafers which I absolutely LOVE, and sometimes wish they were black, but I’m okay with what I have for now.
Chunky oversized sweater
I have a couple of oversized cashmere sweaters by Inhabit from several years ago that I like, but they are truly oversized, in that they’re too big for me now. I want oversized, but not SO oversized, know what I mean? – especially in the arms. The ones I have now are just too large on me at this point, and really swallow me. I can manage with them, but since I had to return the chambray top from Madewell, I decided to try and exchange it for one of their new sweaters.
I ended up with the tracklist sweater in a nice military green color (I don’t have a sweater that color), and I’m quite pleased with it. While I was shopping for sweaters, I also tried this one by Vince on, which is absolutely INSANE. I mean…so cozy and fits really nicely, and perfectly oversized, but I’m happy with the Madewell sweater. And since it was an exchange, I wasn’t out of pocket any more money.
And yeah. That James Perse cashmere sweater I’m wearing above with the striped dress is pretty great. Except the price. And that it doesn’t have pockets. But do you see the sleeves? They’re ribbed and tapered toward the wrist so they’re not huge and open like the cashmere cardigan I have (I’m always rolling the sleeves up to get them out of the way). Such a wonderful cardigan, really, but not for $795. Especially since it doesn’t have pockets…I’m thinking it will end up on sale…
Black thick cardigan and/or sweater
Ah…amazingly enough, I don’t have many black sweaters that I like. I have a lightweight Splendid cashmere/cotton cardigan, a long Lululemon cardigan, and a VKOO cashmere pullover, but that’s it. I do always wish I had a heavier black cardigan for wearing with jeans or leggings in place of a jacket or coat (we can get away with that here in Texas!). I tried on a few by Vince since I was near a store, and loved this shawl collar cardigan the best. I had thought I wanted this Vince circle cardigan, but it’s sort of meh…not interesting enough, and didn’t seem worth the price. The shawl collar one though, was nice and thick, warm, and draped nicely. It sort of just falls since it’s heavy enough, which is really what I want.
When Shopbop does their next coupon code (I’m counting on the end of September/early October), I’ll get the Vince one I think. I also would love to have a nice, cashmere draped black pullover, but it’s not a priority right now; I have a wonderful gray VKOO one that’s a few years old that I’ll work with for a while.
I’m going to break down my thought process a little more in another post, maybe a Minimal Closet post, because this got rather long! But suffice it to say that I’ve surprised myself with how little I really want this year. I have wonderful things, and I’m happy with them, overall, I just wish some were smaller and fit me better, and those are the things I’m trying to find replacements for. I do plan to purge more as well, as I really understand what works for me NOW and what doesn’t given the impending change in the weather.
Below are the things I tried on, and my commentary about them.
*a note on my budget:
Since I had a couple of very good months, Leo and I budgeted that I could have $500 to spend on my wardrobe. This is in addition to my $200 personal discretionary budget every month and the $200 credit I get from Shopbop every month. I don’t spend any of my personal discretionary budget on clothes, because I use it on beauty products, haircut & color, Dagny, books, random stuff. Anyway, I don’t want to use it on clothes. So basically most of the time the only way I’m able to purchase clothing/accessories/shoes is with my Shopbop credit. I do have quite a bit saved up though, waiting for that next coupon code!!
I spent some of my $500 on the James Perse blazer. And if I decide to purge some of my black skirts/dresses, I may replace them with the long cotton/cashmere skirt by James Perse, but I’m not sure yet…
What have you bought for fall?