Let's start with the fun stuff!
Dani describes these as party basics in frock philosophy and she has some truly lovely pieces!
I realized whilst looking at my party frocks that I have a penchant for sequins and shiny, and there are some nice pieces, but I need to go to the next level:
The dresses and one jacket: from the right - a lovely black cocktail dress, a nice black sequin tank dress, a gold silk Cynthia Steffe dress I bought to go meet the Governor General 3 years ago, a lovely black wool shift dress, an Alice + Olivia sweet burgundy dress with elbow length sleeves, a JCrew sequin dress and my every-faithful American Eagle tuxedo jacket. The latter was not expensive, but it is flattering and goes with everything!
What I noticed: only 1 of these dresses has sleeves. Another thing I have noticed - I am always freezing in winter.... Third thing I have noticed - a lot of black.
The tops and bottoms:
2 Joe Fresh sequin tanks - so cheap but just lovely! A J crew taffeta polka dot skirt from a couple of seasons ago, a navy and black tafetta skirt from Pink Tartan, J Crew Dolce skirt in bronze sequins, black satin trousers, my J Crew pompon trousers, my J Crew pink floral trousers and my long black silk tiered skirt by Talbots.
In other words, with only a couple of classic additions, I have a good party frock wardrobe! At least for now! I was surprised by how much I had, but considering my aspirational dressing gene that imagines myself on yachts in Italy with George Clooney, could this be a surprise?????
The Day Dresses:
Well this is very short category as I have exactly 3 day dresses!
The Nicole Miller dress that I am still on the fence about but is likely moving on.
A Michael Kors Grey/Black faux wrap dress:
The third dress is a Michael Kors ponte knit sleeveless dress in Navy.
Folks, I love dresses and I love colour. But I have two dresses of the exact same colour story, which I rarely wear! And I have one navy dress that I like but do not love. I see a serious gap here.....
A small grouping for me:
- a lovely pair of 7 for all mankind indigo wash trouser jeans
- a pair of 7 for all mankind skinny jeans for tucking in boots
- a pair of Joe Fresh straight leg jeans
- a pair of Joe Fresh matchstick cords in burgundy
- a pair of J Crew bennet pants in Henna
- my new minnie trousers in the boulevard green
- A pair of cynthia steffe skinny wool knit pants
- Khaki and jade cafe capris for early fall
A small group:
- My new icon trench
- a short black trench coat for fall
- a french pink trench for spring
- a lovely all wool Cinza Rocca knee-length winter coat - you can visit my coat or one very similar here
- waist length brown leather jacket
- simon chang plush waist length party coat
- Lands End down filled coats - long black for Jan-Feb and short royal blue for same time period
I am a little lacking here for coats, considering I live in Canada and all....
I basically have one purse, a black leather satchel, that I recently purchased, as I felt a black purse should be my starting point for the fall. It is quite nice and practical.
I also have some clutches in peacock silk, a lovely raspberry, my banana republic shell clutch, which I love and some new and vintage black clutches. Again - I have some room here!
These are newly organized after the big purge!
I have a LOT of shoes! I am pretty good for shoes! However, I can see the need for a really comfortable pair for a cocktail party! And there is one I have my eye on at J Crew (Valentinas!). While away, I picked up a pair of black leather riding boots for fall by Arturo Chiang:
If you like them, you can pick up yours here. I already have a pair of chocolate brown riding boots by Cole Haan. They are almost identical to the Air Avalon below and I bought them two years ago and they are so comfortable. The perfect fall boot:
I would like a lightweight pair of dress boots with a small heel for the office as well.
My fall and winter shoes are still packed away and hard to get at, but thought you might want to see the summer shoe collection, newly purged and organized!
I was suprised at how little clothing I had that I would typically wear in December. For me - December is red month and I do love red!!!!
All I have is one black watch tafetta blouse from Talbots, a Talbots red cashmere turtleneck and a red crystal cardigan from J Crew. Again - I see that I can actually justify buying a couple of cute things in November!!!
To Sum it Up:
That is the fall/winter wardrobe in a nutshell. I see some gaps now. Which is what FFM and Dani BP want us to see before we go shopping. I also see how much I have! And how much I gave away. I took 5 bags to charity this a.m. I thought about consignment, but in the end, thought I could use all the good karma I could get! I also see that how I want to dress is not necessarily consistent with the clothes I am buying..... Ahh.....
Fabulous Florida Mommy - I have not gotten to step 4 - make outfits! I promise I will do that in early Fall!!!! However, I am going to start making some outfits on polyvore now that I know everything I have!
It is time to move on to Step 4: Make a Fall Shopping List! And that is tomorrow's post!!!!!
If you are still with me, you are amazing!!!