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HandMini Tue 06-Aug-13 19:45:04

So, I had DD2 in February. I also had a massive clear out of 90% of my wardrobe because it was all rubbish.

I'm now going to splash some cash on a new wardrobe, as I'm back to pre-baby weight and size and I have nothing to wear other than some shorts and tshirts.

So, would love the Stylers and Beauters of MN to tell me, what do I need in my start-from-scratch A/W wardrobe. I'd love a list of basics to create a capsule wardrobe, or advice as to what the trendy pieces / shapes will be.

I'm blonde/brown haired, pale skinned, size 10. I'm not at all trendy, so err on the side of classic boring


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AlohaMama Fri 09-Aug-13 00:43:33

Those M&S boots are a good price for leather, I'll have to try them on. Will try to find a zara & mango to look at too.

Awakeagain Thu 08-Aug-13 22:05:13

Aloha I normally find Zara and mango good for dresses many different styles
Haven't had chance to look yet though
Mango outlet also great for 'basics' that will keep if not too trendy

finlaysmum12 Thu 08-Aug-13 16:56:09

these look nice for the price?

AlohaMama Thu 08-Aug-13 07:11:20

Oooh I like those boots too. In fact Next seem to have a fairly decent selection. I need to see what is in my local shop though, I don't do shoe-shopping on line.

After reading this thread I decided I needed a down coat too, but don't think I can do a light colour, so I have just treated myself to a black Marmot down parka this one though i bought it in the US so was much cheaper. Hoping this will be a good investment for many cold winters to come!

With that and other recent purchases this is my capsule wardrobe (based heavily on advice on the putting me together blog

- 3 jeans (2 skinny, 1 straight)
- 1 skinny grey jeans with teensy black polka dots (more subtle than it sounds!)
- skirts - want 1 or 2, neutral colour
- dresses - want 1 jersey wrap dress (currently BF-ing) in grey or navy, plus 1 other dress in other colour or pattern
- Need few more tops including a patterned shirt/blouse
- 3 cardigans - grey, green, royal blue
- 2 jumpers - need 1 wool, 1 other
- Coats/jackets - now have Black down jacket, Beige fitted trench coat, Brown leather blazer
- Shoes - need to buy knee length brown riding boots, flats in neutral colour, 1 pair heels (I like these ), and 1 pair of ankle boots
- Accessories - planning on sticking to mainly neutral (navy, grey, brown) and block colours (teals, greens, blues and dash of orange/coral) for clothes and then livening things up with more interesting belts, scarves and necklaces.

I'm hoping some of these gaps might be filled by what I already have, but my winter clothes have been in storage at my parents for the last 5 yrs while I've lived abroad so I can't remember what is there, or how dated it is.

If anyone sees any nice jersey wrap dresses, please link!

Any suggestions of what colour ankle boots to get? I don't know whether to get black (if I get brown knee highs) or if something else would fit better with jeans and grey trousers?

And am I right in thinking that there seem to be quite a wide range of skirt styles in fashion right now? I am seeing lots of different hem lengths, and a mix of pencil/a-line/pleated etc.? Am hoping this is true then maybe some of my older skirts will still work.

CatsWearingTutus Thu 08-Aug-13 07:01:11

I think, once you've chosen your colours, a great place to sart a capsule wardrobe is with one of these cardigans's-Supima-Fine-Gauge-Cardigan/P_20740,en_GB,pd.html?cgid=5728 and the matching short sleeve top in the same material. This is a hugely versatile set that can be worn together or the cardigan looks great over a crisp white shirt or a coordinating dress. The ss top can be worn without the cardi inn warmer weather. All combinations are great with neutral skirts or trousers or coordinating patterned ones and can be dressed up or down. Quality is good, too.

BeingMoreDog Wed 07-Aug-13 19:50:07

Great list carly.
And some great boots in mink too

HandMini Wed 07-Aug-13 19:48:25

Wow, such great lists. Am going to get shopping. Thanks so much ladies.

finlaysmum12 Wed 07-Aug-13 19:47:38 lovely stuff,merino, cashmere. lambswool etc.

go via for a discount too.

finlaysmum12 Wed 07-Aug-13 19:43:25 lovely stuff,merino, cashmere. lambswool etc.

go via for a discount too.

carlywurly Wed 07-Aug-13 18:57:36

Try places like Great Plains for good quality basics!

carlywurly Wed 07-Aug-13 18:56:56

On the days I don't work I live in my white stuff or fat face gilets with Breton tops, slim leg jeans and boots with a big cosy cashmere scarf.
Or short denim skirt, thick tights and boots. I have loads of casual knits and cardigans plus long sleeved tees to layer up with.

I'd get 2 decent pairs of jeans
2 skirts
4 long sleeved tees - white, black, grey and something cheerful
Long and short boots
Casual and smart coat
4 or so plain ish jumpers
A couple of pretty patterned or more detailed tops for going out
A couple of vests for layering under knits.
Nice accessories like scarves and jewellery smile

Awakeagain Wed 07-Aug-13 18:45:19

Aloha, I saw the boots and envy them straight away, would've been most upset if the fit was rubbish
Trawled shop upon shop for my tan boots with a chunky heal had them reheeled and resoled (carpet at school wears it down loads!) so I can have them again last winter after missing them so much whilst never taking them to get done!
I do love a good boo

RosieLig Wed 07-Aug-13 18:41:13

Ps icebreaker do amazing merino non itchy layers. I have a few of them and they're a godsend.

RosieLig Wed 07-Aug-13 18:38:02

Reading this with interest! For those that have the Barbour Artic Parka- how did you find the sizing? Thanks.

HeyLuciani Wed 07-Aug-13 17:53:00

If you're after thermals I'd recommend the M&S Heatgen thermal tops - they're thin and really good for layering. They have vest, short and long sleeve versions. They usually come in a good range of colours, although you might have to wait until a bit later in the season for the full range. I am a very cold person so spend quite a lot of the year in these - have even worn them under dresses for winter weddings/events blush and no one can tell!

AlohaMama Wed 07-Aug-13 17:21:11

Love those tan boots awake

I recommend thermals too. Definitely worth getting quality ones from an outdoor shop as you tend to get the warmth while still being thin enough to fit under most clothes. I reckon I can loose one layer on top by wearing thermal bottoms.

Love the zara down coat but I'd worry about such a pale colour getting dirty. If anyone sees one in navy or dark grey post it here! I've seen nice ones by outdoor brands but twice the price! I have just bought a nice trench for autumn so just need something warmer. I also have a brown leather blazer style jacket. Would that be v unstylish now? I've been out of the country 5 years so am trying to catch up!

Hopefully Wed 07-Aug-13 16:00:34

Being I don't find thermals sweaty at all, and I am, ahem, a reasonably sweaty person. Obviously if it's baking hot you get a bit toasty. I think mine are mixes, not pure poly, and the merino thermals I have are amaaaaaaayzing.

I need some more fine knitwear this winter, I think. I do a good line in chunky/long knits, but actually often they're no good for under a coat. I feel a pinterest board coming on.

suntodayplease Wed 07-Aug-13 14:53:03

Watching with interest, due in October so hoping a few pairs of skinnys with ankle boots and a couple of loose knits from Baukjen will see me though until I'm down to fighting weight. But I will really need a new coat. I've lived in a perfectly practical and quite nice down coat for the last few years but its black, and I've realised I really don't suit black, so I'd like something similar in navy. I tried the Barbour one mentioned up thread but it was too short on me, dissapointed as it was warm without being too bulky. Any other suggestions? Will check out the Aigle one too.

Awakeagain Wed 07-Aug-13 13:09:18

:-) boots are. Great fit for chunky calves gringringrin

Awakeagain Wed 07-Aug-13 12:48:23

gringringringringringringrin My parcels (all 3 of them) have arrived from dp's never have I been so happy to see my local Hermes delivery man

ToastedTeacakes Wed 07-Aug-13 12:45:37

Oh, I do also wear crossover stuff from the warmer months (under my coat!) like blouses, pretty tops and the odd shirt.

I forgot to mention my skirts:

1 maroon cord mini (H&M)
1 Dark denim knee skirt (a line) from Oasis.
1 Navy skirt (apc)
1 grey wool tweed skirt (apc).

ToastedTeacakes Wed 07-Aug-13 12:41:42

Not well up on this capsule thing, but here's what I have to begin with:


1 padded warm navy parka with fake furry lined hood.
1 Zara wool 3/4 length wool coat with gold buttons (love this to bits).

Taupe suede boots (like the Dickers, got them at Office)
Black leather Ambush boots (a few yrs old and still perfect for me).
Patent almond toe courts with ankle strap.
Chanel-esque cream and black slip on flats (do have 1 inch block heel tho).

2 lightweight roll neck tops to go under jumpers for layering (H&M, old).

1 white cable wool jumper (Hobbs)
1 Grey Boden must have thing in wool.
1 APC maroon lambswool jumper.
1navy La Redoute cashmere jumper.
1 Navy Uniqlo merino jumper.

2 long cardi's from Zara (black and dark grey).
2 shorter cardi's in white and black from Monsoon.

1 heavy silk APC dress.
1 black fit and flare knee length dress, Topshop (old).

1 Grey wool pants, loose fit from New Look (very old and nice, trust me!).
1 Very old vintage wash Baxter jeans from Topshop (when they still made them perfect). These fit like boyfriend jeans now.
1 Pair of Leigh skinnies, dark vintage wash, Topshop.
1 7FAM Roxanne jeans (I hate these now).
1 pair patterned skinny pants from H&M.

That's it. Oh, and a strong brolly, 2 woolly hats and a pair of thick gloves.

I would like a few more jumpers.

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