Friday, January 31, 2014

Summer outfits, winter wishlist



Quick post today. Summer has hit its stride here and it's hovering around 30 degrees most days. Pleasant, and not too hot, unlike last year when it was a furnace-like 40 degrees + for weeks on end. I shouldn't tempt fate, as I know many other states are experiencing an awful heatwave, and it is only the end of Jan. It may well heat up yet. 
I realise that it is frigidly cold in the North America right now, so I guess I should be very pleased that it's so pleasant here.
Despite the heat, my mind is turning to my winter wardrobe. This year I won't be buying much. I've got more than enough coats for our (usually) mild winters. If I'm being honest, I probably don't really Need anything.
However, it's unrealistic of me to think that I won't be 'refreshing' my wardrobe a bit. Here's a list of things I might be adding:

Black cashmere crew neck sweater
Dark grey marle cashmere crew neck sweater
Black cashmere leggings (thanks, Tabitha, for your suggestions!)
Mid blue slim jeans, not too skinny, but not too baggy.
Black knee high flat boots - not too flat, say 3cm heel
Skirt - just above knee, slight A-line in a slightly graphic print or light-weight tweed

That's about it. Where I will source the above is a total mystery, so I'd love your help: do you have any suggestions for where to source the above? 
The possible problem is that I'm petite, so a lot of mainstream labels don't really work on me. I don't mind the sweaters being slouchy, but I don't want to disappear in them!
I'm about 5'2" (157cm) on a good day.

Any links or other info would be very gratefully received.

Have a great weekend! 

18 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth, I've been doing the same - it's hovering around 40C all week, and yet I've been thinking about Winter clothes. I just received delivery of some knee high boots from LK Bennet in the UK. I've not bought her shoes before, but I'm SO happy with these boots - they're stretch suede, very comfortable and the shape is fantastic. Shipping is also quite quick.
    For cashmere try Brora, I've just bought a cardigan (navy, very like my favourite J Crew Jackie cardi). If you're ok with fine Merino wool instead, then I highly recommend Cable Melbourne, although it will be a few months until they launch their Winter range. They always do a good range of basics, and I have a crew neck of theirs from years past that I love in charcoal grey.
    I've been trying to be sensible and just buy for the gaps in my wardrobe... although I was looking at a beautiful print Oscar de la Renta skirt on his website that I was so tempted by.... marked down to $430, so still not cheap though. I think it will be staying with him (sadly). Enjoy your beautiful weather... we're hiding inside today - far too hot here xx

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    1. I've been looking at the temps in Adelaide and thinking of you - hope you're staying cool! We don't have aircon, so fingers crossed our moderate temps hold.
      Isn't it crazy to be thinking of winter? I had a look at the LK Bennett website and I love the grained leather riding boots, but it's a bit too risky for me to order without trying with knee boots, due to my silly short legs! Are your suede ones the wedge ones on sale? If so, they're lovely!
      I've got a couple of old Brora sweaters from years ago, and have been looking at their site, but the sizes are limited and again, often too big grrrr.
      Their spring stuff will be online soon, so I'll look again. I really want cashmere, but will check out Cable. I might end up getting a Jac & Jack one, as they do an xs slightly slouchy knit that fits me well, and I like their quality. Either that or skin & threads.
      Have you got your CD dresses yet? Would love to see them sometime!

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  2. You're teeny weeny. Love those stripes on you. Isn't it counterintuitive but I think horizontal stripes are always so flattering! the colours are lovely. That sliver of shiny sandal is lovely too. Reminds of some ones SJP is putting out but hers actually are not as pretty, more wine coloured. Jealous that its so fine there.

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    1. Haha! I love horizontal stripes despite being vertically challenged. I didn't know SJP had a shoe line. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I don't have any 1st hand knowledge but from what I've seen and heard, Brora does fabulous cashmere & tweed. Drop DaniBP's name and you'll be well looked after.
    I can see you're still basking in the afterglow from your H'-L' triumph. You're gonna be a hit in anything you wear with the updo...just so you know.

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    1. Hi GSL (what do those initials stand for?), I love Brora - used to buy it before moving here, but the sizes are tricky for me, being rather small. The sweaters are squeaky OK, but their skirts are huge on me - they cater for a taller lady!
      The up do is a necessity in our heat now that my hair is longer. It's a terrible birds nest of unkempt waves if left to its own devices!

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    2. Ruth, it's just my initials; first name Gregory and surname same as that fellow whose wife was running around with 007.

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    3. Aha! And here was me imagining all kinds of things...! Gregory is a great name, but I'm struggling to work out your surname. Am I being terribly thick?

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    4. Goodness Ruth hasn't the Jude Law/Sienna Miller/Daniel Craig scandal made it's way down under?
      And if you still can't it I'll suggest you go blond.

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    5. Oh gawd, it almost certainly has made its way here, but it has all passed me by. I'm not very au fait with celebrity news.... very amiss of me I know ;-)..

      Incidentally, I am going blonder as I get older...!

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  4. Show off. I am really starting to hate winter. Never experienced it much until this year. I do like. Vince sweaters..a bit boxy sometimes but you can find on sale now. Brora doesn't do sale on navy or black but Johnston of Elgin does. Talked to Tabs there. Don't do the knee boots nor the skirt. Love ag Stevie for jeans...works for us chicks with strong thighs.

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    1. Yep Jonstons and Brora are both equals, Johnstons are the historical kings of cashmere here and Brora are the young pretender to the throne, they use Johnston's mill. Eric Bompard is good too and our Marks and Spencers do excellent cashmere at a quarter of the price.
      yes I have no idea if it's Johnstons. Johnsons or Johnstone's - Scottish names are a pain!

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    2. Hi BB and Tabs, yes, I've tried Vince and some of their things are lovely. Johnstone's is also on my list of places to look. I think I might need to try on though..... Unless they have detailed sizing info.
      M&S cashmere is pretty good, isn't it? They're allegedly opening a shop here later this year, which would be v v exciting!

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  5. Oh Ruth - you look like summer personified! I miss summer and am going to get out my summer clothes tomorrow to decide what I'll take to Florida at the end of the month - can't wait!
    Good list - I have not started to think about spring/summer yet. I will see what's out when I am in Florida and get some ideas, don't plan to really buy until April/May!

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    1. I do love summer, although I'm usually ready for some cooler weather come April? Florida will be a great way to pre plan your spring summer wardrobe - like a trial rip un for hat you might feel like wearing! Hope your winter ends soon!

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  6. It's always good to have a list, I enjoy the planning almost as much as the actual purchase. Thank you for sharing your summer looks. We have an endless winter here and to think of summer is so refreshing.

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    1. You're right, xoxo, the planning is great fun! I love summer dressing, but it can get a bit monotonous when it's really hot as there's no possibility of any layering or much accessorising.
      Hope you're relaxing and enjoying your last weeks of pre-motherhood!

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  7. Hi Ruth -- I've enjoyed Boden's cashmere -- it is generally soft and not prickly and they are one of the only brands that I typically wear that does not seem to be size inflating (i.e. I would definitely order an XS or a 2 or 0 in J.Crew depending on item but typically take a US 4 in Boden's sweaters/dresses, etc.). For the jeans, maybe have a look at the various designer brands (7FAM, Hudson, etc.) in whatever your department store over there -- those brands also tend to stay away from size inflation. Will be interested to see what you get :)

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