Oh just simply too exciting. I ADORE A/W clothing. So much more so than S/S stuff. There's just more to it. Which means more to buy. More to accessorise. The very fact it's just more is probably why I like it so much.
Where does one start?
Well. A while ago I did start off on a capsule wardrobe and everything from there still stands. I can't remember how far I got (fickle, yes that's me...) but I do remember that it was all very devoid of colour.
Which, to be honest, is how I do like the majority of my wardrobe. I am a huge fan of collating lots of basics, plain and simple that you can mix and match and from which you can collate a huge variety of outfits.
For me, versatility is the key. And whilst yes, the majority of my wishlist is going to be dark and minimalist, before I get stuck in to that, I have one slightly off piste number to explore.
It's the colourful cardie. I have come to realise I am a big fan of these. Really really love them and am drawn to them like a moth to a flame (admittedly the same can be said of coats... something years ago I swore I would never buy but I appear to accrue one a year at the moment. Something for another day)
Last year one of my favourite cardigans was the pink Nessa cardi from hush which they've bought back again this year... but this time in blue shades.
Nessa Cardi from hush £110 Don't forget the 10% off with the code AWXX15 plus free delivery and free returns. The pink version sold out last year ridiculously quickly so it's worth ordering if you want to try it.
A similar version in navy that I came across from.. Betty Barclay of all places. Now I'm not going to lie, this isn't somewhere I frequent At All but this cardigan - hell, I could totally wear this and when I came across it online, I couldn't believe it was from Betty Mum's Wedding Outfit Barclary. Throw it on the model above or below and it would look easily as good as the hush or the FCUK one. Ideal if you're looking for some detail but don't want to go all out in pattern or a multitude of shades or colours. All the detail is in the knit. A simple two tone number.
Better Barclay Chunky Knit Cardigan £75
The other cardigan I have from last season that I absolutely adore is the chunky knit red, camel and blue one from Zara last season but fear not if you didn't get your hands on it or it wasn't your shade. Or maybe it was too big (it's very oversized and very heavy).
There is a similar but I think more generically wearable one at French Connection this season (who have some gorgeous gorgeous things - I may have to peruse this in more detail...)
Olive Oversized Wool Cardigan from FCUK £110 An example of how these bring to life your basics. Honestly, I can't recommend them enough.
Clearly the 70s are inspiration for much of the knitwear this season and Starsky would be fighting you for this one.
Cotton-blend Cardigan from Mango £39.99 This one is actually super wearable (and a great great price). If the full on colour isn't your thing - the nod to the theme in the pattern is just ideal. The more I look at this one, the more I love it. Really love it. Personally I would oversize in all of these, but that's because I'm 5ft10 and I think they need to look like a generous fit.
To prove what a bargain the Mango one is - you could always blow the budget at Max Mara.
Abelia cardigan from Max Mara £498
However there is a far more palatable to the purse version at FCUK which isn't too dissimilar from the Max Mara one (bar the price tag...)
Fran Fair Isle Wool Cardigan from FCUK £110 I'll be honest, this isn't chunky enough for me. I want full on 70s stylee heavy weight knit.
Slightly boho now at Anthropologie. More texture than print now.
Belmar Cardigan £120 from La Fee Verte at Anthropologie
And another number from La Fee Verte (Green Fairy - how fab is that?).
Confetti Stitch Cardigan £100 at Anthropologie
Another trend does seem to be geometric patterns - I first saw the Vince Sleeveless Gilet in Selfridges at the beginning of the Summer, when chunky knitwear was very far from my thoughts but it clearly made its mark as I keep coming back to it....
Draped open front gilet from Vince £295 This is slightly thinner in the knit but is perfect for this time of year. Ideal for layering over biker jacket or simple knitwear.
And a heavier version in a more unusual colour palette, again from Vince (eye wateringly expensive mind you)
Graphic block print open front cardigan from Vince £425
However clearly the holidays are getting to me as I have come over all super print. Whilst thoughts of monochrome and colours less errr colourful are the theme of the rest of my wishlist, I am drawn to cardigans on drugs.
There is really no other word for them - full on, psychedelic student type cardigans are really taking my fancy. We're talking colour, print AND texture.
Superdry Avoriaz Tassle Oversize cardi £84.99 (I actually don't think this is too bad for a Superdry cardigan considering the price of their tees, which, for the record I don't wear but the 10 yr old does. A reason, if one was needed that they're not for me)
I don't wear red but if I did.... this one is a bargain (although I have to say still prefer the Superdry one...)
Vero Moda Aztec Cardigan Fringing with £38
Now these last two are wrong on so many levels I LOVE them. I absolutely and utterly love them. I will have to have one of them even if I just wear it round the house with my jamas for the next five years (which actually would make it worthwhile.....).
The jury is out as to whether I love this with the jumper as well - I have not reached total breaking point yet so I should probably reserve judgement on this. There is a part of me that does think, in for a penny, in for a pound but I'll probably get more wear out of the cardigan over plainer layers. Having said that, the jumper could come into its own under a plain coat of course....... The modern day twinset perchance? (I have just copyread the article and have had to nip in to say, the more I look at this, the more I adore it - jumper AND cardie)
Samsoe & Samsoe Kimy Cardigan £135 from Coggles
Autumn Cardigan from Plumo £89
So there I am done with my foray into colour. Fear not - usual crepuscular shades will be back shortly - maybe once I get over the shock of a whole day at Chessington yesterday with the three children on my own.
To be honest, it wasn't actually *that* bad. It's really not that bad at all - it certainly does help that I love theme parks (I know - go figure). Plus it's a place the 8yr old Aspie has been loads, knows and is super comfortable with. I'm not remotely worried about him getting lost or wandering off as he knows it so so well (he has studied the map at home for years although he doesn't need to as he knows it from the last time we went). And he's happy there. None of them were too happy that SIX of the major rides were shut but fair play to Chessington, they've given us free tickets for another day. (I'll fess up - at the time, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry as, as easy it as is, it's all relative and it's exhausting. BUT it's a free day out so I can't complain!)
We were super lucky with the weather although it did start raining at 5pm when we were leaving. Outfit chosen as it was muggy and I needed something cool, loose and comfortable.