Well. It's not entirely a master plan. That makes it sound rather grandiose. It's more of a pretty basic plan for what I am going to be wearing this A/W.
I'm just going to throw it out there in list form, for you to peruse over and ask questions about. I have been asked numerous times what my must have pieces for this Autumn are and so here (most of it?!) is.
It's in no particular order and there will definitely be things I've missed off but I think my life might be complete if I were to find the "perfect" versions of all of the below. Colourwise well... that's a personal thing but suffice to say, mine will be a conglomeration of black, navy and grey. With some gold and khaki thrown in for good measure. And any other colour I fancy along the way.
Crew neck jumper
Wide leg crops - plain, pleather or leather
Tapered black trousers - plain, pleather or leather
Cropped kick flare jeans
Midi or maxi skirt
Maxi or midi dress
Oversized coat cardigan thingy
Ankle Boots x a million
And surely that's pretty conclusive? Ok clearly that's me being ridiculous - that's for starters. But seriously, without busting too many brain cells, I think that with the above list, I could happily dress until Spring. And most of those things would merrily take you into next season too. Without accessories...(that's a whole new delicious ball park to explore).
So what I plan to do - rather than go through each one now and describe how I'd wear it, is to tackle a piece at a time and devote a blog to my favourites available and what else in my capsule (capsule being code for massive) wardrobe would go with it.
Starting with one of my favourites (although I pretty much love all of the above which is why they've made it into my list of Must Haves) - the good old striped top. I won't limit it to specifically Breton as I am a stripe whore and anything in a two tone will do. Jumper, top, any two colours you fancy, I'm in. Cotton, cashmere, wool - I am not fussy.
For the purposes of this item though, it must be short. (although not cropped. Dear lord, not cropped). I do have a rather amazing breton tunic in black and white that I fortunately found in H&M last year (I say fortunately as I've never seen it since - the quality is genuinely as good as my Joseph one which cannot be said for much of H&M), but today, I'm all about the shorter top or jumper.
And what do I plan on wearing mine with? Jeans (oh I can feel a complete jean splurge coming on. At the moment I only like one pair of my jeans. Does anyone else go through this - they totally fall out of love with most of their wardrobe and only want to wear ONE thing), maxi or midi skirts (love this look) with a biker or blazer (the latter being especially perfect if it's a quite straight skirt.. I may have one in mind, my leopard print one).
Also looks amazing with wide leg crops and a more tailored trouser, as I have on today. Blazer, trench or oversized cardigan coat and it's the perfect Autumn (I actually nearly said Fall then. Who am I and what have I done with myself?) outfit.
Colourwise, I have to say at the moment, if you held a gun at my head (please don't) it would be black and white as opposed to the more classical navy. I know I love navy with black but I would be lying if I didn't admit that I do love black, black with more black even more.
But they have historically always been difficult to find which is why it makes sense to bag 'em whilst you can. Look no further.
Long sleeve breton from Boden in ivory and black £26.50 Plus 20% off everything at Boden at the moment with the code A3W3.
Another classic style from Jack Wills - perfect if you prefer shorter sleeves.
Jack Wills Aldeburgh Breton Stripe Top £34.50
Slightly looser at Me+Em and don't forget there is currently 20% off - code is ORDER20 (I have just spent way too long perusing all their new stock online and need to devote a whole blog to what I would choose. The short answer is "a lot").
Double Layer Stripe Tee from Me+Em £69 I probably wouldn't wear this with a skirt - but definitely all styles of jeans and trousers.
Lovely detailing at the back.
A jumper style. Not entirely sure how this has passed me by but guess what I'm ordering tomorrow?
Breton jumper £75 from hush
Stripe Raglan Crew jumper was £89 now £62
Or a fine knit jumper from H&M £14.99
However I have found two complete bargains (this is when you're comparing them to a) their full price and b) everything else on the Matches website - then they're a "bargain") from Isabel Marant in the sale.
Emsley Striped sweater was £190 now £95
Or the Isabel Marant Etoile Erwan button shoulder stripe jumper was £175 now £105
Mango Stripe Long Sleeved Top was £25.99 now £12.50
I can also confirm that you simply cannot have too many of these as they are so ridiculously versatile. And anyone who tells you that you can (usually someone husbandish looking), is wrong. There are loads more out there, of that I am certain and will bring you them as I find them.
Here I am in one of my very many tops.
Breton top in black and white - H&M
Black pleather peg leg trousers - Zara
Oversized Blazer - Me+Em
Black Flame slip ons - Seven Boot Lane
Black fringed Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So I would love to hear if there are any surprises for you on my list or if you have anything that I should add. I can guarantee that I've left some corkers off, so please do let me know.