a fall winter wish list

I’m so excited that it’s fall and we’re quickly heading towards winter. I have been handwashing all of my delicate knits and I had my coats dry-cleaned months ago. So I am ready for fall and winter. As usual I compiled a short wish list mostly consisting of items that I could wear all throughout the year with some small adjustments such as a cardigan or tights. None of them are necessary but lately I do feel like I’m a bit stuck in a style rut wearing the same things over and over again. These would likely provide a nice twist on my usual uniform.

  • A lot of brands sell cashmere these days, some more affordable than others. I like to stick with Uniqlo’s cashmere as I find the quality excellent for the price. I bought a grey sweater two or three years ago but unfortunately it has become much too large for me. I’m leaning towards a v-neck in navy or camel this time.
  • I’m still not quite sure how I feel about skirts on myself but this one has been growing on me the past couple of months. I believe there are two variations on this particular skirt and I would definitely go for the longer option. For some reason I feel that it won’t work for me but we’ll see once I get the chance to try it on. If it does live up to my expectations I hope I’ll be able to find it second hand on Ebay or Vestiaire Collective. I’ve seen a few being sold as almost new.
  • My skin has been wonderful lately but I would still like some mild coverage. Just to even out my skin tone and get that dewy look. So I’m looking for a tinted moisturizer. This one from Laura Mercier seems quite nice but slightly expensive. This one from Nars is also very tempting and gets great reviews. If you guys have any experience with either, let me know what you think.
  • These boots are something I have been thinking about for over a year now (they sold them last year as well). It usually doesn’t snow a lot over here but when it does, weather appropriate footwear is definitely a problem. Every pair that I own is too slippery and I can’t recount the times I suddenly had to grab onto something while walking in a normal pace. Dr Martens crossed my mind as well but I don’t know, these have a more classic and elegant look to them. For these kind of boots anyway.
  • White t-shirts are part of my uniform. I can honestly say that I wear a white t-shirt at least four days a week. Which is fine but ultimately also a little boring. So this striped t-shirt from A.P.C. would make a nice addition to my wardrobe.
  • Not pictured above but also very much on my mind: this black coat. I should’ve known better than to try it on. But it happened and it looked great. I might cave if it goes on sale. The end.

What’s on your wish list for the upcoming season?

personal shopping guidelines daarboven

While I try to maintain a high standard when it comes to clothes and accessories and I am annoyingly picky, regrettable purchases are always lurking around the corner. Over the years I have come to rely on a few rules of thumb that have proven themselves very helpful. Now, I am by no means an expert but I figured I would share them and hopefully they can be of use to you too. So here are my self-imposed guidelines for shopping part I:

Try different sizes

I own clothing ranging from size XS to XL. Size is only a number or a few letters and doesn’t matter to me as long as the garment fits perfectly. Brands aren’t reliable at all when it comes to sizing. I’m sure we are all familiar with the concept of vanity sizing, right? So please don’t let the size of a piece of clothing bring you down or dictate your purchases. No one will be able to see the label anyway.

Stay away from items that are too trendy

Once in awhile a trend comes along that I’m eager to try such as those checkered blazers or coats that are seen all over the place right now. But fortunately for my wallet, most of the time the result is not at all what I expected or I know I won’t wear it after that particular season. Nevertheless, I believe you can be on trend while still remaining true to your own aesthetic. Take flared jeans for example. Those were very trendy last year of maybe even the year before (I can’t keep track of time anymore, I’m too old). But ultimately, the design, in the right color, is a classic and can be worn at any time.

When in doubt, size up

It’s always better to size up when you’re not completely sure about a piece of clothing or shoes. Clothes can be adjusted and/or taken in by a tailor and you can place an extra insole in your shoes to get a better fit. Although to be honest, I don’t recommend buying your shoes too large either. However, when something is too small, chances are you are never going to wear it because it makes you feel uncomfortable.

Check the men’s section

You can find some really nice pieces of clothing in the men’s section. And from my own experiences, the quality is sometimes even better than women’s clothing. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that men don’t buy as many clothes as women and therefore need garments that last a lot longer. I could be wrong though. Things I especially like from the men’s section are cashmere or merino wool sweaters. I’m sure for some of you the button downs can work as well but those are generally too tight on my hips.

What are your personal shopping guidelines?

selection summer shoes

Even though we are almost halfway through summer and we can only hope for a few more sunny days before fall arrives, I thought I’d share my favourite summer shoes with you. The Castañer espadrilles are my latest purchase and although shown in navy in the image above, I decided to exchange them for a black pair instead. So much for being adventurous. But looking at my wardrobe they will be much easier to mix and match with the garments that I already own.

The second pair is very reminiscent of Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Sophie sandal. I adore her shoes but I simply cannot justify the price (with additional shipping and taxes). Luckily these sandals are just as simple and chic. Both pairs of shoes have a moderate heel and are extremely comfortable. I can’t -or won’t actually- do anything higher than 5-6 cm to be honest. Design and comfort are equally important for me when it comes to purchasing shoes.

The pair that gets the most wear though are my loafers as you can probably tell from the picture. I bought them two years ago and I reach for them whenever the weather allows it and I know I will have to walk a lot. They’re also the pair of shoes that I find are the most work appropriate. I can get away with all kinds of sandals but I don’t like the idea of showing so much foot in a work environment (but maybe that’s my dislike of feet in general speaking).

With the recent addition of the Castañer espadrilles I won’t be needing any new shoes soon. I’m set for all kinds of occassions. But as we all keep a secret wish list; one shoe that has been on my mind for years is the classic Chanel two-tone ballet flat. I regret not purchasing them years ago when they were somewhat more affordable. But alas, such is life, money doesn’t grow on trees etc. I’ll just keep on dreaming!

What is your ultimate summer shoe?

  • I’m a big fan of plants but I have also rekindled my love for flowers as of late. It feels like a bit of a splurge but what’s life without small luxuries? Fresh colourful flowers instantly brighten up the room and I love going to the market on a Saturday afternoon anyway (do I get extra cool girl points for the straw bag btw?)
  • I’ve been switching between scents the last couple of days. Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules remains my all-time favourite and it’s the only scent I wear to work as it’s very subtle. But for summer, on my days off, I also enjoy the likes of Byredo’s Black Saffron and Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Seasalt. The latter very reminiscent of warm days at the beach.
  • Can you believe I’m wearing a dress? I saw this particular wrap dress online and while I normally don’t wear a lot of prints, I was instantly sold when I tried it on. I mean, look at my waist! The fit of the dress is extremely flattering and the length is absolutely perfect. Something I’m not used to being only 5′ 4″ tall.
  • A rare selfie. My last haircut was over six months ago just before Christmas and those split ends are not a good look. So it’s time to book a new appointment. I usually give my hairdresser free rein and am pretty happy with whatever she does but as I’m getting older, I’m also starting to become more particular. For now, I’m leaning towards a bob just above the shoulder which would be perfect for summer. Although sometimes I do miss my straight fringe, hm…

Ps. I don’t post a lot of pictures on Instagram but I do use the Instagram stories feature if you’re interested @daarboven