Autumn/winter wishlist – 60s & jewel tones

I guess because our weather changes so quickly, I’m generally starting to think about what to buy for autumn around early August each year. That’s usually a good thing, because usually round about the end of the month it actually becomes autumn in the UK, so you might as well be prepared.
This year, I’m going to try really hard to not buy all the tartan a la 2014, as I think if I try to put one more piece of plaid in my wardrobe, the dodgy bowing rail will finally snap in half in protest. Happily, for the sake of my furniture, I’m finding myself more drawn towards colours and shapes I don’t already have…
autumn/winter 2015 wishlist
It might be because I’m watching Mad Men again, but I definitely feel that I’m lacking in the jewel colour department. I have barely anything in green, hence that emerald jumper, or purple. I have about three things with purple in my whole wardrobe – so I was pleased to see this cute bengaline skirt from Collectif. Not only is it a pretty rich shade, it’s also a shorter length than their regular swing styles, which at around 28″ long, are virtually ankle length on me and therefore always need altering. This one should finish above the knee, so a bit more of a 60s vibe about it and no trip to the tailor necessary – win!
The skirt would go fabulously well with those boots, too, for a real 60s vibe. I’ve been looking for suede heeled boots like this since last year, admittedly, and I hope to add some like this to my closet soon. Not only would they be great with shorter skirts, but peeping out under that stripy tube dress too, as they’re fitted.
Faux fur is never far from my mind in the colder months and I enjoyed wearing my 60s shaped coat  so much last winter I’m eyeing up this little beauty to replace my decade-old battered black coat. I just can’t resist a fur collar on a coat – so snug!
Something that I can wear without having to worry about my stumpy legs, narrow shoulders, tiny torso and/or short arms is hats. Of course, my beret collection will most likely grow as I’m seemingly powerless to stop it and I definitely need this raspberry beret (you’ve all got Prince in your head now, I’m sure – you’re welcome), but I’m hoping to get a nice felt hat too. Which is admittedly more 70s than 60s, but it’ll look so good with those boots and you know it. Although, I did try one on similar to this in a shop recently and B thought it looked like a ‘witch’s hat’ and the colour didn’t suit me, so maybe I need to find a lighter one!
I definitely feel like I’m more 50s in the summer and more 60s in the winter. The long boots, pea coats, turtle necks… I don’t enjoy the cold, but I do enjoy any chance to expand my wardrobe 😉
How will you be adding to yours this season? That goes for you too, my southern hemisphere friends – go on, make me jealous!


  1. September 6, 2015 / 8:30 am

    I really love that the pieces your inspired by are easy to mix and match into your existing wardrobe, I think that's important to evolve style slowly and not just replace everything. I agree with you on the 50s for summer and 60s for winter, just seems to happen by accident for me and it works really well. Nice to see some colour in your selection, all black is just too depressing in the already glum Autumn light!

    • September 6, 2015 / 8:33 am

      I think the mix and matching thing is because I have so many separates rather than dresses – so it's easy to do! It's easy to get stuck on black – but in fact, I don't have a black coat in current rotation, so I think I'm due one 🙂

  2. September 6, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Coats with fur are great, it's not a winter coat without a bit of fur! I definitely go more sixties in autumn and winter, with all those rusty colours and woolly tights. Pinafores are my staple in winter, I love them!

    • September 7, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      Completely agree – I can absolutely love a coat but if it's got no fur, these days I don't buy it! I'd quite like to get into pinafores… Got my first one last year 🙂

  3. September 7, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    Pssst, you can get hats like that in charity shops for a fraction of the price. I have a lovely emerald green one.

    Weirdly, I seem to slide back from late 50s/early 60s in summer to 30s/40s in winter – I think it's because I'm a knitter and 1960s knitting patterns are quite boring. Plus it's so easy to get A-line wool skirts in chazzas. (I'm a lot cheaper in winter…)

    • September 7, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      That's a good call – I rarely go into charity shops but it's probably just the kind of thing they'd have… I can see the slide into 30s/40s, all the wool… I can imagine 60s knitting patterns being dull!

  4. September 8, 2015 / 2:58 am

    Oooh, I really like everything that you've got picked out here! Very cute shapes and styles, there's definitely a bit of a "60s girl in Paris" vibe to everything. Of course, I might just be saying that because of the striped dress…
    I've got a few different ideas about what I'm liking for fall. Part of me also loves the mod, 60s kind of thing, but I'm also really liking a witchy, boho 70s kind of thing. We'll see how it ends up playing out, since obviously it would be a bit expensive to go all in with either style. I swear, if I had unlimited money I'd end up buying a whole new wardrobe every fall.

    • September 8, 2015 / 12:46 pm

      Well now all I can think about is going to Paris… And I'm trying to work out if I can afford to go before Christmas (nope, but I'm going to pretend I can anyway). Looking forward to seeing which decade you fall in this AW!

  5. September 8, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Very, very pretty roundup. From the classic shapes to equally timeless colour palette of rich, warm, elegant hues, this selection makes my vintage and autumn loving heart smile.

    ♥ Jessica

    • September 8, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      I think concentrating on all the new looks I could try distracts me from the cold! 🙂

  6. September 8, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    I'm looking forward to fall! No only for the pumpkin lattes and pumpkin scones, Halloween, a crispness in the air, my bi-annual closet rotation, and much needed and hoped for rain, but also to get out my cooler months dresses and coats! I love this wishlist of yours with your awesome coat, skirt, dress, boots, and beret! Looking forward to seeing some of these on you! Yay for fall wear!

    • September 9, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      I think my bank account is not looking forward to it as much… 3/8 already purchased since this post :S

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