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eizhowa you could try this
as a quicker alternative. by the way i'm katharinium on pinterest

i feel like i got better using my existing wardrobe pieces in new combinations. sometimes just adding a belt really helped me to fall in love with old dresses again.
overall i'm happy with what i have for fall/winter, almost nothing's missing.
so far i got
  • black riding boots - i've been wearing them non-stop
  • grey suede buckle boots - second hand
  • suede pointed ballet flats - second hand
  • a black double breasted padded cotton parka
  • a light beige trench coat - second hand
  • an all weather parka in khaki (i couldn't live with my bright red jacket anymore... i got it with 15)
all that's left on my "need" list is:
  • medium everyday leather bag (maybe grey or blueish) - which i'll get as a birthday present, thanks to my mum
  • a pair of dark wash or grey jeans
about the "winter coat problem"
i usually wear my parka with a thick wool cardigan underneath and then a jumper etc on the really cold days, i just don't like padded coats/down coats. it gets really cold here as well.. but i just layer as much as i can without looking like a complete idiot - at least i hope so...

 
 
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^Ohhhhh... Fun toy. Thanks for the link I knew katharinium was someone on tfs! I tried and tried, but I just couldn't remember who... Thanks for the reminder

By looking at your purchases, I must say I want that second hand store in my town! Wish I was as good at finding second hand bargains. Do you have any specific bags in mind?

 
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it's not a vintage store, i searched a website called kleiderkreisel.de (clothing-circle), people can sell/swap/gift their clothes/shoes/accessories. i know it's available for austria germany and switzerland. but i'm sure there are similar websites in you country.
the boots i got on ebay.

i couldn't sleep one night and it ended in 3 second hand orders on kleiderkreisel and ebay....
but all things i wanted to get for a long time

i have one bag in mind, but it just comes in black and mint. if the mint bag was more grey it would be perfect... i haven't seen it in real life so i might order both and then decide.
or maybe search on... i would prefer silver zips on the bag... i don't know yet, i still have 2 months to decide

 
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Winter coat: I think I will try a parka this winter. I'm not really feeling the down coats anymore. They are great regarding the warmth but just not very chic. Of course, a good cashmere coat is the chicest Option... But I regularly cary two children with shoes covered in dirt on my back. I just feel too much for the cashmere coat when I do that. So I need something really practical and yet I don't really want to go with one of those real outerwear brands like Mammut or whatever they are called. It's a real challenge to find something practical and yet not too bad looking. Betinapple, did you find one in the end? I remember you wear looking for one but since I've been away for a bit I don't know if you found your parka.

 
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^ What about a Barbour, how warm are those? Have you looked at Patagonia? It is obviously a sports brand, but I think their styling can be very good (and I'm not the only one who thinks so, I've seen their down coats featured in magazines).

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years ago I had a boss who always, I mean without fail, wore slacks at work. On Fridays she would sometimes bring a skirt to change into for going out after work. At the time I thought this was insane, but now I really get it. I still wear skirts occasionally, but I have a strong preference for trousers. I might feel differently if I didn't have to deal with difficult people at work ... but does anyone not have to deal with difficult people at work?
I don't know what happened with me, but I was a real skirts/dresses girl years ago, with the exception of 2-3 winter months when it was too cold to wear anything but velvet trousers, I wore it all the time, a whole year.
But that just changed about a year and a half ago, I am practically living in trousers. Never thought this would happen, especially since I have so much troubles finding a pair that's long enough and that I like to look elegant. Not saying that you can't look like it in trousers, but they are not so feminine. Even in summer I prefered shorts to skirt and dresses and I have enough of them.
It actually crossed my mind that I bought just one skirt and zero dresses in the last year and a half ... I think that just became a habit though, I was wearing a LBD for my Grandpa's birthday last weekend and felt great. So a grey dress remains on my list.

Eizhowa, my imagination is telling me that you look great in camel, as you do in grey/charcoal, brown and dk green, so selling an almost brand new scarf would be a mistake.

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^ You should post some pix & let us advise you on the color thing

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@Red: I sort of did find one. Actually I purchased it. The Fjällräven one I have been going on and on about. It is on my pinterest board with AW wishes (the long one) I got it in navy but I was contemplating getting the green one really.

However, I think navy goes with more and is a bit more classic, and even though the green colour suits me a bit better, I felt like changing it up a bit since my last two wintercoats (parkas) has been green. My boyfriend thought I should go with the blue one as well.

I think it is a great coat but it is too short for some items in my wardrobe. Like my new cardigan and some of my dresses, but I can't wear a wintercoat that is longer than this one since it would look ridicolous with my height, so I am not quite sure as of what to do.

 
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caramel rest assured you are absolutely not the only one feeling these things! the highlighted part of your post is something i still wrestle with. the thing is, even with a very deliberate, curated wardrobe, i believe there are always going to be items that are seasonal/trendy/transitional/basics in some way... things that aren't necessarily investment pieces and aren't intended to be such... and then i think as long as they do exactly what you said (fill a gap in your wardrobe, multiply outfit possibilities, enjoy a lot of wear) then they have a purpose and are justifiable.

or maybe this is just what i tell myself... but seriously, i think the point is just to think and plan more before purchases, and to really find the gaps in your wardrobe and then fill them with intent, rather than just shopping for the sake of it. i still beat myself up for those cheap, lower quality purchases... but i think it's silly, really. there is a place for them. in general, i think i am putting more thought into my purchases and the building of a wardrobe that's consistent and versatile and hopefully (mostly) good quality. i think that's all you can ask of yourself.
I am glad I'm not the only one, and I do think you are absolutely right.

As far as the cardigan, I will see how much of a staple it becomes this winter, and then consider searching for a better quality one next season.

I am still torn about the boots, whether to keep them and see if they grow on me, or try to sell them and look for something better right away...I really like the pair that betinapple has from MDK (seen in the combinations thread) - does anyone know where I could find something similar?

Aside from this I the pieces I am looking for are:
  • Black skinny jeans
  • Scarf - I am thinking either a camel one or a plaid in greens/blues
  • Cashmere sweater
  • Raincoat - maybe

 
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After the talk here about a winter coat, I also realised I want a coat that is easy and especially warm, but also elegant/feminine. I've searched the internet and tried some coats on, for example this one, but it is still too sporty. But it felt really warm.

columbia
Most of the time in autumn and spring I wear a basic waterresitant coat with a fleece jacket beneath it. Although it's very comfy and easy I find it rather too casual/sporty and I want to change it a bit in the direction of elegant/feminine, but those coats are often not that easy in the rain and/or on a bicycle.

I'm still looking for a cashmere sweater. I would like one or two black quality trousers. And further black jeans, warm mittens and black ankle boots.

@eizhowa: you could also look at other (famous) people with the same coloring and see what they are wearing and determine what you like/don't like.
@fashionista-ta: would love to see your outfit!
@Caramel: curious how your boots look.

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i don't remember if someone posted it before but the blogger afterdrk.com is also trying to live by the 4-5 piece french wardrobe:

http://www.afterdrk.com/tag/5-piece/

 
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Betina, I stopped by your blog recently and saw the navy one. I must say I preferred it to the green one as well. I think you suit green, but I think a dark navy is better for winter than a pale green. Hopefully you will have better luck this one than the last

Blackcoffe: Thanks for the rec! I'll definitly check it out

Ta-ta: I found a picture that I think kind of shows my coloring. I am wearing make-up, but I finding one where I am not is a herculean task I've cropped it a lot, because I am not entirely comfortable with posting a picture of myself online. It was taken in doors near a window, so the colors might be a tad too warm. Not sure how much help it will be. Of course I'll gladly listen to your suggestions

I think I look good in darker moss greens, cognac shades and maybe burgundy. Keep in mind that this picture was taken the last week of summer. I am never tanner than in that picture



My sketch color scheme:



My pictures

Jinadaze: I feel like the light camel color of the scarf drains me of all color. Maybe if it was a little darker. I just don't feel good in the scarf. Also, after I have sold the scarf, I will only have a loss of 60 NOK/10 usd. I've already found a buyer


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Betina, I agree that navy sounds like a nice change from the green!

eizhowa, hope this doesn't come across as creepy, but from what I can make out of your picture, you look incredibly beautiful. I must say, however, I think I may have a yellower skintone than you:


my photo

Also, that photo was taken today with the most ancient camera ever... I was telling my long distance boyfriend about how much I liked that one blazer I mentioned a couple of pages ago and how good I thought I looked in it. He asked to see it (neither of us has a phone with a camera thus the ancient camera). He agreed and offered it to me


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Thank you, Barbaraa So sweet of you to say! Don't worry, not creepy at all

When I was looking though my pictures I noticed that I looked a lot more yellow before. I think it was my apple-addiction (the fruit, not the brand) that caused the yellowness. I ate at least a pound a day. It seems to have faded somewhat now.

I like the look of that blazer. Very pretty detail at the shoulder!

 
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Ah, that could be it... I think apples (along with other things, like carrots) have some thing that helps people tan - on non tan people like us, it just makes us yellow

I do understand that you want to stay away from blues and black, when I had slightly darker hair (I don't change mine drastically - just one or two tones below my natural colour) black drained me tremendously. With your hair colour (which btw is fantastic - I definitely understand why you mentioned it as having a big part in the way you dress), I can see black not working...

I don't think I can be of much help - however, I think you are in the right direction, mossy green sounds like it would look perfect on you. And I definitely think burgundy would look good too. Burgundy is my boyfriend's favourite colour on me because, and paraphrasing, it looks good with how pale I am, yet makes me look less yellow and I think it's the kind of tone that is red enough to look good on your skin, yet dark enough not to look weird with your hair. Redder purples (what are those called? In Portuguese we have two words, one for the bluer purple, which is more generally used, and another for the redder kinds) could look great on you too, following that logic.

 
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