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Wish List – Spring 2017

Sale PSA: A great two tone cashmere/wool blend jacket from Lafayette 148, now 60% off, a simple corded lace mini dress from Rachel Zoe, now just $158, a mandarin collar extra long blouse from Eileen Fisher (this is the sort of versatile layering piece you can use in so many ways), now just $111, and an excellent marled knit tweed jacket from IRO, now $262. 

I put together my spring wish list this weekend – lately I’ve found it much easier to just do wish lists for myself, it focuses my shopping and I don’t end up getting distracted with lots of other pretty trinkets along the way. Here are the items I’ve bookmarked for myself…some I’ll try to wait for a sale/code, others I will probably look at getting full price. I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list, and also how you shop…any one else put together these lists at the beginning of the season?

1. J.Crew Tippi Sweater. I hadn’t tried the Tippi sweater before from J.Crew, but I know it’s one of their more popular styles (remember when J.Crew lost like a zillion dollars one quarter and blamed it all on sweaters). For some reason the combination of this wheat color plus those embroidered lips is just doing it for me. I’m thinking about buying one size looser, and wearing it with a slightly slouchier fit.

 

2. Burberry Kensington Trench. I’ve been looking so long for the perfect trench, that now I’m back to basics. What do you think of the classic Burberry trenches? For a while now I’ve kind of resisted it….I’m the sort of lame person who wants something “different” but now I wonder if I should just go with the classic. I hadn’t looked at trench prices for a while…man did Burberry get expensive, by the way!

PS: I also like the Sandringham, but I think I prefer the Kensington for a slightly looser fit. What do you like between the two?

3. The Row Alys Loafers. I have been loving so many shoes from The Row lately. They just have so many nice little details, like these loafers, which have that excellent black satin piping. The leather looks absolutely buttery soft and incredible as well.

By the way, if you want to buy these, get them from Matches, which I linked above and who have them for almost 30% less than everyone else. They are just under $1000 everywhere else, including Net-a-Porter (which just started charging tax to California, starting in 2017. Egads!).

4. Madewell Bomber Cardigan. So adorable, so cool, and under $100 at full price. I love bomber styles but hadn’t purchased one yet – this one looks like a great, easy option that would transition into the spring months and work as a warm weather cover up.

5. Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude sandal. I’ve had great luck with cork sandals from Stuart Weitzman and here’s another pair that I tried on and loved. Simple, lovely and flattering and with enough of a heel that you could wear these to a summer wedding. And, comfortable!

What’s on your list for spring?

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  • Dana W
    January 23, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I think my biggest problem this season is I don’t know what I want to wear/look like, which is not only making me dissatisfied with the clothes I already own, but making shopping hard.

    And to be honest, I just don’t see enough of a difference in the trenches (from these links at least) to have an opinion on which one would be better. My vote is always try on in-store though, so that could be influencing things.

  • Anonymous
    January 23, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I personally recommend the Kensington over Sandringham.

    I own the Burberry Westminster trench, which has a slightly looser fit than the Kensington, and I’m glad I chose it because the Raglan sleeves really do allow for greater mobility and ease of layering. Kensington can give a more polished look than Westminster , but given the casual vibe here in the Bay Area, I figured Westminster would be more versatile and easy to wear. I also own another Burberry trench coat that’s very similar to the Sandringham, but because of the slim cutting, I just couldn’t find the right occasion to wear it.

    • Anon
      January 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Yes, agree get the Kensington! I’ve had mine for nearly 8 years, and it’s good as new and I’m a Londoner who wears this coat nearly every day!

      • Katherine
        January 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        Thank you!! What an endorsement!

  • Mish
    January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I purchased the green Burberry Queensborough trench coat and it is awesome! The leather strap around the collar and the wrap around straps at the wrists give it just enough edge but still total classic coat.
    I am still getting used to the shoulder pads but over all its an awesome coat

  • Anonymous
    January 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I have the sandringham – I prefer it because I find the slim cut and lines are more feminine and polished

  • Pearl
    January 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I definitely prefer the Kensington to the Sandringham. I tried the Sandringham in store and even though it fit great, it almost fit TOO great, if you know what I mean. It was very form-fitting and slim, but tight enough where it would be difficult to layer anything more than a thin shirt underneath. I’m a big fan of layering, and that would not have been a possibility with the Sandringham. Also, the Sandringham has a lot more buttons, which makes it look more formal, but also a little more fussy. If you’re planning on wearing the trench more casually, then the Kensington is what you probably want to go with. If you’re thinking of the trench as a layering piece for more formal functions where your base layer is just a dress, then maybe the Sandringham is the way to go.

  • Anonymous
    January 23, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I have the exact Lafayette coat that you linked! I purchased in petite which is equivalent to an XS. The coat is beautifully made with enough room for light sweaters. I’m around 5’2 and 115 lbs so I would say that this fits TTS! Total bargain on sale!

  • Cassie
    January 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Nude pumps and some lighter non-ripped denim are on my list for this year. I have a Kensington trench, but it doesn’t get as much wear as it should. I’m not sure if they started introducing shorter lengths after I bought mine, but it’s kind of a heels only coat for me. I’m thinking about getting it tailored to make it more versatile.

  • h
    January 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I think the Kensington is definitely better if only so you can wear a sweater underneath on chilly days! I’m all about making lists or else I get so distracted. I still do get distracted by items off the list but it’s more under control this way! My spring list consists a few pieces of clothes but mostly I’ve been trying to decide on a tote and watch. Have you considered the roma from bottega? I’m drawn in by the 3 pockets and the promise of organization! Also I would love for you to do a post on your favorite watches! I don’t think you’ve written about them too much before although there’s been a glimpse here or there.

  • May
    January 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I prefer the Sandringham to the Kensington for the slimmer fit (I’m tiny, so loose clothing can make me look like I’m wearing a size too big), but I own neither. I’ve wanted to buy a Burberry piece for a long time now, but does anyone else find the shoulders to be overly narrow? I tried wearing a Burberry trench for a day, and I literally had shoulder pain after just a few hours. I was sad, because the fit everywhere felt great (yes, even the shoulders – I only realized it was the shoulders that was causing issues after I switched to a looser coat but kept the rest of my outfit the same). I’m hesitant to size up because that would entail immense alterations everywhere. Suggestions, anybody?

    • Katherine
      January 25, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I have broad shoulders like you and have the same problem. I’ll try on a few trenches and update how I like them.

  • TC
    January 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve always liked the idea of a trench coat, but could never make it work. I don’t think a lot of people can either because I rarely see it worn by women out in the “wild” – even in good old England. Considering that it’s such a classic, I expect it to be ubiquitous. Maybe I’m just blind.

    For me, the dense coated cotton fabric just doesn’t breathe all that well and is stiff. It’s only water resistant, and sometimes not even that. Once it gets wet, it looks completely soaked because of the color — which also doesn’t compliment my skin tone. The columns of buttons are rarely flattering. And the belt totally gets in the way. There – my trench coat gripes! 🙂

    • Katherine
      January 25, 2017 at 11:36 am

      This is a good point…all the trenches I’ve purchased in the past have had a little twist, no belt, zipper closure, lighter fabric, etc. I always felt it made them more wearable at the time but I still have a hankering for the “classic”. We’ll see!

  • Wendy
    January 24, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I really like the Madewell bomber cardigan! Thanks for sharing! I’m always on the lookout
    For occasion items( weddings, dinners, etc.) on sale. If I see something that fits at a good price,
    I buy it! That way I’m ready! As for jewelry, I’m always on the lookout!

  • Para
    January 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    The best thing about the tippi sweater is the way it drapes and fits. Definitely try TTS as well. I rarely shop jcrew but love this sweater.

  • sherry @ save. spend. splurge.
    February 4, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Kensington. I took the Sandringham trench and regretted it. I can only wear it in warmer Spring / Summer / Autumn days.

    You need to have space for a sweater. Also, it was a perfect fit when I bought it, now it’s almost too tight on me after having a child because he expanded my shoulders / ribcage.

    • Katherine
      February 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Yes I have the same issues with my ribcage…at first I thought clothes were all just getting smaller, ha!

  • Anonymous
    February 6, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Hey I just got the Nearly Nude sandals in cork! How funny. I was really tempted by the Gucci Marmont block sandals — love that the strap sits just below the ankle and is not a real ankle strap, since I almost always find them stumpifying. But in the end, I love Stuart Weitzman cork. Such a staple!

    • Katherine
      February 8, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Ooh I love this sandal in cork! I hope you are enjoying them!

  • Amy C
    February 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    SW makes wonderful shoes! That cork version is to die for! I, too, succumbed to the Tippi sweater with lips! Love J Crew but have never tried this sweater in any iteration. Ordered one size up and it arrived today in the mail and is adorable! I really, really like the fabric. So cute! I normally wear my sweaters over a shirt, but I’ll wear this one alone. 🙂

    • Katherine
      February 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I think I’m going to order this one, and do a size up as well. I’m glad to hear you like yours!