Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My Fall/Winter 2015 Wishlist

It seems like I just made my summer wishlist for this year, and now it's already late fall. As the weather turns colder, I'm on the lookout for warm and cozy things to add to my wardrobe.

1. A warm and stylish down coat
I mentioned in this post that I hate my old winter coat, which I've had for over 4 years. A few weeks ago I started looking for a replacement and went in store to try on some possible contenders. My favorite two were the Canada Goose Trillium and the J.Crew Nordic parka. Since I don't currently have $745 to spare, I decided to get the J.Crew parka during a 35% off promo. I'm very happy with my decision! I really can't say enough good things about it, and I'm super excited for the weather to turn colder so I can break it out!

2. Duck boots
I really wanted a pair of duck boots this year! Last month I bought these Sorel ones that Jean recommended, but I wasn't sure if I should keep them or order a pair of L.L.Bean boots. (Thanks to Xin from An Invincible Summer and Jasmine from Making Restorations for their detailed answers to my questions about Bean boots!) The Sorel boots are very warm, but since they're so insulated, I can only really wear them in the winter. On the other hand, Bean boots could be worn for three seasons, but right now they're backordered for so long that winter will be over before they even ship! Anyway I'm still undecided. What do you think?

3. Cute knit hat
For some reason, I have a lot of scarves but very few hats. I know my new coat has a hood, but most of my other coats don't. It would be nice to get a hat that's both cute and warm. Maybe something with pom poms?

4. Activewear
Back in January, I made two resolutions for 2015. One of them was to work out more. I'm happy to report that I've stuck with it! Right now I go to the gym about 2-3 times a week. However, my workout gear hasn't kept up. I really need a few more workout tops and shorts, especially ones that don't have those dreaded internal briefs.

5. Plaid flannel shirt
Is there anything more delicious than wearing soft cozy flannel in the winter? I have my eye on this medium-weight jewel-toned version.

6. Comfortable flats
My favorite flats (the Me Too Patty - I have two pairs!) are looking pretty shabby these days. Since they're so comfortable, I wear them almost every day, and it shows. I would love to get some comfortable, reasonably stylish neutral flats to replace them.

Bonus nice-to-haves:

Heavy-weight sweater
Most of my sweaters are light- to medium-weight, so I'd love to add a cozy chunky sweater to the mix.

Leather cognac booties
I love wearing booties, and I already own two pairs in black and taupe suede. It'd be great to add a cognac leather version.

Should I keep the Sorels or order the Bean boots? Also, what's on your wishlist this season?


  1. Yes, yes, yes to the plaid flannel shirt! I live in mine in the cooler months (and they are especially warm with a layer of Uniqlo's Heattech underneath). Also, I highly recommend Madewell's 'Billie' boots to fill your cognac bootie hole. (Wow that could be taken out of context, lol!)

    1. Oooh thanks for the suggestion! I really should try out Heattech. I usually have to layer a sweater over my flannel shirts during the winter, because they're too thin to wear alone. Lol about the wording! I really love the way the Billie boots look on you, but personally I can't wear heels. I'll try to look for a lower heel version though.

    2. Oh! In that case, I recommend the Sam Edelman Petty ankle boots. They have a 1" heel and they are SUPER easy to walk in, and they come in a gorgeous cognac color!

  2. One thing about the LL Bean boots with Thinsulate and Goretex that I bought is that I do think they're also a bit heavy (relative to the leather or rubber boots I'm used to wearing) and stiff when new out of the box. Some of it is that I haven't had a chance to wear them outdoors yet, much less break them in, but I'd be reluctant to try wearing them until it starts to get really cold (or if it's wet or slushy). I imagine they'll be better once they're broken in though!

    I also bought a nice, fun pompom hat for winter, though I'm not sure how practical mine is. We'll see once it gets cold...

    1. I did some research on Thinsulate when I got my J.Crew Nordic parka, and apparently that's the reason it's so freakishly heavy! Thinsulate can be just as warm as down, but it's usually much heavier. I suspect that's also why your Bean boots are so heavy.

      Oooh I love cute hats. They're mostly decorative anyway. If it gets really cold, I have to wear my down coat and put up the hood.

  3. I love your WishList! It's everything I'm thinking of right now. I just took advantage of the Black Friday Sales to grab up some fitness gear. Now that I've worked out in dri-fit clothing, I can never turn back to sweat pants and old tees.