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Your Fall/Winter 2009 Wardrobe Checklist

The Fall/Winter 2009 season is well underway, but I've received a number of requests for a wardrobe checklist from readers (and honestly, I needed to put one together for myself anyways), so here goes! Let me know what I missed in the comments.

Your Fall/Winter 2009 Wardrobe Checklist
  • Long sleeve layering tees in neutral hues with different necklines, ie. scoopneck, v-neck, turtleneck. These will go under everything from button down plaid shirts to dolman sleeve sweaters to blazers.

  • Cardigans: Look for the latest shapes like open front, cascade (really drapy), cocoon, or boyfriend.

  • Jeans: As long as you have some great dark skinnies and dark bootcuts, you're covered.

  • Jeggings: Denim leggings, great for pairing with short dresses, tunics and tucking into boots.

  • Chunky scarf: Infinity scarves (aka circle or loop scarves) are big this season, as are stripes, subdued animal prints, antique florals, faux fur and paisley.

  • A warm coat you love that fits great: A wool peacoat or trench looks sharp, flatters all figures, and you can wear it to the office then out to dinner afterwards. This season, consider something with military detailing, an interesting collar, or even a ruffle.

  • For going out: A sequin tank; any top with an embellished neckline or ornamentation on the shoulders; a statement necklace. If you have these items, you can wear them a million ways. Pair that sequin top with jeans, heels and a blazer. Ditto with the embellished top—or, tuck that tee into a pencil skirt and toss on some ankle boots. Lace tights are another budget-friendly way to get dolled up: Add these to your fave LBD from last season, and you've got yourself a whole new look.

  • Already in Your Closet: You should already own a fab white blouse, fab pencil skirt, black blazer (velvet, tuxedo style or boyfriend) and black platform pumps to reach for when creating new combos.

  • On Your Feet: One pair of riding boots, one pair of black knee-high "dressy" boots, one pair ankle boots.

  • On Your Nails: Dark polish, like pewter, indigo, green.

  • On Your Shoulder: Saddlebags, big bags, studded bags, faux-croc, faux-snakeskin, chain details—whatever catches your eye!

  • Wild Cards: On-trend pieces to try out this season may include a faux-fur vest, leather pants, sequin leggings, zipper embellished anything, something red, something leopard print. Be brave and pick at least one thing that's outside your comfort zone!

What's on your fall must-have list? What did I miss??

Great list! You are spot-on with everything! Another pattern that is all over the place is plaid, and there are a lot of variations that don't make you look like a lumberjack. I've got a tunic version that I love.
#1 Aspiring Fashionista (Homepage) on 2009-11-10 17:33 (Reply)
this is great! i'd say you covered everything i was thinking of!
#2 Giselle on 2009-11-10 20:28 (Reply)
What about hats? I love my red beanie from Gap, and my black newsboy cap. Are fedora's still in? I always find it is a dilemma to know what sort of coat to pair with one. Suggestions?
#3 Lizzy (Homepage) on 2009-11-10 23:41 (Reply)
Thank you! I've been trying to come up with a similar list for my closet but was struggling separating should-really-get's from just-want's. This totally helped!
#4 chloe on 2009-11-11 09:22 (Reply)
I'm happy to say I have most of the items on your list since working on sprucing my closet for the past year. However, the one item I'm still missing is the riding/knee high boots!! Argh! Soon, I hope...
#5 Maddy (Homepage) on 2009-11-11 09:25 (Reply)
#6 Jordan on 2009-11-11 13:43 (Reply)
this helps sooooooo much!!!ive been trying to put a list together myself,and this just has everything!!!thank you!!!
#7 kelsey on 2009-11-11 14:38 (Reply)
Great work, BB!

If anyone needs coat suggestions, you can check some out in this article: Coats for all body types:
#8 Jesamin (Homepage) on 2009-11-12 14:31 (Reply)
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