Put together. Cool. Current with an edge.
(Because this is a sample from an actual client, the items may no longer be available for purchase.)
Based on our conversations, a look at your closet and a touch of inspiration from Alexa Chung and Jennifer Aniston, your Uber Wishlist is below. With a goal to restock your wardrobe, the list includes a broad range of pieces from basics to statement pieces. Balancing Nordstrom with other retailers and small labels, extra attention was given to staying within your color palette while including memorable and unexpected items. Enjoy!
We're starting big, bold and a little pricey. But I couldn't help myself. You'd look incredible in this navy leather dress from Steven Alan. A classic that you'd wear for years to come. The navy is unexpected but not loud and the quality can stand up to inspection. V-neck to flatter your top half, cinched in the middle to give you a waist and a very slight a-line skirt to balance your frame- the fit is perfect for you. Pair with something soft- a cardigan and boots or take it professional with a blazer and heels. The options are endless.
Fear not. There's plenty of black on the way. But, let us not forget that you get a hefty discount at a high end retailer. So, we're taking full advantage. The monochromatic approach elongates you and is totally on trend (hello, current!) Minimizing the bust, highlighting your curves and a comfortable fabric makes this effortlessly cool. Rock this with your leather jacket to make it a bit edgier or go more sophisticated with a belted trench and bring the edge using your footwear.
I spent a long time looking for boots that were "like these" but then I realized that what you really want are these :) Wear them tall when are going for clean lines or slouched down when you'd like more of a cool factor. They make leggings possible and elevate even the most casual outfit. Perfect for a Sunday brunch after a late night out. Plus, they are very comfortable for your urban lifestyle—no need to carry an extra shoe.
Yes! Plum and navy. We're going there. A memorable dress that will draw the right kind of attention. A sophisticated color combo: navy on top minimizes the bust and the plum skirt and pockets balance out your frame. Try it with brown knee-high boots to give it an edge.
Unexpected, edgy, current and can easily coordinate with a t-shirt or cardi, or any one of your silk tops and a blazer. Plus, you are clearly in the metallic leather zone.
You requested a black raincoat and here it is. The asymmetrical collar is an updated twist on a traditional trench. Water-resistant and with a detachable hood, it's functional and pairs nicely with virtually any ensemble. The zippers add an edge. The collar gives structure at your neck and shoulders and the belt highlights your curves. Plus, it's on sale.
Because no woman can have just one jacket. As an alternative to the traditional trench, this lightweight jacket from PrAna is also water repellent. It works well when you'd like a shorter jacket but must acknowledge that it is raining outside. Because it hugs your curves, it's especially flattering and would look great with a mini and boots.
I've listed the three jackets together to make decision making easier. This water-resistant trench is flattering for your figure, more traditional than the Vince Camuto jacket, but not boring. (I must admit that I have this one.) Cool, put together and sophisticated. Check!
Because you need to stock up on the basics, and you love James Perse, grey, sleeveless and cowlnecks, this is the shirt for you. Plus, it's on sale.
Because you are keen on items that no one else has, I've turned to local designers. This handmade shirt from local Seattle brand Outofline has unexpected stitching at the wrists drawing attention away from the bustline and adding an unexpected element to the top. Pairs easily with jeans or a mini. Find more items from this brand at local boutique Velouria.
When restocking your wardrobe, a cashmere v-neck sweater is a must. This one from J. Crew skims your curves and can be dressed up or down easily. Don't be afraid of this color (dark green), which would also look incredible on you and pairs nicely with your brown, black or metallic shoes.
The color blocking minimizes your bust and gives this a more interesting a polished look compared with a traditional solid sweater. Can be worn casually as in the image. Or, try it with a wine colored mini or black skinnies and a pair of colored shoes to make more of a statement. The clean lines on the top make accessorizing with jewelry easy, too.
I love this for you. It's clean, edgy and has a cool factor. And, it has cut outs on the shoulders that are unexpected and just a little racy. This one would be great under a cardigan or jacket while in the office and solo for a date.
If anyone can rock leather pants, it is you. The detail at the knee and the zippers on the ankle draw attention to your lower half. There's also an exposed zipper fly. Soften with a cashmere sweater/t-shirt combo.
Okay, so these are a bit of a reach. But, they are kind of amazing. Ombre tights made by a Seattle designer and available in multiple color combinations. If you pair with booties or heels, you'll get the full effect. Can be the unexpected edge in an otherwise more conservative outfit.
Don't let the word "vintage" scare you away. Wearing this dress made of super soft vintage French terry wil make you feel like you are still in your pajamas but look like you are effortlessly cool. The cut is flattering. It's in your color palette and will look especially stunning paired with the knee high brown boots.
Just as we discussed, the classic jersey mini. This one from American Apparel is great because it comes in a seemingly endless amount of colors. Plus, it has enough spandex to be flattering. Wear it over leggings to give you more options on top. (Short shirts will suddenly work with leggings.) Or, wear with opaque tights in colder weather or with bare legs in summer. The length is great for you.
Portland-based Radish Underground brings us this asymmetrical striped cardigan from California-based Eco Skin. You won't see everyone you know wearing this one. And, it's a wardrobe staple
Every wardrobe needs basic tanks. Enough said.
Elevate the basics. Restocking your cardigan supply isn't the most exciting thing, but it opens up endless possibilities when getting dressed each day. I've opted for cashmere to keep the lux feel while also ensuring that you are cozy on cold damp days. Ann Taylor frequently has 40% off discount codes. So, that's extra exciting.
I believe the term is, "bam!" Crazy flattering for you. The asymmetrical neck and draping will look incredible on you. The jersey ensures you are comfortable. This would look sophisticated paired with a blazer or go with the cardigan above and boots. Finish it off with a cool bracelet and you are good to go. Yes. I keep pushing you to the dark blue. It is true.
These are exciting, as they come in lengths and are machine washable. While you tend to only wear jeans or skirts, this is a solid go-to pant as an alternative. Plus, because they are a pant with a fly rather than a true legging, you can rest easy about trying to make sure shirts are long enough to cover the top portion adding versatility. If you ventured into colors, navy and brown are also available. I'm a big fan of The Limited. Once you find the pant that fits for you, you can always find that style later and purchase online. Also, there are no Limited stores in Seattle proper, so you don't see other people wearing their clothes. Finally, they are another resource for dress tops—similar to Ann Taylor.
This long sleeve jersey top is from Seattle-based brand Outofline. Each one is made to order based on your measurements, so long sleeves will fit better than off the rack tops. Available in black, grey or navy. It's edgy, unexpected and you won't run into someone else in this one.
Subtle black and white coloring and design with a nod to punk of yesteryear. Hello, cool.
A modern day LBD in the spirit of Gwenyth Paltrow in the Calvin Klein days. The subtle detailing on the top draws attention to your shoulder and the cap sleeves give them more definition. The pockets are super functional and flattering. The stud details coordinate well with your boots with metallic detail without being too matchy matchy.
Yes, you have black skirts. But, do you have this black skirt? :) The draping is flattering, interesting and elevates the basic jersey skirt. I'm channeling your "favorite outfit" that you happened to be wearing in your photos.
Shopbop does it again. Functional, flattering and the unexpected razorback gives it an edge. Wear. Clean. Repeat.
Sadly, this is not a raincoat. But, I wanted you to be aware of this company out of the UK and this coat would look incredible on you.... especially with any of your boots with the copper accents. DD Atelier creates clothes specifically for women with larger bust sizes so this should actually fit on you just the way it is pictured.
This season's party dress draws attention to your legs and highlights your waist. The pockets make it feel more relaxed, while the white shows an air of sophistication. Pair with your booties or a colored wedge heal.
The cashmere is luxurious and comfortable. Yes: navy and black are awesome together and here's proof. Your Ann Taylor vertical striped top shows that the right pattern can work for you. Pair with your leather jacket, booties and silver jewelry to complete the look.
If there are two things Jennifer Aniston loves, they are cotton tanks and button up shirts. We addressed the tanks earlier, now here's a button up made just for you. Carissa Rose specializes in clothing tailored to fit women with larger bust sizes. This clean and classic henley can be paired with virtually anything and is a timeless staple for your wardrobe.
Your basic cardigan available in dark brown and black. Hits mid hip, drawing the eyes down and balancing out your frame. The v-neck is elongating, and because the sweater is lightweight you can easily wear it throughout the year.
I couldn't pass these up, because you love wedges and statement shoes that have a cool factor. These booties would pair easily with skinnies, skirts, dresses and everything in between. They work for your urban lifestyle and for the weather—and they give you a little extra height. Plus, they are from Burnt Sugar, a boutique in Fremont.
Similar to the other James Perse dresses, this confirms that you are effortlessly cool. The fitted bottom shows off your backside and the jersey draping is both flattering and functional. This would be especially hot paired with the knee-high brown boots or one of your new pairs of boots with copper accents. Available in black melange or jungle melange.
This is so you. The leather cap sleeve is sophisticated and cool, while also especially flattering for your figure. You can obviously pair with black boots, but also try out your metallic boots or even the brown pair. The heavy grey cardigan would also look especially effortless with this one.
The photo does not do this one justice. High-quality knit circle scarf has an extra edge with a zipper up the front. You can wear it partially unzipped (as shown) or you can leave it zipped and use it as a high neck. I like the exposed zipper for you as it gives a traditional scarf an edge. It can be a little bulky up top for you, so balance out the lower half with attention-getting boots, skirt or pants.
The possibilities with this skirt are virtually endless. It's unique (not yet available in stores) but is still subtle. The buttons draw attention to your waist, as does the metallic fabric. This would look especially put-together with a navy sweater as the similar tones would elongate your frame.
Because you love color in your scarves, this modern take on a classic is a great fit for you. It coordinates nicely with virtually all the pieces listed above and provides warmth for the chilly months. Feel free to rock it all day, inside and out.
Skunk Funk is one of my very favorite brands. Based in Spain, they have two brick-and-mortar stores in San Francisco. Everything has a one-of-a-kind effect and is always sure to turn heads. I like this skirt for you because it plays up the bottom, but also because it can be easily paired with the vast majority of your tops. Brown or black boots would be great with this (it's black and blue.) It's true, this blue is outside of your normal comfort zone, but why not? It would look great.
Personally, I'm a sucker for dresses and skirts with pockets. Hello, functional. This one borders on the preppy, but pair it with opaque tights and boots to give it an edge. I also like it with the tall brown Frye boots. Do not fear the bold stripe. It balances out your frame and adds visual interest below the waist, minimizing your bust.
I hope that you've enjoyed reading this wishlist as much as I've enjoyed putting it together for you. Balancing pieces that fit nicely into your current esthetic with unexpected items to push the envelope, the goal is to give you a solid foundation for a major restocking of your wardrobe. You may have noticed the absence of jeans. It felt like you had enough of those for now, so I opted to concentrate on other areas. We can tailor future wishlists to that month's obsession. Just keep me posted :)
Each time you enter a room, you'll feel confident that people see a cool, current woman who knows how to dress her body. Edgy and put together, you are the kind of woman who balances local boutiques with designer labels—and is not afraid to rock navy blue and black at the same time.
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