The Wishlist

In line with my anti-accumulation of meaningless stuff philosophy from 2012 I’d like to spend 2013 focusing on spending (or saving) my money on (or for) pieces I really need or want. I’ve found it’s easier to curb impulse shopping when you can say to yourself “if I buy this cheap thing now, then I will have to wait longer to afford this expensive thing I really want”. Some of the (kinds of) items I’d like to hold out for in 2013 are:


1 Stretch Leather Leggings – I’ve bought a total of FOUR pairs of stretch leather leggings online over the last two years and have had to send them back (or resell them) due to fit issues. I don’t know when I’ll really be able to secure my holy-grail pair since I almost definitely need to try them on in person first. I’m hanging out for a Rick Owens (pictured) or Helmut Lang pair this time around.

2 Classic Winter Coat – Melbourne is the best Australian city to live in if you love outerwear, but I still don’t own a really elegant and timeless winter coat. Wool or cashmere, mid-thigh in length, structured shoulders; with a nice big collar and maybe a belt. Okay I’m describing a very specific coat and I already have it on lay-by. It’s more beautiful than any other winter coat I’ve ever owned and I can’t wait to bring it home. For style reference, this Ann Demeulemeester coat ticks the same boxes.

3 Voluminous Winter Skirt – As part of a semi-recent interview with WWD, Yohji Yamamoto said “You don’t need to be too sexy. You are sexy enough.” The entire interview (with the sentiment fashion is shit) was fucking brilliant but this particular quote really resonated with me. I was always looking for a lower neckline or a higher hemline to assert my sexuality. Letting go of that delusion was very freeing and I immediately embraced the midi-skirt. For winter I’d like another midi-skirt, this time something with a little more volume. As well as finding joy in playing with a new proportion I’ll also have warmer knees, so it’s really win-win. This skirt by Jil Sander is a top contender.

4 Quirky Ankle Boots – How many pairs of ankle boots is too many? That’s a trick question, you can never have too many pairs of ankle boots. Now that I feel as though I have the basics in the bag, I would like to add a pair to the mix with a little more eccentricity. A pair of Margiela Tabi Boots or Guidi Asymmetric Wedges (pictured) would be warmly welcome.

5 Oversize Wallet/Clutch – I’ve been wanting an oversize wallet for a really long time but can’t seem to find one that suits all of my requirements AND fits into my handbag. The solution then, would be to have a style that also works like a clutch so when I’m going out I don’t need to bring my handbag at all. Marsèll (pictured) and Rick Owens both do styles that emulate this concept beautifully.


Hnnnggg DAT GUIDI. Been wanting a pair of the same wedges but can’t bring myself to spend that kind of cash. Like you I’ve been telling myself to save up for stuff I truly want, but then Ebay keeps tempting me with good deals and so there goes all mah money. Ugh.

Anyway Happy New Year to you. Stay gorgeous!

Gracia shared this comment on 07 January 2013 at 5:50 PM

fck! that guidi booties!!! omg low wedge booties are my thing now

karl leuterio shared this comment on 08 January 2013 at 2:16 AM

I love that quote, “you are sexy enough.” I am so glad you are embracing it.
That wallet is gorgeous!

nicolette shared this comment on 08 January 2013 at 7:31 AM

Sounds like you’ve (nearly) already got your hands on one, but just as an FYI anyhow, this 5th Avenue Shoe Repair coat is the same flavor as the Demeulemeester at about 1/3 of the price:

Erica shared this comment on 08 January 2013 at 1:54 PM

Your choice of clothing and style is honestly so much better than some of the things I see, it’s got personality and a strong sense of self. I love it! You go grrrl!

Laura Ashton Barry shared this comment on 08 January 2013 at 10:43 PM

I’ve been thinking about adopting some of this as a philosophy for the coming year – although I love the clothes I have, I’m never really satisfied and I still have issues putting outfits together. Although I probably wont be able to afford the things as expensive as you are saving for, I’d like to at least know that whatever I am buying – no matter the cost- is something that’s going to be really useful to me,. not just something I’ll wear once and then leave hanging in my closet for years.

morganvsmorgan shared this comment on 09 January 2013 at 12:10 PM

@morganvsmorgan – Yes; that really is the crux of the issue for me too. I would like to point out that I rarely (if ever) pay full price for anything I own. You’ll be surprised what you can afford when you use discount codes, take advantage of free shipping offers, wait patiently for sales and above all – stop buying things you don’t need. Good luck! x

Miss Ghost shared this comment on 09 January 2013 at 12:24 PM

Your philosophy is a wise one. As time goes by I make less and less buying mistakes. It takes discipline and adhering to a specific aesthetic. I’ve trained myself to wait rather than settling for an item that is not quite “it”. And like you, I rarely pay full price. In fact, I cannot recall the last time I did.

ODYSSEY shared this comment on 10 January 2013 at 10:31 AM

I want tabi boots too. I ordred a pair of knee high ones from yoox but they were too big in the calves (I have tiny calves). But these ankle boots look pretty slim.

Joy shared this comment on 14 January 2013 at 2:43 PM

@ Joy – Yes I have tiny calves too; Guidi boots are the only ones I have tried that fit!

Miss Ghost shared this comment on 14 January 2013 at 2:46 PM


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