The entirety of my fall wardrobe was acquired last year before dapper husband and I took flight for Austria (a place far colder than our home). After removing the items that were no longer serving me well, I’ve been left with
- 3 sweaters
- 2 patterned blouses
- 2 knitted shirts
- 3 skirts
- 1 dress
- 1 coat
- 3 jackets
All of the above and a variety of scarves and tights to switch up my looks define my autumn/winter wardrobe. While everything I purchased last year was excellent quality and can still carry me through 2017, I decided I wanted to infuse just a bit of freshness with a few new pieces. And while I’ve selected beautiful items across categories, I chose blouses first and placed an order with Cordings.
Cordings (est. in 1839) is a retailer with two brick-and-mortar stores in the UK specializing in quality clothing with classic British style.
My three choices are all a bit busy. However, occasionally I find success in pairing small patterns with larger ones so the first and third blouses have the potential to be paired with a large check or plaid. Meanwhile, the middle blouse it’s destined for a couple of my solid skirts and maybe even that unknown “summer morph to autumn” combination that seems to exist in Austin (I’m thinking shorts…)
With so many choices of whom we do business with nowadays, I believe the discerning shopper must take into account aspects beyond what we’re buying. A positive experience for everyone involved can be found from how the workers are treated and where the materials are sourced to my experience as the shopper. I look for retailers that provide kindness, understanding, and attention to detail.
I had to place a return with my second order due to sizing (see below). I sent the parcel via registered mail as suggested on their website. It was held up in customs for a bit so I contacted the store to see if I could get any additional information. Everyone via email was very polite and quite responsive. When I received notice online that my return had been delivered, I contacted the store to confirm. My contact didn’t have the package in hand but quickly responded to let me know that they were a bit swamped that day with their sale, but they would check the deliveries and get back to me within the day (which they did).
With my first two orders from Cordings, I learned that the sizing across their women’s’ blouses is a bit inconsistent and my best chance for success has been to size up and take a trip the tailor.
When something has gone wrong
I will keep you posted, but sadly after unpacking all my new blouses, I noticed that one of them had a small hole near the collar. It appears that the material escaped as the seam was being sewn. It’s not a large tear and quite easily missed. I’ve contacted the store and am waiting for the reply (it was quite late in London by the time I emailed them). With my positive experience I’ve had in the past, and my excitement for the pieces I decided not to delay the post. I will provide an edit as soon as the issue is resolved to let you know how it went.
Keeping a capsule wardrobe and a minimalist-inspired closet doesn’t mean abstaining from all shopping. Adding a few select pieces can easily spruce up your wardrobe and give you an instant handful of new outfit combinations to try. I can’t wait to share those with you!
What have you added to your wardrobe for this season?