First: You don't need to read all of my thoughts but please note that I'm only considering returning the beige cardigan as pictured in the outfit lab, and the dark brown boots ;).

I have already done quite a bit of shopping for fall winter. Reasons being that my spring/summer wardrobe felt ‘complete’ pretty early in the season and then I got a bout of inspiration and some spare time for fall/winter.

On the one hand, I have gone over budget in the sense that I should now take a break until November. I have also shopped without really assessing my needs for the new season as my new office may require warmer (or colder) dress than before... It's still only mildly coolish here now so can't assess to what extent I'll need to bundle up.

On the other hand, I’m pretty happy with the things I got so far, and I’ve mainly replaced items that were getting outdated or worn out but that were otherwise workhorses. So no regrets! Just two question marks w/r returns.

The black and white trousers were already approved in a previous fitting room post ;). I wanted a checked pair of trousers so, check!
The LBD is a replacement. I was looking for a trendier midi but fell for this classic ladylike number with a gorgeous retro neckline. Will wear as a canvas for my scarf collection or can serve as festive wear.
My white sneakers had worn out and I'm loving this pair with the added cream and tan soles to transition into fall.
The cardigan I'm not sure about. I had gotten it into my head that I needed this style, which I love on others, and of which the color would brighten up many dark outfits, but history shows that oversize shapes can remain unworn because of the imaginary frump factor. It's a thick cotton knit with architectural drape, but I'm worried the sloped shoulders will slide off my nartow shoulders. And is it a size too large? The xs was sold out... The color is beige, not cream, so harder to pair with my mostly cool-toned wardrobe. So, I tried on in many combinations. What do you think? Keep, return, try and gind a size down?
Lastly, the boots were bought to go with midi dresses or skirts I don't yet own and to wear ankle pants into winter. That last bit is a no-go as the dark and muddy brown clashes with my fitted and sleek type ankle pants. On the one hand, I love their look and would like to work towards a small complement of midis in tweeds and muddy colors. Otoh, I hardly have anything to wear with them RIGHT NOW and they were quite expensive for such an experiment. Outfits 8 and 9 are an attempt at the look I have in my head but I'm worried I won't dare to wear this combo irl, it's quite out of my comfort zone.

Sorry for writing an entire thesis here, all thoughts and comments are welcome!

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