What's on your fashion bucket list?

I thought this would be another fun daydreaming topic. What's on your fashion bucket list? As in, must-have classic items that you would like to own someday before you die? (although they don't have to be designer or expensive items, of course!).

I don't know if I will ever own any of these (probably NOT since they're so expensive!). I'm not normally a status conscious label seeker/logo sporter, but in my mind these are classic style icons and I love good design.

Here's my fantasy wish list (is it any surprise that most of these items are RED, my favorite color?):
1. Burberry trench coat (especially the one that Kate Middleton wore, with the ruffled hem--I found out there was a NY & Co knockoff but too late--that one was sold out as well)
2. Burberry scarf
3. Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress
4. Christian Louboutin heels (I'm not sure about this, I just love the red soles, but not in love with the heel height or his attitude!)
5. Chanel handbag
6. Chanel tweed jacket
7. Hermes Birkin bag (OK I would never buy one IRL, but it's fun to put it on the list!)
8. Red Valentino petal bag (like Angie's!)
9. This Zac Posen red evening gown (or another evening gown by Vera Wang)
10. Mikimoto pearl necklace (or other real pearl necklace)

If I never get any of these, I won't feel deprived. I'm perfectly happy with my Kate Spade and Anthro trenches, Fossil, Kate Spade and Marc Jacob handbags, Banana Republic wrap dress, Chie Mihara heels, Sue Wong and Suzi Chin red evening dresses, and fake pearls! It's fun to dream though!

What's on your list?

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  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    You always think of such good topics, you would be a great fashion magazine editor!

    1. A Smythe equestrian blazer. (picture 1)

    2. Maybe a timeless Armani cashmere coat. (Pictures 2 and 3)

    3. I would also love a set of very fine luggage. Have to research that to find the one I want!

    4. Finally, I would love a classic (or vintage) Girard Perregaux watch. My MK watch sort of looks like this. (picture 4)

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    You dream big!! Great pics - thanks for sharing
    Mine has been the same for at least 5 years now. Short and sweet:

    DVF wrap dress
    Emilio Pucci anything, but mod print dress would be the pick of the litter
    leather jacket

    Realistically, I could have all of these items with $1000 or $1500 budget (my actual budgets for 2011 and 2012) if I bought nothing else for the year. Hmmm . . . maybe a plan for 2013??

    EDIT: forgot about the Mikimoto Pearls in Motion necklace (it's not the brand so much as the design of the sliding pearls I love)
    These would not be attainable with a year or two of my normal clothing budget, but we can dream!

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    I am not sure I can produce a list of the top of my head, however there is a very big lotto draw this weekend in Australia and it got me thinking what I would buy if we won (we don't actually buy lotto tickets so not going to happen but hey) and I very quickly concluded it would be a Chanel Handbag!

  • christieanne replied 7 years ago

    Not much really but I think a Chanel tweed blazer could be a good thing :) Always loved the style and what thrifter doesn't have a speck of hope of running into the real thing at some point?
    Tahitian pearl pendant - the perfect large gumball black drop.
    I have always liked the Ralph Lauren bag - it's his variation on the Birkin really.

    Cashmere blankets instead of anything else :)

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    Ah; it's funny, we have some similar things on our bucket list!

    1. Definitely some Louboutins. I have this for my wedding list :)
    2. Burberry scarf
    3. Vera Wang wedding gown (to go with my Louboutins)
    4. A facinator ... and a place to wear one :p
    5. A vintage LV trunk
    6. A red vespa!
    7. Leather doctor's bag
    8. Leather school satchel
    9. Bubble umbrella
    10. Tiffany heart :)

    :| Hmm; I can buy all these things ... dunno why they're a bucket list, I guess!

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Denise--Smythe blazer is a good idea! Every time someone posts a K/R or WIW with a Smythe jacket it looks amazing! I think that would totally fit your style. And maybe I should put that Girard Perregaux watch on my list too, just because of the GP initials on the watch. ;)

    Mo, good point about the budget. I wonder if I could really go without buying any clothes for a whole year to get something big. It would be torture, but maybe it would be worth it! You would look great in both the DVF and Pucci mod dresses. Cool necklace--do the pearls really move around? I think I tend to look better in Y or V shaped necklaces rather than round ones. I think similar to how I prefer V neck shirts to crew necks. Maybe I should look into that style if I ever get a real pearl necklace. I'm not sure I wear fake pearls often enough to justify real ones, however.

    Deborah, it is fun to dream about winning the lotto, isn't it. We don't play either but recently there was a $500 million jackpot and DH went in on the office pool. Too bad we didn't win, but that could have bought a serious wardrobe! Bucket list, done!

    Christianne, nice bag! And cashmere blankets sound so soft & snuggly! With two cats and two kids though, I think that one will have to remain in my fantasy world! :)

    Lyn, you're right, we do share a love of black, white and red! Love the leather bags too! I think #4, #3, #1 (and #9 if it's raining) would be the perfect wedding ensemble for you--that dress is SO YOU!!! Please wear it or something similar when you get married (and you can ride off into the sunset on your red Vespa!) So chic! In fact, the dress is short enough to wear as a cocktail dress so you could get even more wear out of it!

    BTW, I just checked and the DVF wrap dress I posted is on sale for 30% off...and it's one of the DressLover approved styles! So tempted--I may just have to check the first one off my list! (my birthday is coming up in a couple months so maybe this can be an advance purchase...)

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    (Sorry I couldn't find images or links for all, hence had to use my words --- and lots of them!)

    Stuff I'd like:

    - I'd like one of those DVF wrap dresses too, please! Preferably black for me.

    - I'd also like some nice sleek black boots that are rainproof one day. Aquetalia, if I ever meet one?

    - Also a waterproof trench that looks dressy. Not sure about brands etc, because simply haven't met one in real life.

    - A Kalakshetra sari has been a dream for a while. Based on a revivalist effort by one visionary lady, these silk sarees use a very traditional patterns and techniques, and are the designs are licensed and archived: http://www.kalakshetra.in/craft_handloom.html Each one takes at least two weavers several weeks to weave on handlooms.

    - A Citizen Eco-Drive watch. I already have a Rolex, but it's an excessive and unsafe amount of bling for wearing around town on public transport, especially as gold isn't precisely my metal. A sportier classic would get more wear, I think

    - I've also wanted an Orla Kiely *anything* for a while, ideally an accessory (bag, tech case, planner) rather than a garment. Love her designs.

    - And does a VW Beetle or a Mini Cooper count as a fashion accessory? Because I want one purely based on the aesthetics alone!

    - One of the indigo-dyed tunics that East does so very well, or one of their Indian-print coats or jackets.

    -Thewa jewellery. Gold-plated silver filigree sunk into glass tablets! http://www.cohands.in/handmade.....ng=English

    - Chanderi sari. A soft whisper of a fabric, warp and weft in silk and cotton, so it is breathable yet has a sheen, perfect for summer eveningwear, with golden thread used to weave in stylised botanical motifs.

    What I've managed to check off the bucket list:

    - Baluchari 'story sari'. These silk sarees are handwoven with intricate motifs, often involving animals and people (botanical motifs are generally more common in Indian textiles), and very often depicting an episode from mythology, the ancient Hindu epics, or local folktales. They need to use silk obtained from different kinds of silkworms (or at least, on different diets) for the warp and weft, grown in different regions of India entirely. One of these was my wedding saree --- turquoise blue on silver-grey, with fairytale motifs of princes riding winged horses, princesses getting their hair and make-up done, and the secret assignation (aka, wedding-by-mutual-consent). Love it to bits.

    - Madder-dyed Koraput sari or scarf. These are handwoven using a traditional tribal technique by a small community, where each piece of fabric must be woven using a trinity of shuttles and the colour palette --- ranging from soft beige and cream to vibrant reds, dusky pinks and deep browns --- is obtained from a single vegetable dye: madder. Adding local fruits, wood ash, cow dung or iron ore to the dye results in a series of chemical reactions that changes the colour of the pigment (for the academic interest and some photos: http://www.aiacaonline.org/pdf.....tation.pdf). My scarf has little ecru fish and an ecru border set against a dark chocolate brown. The fish locally represent luck and prosperity.http://www.cohands.in/handmadepages/book226.asp?t1=226&lang=English

    Kota sari. These cotton sarees are woven as a fine sheer mesh, which is ever so breezy and comfy in summer. The one I have ticks off a second and third obsession: leheriya (wave pattern) tie-dye and raw indigo. http://www.sarishop.com/mm5/me....._Code=kota

    - Chikan-embroidered anything, but especially tops --- I usually have at least one in the dresser or cupboard. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikan_(embroidery) This traditional form of Persian-inspired embroidery from the Mughal era is typically white on white, with botanical motifs (paisleys, creepers, trees in bloom, symmetrical evergreens); sometimes pale pastel fabrics are used, but again white thread is the norm. https://www.google.co.in/searc.....38;bih=685

    - Kantha-embroidered anything --- Another dying art only recently revived, this technique of running-stitch embroidery was originally used to make thin quilts and especially baby blankets from soft worn sarees that would be kind to a baby's skin. Since these were worn fabrics, any threadbare patches were reinforced with quilting, and faded dyes or stains covered up by rural motifs of animals, birds, boats, kitchen utensils, huts and the like. Now they technique has been revived for use in garments. Mine is a large silk scarf embroidered with with several species of birds. https://www.google.co.in/searc.....38;bih=685

    - Bomkai sari -- another region-specific textile, once worn only by the local aristocracy, this is a low threadcount, soft, absorbent, handloomed cotton sari, often in shades of black/grey and red/orange/pink, with a very large patterned endpiece. I have two, my favourite being grey with a flaming orange border and endpiece, which has an array of 'little girl' dolls woven into it.

    - Minakari/kundan jewellery. This type of very heavily ornamented enamel jewellery often uses unfaceted gems and/or textured enamelled patterns on the surface you see as well as intricate motifs in flat multicoloured enamel on the wrong/reverse side that lie against the skin where you can't see them! I have only a couple of very simple pairs of earrings, and a pendant; no gems involved, so it's only half checked off! :-p http://www.cohands.in/handmade.....ng=English

    - Bandhej scarf or sari. Very intricate motifs created by tiny tie-dye knots. I have a one very basic scarf and a 'moderate difficulty' saree. The really great pieces, like these: http://www.cohands.in/handmade.....ng=English, are expensive!

    - Mud-resist prints. http://www.cohands.in/handmade.....ng=English I typically have at least one garment at all times.

    - Dhakai jamdani. A muslin-like handwoven sari with stylized motifs made of floating threads that look like coloured shadows on the sheer fabric. Blue is the most prized colour, supposed to resemble the depth and clarity of wine in an etched-glass goblet. Mine's very modern in that it is a scarf and not a saree, which is not a traditional format for this textile craft.

    PS: My parents got me these tiny Mikimoto pearl earrings that I wore every day as a young girl, until they quite literally fell off their stalks! (My skin oils and acids were wearing the pearls down --- they did go from round to pointy after a point!) Dad, er, fixed it with rubber cement. Then I managed to LOSE one. Heartbroken! Convinced I washed them down the shower or something, since I often did forget to remove them --- I really did wear them all the time. Dad got me a replacement pair on a trip overseas six years later. Then, rearranging furniture some 8 years after I lost that first one... we move an old cabinet and this little thing falls out --- my lost pearl! Mum's called them my lucky pearls ever since. I don't wear them daily any more, but still love them for when I just can't decide what to wear and I need to look nice. And I'm VERY careful with the pink Mikimoto pendant they got me as a Sweet 16 gift.

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    I wish I could think of something.

    I love stella mccartney and ralph lauren at the same time. So what I really wish for is the stylist who could find me clothes in each category and get me over the hump !

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    I don't think much about this but that Burberry trench is on my list! I saw it on the Burberry store and its lovely (I didn't knew it had been worn by Kate)!

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Such a fun topic!

    In my dreams, I want Peep toe platform summer booties.

    But before I die, I sincerely hope to have a functional wardrobe that work together and with me, my lifestyle and where I am in life.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 7 years ago

    I love all of the lists. I would like the equestrian jacket too and love the red Vera Wang gown.

    I would like to have a really nice red skirt suit that could be worn buttoned up by itself or layered. I don't even care about brand as long as the fabric is nice.

  • teeandcee replied 7 years ago

    I've always wanted a Chanel jacket, you know the Jackie Kennedy boxy type. Not sure what it's called. In tweed, of course.

    I'm 45 so I could have saved my pennies and purchased one (new even) by now, but I know myself and as soon as I had that cash in hand I'd start thinking of all the good I could do with it instead, like give to an animal rescue group, and I'd not be able to spend that kind of $$ on clothing.

    I shall dream on, however!

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    I have never thought about this before, but I think a Valentino bag might be on my list. I see some fab Helmut Lang jackets here and there on the fashion blogs, and those are tempting too.

    I never thought a Burberry trench would do it for me -- until I found and purchased that teal one in NYC!

    And as someone who bought her first DVF wrap dress last year, I recommend one. Yes, I said my "first" because I'm pretty sure there will be another someday!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I think Chanel bags are more expensive than Birkins! Valentinos and Pradas start off at a lower price point. Still in the thousands, but lower thousands.

    Easy question :)

    - Another Chanel bag

    - Another Prada bag

    - Mikimoto wedding ring (I want my next wedding ring to be a pearl)

    - Burberry Prorsum coat (not trench)

    - Valentino jacket

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago


    A Channel bag

    Another Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam, this time in red.

    Burberry something... trench perhaps?

    That is it!

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Burberry trench - probably in black. My mom has one that she will probably hand down to one of my sisters, but it is too small and too beige for me.

    Valentino bag

    Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen vintage necklace/bracelet set. Like this: http://www.christies.com/lotfi.....ID=5531849

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    I would like to be an apprentice in one of the grand couture houses. I think I'd gain more satisfaction at being able to do something of that caliber than having one of the pieces...but that is a dream. I'm just a hobbyist and too old for that I suspect.

    Wouldn't it be fun to have an entire wardrobe custom made for you? Like Givenchy did for Audrey Hepburn?

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Yes! So fun, Amy. Count me in. Wouldn't mind being a fly on a wall in Mickey Drexler's and Anna Wintour's offices either.

    Oh. I also want a smart car. It's like a cute puppy of the road.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    This is such a great topic!

    I'm interested to see that I actually own a couple of things some of you have on your lists: A Citizen Eco-Drive watch (which I LOVE and wear a minimum of four days out of every seven), a DVF wrap dress (found for a song at the consignment store), and a Burberry raincoat (ditto).

    As for my list, I always said I wanted a real gold watch, but that was back when I was a one-watch-at-a-time girl. Nowadays I'm not sure I'd want to drop thousands on a watch.

    I would LOVE some real "Nancy Pelosi pearls" -- the gumball-sized Tahitian multicolored ones!

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    Angie, that's so funny you say that about Smart cars -- my husband and I call them Tippi cars, because they remind us of our little black pug, Tippi!

  • modgrl replied 7 years ago

    I want to know what it feels like to be Solange Knowles in this yellow Rachel Roy dress, just for a minute.


  • rae replied 7 years ago

    - I'm hopping on the Burberry trench bandwagon - but NOT a classic one. I want one that's Art. Turquoise leather? Orange insets? They do such wonderful things with the would-be classic.

    - Ombre boots, though I've yet to see the perfect incarnation. May have to take this into my own hands.

    - The perfect photo print item

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Hmm, since it's just a whim list I'd say (sorry not very inventive here):
    Burberry Trench
    A Camel Coat (like the Armani one Cocolion posted)
    VIntage Cartier tank watch
    Birkin Bag

    I love Smart Cars - so cute and they remind me of Paris since that's where I first saw them. We have a toy one we got there.

  • ironkurtin replied 7 years ago


    - Vintage Helmut Lang cashmere coat. I saw one in my size on ebay once for $600 and I bitterly regret not taking a deep breath and going for it!

    - A Marni floral skirt

    - Jill Platner and Ten Thousand Things jewelry - I'd love to be able to just walk right in and purchase whatever I wanted when the whim took me!

  • Jamie replied 7 years ago


    I would really love to work in a couture house and learn all the tricks of the trade: the design process and how garments are fit and constructed. I'm trying to learn as much as I can on my own right now, but it would be fun to be immersed in that work for a while.

    Add to that:

    - Chanel jacket and bag
    - Valentino dress (red, of course)
    - Burberry something (not sure what)
    - Hermes bag

    There's more, I'm sure, but this is a good start at daydreaming!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    - More Chanel love here - both a jacket and a handbag please.
    - Mod Pucci dress
    - vintage Hermes scarf
    - a 1965 Cherry red mustang convertible (the best accessory EVER!)

  • nicoleb replied 7 years ago

    1914 Doc Martens....and a closet full of Vivienne Westwood?

    Or what about....just Gwen Stefani's closet? Can i do that?

  • lasallepal replied 7 years ago

    I created my Wardrobe Bucket list a few years back before I retired. Some of the purchases I managed to make before I retired by waiting for these top-of-the-line items to go on sale at high end stores: Neiman Marcus, Barney's, net-a-porter, and Saks Fifth Avenue. I still have a way to go, but I am hoping I have time.

    1. A Kaftan (purchased)
    2. A pair of Jimmy Choo shoes (purchased)
    3. SOMETHING from Chanel (hoping)
    4. A pair of Manolo shoes (waiting)
    5. Something from Missoni (purchased a scarf and top on ebay and love them)
    6. Burberry Trench coat (waiting)
    7. A Hermes plisse scarf (waiting)
    8. A Marni dress (hoping)
    9. A diamond and emerald cocktail ring (gifted)
    10. A lambskin biker's jacket ( hoping)

  • harmonica replied 7 years ago

    - Leather jacket (prefearrably one black and one caramel)
    - jade jagger 3 leaf necklace
    - biker boots (from blackstone, or something along this line)
    - DVF wrap dress
    - nude pumps
    - a good size travelling bag that looks stylish, contains alot and doesn't overwhelm me (and turns out to look like a body bag)
    - Mulberry Alexa, oak: http://www.mulberry.com/#/stor.....moreviews/
    - Mulberry Del Ray, black forrest: http://www.mulberry.com/#/stor.....moreviews/
    - some Tory Burch satchel: http://www.toryburch.com/Robin.....collection and http://www.toryburch.com/NORAH.....ulder-bags
    - Decadent shopper http://www.hildecarma.no/innlegg/DECADENT, http://decadentshop.dk/bags-wo.....c-1_7.html

    Manidipa: my green bag is from Orla Kiely! I love her design too, especially on accessories

  • fashionista replied 7 years ago

    BOOM- here goes my list
    1. A pink prada bag
    2. A black Jimmy Choo
    3. A white chanel wallet
    4. A Burberry trench (and exactly that one only and saving up for this- I am drooling over this)
    5. A Limousine (not a fashion item but status symbol after I purchase all these above...LOL)

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