The announcement for the November BurdaStyle Magazine has been posted on the German site, and I am so excited! You guys, it’s sooooo good! I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve had such a great issue. I mean, on the whole I think 2019 has been pretty good, but this might be one of those really special issues that we will all turn back to for inspiration and design for years to come.
It’s heading into winter, so we get lots of yummy coats and jackets:
I love this! It looks cozy, and warm, but also has this kind of cool nonchalance with the button collar detail. Plus, Burda’s fabrication is definitely gorgeous! This design is totally winning me over here.
This looks like a pretty basic cardigan/coat topper piece, but, since I’ve been living in chunky cardigan sweaters this past week I can’t say that it’s really a bad thing. I do like how the sleeve cuffs narrow a bit – it gives lots of room for clothes under the coat/jacket, but still has a narrow cuff to keep out the wind and chill.
This looks like it could be a really stylish jacket to add to a late fall/early winter wardrobe. I really love the way Burda has styled these, especially the red version. It’s a really interesting shape with the tighter collar and neckline and a more relaxed fit elsewhere.
This jacket looks so cool! I love the way Burda has used color blocking to emphasize the design lines. Also, this model is amazing. Like, she totally makes me love everything in the black and grey themed photoshoot. All of her photos are stunning! We should all be so lucky to look as vibrant and excited, like, all the time.
I love this jacket too! The seamlines are fantastic, and I think it looks amazing in the leather fabrication that Burda has gone with here. I also really love the raglan sleeves and tiny hint of a collar in this design.
I’m usually not too excited about the giant cocoon coats that Burda often has, bit for some reason I’m really excited by the giant puffy coats in this issue. I really like the collar feature, the long coat looks super warm, and, like I said, that one model has completely convinced me that she is the coolest person ever and I therefore clearly need to steal her entire wardrobe to mimic that level of awesome. I mean, clearly.
This cat is so cute! I’m betting that this is going to be a vintage reprint design (I mean, when was the last time we saw a sleeve gusset on a modern coat pattern?), but I think it still looks great for modern day. I especially love the way Burda styled it in the photos – it has a hint of vintage, but mostly just looks very chic.
Strictly speaking this isn’t really a jacket, but I think this hoodie comes off more as outerwear than as a t-shirt top? Maybe I’m wrong… Anyway, I do like the double lined good, the curved hem, and the zip sleeve cuff detail also adds an extra touch of sophistication that isn’t usually seen in a basic hoodie sweater. Also, yeah LA!
There aren’t many dresses this month, but the ones we do get are pretty great:
Love this! There are so many great seam lines that could be used to really customize the fit. Plus, the really classic silhouette would look great on a lot of people. I really love how Burda styled it two ways – both are great looks and are really inspiring in how they showcase the pattern in different fabrications.
I think this is a designer dress that we are getting this issue, and it is stunning. Since we don’t have the swoon-worthy holiday party dresses in this issue I’m betting they will show up in December (and it’s been about 10 years, so I’m also going to go on a limb and predict they are going to be part of an all red feature photoshoot). However, with this dress I think you’ll be covered if you need something fancy sooner than that. The model photo wasn’t available on the Burda site, but it was in the preview of the back of the October issue, and it looks amazing. I’m so excited!
I also really like the variety of tops we get in this issue:
This is so cute! I love the mix of fabrics and the way it looks like a sweater over a flowier top. It could be a nice way of making it feel like fall without being too layered if you live in a warmer climate like I do. Plus it could be a fun way to play with texture and print like Burda has done here. And, as a side note, I love this color – if I could I’d steal this top right off the model!
I can’t say I really love either of these tops, but I do appreciate the way Burda has adjusted the sleeves and the flounce detail to get two very different looks. I really like the fabrication of both of these, though I’m not the biggest fan of the long flounce on the black top… maybe my opinion would be different if model had her arms down? I do like the long, narrow slit detail in the front of the top; it adds a touch of interest without being too open or bare.
Yes, there are a lot of wrap tops out there, but I really like this one! The shape of the sleeves and the side gather detail are nice touches. It’s possible the neck opening could be a bit low though, judging from the look on the model.
Another cute wrap top variation. I like how this one has a sort of peplum feel with a really defined waistline.
This top is all about the back detail! That is certainly a fun way to make an exit. Plus, I think this top would work equally well with jeans or a long dramatic skirt, making is super versatile in a wardrobe. I also love the wider neckline. This one is definitely going on the list.
I’m sort of obsessed with this button up blouse! I think the use of sheer material as a sleeve detail is genius, and I feel like I need one. It’s so cool! The color blocking could be a fun way to use up leftover fabric scraps as well, especially if you have a lot that are a good shirt weight. I also really like the curved hem and shoulder seaming details. It’s so good!
Most of the bottoms this month are skirts, but I think we get a nice variety of styles:
This mini skirt is so cute! I love the ring detail at the waistband, and the slant pockets! I’m not sure I’ve ever been a fan of mini skirts, but I do love the way Burda has styled the green one in particular, with the opaque tights.
I really love this skirt! It has a nice length, and strikes a good balance between being flowy, but not too voluminous. I also really love the waistband twist-tie detail. I don’t make or wear a lot of skirts, but I’d totally consider making this one.
I really love this pencil skirt too! It’s clearly a lengthened version of the pencil skirt from above, but I really like the lace hem detail. It’s so pretty! And the styling of it is absolutely chic.
These trousers are pretty par for the course with what we’ve been getting lately (slightly cropped, tapered at the hem), but I like them. I think the drawstring waist makes them inherently more casual, but I like the way that can be used to give a slightly cooler, less stuffy vibe to a fancy shirt with the black version.
I think the Burda Plus section is also quite good this month:
It’s been a while since we’ve had color blocked dresses as the main event, but I’m ok if they come back around. I really like the shapes on this dress, and I love the colors that Burda is using. I might have to grade this one down a bit…
Love this jacket! It’s a pretty standard windbreaker design, but I really like that is has the gathered hem, the pockets, and the hood. Plus, that fabric is so cool! This is another piece I’d totally steal off the model if I had the chance.
I’m a bit less impressed with this coat version. Maybe it’s the color that’s just throwing me off a bit? I think it could look cooler with maybe some color blocking or pipping details, or maybe in a print? I think too that the camera angle is maybe making it looks a bit more blah than it really is? I don’t know…. The more I look the more I’m coming around. Maybe it really is just the color…
Love this skirt! The color blocking detail is really great, and creates some cool visual interest. The vibrant blue color is also one of my favorites, so that might be helping a bit, but I could see this looking really great in a variety of fabrications, or even monochromatic with different textures, like in a black wool mixed with a black leather.
This shirt is… ok. I like the view from the front, but I’m not as excited by the view from the back. Maybe it would look better in a different fabric choice?
I think this sweater top is pretty cool. It has a nice sporty vibe, and I like the piping detail on the sleeves.
The kids section is actually pretty great this month as well:
The little jackets are so cute! And I think the legging pants would probably be super comfortable and practical for kids. The top/dress thing is ok? It’s not that exciting, but it at least looks comfortable.
We get so much good stuff this month! I am so excited about everything, it was so hard to pick the top pattern. But I think I’m going to have to give the Best of BS for November 2019 to:
The cool bouclé jacket! The unique collar detail pushes it over the top – it’s such a fun design, and it looks so cozy for fall as well.
The BWTF award was similarly hard to pick because there weren’t any real disastrous patterns this month, but in the end I’ve given it to:
The crazy print pleat back top! To be fair, I don’t think this pattern is terrible. I just think that the fabrication, styling, and pose aren’t really doing the model any favors here. I mean, on the one hand I totally get that this photo is about showing us the detail on the top, but, on the other hand, she is gorgeous and looks like she is wearing a tent. The solid version of the top looked so much better on her…
And that’s it! I think I’ve made it pretty clear thus far, but I’m really excited about this issue! I’m already mentally scouring the stash for fabrics I can use for a lot of these patterns. There’s so much I want to make! I usually find a few things in each issue that I really want to have, but, honestly, if I could order most of the things in this issue as pre-made clothes, I totally would. It’s all just so good! Of course, you are totally welcome to disagree with me. Am I a little too obsessed? Do I need to calm down? Do you already have way too many of these types of patterns in your stash? Or are you just as crazy obsessed excited as I am? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!