Well, I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but today in Cambridge we’re experiencing some sort of baby tornado (note: this is my British exaggeration for it is very windy). It’s also quite mild and what I should be doing right now is ice-skating at a pop-up rink near the town centre. B and I have had this planned for months ever since we heard it was coming to town… However, because it’s quite warm and the rink is outside, we abandoned our plans – as while I quite fancy some festive skating, I don’t fancy festive swimming. Which is what the poor souls on the rink were doing every time they fell over (confession: we did stay and watch for about 20 minutes, me trying desperately to get a good shot for Instagram – it was very funny. People were actually falling over with a splash!).
Anyway, here I am instead moving on from the things I’ve learned about dressing myself this year
, if you’ll excuse the second (and final, I promise!) retrospective post to look at my favourite outfits from 2014. I found as I was going through that my favourites were the ones that came with some sense of small personal triumph…
The ‘I’m a tourist but I refuse to look like one’ outfit
From this post
I love a good city break, but despite the hours of endless walking I simply refuse to wear trainers. Or any other kind of sporting/outdoor weather/comfort gear, for that matter. My life philosophy when it comes to these kind of ‘practical’ clothes is essentially: there has to be another way!! And I think I cracked it with this outfit in Paris. It wasn’t especially warm when I went in May, but this jumper dress paired with leather flats, thick tights, a lightweight tote-style bag and mac (not pictured here, but is in the post) did the job. And I especially liked how well pinned down my hair was in this up-do with a scarf on top. It simply did. not. budge. The windy top of the Eiffel Tower is no match for this ‘do! At least, I assume so, as I am terrified of heights and didn’t find out… So for staying stylish yet comfortable, this outfit makes the list.
The ‘The more I look at this, the more I like it’ outfit
From this post
Or perhaps the real reason I like this outfit so much is that the photos all have this stunning, moody beach backdrop… and who can resist a stunning, moody beach? Nonetheless, I had to include this outfit because I was at my absolute grumpiest moments before and indeed during the shooting of its pictures, as I was still changing its component parts on my way out the door. I was convinced it was my worst outfit EVER because so little planning and so much frustration had gone into it… then I went back through the photos and had a pleasant surprise. It was actually ok! More than ok, I actually kind of liked it. It wasn’t the most innovative outfit in the world, but it was kind of elegant in its simplicity. And every time I look at these photos I seem to like it a little more. So in it goes to my favourites from the year, for proving me wrong and that sometimes simple is good.
The ‘I am incredibly pleased with this high degree of matching’ outfit
From this post
Red and blue is probably my favourite colour combination of 2014 (and is, I’ve just noticed, also fairly prominent in the outfit below too, whoops), so imagine my joy in discovering that not only did I have a dress already with red and blue stripes on lurking in my wardrobe, but also a whole host of accessories to pair with it. Some might say I’ve taken things a little far in this outfit… but regardless of whether this level of OCD matching floats your boat, it certainly did mine. I never feel as well put together as when I’ve got a really well colour co-ordinated outfit on. And although there were several outfits vying for the crown of ‘most matching outfit of the year’, this one just about topped the others with its head-to-toe thoroughness and takes its place in my favourites.
The ‘I still can’t believe how perfectly this dress fits’ outfit
From this post
I took things to my local tailor so many times this year that not only are we now on first name terms, he knows my measurements better than I do. So when Lindy Bop started selling petite versions of some of their most popular styles, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get my hands on a swing-style dress that didn’t need extensive alterations. But I wasn’t prepared for just how perfectly this dress fitted – it was like it actually was tailor made for me. It’s one of few, few times in my life I’ve bought an item of clothing that didn’t make me feel like a bit of an abnormally-shaped failure at life because usually there’s always something a bit off and I have to decide if I can live with it or afford the alterations. So for how good this beautiful dress made me feel from the start, it’s in the list!
The ‘I’m finally wearing actual vintage, and I like it!’ outfit
Perhaps strangely for someone who claims they blog about vintage style, I can count the number of vintage things I own on one hand. I’ve discussed the reasons why I buy new
before, but when I decided I wanted a Pendleton style wool jacket I knew I was going to need to shop vintage for once. I bought this online and when it arrived it took me a while to get used to the slightly boxy shoulders – there were moments of panic that my head looked like a tiny pea perched atop them. Realising this was probably more due to my likely irrational fear that my head is too small than the jacket’s fault, I got over it… I then puzzled about how to actually wear it, but once I’d blended with my usual modern twist I was really happy with this outfit and I have to include it here to mark the brave (for me!) steps into the vintage world.
So, do you agree with my choices? Any outfits you’ve worn this year you’re particularly pleased with? Drop me the links below… Or write your own post 😉
And that’s probably it from me before Christmas, so hope you all have a lovely one! x