Favourite five outfits from the year

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


  1. December 22, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Oh hey… I think the Paris outfit is the first post I ever read on this blog! Ah, memories.
    I think you picked some great outfits – you look really fantastic in all of them, and all of them really seem to represent an aspect of your personal style.

    • December 27, 2014 / 4:30 pm

      Probably gave you the impression I was much better travelled than I am 😉

  2. December 23, 2014 / 1:10 am

    A wonderful round up; I really enjoyed reading about your favorite outfits and why you like them so much. As for the number one "I'm a tourist but I refuse to look like one" outfit ~ my sentiments exactly! I love the practicality of travel clothing, but despise the style of pretty much all of it. I just don't feel like myself wearing those clothes!

    In fact, one day I'd love to design my own line of travel clothes that combine style and practicality and the number one mantra will be "I'm a tourist, but I refuse to look like one!" Teehee… 😀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • December 27, 2014 / 4:31 pm

      That's a great idea – I recently heard about wedding shoes that have memory foam in the soles – why has no one applied this to shoes more generally for walking around all day in!

  3. December 23, 2014 / 9:52 am

    Such a great collection of outfits, I love them all! x

    • December 27, 2014 / 4:32 pm

      Coming from you, Kayla, I'll take that!!

  4. December 23, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Super lovely outfits across the board, sweet dear. I especially go weak in the knees for your Lindy Bop dress. It's radiantly gorgeous – and all the more so the way you've styled it. I'm over-the-moon excited about the fact that this for Christmas, Tony's gift to me is an order from Lindy Bop. We had a very strict holiday season budget, so I waited until they had a 20% sale last week then pounced to order (so that I could stretch that little budget to its max). I don't have anything from the brand yet, so I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that I ordered the right size. (I didn't get this exact dress, but did get one of that same style – I've wanted a shelf bust dress for probably 20 years or more, it's high time I treated myself to one! :)).

    Big hugs & countless happy holiday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    • December 27, 2014 / 4:33 pm

      That's a great gift – can't wait to see you in what you've got from them, especially knowing we're a similar height! I can see it really suiting you x

  5. December 23, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I agree! These outfits are so beautiful and you are so petite and wee! I especially love the 1st and 3rd one the best…. what can I say? I'm a sucker for stripes.

    • December 27, 2014 / 4:34 pm

      Stripes are the best – and not the last of them on this blog for sure!

  6. December 23, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    I think you chose well here. That dress you are wearing is my all time favourite. You should be the marketing model for that dress.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


    • December 27, 2014 / 4:35 pm

      Ahhh lovey comment alert! Hope your holidays are lovely too x

  7. December 24, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Wow, absolutely loving your hair, makeup, and outfits! Glad I stumbled upon your blog Cici. ❤

  8. December 24, 2014 / 11:36 am

    Wow, I love all outfits, makeup and hairstyle. You are so pretty, no matter what you wear! Kisses <3

  9. December 26, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    Love these outfits!! You are so beautiful. The second one is my favorite (I remember seeing it when you first posted about it!) and that dress in the 4th photo… wow!! Gorgeous!


    • December 27, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      I love that some readers have hung around long enough to remember the first time I posted outfits 🙂 thanks for your perseverance!!

  10. December 28, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I love this round up and what you take away from each one. I'm totally with you on the travel style and agree that when it comes to sneakers "there has to be another way" 🙂 You nailed the French style and I'm sure those cute flats got you around town pretty comfortably!

    • December 30, 2014 / 10:32 am

      Thank you 🙂 I was definitely going for Parisian 😉 don't we all!!

  11. December 29, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    You look absolutely lovely in all the images, and I remember each one of these outfit posts. I love the Parisian look you were channelling when you visited the City of Lights. The Lindy Bop dress is pure fashion fantasy, and definitely makes a big impact. I love the colour scheme and floral print, as well as the full skirt. I don't think there's anything wrong with being a touch OCD when it comes to coordinating an outfit, and can relate to this habit.

    It's interesting to see how your style has evolved in subtle ways as the blog has developed, and it's a great idea to write a post which highlights your main fashion lessons from the past year.

    Also, I'm not sure if you recall, but you were super nice to me when I was in the early stages of launching my blog back in September, and I really appreciate your kindness and the time you took to answer my questions when I was starting out. As you've requested in your post, here are some links to my personal favourite outfits which I've featured on my blog lately, which are more than a little matchy-matchy (you're not alone!) I would love for you to have a look at my blog and see how I've developed it so far, given your earlier support to me.




    Thank you and best wishes for the New Year!

    Saba x

    p.s – Sorry I removed my earlier comment, only it had become too long!

  12. December 30, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Thanks for your lovely comment – I'm always touched when I hear someone has been reading for this long! I do remember talking to you, of course, and I'm really pleased to see your blog up and running! The design is great, glad you got it sorted. Loving your gothic inspired outfits! x

  13. December 30, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    You're very welcome! I love reading your blog and it always inspires me to see what you're doing creatively. Glad to hear you remember me! Thanks very much for visiting my blog. I really appreciate your positive feedback regarding the blog design and my recent gothic-inspired outfits.

    Saba x

  14. January 3, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    I love that Lindy Bop dress and you and that last outfit is my favorite!!! <3 I tried doing a top five favorite outfit posts but could only narrow it down to top ten! hehe ;p

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