Now that I've done the token Christmas post, the only thing for it is to start looking back at 2014... Too soon? I hope not!
In 2013, I think it would be fair to say I got into a bit of a style rut. My outfit purchases could have been broken down into two categories: 1) pencil skirts/wiggle dresses and 2) things to wear with pencil skirts/wiggle dresses. After a year of restricted walking, I got pretty bored of my clothes - it didn't help that fitted skirts are basically the basis of my entire work wardrobe too. You really can get sick of wearing the same thing day in and day out!
So, the start of this year saw a resolution to look beyond the pencil skirt - and I'm pleased to say resolution accomplished! Although I did fall at the last hurdle - after almost a year of not buying a single pencil skirt, I suddenly realised I wasn't over my addiction when a wiggle of the knitted variety landed on my doorstep. I hadn't even realised what I'd done... it was £8 in a sale - my bargain-hunting brain must have gone on auto-pilot. This relapse aside, I stuck to what I said and invested in flared skirts and not one, but two pairs of trousers for work (haven't quite got round to sharing these yet)... and it made me realise, this resolution was just the start of a bit of a 'revamp' in my style this year (this is an exciting way of simply saying: I spent money on other things besides pencil skirts).
So, I thought I'd recap my five favourite things I've learned about dressing myself this year... and challenge future me to keep adding to this list!
Full midi skirts CAN suit me
For years, while I've loved 50s style I've been completely terrified of below-the-knee, full skirts that everyone else seems to wear so wonderfully. I'm 5ft 2" and my short legs are an important factor in my lack of height... and every time I tried to wear a midi-length skirt I heard my mum's voice in my head calling it my 'witchy look' (your guess is as good as mine). But finally, the penny dropped - the problem wasn't the shape of the skirts, it was pure and simply the length. Through trial, error and mutilated clothing, I discovered my ideal full skirt is 25" long, and the most I can get away with is 26" - anything else and it's too short or we're in witch territory again. Most shops sell these kind of skirts - attached to dresses or otherwise - more around the 27" or longer mark. So all I have to do is get them altered and suddenly, they look alright!
From this post
I've always subscribed to the belief that someone as proportionately chesty and petite as myself would look like a no-necked fool with a cushion shoved up their top in a turtleneck. Needless to say, there wasn't even one of these in my collection before this year, my fear was so great. But then, shops started selling these wonderful 'high necked' varieties that weren't quite a full turtleneck with yards of material folded over and suddenly I got into it. And if the turtlenecks are in a dark fabric, the cushion problem doesn't seem quite so apparent either due to the wonderful shrinking effect of black, navy and friends - but generally, as long as the tops are fitted, it's not as bad as I'd pictured. From now on, no cold neck for me...
Co-ords are for life, not just 2014
Co-ords were a big thing this year - and really the first time the idea of an outfit of matching top and bottoms had properly entered my consciousness. Which is silly, because the vintage and repro world has been onto this for years and I'm supposed to know about this stuff... needless to say as soon as I realised there were some great repro sets around I had to have one! I bided my time and got a couple in sales, including this Collectif set here. It fits beautifully - and the great thing is that I can pair the component parts with other clothes - hooray for value for money. I'm not sure if the modern fashion world will continue on with its love of co-ords into next year, but I'm certainly going to be hanging onto mine.
Glasses are an accessory, not a nuisance
I've never seen myself as a glasses-wearer, which is ridiculous as I can't see past the end of my own nose. I can't remember if I've ever told the story of how I think I cursed myself with poor sight after wishing fervently at age 11 I could have glasses like my best friend... be careful what you wish for! Of course, once I got my wish and my first pair of glasses I instantly hated them. I got away without wearing them for years and then got contact lenses, and banished glasses to when I was going to the gym and they were the least of my worries in terms of how I looked there - I essentially hoped the glasses would somehow detract attention from my red, makeup-less, sweaty face (yeah, that worked). Over the past year or so I've bought a few new pairs of frames and gradually come round to the idea of them, but it's only really this year that I've started incorporating them into my outfits. Turns out, all I needed to do was think of them as another way to make things match - and we all know how much I love matching things. Oh, and buy another pair. And we all know how much I love buying things.
Crop tops are not the enemy
Ok, so this one isn't ground-breaking - in fact, I think I was the last person in the entire world to realise that the modern fashion trend for crop tops this year would work incredibly well with my own, a little less modern wardrobe that is full to the brim with high-waisted everything. It was one of the slowest lightbulb moments to ever happen in the history of the universe. Hence it's last on this list, as I'm still a bit embarrassed about it and half of me is hoping everyone's stopped reading by this point... But if you are still hanging in there, all I need to say is it was a revelation for me that modern crop tops could be used to create 50s styles and once I had finally twigged, many of them joined my closet. And I never said this was going to be cutting-edge fashion lessons...
Anyone else had any style revelations this year? How has your style changed?
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