Monday, 21 December 2015

2015: my top ten outfits

We're not quite at the end of the year yet, but let's face it, with my second Christmas meal down I will soon be too full of food to contemplate wanting to capture photographic evidence of my inflated stomach, so new outfits are going to have to wait until the gorging has stopped...

I still love putting these kind of posts together because it's a lot of - admittedly self-indulgent - fun to look back at all the outfits I've recorded for this here blog. And then it's even more fun to try to pick favourites and remember where I was and how I felt when I was sauntering around in a wiggle skirt and over-sized sunhat (amazing, obviously). A lot of work can go into these posts, which I never really go into in great detail as it would bore everyone to tears to read that 'making of' (which is largely focused around waiting for the rain to stop, finding places to park in this ridiculous city, re-taking shots where the wind blows my hair over my face etc etc). So there's the reminding myself of some outfits I loved and the achievements made in photography, planning, editing etc in documenting them so painstakingly (and if in years to come I wonder why I devoted months of my life to this, I'll worry about it then :D).

So in short, the round-ups are here to stay for as long as I love writing this blog. And that's, of course, why I'm even here...

Spring/summer

50s summer bombshell outfit with floppy sunhat

Wearing a big sunhat made me feel like a goddess - from this post

Why oh why did it take me so long to get a big floppy sunhat? Ok, it was the fear of hat hair, which this straw beauty certainly nailed (I looked ridiculous) - but all you have to do is wear it all day and no one need ever know the monster that lurks beneath. What they'll see is a sun goddess - particularly if paired with a pencil skirt and heels. Who doesn't want to feel like a 50s beach bombshell in the summer (er, not that I'd recommend these heels in sand)? This outfit made me feel feminine and elegant and I think I'll remember it for years to come.

Polka dot capris, clogs and a quirky bag

Monochrome with a healthy dose of quirk - from this post

I found a real appreciation for monochrome this year, as long as it was dressed up with a little extra something. Ok, that something was usually red... but I know what I like! This was one of those outfits where I loved all the individual elements separately, but even more when put together, which I didn't think possible. It was another one where I felt polished and elegant and like the best version of myself, and that was very much helped by the quirky bag and shoes. Never too elegant.

Floral 50s style shirt dress and pink clogs

It's pink, it's floral and I loved it - from this post

The teenage me would recoil in wide (panda-)eyed horror to learn that I dressed in pink and flowers and not only that, I loved every second of it. But thank goodness I don't still wear hoodies with bleeding hearts on them and jeans the width of three people as that looked about as good as you're imagining. This started as a way to wear these clogs for review purposes and became a co-ordinated masterpiece of summer girliness, if I do say so myself. I loved the way all the pinks worked together. Yes, teenage self, multiple pinks.

Denim dress, tied shirt and a strawberry wicker bag

A strawberry bag. Nuff said. - from this post

Partly I've picked this outfit because I still can't believe I actually got my hands on what must have been the most sought-after bag in the vintage community in the history of ever. But also because this was a glorious moment in my matching quest - I couldn't have been more pleased when I realised I had a red shirt with white polka dot 'seeds' on it, quite frankly. Aside from that glorious moment, this was just fun, girly and casual, and this denim dress was one of my favourite buys of the year. 

Floral wiggle dress and black accessories

The dress - and colour - I didn't expect to love that much - from this post

Yes, of course I like this dress - I wouldn't have chosen it otherwise - but it was quite different to anything I already had, largely because it has a floral pattern. At this point in April I still thought I didn't really like floral prints... but that all started to change with this dress. And after all, I love hair flowers, so not liking florals doesn't make any sense! You've seen the above pink outfit so you know this blossomed (pun intended) into a full-on love affair - and not only with flowers, but with the colour orange too. If I were to have a 'hair flower of the year' (I'll resist), it would be this tropical orange beauty. Which reminds me, I really must by some more orange things.

Autumn/winter

Tartan swing skirt, black polo sweater and red beret

There's red, there's tartan and there's fur on my boots. - from this post

Basically, this outfit had so many of my favourite things it had to make the list. Red, fur, plaid and of course, that's before you even get to the beret - my winter hat of choice. All of the outfits in this post made me feel extra amazing and this one is no exception. It's so easy to wear though - comfy and with the 1-minute plait it takes no time to throw on. So, hooray for style that is this simple but good-looking!

60s style pastel check coat

The pastel-coloured 60s dream coat - from this post

Not my favourite example of my photography work (someone couldn't use her new Christmas-present lens), but that aside this coat was a real find in the Christmas sales and this is a rare example where I haven't matched my entire outfit to death, and yet I really liked it anyway. Purple shoes with pink checks... never thought I'd see the day. This outfit was completely inappropriate to wear round a muddy nature reserve (suede shoes, what was I thinking?!), but it was my anniversary date and I was warm yet dressed up, so who cares. (I cared very much about my shoes, but thankfully they survived.)

40s style winter coat outfit with beret

I've got a dog on my head and I look a bit 40s - from this post

Ok, so I might have picked this outfit is because it reminds me of one of my favourite compliments of the year from Jessica (of Zella Maybe) who said a shot from this post looked 'like a promo photo for Call The Midwife'. It was totally unplanned that this outfit came with more than a hint of the 40s, but as it's so rare that I delve into this era I'm really glad that it did. It was toasty warm, totally comfortable and I felt stylish even though this was definitely one of those days the wind was making a mockery of my 'do. But perhaps none of that even matters because I've got a poodle on my hat, and what's not to love about that?

Rust coloured jacket, tan boots and purple check

The perfect pairing of beloved new boots and beloved old jacket - from this post

And what's better than matching your favourite rust-coloured items? Matching them both to some actual rust. Or something. Well, I did it anyway and I liked the end results. I've had this jacket for years and never really found an outfit I thought completely worked with it until this one. And oh, these boots, I had been looking for some just like them for the longest time. They are half a size too small (but came from the US so returning wasn't really an option), but I forgive them every pinched toe for how pretty they are.

Red 50s Christmas party dress and gold accessories

The perfect party dress for festive frolics - from this post

And finally, an outfit you've literally just seen as it was from earlier this week. I toyed with whether or not I should include it for that reason, but ultimately: it's one of my favourites, so regardless of when I wore it it gets to go in. This year I've been so grateful to work with many amazing brands who've let me review their lovely dresses - and while I genuinely don't/can't pick a favourite, this one is very high on the list because both it and Voodoo Vixen are amazing. When I look at this outfit, coming at the end of 2015 as it did, it makes me feel very happy about a great 12 months for this blog.

I wonder how many of you have been following me for the whole of 2015, or longer, or only a few days/weeks/months... Regardless of how long you've stuck with me, I am very glad if I've entertained you with how I dress myself this year. Do stay tuned for lots, lots more...


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26 comments:

  1. Aaah, you're so pretty!

    I like the capris outfit best, simply because capris are so hard to get right and you manage it with aplomb. You've got the face and figure to make them look chic and playful - on me they go all 'nanna's on a cruise holiday'.

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    1. Aw, shucks Mim :)

      I have to say I have a particular fondness for that outfit. I can't usually rock capris either as most are such a weird length on me, so these pair were heaven sent. I think it's all about finding the right ones that suit you...

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  2. What a treat to see so many of your stellar outfits again. I adored viewing them all the first time and equally so the second. You are such a stylish, beautiful dresser and I just adore that, like myself, you're a fan of wearing a wide array of colours. They're like the spices of the fashion world and add so much, IMO, to one's closet and daily looks alike.

    Thank you for this delightful recap. I can hardly wait to see what you'll share with us here in 2016!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I'm glad it's a treat rather than annoying to see them twice! I am definitely expanding my colour horizons at the moment, although red is still one of my favourites, of course ;) I'm really excited about 2016, I've already got two cracking outfits on the way :D x

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  3. It must have been so hard to whittle this post down to just ten outfits!! You have really been sporting such an amazing wardrobe this year. I think out of those you didn't pick, I would mention the Voodoo Vixen mint spot dress and the Daphne and Fred couples look as highlights. You really do have such polished and enviable style and I can't wait to see more in 2016! Xxx

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    1. It was, but that's probably because I put so much into each one and I get attached to them... bar the odd one or two perhaps. I did love the VV mint dress too and who could forget Daphne and Fred!!! Can't wait to show more - and see more of what you post too of course! xxx

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  4. I love this outfit round-up. I can't pick a favourite, I have enjoyed all of your outfits since I started reading your blog this year. I really want boots like yours though, they are amazing ahhh! That 60s coat is also a winner.

    An outfit not featured here that I loved was your post in the white Voodoo Vixen dress - so dreamy! Love your style x

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    1. Aw thanks Kayla :) I'm pretty sure BAIT still sell those boots, so it's not too late... (Happy to advise on styling if helpful!)

      Yes the white VV dress was such a good fit, I love wearing that one. Did me proud on holiday this year, as summer was sorely lacking in these parts! And love your style too! x

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  5. I think you hit it right on the nail with this post! As I only found your blog this year, it was so nice to see some outfits I remember, and outfits I have never seen! So much inspiration!

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    1. Glad to show you some more :) I'm so looking forward to what you post over the next year too - I love your cute outfits! x

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  6. I'm a newer follower to your blog, and I have to say that I absolutely love it! You nail every outfit, and you always give me inspiration for my own outfits. Cheers to a great 2015 and an even better 2016!

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    1. Thanks Jessie, that's so lovely to hear :) and I love it when newer readers say hello x

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  7. Oh God, this has just reminded me of the endless search for those polka dot capri pants, which were totally sold out in my size! They look fabulous on you, though, as does everything else - what a great way to end the year :)

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    1. I think they may have come back in at Attitude Clothing? They seem to have all sizes for £19.99... I think that was wear I bought mine from in the first place, actually!

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  8. Love this! I'm working on my own "2015 outfits roundup" post and I completely know what you mean - going through all of those photos takes me right back to a particular feeling on a particular day when wearing that outfit. It's an awesome little time capsule. =) I also definitely appreciate the work that goes into all of those posts - from the styling to photography to photo editing to writing the post - but it's worth it to have a perfect parcel of memories. I can't wait until I'm a little old lady in my rocking chair (which is likely going to be a jet pack rocking chair or whatever they come up with in the future), looking back on my blog and thinking, "Wow. Wasn't I a dish?" ;) Looking forward to what 2016 brings to your blog! xxx
    -Kara
    www.thedressedaesthetic.com

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    1. Definitely :) I hope I feel the same way when I'm old and grey too! xxx

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  9. I think it's so neat to look back and see the collection of your ten favourite outfits for the year ~ I really like reading about why they are your favourite! I'm also thinking I should follow your lead and do my own in January ~ like you said, if you can't look back on your outfits on your own blog, well, that's just a bit not fun! ;P ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Exactly! I love that everyone else enjoyed this post too; you do worry you're going to bore people!! xx

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  10. Oh yes! I should definitely do a roundup too! It's a great way of looking back and seeing the cool stuff you did over the past year. As well as see how much your blog has grown! Anyway, I love this last Christmas look on you- I think that it is perfect for your style :)
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

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    1. Definitely - I love seeing how my style's evolved over the year. It was kind of equally as interesting as I was going along which outfits I DIDN'T want to pick!

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  11. I always enjoy roundup posts - especially the year end ones! Your outfits are all fantastic. The outfit with the matching rust-colored jacket and boots is one of my favorites. Also the 40s-inspired one and your most recent holiday look.

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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    1. So glad you think so - I do too (on the rust one) :D I think you've picked three of my absolute favourites there actually!

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  12. I love outfit roundups! It's a lot of fun seeing which outfits you pick for your top 10 favorite. I'm really looking forward to looking back and picking my own top 10 favorite myself! :) I'm really surprised none of the recent wedding style outfits made the list. Out of these top 10 though my favorite is the outfit with your brown boots and rust colored jacket. Such a great look and I love the pop of purple! So unexpected but it works so well! <3

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    1. I neeeearly picked one of the wedding outfits, but I just loved some of these more and they were all quite summery... That category was easier to fill! Glad you like the rust jacket one, that's very possibly my favourite here too :)

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  13. I really enjoyed this, you have picked some fabulous looks to include in this round up. Also, I was pleased to see your festive frock again. As a recent convert to festive dressing it was lovely to see this glamorous look twice.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked reading it :)

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