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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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?
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.
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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