Hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas! I say this as I have again filled myself up to the point where I need to have a little sit for another hour or so…
Anyway, taking another look back over 2015 as it speeds towards the end, I thought I’d share the things I’ve learned about style this year. So, last year I found a new affinity for midi-length full skirts, turtlenecks, glasses, crop-tops and co-ord sets. At that point, I kinda felt like what more could there possibly be to try… how could someone get to the end of their 20s and still be finding things out about what they like to wear? Particularly things that rank quite highly on the ‘duh’ scale. So, I thought, there won’t be one of these posts this year… but then all these ways my style has changed lately kept popping into my head and here we are.
With most, actually, all of these I just kick myself it took me so long to figure it out. They all get a very high place on the duh scale for sure. But it just goes to show, even fashion bloggers can get stuck in their ways or get it wrong… I say that like I’m some sort of Supreme Clothes Being, which is actually laughable… Of course I get it wrong!!
1. Earrings don’t make my face look weird
Yep, literally all my life I’ve had this thing in my head that stubbornly said ‘earrings just don’t suit me’. In recent years, I’ve been blaming it on my small head – what can I say, I’m nothing if not (il)logical. Actually, though, I hadn’t even tried to wear any for the last decade, so really thinking that way was even more non-sensical than first appears. Thankfully, Jessica opened my eyes when she sent me lots of cute vintage pairs (like the above) to try out. Oh, how stupid I felt when I realised I actually love them. What a waste of all those years I could have been building up a collection… Le sigh.
2. You can have (way) too much going on
This outfit wins the award for my most disliked of the year. I almost didn’t post it, but I was curious enough to want to know what everyone thought and if anyone could nail what it was I didn’t like about it. And my readers provided… there was just too much going on and it wasn’t all coming together that well. Mostly, there’s just too many colours here and they aren’t all very complimentary to one another. If they could talk, they’d probably all be trying to shout the loudest to get your attention. Once this epiphany had been reached, it changed the way I thought about the colours in my outfits – now I tend to work with a ‘rule of 3’ – up to 3 core colours in each outfit, with the exception that extras can be tones of one of these (and black and white do or don’t count as a colour depending on my mood). I have to say, so far I think it’s really made a difference to how put together outfits in the second half of the year have been.
3. Quality is sometimes better than quantity
I am the worst person for always choosing lots of cheap pieces over one classic, well-made item that will see me through the next few decades. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten out of the student mindset where I simply couldn’t afford to ever buy anything that decent. I’ve still got a lot of work to do on that, but I’m definitely coming round to the idea of adding some quality items to my wardrobe. This dress from Coast was a review gift and that’s probably the only way I’d ever have come to owning it, if I’m honest, but everything about it made me rethink my bad bulk-buying ways. The fabric and the cut are just so superior to a lot of other dresses I own. Lesson learned – sometimes it’s worth paying a bit extra (especially if there’s a sale on – what can I say, a leopard can’t change her spots completely!).
4. Gold is Good
Yeah, I’ve got no excuse for this one. I can trace the roots back to my teenage years – gold just wasn’t cool back then. Silver was the only metal that ever graced my goth-y self. And then, like the fool I am, I just kept thinking silver was the only tone for me, without ever stopping to question the logic of someone who thought fake dreadlocks made with hair gel were a good look. Even though I have warm-toned skin, brown hair with a fair bit of ginger to it (in some of these photos here you can see what I mean) and every red lipstick I really love has an orange base. Thank goodness I’ve been reunited with gold this year. It’s mostly happened the last few months and now I just can’t stop myself from buying it. You’ll even be seeing a gold sparkly jumper in the upcoming weeks! It’s practically a neutral and it’s so flattering on me, I do feel a bit silly for avoiding it for so long.
5. Pink is not just for 5-year-old girls
And continuing the theme of ‘colours I’ve been avoiding since youth for no good reason’, we have pink. Actually, I’m not even sure I liked it that much as a child and I definitely took properly against it as a teen. There wasn’t much room among all the black everything. Quite like florals, which I’ve also been avoiding mostly until this year, I felt pink was a wee bit too girly and twee for me. And yet I’ve made it one of my blog colour themes and adorn myself with every traditionally feminine thing going… you see the contradictions here, right? I finally did too and now I’m adding some fuschia hues to my wardrobe at long last.
Right, I promise that’s the end of the ‘year in review’ posts – back soon with lots more new outfit posts!