It's that time of the year to shake my head about how much money I've spent on clothes... And know that I'll do it all again next year to make more beautiful outfits!
I actually think that this year my style hasn't changed that much - I feel like if anything it's probably been a refinement of what I already loved to wear. Maybe that's ok for the year I turned 30 - a sort of maturing of style... Or maybe it's because I've had other things to think about in a very busy year! Either way, I definitely had some favourites to share and like last year I've picked my top 10, 5 from the warmer months, 5 from the colder.
Turning 30 in all my favourites - from this post
I had to lead with this one because I felt so great in it on my birthday and it involved my favourite light blue and red colour combination and a lot of Eiffel Towers. My birthday usually has very standard cold and rainy weather, but this year it was in the low 20s and beautifully sunny, so my outfit really got a chance to shine. Oh, and B proposed to me, so I must have looked alright, eh?
Did I mention red and blue is my favourite? from this post
It doesn't even have to be light blue, I just love blue with red. Taking inspiration from this cute Erstwilder necklace, the rest of this picnic-perfect outfit just fell into place. It's not really all that innovative, but I love how it all comes together.
Oh, and dogs are also my favourite - from this post
I'd wanted this dress for so long and then one just happened to appear on eBay just after my birthday! I then wore it to death all summer, including to a dog show because... well that doesn't need an explanation does it? I also just really like the cute summer vibe of this outfit and the fact I finally worked out how to master my waving tongs!
Stripey chic in Paris - from this post
This outfit is again a pretty simple one - styling a monochrome dress isn't exactly original - but again it made me feel amazing wearing it so it joins my favourites. I wore it to saunter around Paris in and felt every bit the Parisian lady.
The unexpected winner - from this post
I really wasn't sure how well this outfit was going to work, but I had an idea of putting this strawberry print skirt with a top that wasn't plain (i.e the obvious choice) and I couldn't shake it. I think the whole look works because the colours are all tied in with each other and nothing is left out on its own, but really this was quite a 'complicated' outfit for me and I was quite pleased it didn't end up looking like I'd rolled around in my charity donations bag :D
Another outfit with quite a few colours going on, but it's managing to come together pretty well. I adore this t-shirt; I wore it a lot this year but this was definitely my favourite way of styling it. - it's such a simple and uninspired (if I'm honest) idea to take colours from the image, but it really works. Those shoes manage to make a lot of my casual outfits that bit more cute too and are possibly my most worn pair of the year.
Gold as the leaves turn - from this post
If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you'll know I love a matching outfit, which is one of the reasons this one makes the list. Another reason is that this year I've been wearing a lot more gold and realising pretty belatedly it's a flattering colour for me and this was the outfit that really opened my eyes.
The award for the best matched outfit of the year goes to... - from this post
The above outfit came close, but this one takes the Most Matching award because I managed to not only match colours, but also the snowflake pattern on my accessories :D Ah, the satisfaction. Not only that though, I really liked that this was a casual, everyday outfit but it still managed to look really put together. They're always among my favourite kinds.
Furry, flocked and fabulous - from this post
I absolutely love this skirt and I knew I wanted to give it an outfit that really showed it off - job done with a furry hat and some more gold. It was a toss up between this outfit and the second way I styled it just this week, but as you've just seen that one... This hat makes any outfit a lot more fun and glamorous and was the perfect partner for some velvet flocking.
Fuschia tartan is the best kind of tartan - from this post
I didn't know I needed pink tartan in my life until this skirt - silly me, of course I did! Not least because I didn't have a single item in my wardrobe to wear this necklace with until then... But seriously, I love the colours of this pattern and how it looks with grey here - it's so easy to wear just black with an unusual colour palette, so I'm glad I didn't go the easy option.
And now onto 2017's style! Halfway through the year (in fact, now that I think about it, it's almost the exact halfway point!) there'll be a very special outfit indeed - my wedding outfit - so how much energy I'll be putting into my wardrobe I'm just not sure yet, but I don't think the part of me that loves pretty clothes will ever quite be pushed aside...
Hope everyone has wonderful New Year's celebrations and I'll see you in 2017!
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