This time last year, I was brand new to blogging and while other bloggers were reviewing the year, I really had nothing to show as far as pictures were concerned. While I may be a little later than some of my fellow fashionistas, I wanted to show you my top 15 favorite outfits from 2015. This is also a great way for me to even further refine my style and what choices I make in the future. So many times I can like something for one minute only to be “meh” about it the next. Am I the only one like that? I feel like I did a little less of that in 2015 although I still find that I made some fashion choices that were fun for a while, but were not long lasting in my book.
I had fun going through all the old pictures and seeing everything, so I hope you enjoy and get inspired a bit from outfits you may have seen before. I am taking note of why I like these looks and how I can continue down this path of loving my wardrobe, and essentially designing from my closet.
1-Ruffles and Layers
Looking back at this outfit I am still drawn to the unexpected color combination of cobalt blue, olive, and puce. The shape it creates is so appealing to me as well with the cascading ruffles over the sleek, slim pant. I still have all of these pieces in my wardrobe and plan on wearing the combination again this spring. And check out the long locks I once had! See the original post: Ruffles.
2-Pretty in Green
Looking at this outfit actually makes me smile. I think the casual and dressy elements, not to mention my favorite color of green is the reason. This outfit also shows the power of not following some fashion “rules” that are out there. Many feel that a full skirt MUST have a fitted top or tucked in top to look proportionate or “good”. I love the way this peplum tank and cropped jacket look with this patterned skirt. I absolutely love these shoes, but unfortunately they are too high for me and I plan on selling them on Poshmark soon. And this is the last day I saw this necklace. For some reason it has disappeared and I have been searching for it ever since. Otherwise, I have all the other elements to wear this combination again in the spring and summer. See the original post: Posh Life.
OMG! Where do I begin. This is the vest that the sales clerk asked me what in the world I was going to wear with it. My mind raced at the possibilities and this pairing with the eyelet yellow skirt has to be my favorite. Not to mention, isn’t this another full skirt with an untucked top? The beautiful melting of tribal print and a girly skirt makes my heart sing. See the original post: Geo Everything.
4-To The Maxi
Oh this dress. It was a gift to myself for my 40th birthday. I just wore it again the other day in the midst of winter with boots, coat, and belt. The soft tribal print, slight hi-low hemline, and empire waist make me feel like a queen every time I put it on. I love how it can be dressed up with heels and dressed down like here with a denim jacket and flats. This one is going to be in my closet for a long time to come. See the original post: Desert Star: Remixing a Maxi Dress.
5-Leather & Lace
I really had no idea I would like this outfit as much as I did. I had originally planned on tucking this lace top in but it just looked better flowing down. The combination of color, texture, & pattern are my version of perfection. See the original post: Romancing the Stone…Fluorite to be Exact.
6-All Things Patterned
This mixed pattern look was a direct inspiration from an Anthropologie catalog shot in plus size. I threw out the “rule” book once more by not only wearing a busy pattern on the bottom, it is horizontal stripes to boot! I could not be more pleased with the results and cannot wait to wear this outfit again. See the original post: Anthro Copy Cat: Plus Size Bohemian.
I created this chambray vest from a dress and made a look I saw on an Anthro mannequin. This simple summer look turned out to be eye opening to me. It shows that even small details can make a big impact. The white embellishment on the vest + the vibrant color on the clutch are enough to make this outfit a stand out. See the original post: ReFashion: Chambray Wrap Vest.
Ah, the cutting of the hair. I was ready for a change and I am so glad I did it. And I think it looks so good with this dress I purchased specifically for my 20th year wedding anniversary. Every single detail is jumping out at me in this picture and speaks to my soul: the pattern, the color, the braid belt with tassels, the chunky chain necklace, the hemline in relation to the long duster, the mix of prints between the clutch and dress, and the ankle strap heels. I could not have felt more beautiful on a day of love. See the original post: What I Wore: My 20th Year Wedding Anniversary.
I vividly remember trying this dress on for the first time and how out of my norm it was. The high neckline, absence of color, the baggy silhouette, and the need to wear a strapless bra were all a bit foreign to me. After getting fitted for a bra, I felt liberated some how, like I could wear so many more styles that I thought were out of reach. This summer dress highlights the bold and fun accessories I love so much and I ended up wearing this pieces almost 2 times a week for the hot weather months. See the original post: Summer Stripes: Two Looks.
10-Going Army Green
Making our way into fall, I had a break though when it comes to neutrals. Color will NEVER be absent from my closet, but I also recognize the power of an all neutral look now. This olive, ivory, and gray palette show how interesting they can be with texture and interest. See the original post: Four Ways to Wear a Grey Skirt Featuring Twelve North.
11-A Splash of Color
Oh, for the love of color! The skirt made me happy. The top made me overjoyed. The combination of them both was perfection. This painterly pattern is still beyond in my book and I love the shape this outfit creates on me. See the original post: Painterly: In Multi Color.
This pants look was another plus size recreation of an Anthro mannequin I took a picture of. My favorite color green is the star of the show here against the neutral top. It was my first experience with a graphic tee and I like how it acts like another print here underneath the jacket and necklace. See the original post: ReFashion: Making a Jacket’s Sleeves Larger Around.
Another first for me was the poncho. After seeing so many other ladies look smashing in them, I decided to give this one a try and boy am I glad I did. I get more compliments when I wear this guy, even when not belted. Again, the simple color palette is brought to life by a bold pattern and interesting shapes. See the original post: Poncho Perfect.
I have a bit of a love affair with this skirt and I wish I could have you feel the sweater texture of it right through the computer screen. This fun combination of colors and textures are right up my alley. I love the shape this creates on me as well. See the original post: From Wall Mural to Outfit.
Fall colors to the max with this look. This fit and flair dress paired with a chunky oversized cardigan is a classic in my own personal rule book. Again, another out of the comfort zone for me with the high neckline, but was blown away from how I felt in this dress. See the original post: Limitless.
One common thread I find between all of these looks is that they include a piece from Anthropologie or are deliberate purchases to emulate an item found at Anthropologie. 11 out of the 15 outfits are a skirt or dress. The other dominate features I see are color & print. As I browse through these outfits I also see that most of them are not what I would call “Pin-Worthy” because they are not easily recreated with basics and that’s ok. In a way, I love the uniqueness of my style and hope that you can pick up on ideas of styling and pairing of colors and prints. At any rate, this was an interesting experiment to do for myself to see how my style has evolved and also to reiterate the details I already know and love.
Do you have a favorite look? What have you learned about your personal style from 2015? Are you ready for a change or are you ready to expand on what you already love?
Today’s Postivity Note
Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.