In more or less chronological order, here are my favorite outfits of 2015. How did I choose the “favorites?” These were the outfits that not only hit my style sweet spot and that I felt fabulous wearing, but also that helped me to incorporate some new colors, styles or silhouettes to both broaden and refine my style. They came together without over-thinking or trying too hard, and contributed to that feeling of bien dans ma peau.
Below, I stepped outside of my comfort zone a bit with these slouchy pants (similar), and found them actually quite easy to style, especially with the maxi cardigan (similar). The scarf is from Alexander McQueen, and was a “love at first sight” piece. I was never able to find this exact scarf online, and a similar one in a different colorway sold out almost immediately, but here’s something with a similar look. Bracelet is from French Kande.
This was not only a more dramatic look, but a dramatic departure from the darker neutrals that have dominated my wardrobe. I wore this long Eileen Fisher cardigan in linen (similar look) quite frequently during warmer months, even to the office. French Kande pearl necklace (similar).
I fell in love with the color of this cardigan (same color, different shape) which I found to be a very wearable version of Bordeaux or Marsala. It works so wonderfully with a leopard scarf (similar). I also like how the flared shape of the sweater and the bootcut jeans create a unified theme.
When I was ready to style this Covered Perfectly top, I looked to French fashion editors for inspiration, as nobody does “simple chic” better. That leopard clutch gets around, but it adds such a nice pop to a simple look. For a dressier look, all I’d have to do is swap out the jeans (similar) for some black or charcoal trousers. Maybe even navy.
I wore the outfit below a couple of times on a weekend getaway in October during an unseasonable heat wave (100+ F). Yes, I went sleeveless in public and the world did not stop spinning. Neither did anyone point and stare. I actually felt pretty spiffy, thanks in no small part to the layered necklaces which garnered many compliments. (French Kande here and c/o here.) Tunic here, and pants here.
This was another example of trying a new-to-me style; in this case, cropped and slightly flared jeans (similar). I really like this silhouette and you will probably be seeing more outfits with cropped pants in the near future. I’m still crazy for these leopard boots, and wear them often.
If you follow my Pinterest “Layers” board, you might have seen this one coming. I’ve been entranced with some of the interesting layering from the last few seasons, and fell in love with this sweater the moment I saw it. It’s the same color as the cardigan a few outfits above, and is the lightest and softest merino wool. It drapes like a dream, and I’m hoping Eileen Fisher offers this style again in future collections. This is one of those outfits that seemed to assemble itself, and is IMO one of my best to date. Scarf is from Bindya, (more here), necklace French Kande here, tunic and pants Eileen Fisher, here and here.
Reviewing outfits for this post, I realized that warm weather workday looks are still a big challenge for me. Nothing in that category inspired me in retrospect. That will be something I’ll work on next year.
Do you review what you’ve worn over a season or a year to help you refine your style? If so, what lessons have you taken away from this process?
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