Better late than never, my Five Faves from 2018…in chronological order. After some experimentation, I’ve come back around to my preference for simple, clean, modern classic looks, or what I call “polished casual.” While I still wear black and love wearing it, this year I worked to incorporate more color and lighter neutrals. These are the outfits that I felt best achieved that polished casual aesthetic, and that I would happily wear again (and have!).
Neutrals with a pop of color and/or pattern are my sartorial “happy place.” I’m still loving grey denim as an alternative to blue, and using texture to soften up black pieces.
(You may notice a common thread here: most of my favorite outfits are based on a long-over-lean silhouette. 😉 In many cases, the pieces I’m wearing are no longer available, so I’ve linked to similar items.)
Earrings | Scarf (similar)| Jacket (similar) | Sweater (similar) | Jeans (similar) |
Bag (similar) | Boots (similar, also offered in Wide calf)
What I loved about this outfit was the fluidity of the pieces, and the contrast created by the lighter accessories. That jacket is a few years old, and still one of my favorites. It’s a bit oversized so I can throw it on over just about anything, but because the silk fabric has such a nice drape, it doesn’t look bulky.
I challenged myself here to go a little outside of my comfort zone with the camo-print pants and bright cardigan, but really loved the result. And it prompted me to find that v-neck blouse, which has turned out to be a wardrobe workhorse.
I’m a big fan of the sweater-coat. Or coatigan. Or whatever you want to call it. These pieces are a wonderful weight for our climate, and just structured enough. Two other favorites here: the leopard print boots and the sleek bag in dark forest green.
At times I find myself drawn to a look I’ll call “sleek retro classic.” This outfit hit the bullseye for me. I love the color of the sweater, and how well an old favorite silk scarf tied all of the colors in this look together. I’ve worn some version of this outfit often, adding outerwear and swapping out the shoes for ankle boots as the weather turned cooler.
I always find that selecting my favorite outfits from the prior year is a good reminder of what works for me and why. And reviewing these looks has given me ideas for new combos with some of these pieces! I also have a couple of runners-up to share that were a bit outside of my usual. Stay tuned…
Do you record and review your outfits at regular intervals? Has it helped you to refine or refresh your style?