With all the shopping I did over the last twelve months, it’s not surprising that this past year has been filled with cute outfits – over 200 documented on this blog alone. I can honestly say that this has been the year when I discovered how much fun clothes can be (especially when you stop watching fashion from the sidelines, and start playing with your own style), and I owe that in large part to the blog – nothing like being under the gun every week for getting the creative styling juices flowing.
When I decided to look back through the many (many!) outfits that have been featured on the blog (only a fraction of my total wardrobe output), I quickly realized that ranking favourites would be impossible. Clothes are an emotional, as well as aesthetic, choice and they’re a magnet for memories – good and bad. How can one possible pick one day, one experience, or one memory over another?
So, in no particular order, here are (some of) the outfits that have made my year:
Skirt, BCBG ($45); top, Diane von Furstenberg ($20); cardigan, Mexx (gift);
necklace, Banana Republic ($12), shoes, Stuart Weitzman ($150)
This BCBG skirt was one of my most inspired impulse buys; I’m so glad that I wasn’t deterred by the bold colour, which turned out to be the best part – talk about a “statement piece”. I love it so much, here is another take on it:
Cardigan, Old Navy ($20); tank, H&M ($8);
shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors ($67).
2010 was the year of my love affair with cropped skinny pants. I’m not much of a trouser person, but I wore these ones a LOT. This was one of my fave looks – it has a little bit of a garconne vibe, not my usual girly-girly style. I got a ton of compliments on it – go figure.
Cardigan, Joe Fresh ($20); shirt, Joe Fresh ($12); pants, GAP ($55);
shoes, Stuart Weitzman ($39); necklace, Banana Republic ($45);
belt (too old to remember).
Speaking of a style 180 – I love the over-the-top exuberance of this Tahari dress. I wish (actual) maternity wear embraced more of this aesthetic … as well as the quality. This outfit features not one but TWO shopping victories – scoring my dream Alma, and scoring a pair of maternity leggings for under $40.
Dress, Elie Tahari ($39); leggings, Motherhood Maternity ($29);
sunglasses, Miu Miu (swap); bracelets, Nordstrom Rack ($12); shoes, Taryn Rose ($36).
Considering how much fun I’d been having with my clothes, the gradual “loss” of my usual wardrobe over the last 6 months has been, understandably, a bit sad. This Tocca dress made it a little bit easier; I love the whimsicality of the polka dot pattern – in fact, a bump is a good accessory for this dress, giving it the full effect. This was also, hands down, one of the cheapest outfits I have ever put together.
Dress, Tocca ($11); jacket, Joe Fresh ($15); necklace, Banana Republic ($15);
shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo ($28).
And speaking of great deals, this next outfit is also pretty cool. I’d never thought of myself as the type to wear a leather jacket, but I changed my mind when I saw this cropped style. I love the funky collar, which takes out of the realm of “motorcycle mamas” and into fashionista territory. The taupe colour is perfect for accessorizing – proof that you don’t need black to make an outfit work.
Jacket, Danier (gift); top, See by Chloe ($12); jeans, Guess ($60);
shoes, Stuart Weitzman ($39).
My Christmas office party look for 2010 was an exercise in last minute shopping – one that, contrary to the rules of shopping, had a happy ending. The dress I was originally planning to wear fell out of contention through no fault of its own; I was a couple of months along at the time, and the (hot pink) silk dress felt a little snug in all the wrong places. This draped, jersey-esque number was a far more comfortable choice. An improvised necklace, greige nail polish, and some red lipstick and voila – no queasiness for this lady.
Dress, Club Monaco ($70); shoes, NIne West ($35);
necklaces, Banana Republic (gift) and Tristan ($15); brooch, vintage.
Going from glam to casual, I love the nerdy-cute factor of this outfit. With the exception of the shoes, all the pieces are new acquisitions, and all are super versatile. The cream cardigan, in particular, has gotten a huge amount of wear in all sorts of combinations – with pencil skirts, jeans, pants, dresses … in fact, it could probably work with practically everything in my closet.
Blouse, Marc Jacobs ($12); cardigan, Banana Republic ($30);
skirt, Zara ($25); shoes, BCBG Girls ($40).
Another piece I absolutely adored (and wore to death) this year was my pair of cropped grey iT jeans. They are super soft and comfy, fit like a dream, and look cool to boot. It’s not often that a repeat an entire outfit from head to toe (I like to mix things up), but this one was an exception. I like the contrast pairing of the grey skinny denim and this silky, slouchy camisole – comfy and casual, but still “put together”; one reason you will rarely (never say never) see me in sweatpants on the weekend.
Jeans, iT ($18); camisole, Jacob Connexion ($12); belt, Joe Fresh ($6);
jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs ($40); flats, Joe Fresh ($19); bag, Winners ($80).
Going with the wearability factor, I got a ton of wear our of my paper bag-style BCBG skirt this year. The bagginess of the cut gives it an interesting edge, without looking sack-like – a nice departure from my much-loved pencil skirts. This style is also great for apple shapes, as I’ve come to discover in the last 6 months, as it’s forgiving through the mid-section and hip area while still showcasing the waist. I loved pairing the skirt with this cropped jacket I snagged at the Vespucci shopping party this year – a piece I first fell in love with at the mall a couple of years before, and which I regretted not buying ever since. It’s funny how clothes, like people, can sometimes come around more than once in a lifetime.
Skirt, BCBG ($40); jacket, Tristan ($32); hat, Nine West ($30);
tights, Hue ($20); booties, Nine West ($120).
Sometimes, the things you fall in love with can be unexpected. Take this pair of boyfriend chinos. They slouchy and baggy – not qualities I normally appreciate in pants. Luckily, the colour drew me in and I tried them on … and I was sold. This outfit is one of my favourite takes on what I call the “Gwyneth” look.
Pants, Banana Republic ($30); tank top, Winners ($20);
jacket, RW & Co. ($50); shoes, Nine West ($35).
To round out this list of favourite outfits, it’s only appropriate that I go with one I wore very recently – and which made me feel like a million bucks. Talk about finishing a year of style on a high note!
Dress, Moda International ($26); shoes, Enzo Angiolini ($120);
bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs.