Friday, December 30, 2016

My Favorite Outfits of 2016

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and will enjoy a safe and jubilant New Years as well.

Every year I like to take a look back on my blog and reflect on my favorite posts.  It helps me not only to learn and grow as a blogger, but also to be thankful as well.  I like to do three different reflective posts:  My Favorite Outfits of The Year,  My Travel Adventures, and My Favorite Crafting Projects I completed during the year.  This post will cover my favorite outfits, and I will do the other two posts sometime in January.

I picked one outfit from every month.  In last year's post HERE, it seemed I picked outfits that were associated with specific happy memories;  even though that was not my original intention.  This year I didn't do that.  I seemed to just be drawn to outfits that I just generally liked and I thought I looked the best in.  Here are my favorite outfit picks for each month:


This outfit was one of my most viewed outfits of the year totaling over 2344 views.  It always amazes me what outfits get the most hits.  That's a lot of views for my little blog, but it still wasn't the largest hit of the year.  My most viewed fashion post was "What I Wore To A Casino/Hotel" HERE.  That post got  a whopping 3337 views;  and number two was "How To Wear A Novelty Sweater" HERE and came in at 2986 views.   Even though the outfits in those two posts were more popular than the one below, I still like this one better so it's my pick!

                                                  January

Original Post HERE

I really like how the plaid shirt goes so well with the cute skirt, and even though it was winter, I was still cozy warm thanks to thick tights and a scarf.

Another thing I was very surprised about when putting together this post, was how many dresses or skirt outfits ended up being my favorites of the year.  I don't even wear dresses/skirts that much.  I lead a very casual lifestyle and rarely need to dress up;  plus, I always feel more comfortable and more like "me" in pants.

February
Original Post HERE

I really like the outfit above because even though the colors are neutral there is so much interest through textures and patterns:  the studs in both the top and skirt, the suede texture of the skirt, and the snakeskin pattern in the bag.
Below is one of my personal favorites of the year.  I just love all the color in this outfit, even though the base is neutral.  I'm also holding a cup of coffee...that makes any outfit more special in my book.  I like this outfit so much, it might be on repeat this spring!

                                                   March
Original Post HERE

 In April I was excited to have flowers in my garden again and thus have a nice photo backdrop.  It's so hard to find interesting photo locations in the winter months, but in the warm months, I can just step outside into my backyard!

This was actually an outfit I cased from a very thin young girl on Lookbook;   but I adapted it to make it work for my age and frame.  I really enjoyed wearing it, and I never would have thought to pair silver and white together before.  It is a perfect example of learning from other fashion bloggers and also how women of different age groups and body sizes can wear similar styles with adaptations.


                                                   April
Original Post HERE


My next outfit I picked because it was such a fun outfit to wear.  I wore this outfit  to Chicago to see a my children in concert.  Whenever I'm in a big city I always feel more free to be a bit more experimental in my attire than in my hometown.  I just love the combination of white polka dots with the necktie and the brightly colored bag.  So fun!


                                                    May
Original Post HERE

It's not often a girl can dress up all glitz and glam, so this sparkly dress I wore in Las Vegas was definitely one of the best outfits of the year!

                                                  June

Original Post HERE

My next outfit is probably my husband's favorite of the year.  He loves to see me in anything black, and the short length of the dress plus the lace up detail put this outfit over the edge for him.  But he also loved my Vegas dress;  even though I ended up taller than him with the heels. :)

                                                   July
Original Post HERE

The month of August brought one of my favorite of all time fashion posts ever!  That's because I did a collaboration with Karen from "She Thought She Could So She Did".  We went on a virtual shopping trip together and purchased the same top and styled it three different ways.  It was such a fun experience, and a huge hit!
                                                 August

Original Post HERE

I had the opportunity to wear a dress again in late summer because my husband and I were invited to a wedding.  I really like this dress, but I only wore it once before to church, so it was nice to pull it out of my closet again.
                                               September

Original Post HERE

We had the most beautiful fall ever in Wisconsin this year, and we took advantage of it by going on lots of weekend adventures.  I don't know what I like better in the picture below:  my outfits, or the fall leaves.  Probably the leaves.  

                                               October

Original Post HERE
Out of all my purchases this year, this ordinary, plain, white sweater has probably gotten the most use.  It was a real lesson to me.  Usually when I buy something new I'm looking for an interesting design or color.  I never think of buying a simple background piece and adding style and color through accessories.  I just love everything about this outfit, especially the sweater!  This was another idea I got from a fashion blogger.  That's why I love fashion blogging so much:  I get all these amazing ideas from you gals!
                                              November
Original Post HERE

And finally, would you believe my all time favorite outfit of the year involves a simple sweatshirt?  Yup, it does.  The outfit below is my favorite of this year because it includes everything I look for in clothes:  comfort, style, and personality.  I love this outfit because I feel comfortable in it, it fits my casual lifestyle, and the sweatshirt slogan suits my personality.  However, as a disclaimer, lots of women thought I don't exercise because of the statement on this shirt.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  I exercise religiously, six days a week, including cardio.  But I hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it. I wouldn't do it if I didn't have to.   And that's, why I love this shirt so much.

                                              December


Original Post HERE


So what about you?  Which of these outfits is your favorite and why?  Or do you remember an outfit I wore this past year that you liked better which I did not include?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE.


41 comments:

  1. So many great looks this year! I think my favorite has to be the black blouse with the suede skirt from February, but I'm also loving your casual December look. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    1. Thanks Rachael! Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. You go girl!!! Those are remarkable page views :) My favortie is the laceup dress and the graphic tee. I always feel graphic tees adds an edgy feel!

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    1. Thanks Melissa. I don't get those kinda page views on a regular basis, that's for sure. I don't know why those posts were such a hit.

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  3. So many lovely outfits here Amy! I love that sparkly Vegas dress. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and I send you best wishes for new year xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  4. These are all great outfits, but my most favorite one is the March outfit, it's just my style and especially love the scarf! The sparkly Las Vegas dress is absolutely gorgeous too!
    Looking forward to a new collaboration post with Karen!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Elli! That was one of more popular outfits of the year. Happy New Year!

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    2. Hi Elli, I just heard from Karen and she said she was taking a long blogging break. I'm disappointed as she is one of my favorite over-fifty style bloggers, but I understand. Blogging is a lot of work. Maybe when and if she comes back, we can do another one then!

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  5. Lovely post, lovely outfits, Amy. Thanks for following me in 2016. I wish you health, joy, and happy blogging in 2017. X.

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  6. P.s. April, though February and June are close behind!

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  7. So many wonderful looks, Amy! I love the scarf from March. Thanks for linking up, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  8. These are some great outfits! I really love that lace-up dress!

    By Lauren M

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  9. Great fashion choices throughout the year! Happy New Year!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Thanks Shauna! Happy New Year to you too!

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  10. So many gorgeous looks! I want to live in that second outfit!

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  11. Great looks! I love how each month you can definitely tell what Season you're in! Fabulous lady!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  12. It was such a stylish year for you! I am loving March and that fab jacket you have on!

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  13. What an amazing style year you had! Love each and every look. Beautiful Amy!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  14. Great outfits! I love that you are reliving the year by looking back and choosing your favorite outfits!

    I also love the dress that's your husband's favorite. And the outfit with the white sweater turned out fabulous. I also used to buy mainly "interesting" pieces and always hesitated to invest in "basics." Yet great basics with nice accessories can make for a great outfit. I also love the idea of pairing silver with white! I may have to borrow that idea at some point...

    And it's interesting that many of your favorites are dresses yet you don't wear dresses all that much; I also don't wear dresses very often yet like seeing myself in them in photos... I should just wear them more often...

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I need to wear dresses more often myself!

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  15. Thanks for joining the Ageless Style linkup.

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  16. So many pretty outfits! Love the sparkly one you chose for your vacation and im always drawn to fall colors, so you look great in these layered looks Amy.
    Thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  17. Hi Amy! You look gorgeous in all your outfits, but I love the casual style of the outfit in which you are holding the coffee cup. Like you, I feel the most "me" when wearing casual clothing...but I still have fun dressing up! Happy New Year!

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  18. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The one with the white denim is my favorite

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  19. So many great looks! I love your style!

    Thanks for linking up with Beauty by Miss L weekly link up!
    http://www.beautybymissl.com/category/weekly-fashion-linkup

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