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Outfits of the year: July to December – and reflections on style and shopping

…after the outfits from January til June, moving on to the second half of the year!

19 July 2010: near perfect dress

pin curls!

4.9.10: dig for victory dress and black

ladies afternoon tea party outfit

4.11.10: blue and green and white

primary colours, styled by dave!

Hope you enjoyed this round up!

You might not neccessarily know from this selection, but looking back on what I’ve worn over the year, I’ve noticed more smart/business casual outfits – though obviously my take on business casual! Partly I’ve felt the pressure to dress a bit more smartly now that I have the word senior in my job title, and partly it is just that I’ve started taking more photos at work, whereas last year I was photographing mainly my weekend outfits, which are still bright and slightly unusual.

Another shift I’ve noticed in myself over the last year is that a change in shopping habits. I used to go to the charity shops almost every weekend, and buy lots of stuff, even if it wasn’t perfect. (Remember charity shop finds, long term readers?) My thinking was that I could just try it out a couple of times then return it if it didn’t work.

I don’t regret this charity shopping period, because it helped me build the backbone of my current wardrobe at very low cost while raising money for a good cause. But them something changed, and I just gothrifting  every couple of months now, if that. It’s because my life got busier, charity shops got more expensive and I need to really save money for the wedding. Plus, in the economic downturn/recession, buying quantity just felt wrong, even if the cost was low. I’m not sure I’ve actually spent less anyway, since I have bought a few pieces that weren’t particularly cheap, and definitely pricier than I would have gone for previously, like this bag, this dress, these camper shoes or just recently, these boots.

I might be slwoly moving towards quality over quantity, isn’t that part of growing up? Though I won’t rule out that I’ll go back to my thrifting ways at some point! But for now, I quite enjoy the process of really thinking about a purchase and committing to it!

What are your reflection on how your style has evolved over the year?

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  • sacramento 22 December 2010, 4:47 pm

    My favourite ones: July and September. sooooooooooo pretty.

  • poet 22 December 2010, 5:00 pm

    Danke! Schöne Idee, am Ende des Jahres noch mal einen Rückblick auf alles zu machen – leider hab ich keine Zeit dazu (und mein jetziges Blog gibt's ja auch erst seit September 🙂

    Alles Gute für die Feiertage!
    die Poetin

  • Pull Your Socks Up! 23 December 2010, 2:12 am

    Oh wow December!!!!!
    I went through a thrifting lull when work was really busy (for about 18 months) but I didn't shop new much either as I found I had enough to wear already. I don't like shopping for clothes just for the sake of it – I love to look, but if I don't see anything, I'm happy to walk out empty-handed even if it's a charity shop or flea market.
    Yes, maybe it's part of growing up, but I certainly hope not!;))) xo

  • Franca 23 December 2010, 9:39 am

    PYSU – That's what I thought too, I definitely have enough clothes! But I couldn't quite stop myself shopping completely! I'm definitely not one of those people that goes shopping every month, and I don't like the high street shops, but I do like tracking down something pretty and perfect for me (online, mainly!), and I don't mind paying a little more for it.

  • A La Mode et Plus! 27 December 2010, 4:22 pm

    Nice idea to do outfit roundups! I really love all of these, but September and November are def. my favorites!

    Cute blog!