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Outfits of the year part 2 and reflections on changes in style

new short dress
July – original post

flowery tunic and jeans
August – original post

franca wedding75

franca wedding193

September – I can’t decide between my two wedding outfits! Ceremony here and reception here.

Orange and green

October – original post

vintage, green and handmade

November – original post

red white and blue

December – original post

Looking better over the last year’s outfit pictures, I don’t really see too much change in my style from the previous year – I still like bright colours, dresses and skirts, especially with full skirts, vintage things mixed with new, handmade stuff, stuff that costs less than a fiver or I’ve had for a decade. I still don’t wear heels. I don’t think any of that will ever change now, though maybe I will start being able to wear in heels at some point (I hate the thought of finding stuff that everyone else can do with ease near impossible, so maybe I’ll teach myself. I do own heels, I just don’t wear them. But I won’t try and get over this until I re-learn to drive, that is top of my list of things that I really should be able to do).

Anyway, there was one big change in the way I look that happened in 2011 – I started wearing glasses every day. Once I’ve made the decision to give up the monthly contact lenses (which were becoming increasingly uncomfortable) and switch to dailies for special occassions, I never looked back. I actually quite like wearing them, they give a bit of shape to my face, and not wearing make up with glasses is a lot less drastic looking than not wearing make up without them.

Also, since I’ve become a speccy person, I’ve really had to let go of any thought of aiming for a conventional prettiness. Because glasses are still the thing you take off during a make over to become the pretty girl that everyone goes ‘wow’ over. It’s not as if I’ve ever really aimed for ‘pretty’ as such, I’ve always been more interested in looking interesting and creative, but the glasses have put to bed any residual assumption that I could look conventionally nice if I tried. And I’m totally fine with that!

Another change with my outfit photos recently is that they’ve become more editorial. I haven’t been taking pictures that often, since the days have started drawing in, I’ve averaged just once a week, so I feel I can get away with making the posts longer, and putting in different backgrounds, and trying out different styles of editing. Plus, while we were on honeymoon, I got Dave to take pictures of me, and he got to grips with the SLR and got a little into the framing of pictures. We’ve gone for a walk a few times now with the specific aim of taking outfit pictures, so I suppose I am now one of those people whose husband helps out with the blog occassionally. Maybe my next move will be to build up the courage to set up my tripod in public places like Stef, that would be ace. But we’ll see!

How did your style evolve in 2011?

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  • SACRAMENTO 4 January 2012, 8:05 am

    You look so gorgeous. Your blog is improving soooooooo much.
    How are you getting on with the Etsy shop???
    Did I say HAPPY NEW YEAR???
    Beso, dear Franca and all the best ALWAYS!!!

    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:47 am

      Happy new year to you too! The esty shop is closing down! I gave a lot of stuff as Christmas presents, but there’s still a few things left, I’ll have to think of what to do with them!

  • teeny 4 January 2012, 8:53 am

    I never even noticed that you were wearing glasses! And dude. You ARE pretty with or without them, well in my opinion, so I don’t think you can help it. funny comment you made about the makeover step though – 1. take of glasses and my favourite…………….2. take out hair tie.
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:47 am

      Yes, the hair tie! These kind of films always make me laugh!

  • Clare 4 January 2012, 2:00 pm

    I love what you say about feeling more comfortable getting away from ‘conventionally pretty’, I think sometimes the things that ‘block’ us from ‘conventionally pretty’ help us to find other ways of being aesthetic other than ‘pretty’…like intriguing or playful or dynamic. I love that it’s given you more permission to dress more colourfully. I don’t know that my style has evolved in the past year, in fact I think it is probably only in the past few months of 2011 that I’ve even started thinking about what personal style and self-image means to me…getting away from hiding and into communicating and celebrating. Here’s to 2012 as a place for discovery, eh?
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:49 am

      That’s what clothes should be about – communication and celebration! I look forward to finding out how it goes for you in the new year, personal style-wise.

  • Bonnie 4 January 2012, 4:23 pm

    GASP — I love that first dress. The colorful details are amazing!

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  • Arash Mazinani 4 January 2012, 5:26 pm

    Really interesting post, I don’t think my style has changed much over the year, I guess it’s slowly becoming more and more refined and classic. I bought a pair of brogues this year which made me feel like I was getting old lol. Will be interesting how it changes this next year, I want to try and take more photos for my look book so I can see how it changes :-).
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:51 am

      Taking photos is such a good thing to do, though time consuming! I finally got a pair of brogues in 2011 and I love them, though I don’t think anything is going to make me look ‘grown up’ any time soon!

  • Chandra 4 January 2012, 5:52 pm

    I think my style is going backwards. When I was in my 20’s I was a wild rockabilly girl and lately, I’ve felt like that girl again, but with pearls.

    Heels are over-rated. Stay true to your feet!
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:52 am

      I’ll definitely never be the kind of person that wears heels all the time. But it would be nice to be able to occassionally! We’ll see how it goes.

  • Kimberlee 4 January 2012, 6:49 pm

    Love the glasses on you! I’m still working on getting a tripod so I can take outfit pics. Getting a husband is another option 😉
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:54 am

      Getting a tripod was the best thing I ever did blog wise! You should definitley get one, you can get cheap ones that pack away really small.

  • Megan 4 January 2012, 7:15 pm

    I love that dress that you wore in July. Very beatnik. And all your wedding outfits were fabulous!
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:54 am

      Thank you Megan!

  • Rebecca 4 January 2012, 8:02 pm

    The glasses look really nice on you. I think they were a good choice.
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:55 am

      Thanks! I like them too! I kind of want to have a pair in all different colours and shapes to go with different outfits.

  • Ashe @ Dramatis Personae 4 January 2012, 10:35 pm

    I love reading your feelings & observations on being a speccy-girl. I wear them for reading & internet use, which is a substantial portion of the time. And yet, when I do, I inevitably get a “You look sexy!” from my beau. Which is funny, since I imagine a lot of men and women feel this way… yet we pigeonhole that little item in to the nerdy & unappealing category.
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:57 am

      It’s weird, isn’t it! I think glasses have definitely become more popular, but there’s still that association. And the kooky hipster geek-chic zoe deschanel thing, which I know many people cannot stand.

  • Mode Plus 4 January 2012, 10:57 pm

    Wow I can learn a thing or two from you when it comes to incorporating color in my wardrobe. I love seeing color and patterns on others but usually will stick to neutral and basic designs. I’ve tried mixing, but I still find it hard to pull off.
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:57 am

      Colour is the best, I hope you can make it work for you. I think you’d look great in some brights!

  • Terri 5 January 2012, 2:50 am

    Setting up a tripod in a public place would be a good challenge for me this year as well. I love both of your wedding outfits, but it was the first photo that stunned me. I thought I had come up with a unique dress idea…but it is very similar to that dress.
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 8:59 am

      I loved that dress because it is so simple, yet chic, and not unweddingy. I’ll make an extra effort to set up the tripod in public if you do too!

  • Kionon 5 January 2012, 7:41 am

    I want to know more about your husband’s (???) highland dress! That is a mighty fine kilt.
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 9:01 am

      Isn’t it? I love kilts, they make everyone 50% more attractive! The tartan is the MacLeod hunting tartan – that’s his (now our!) surname. The dress tartan is a horrible yellow and black thing.

  • Trayci 5 January 2012, 9:48 am

    I think both of your wedding outfits are stunning.
    X x
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    • Franca 5 January 2012, 12:51 pm

      Thank you Trayci!

  • Lorena 5 January 2012, 6:53 pm

    I think its interesting how you watch yourself evolve – I have not given that much thought to it but I can assure that now I do wear a bit more color – or at least I make an effort to.
    I remember seeing your October pick – i fell in love with it then and confirm it´s my fave look of 2011 – that is after your wedding reception look.
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    • Franca 6 January 2012, 8:50 am

      You’ve got some great colourful outfits! and thank you!

  • Marissa 5 January 2012, 7:03 pm

    I don’t think I had seen your wedding ceremony dress before this, only the reception one. It’s adorable! And glasses really do suit you. 🙂 Happy New Year, Franca!
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    • Franca 6 January 2012, 8:55 am

      Happy new year to you too!

  • Style Eyes 5 January 2012, 10:20 pm

    Some amazing pictures especially the wedding pics. I love all of the colourful backgrounds for your pictures. I really should make more effort to get out and about for my outfit pictures.
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  • Leia 6 January 2012, 8:51 am

    I love your cherry print dress!

    • Franca 6 January 2012, 9:09 am

      Thank you! It is cute, isn’t it! I need to think of an occassion to wear it again!

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