With barely a week left in this old year, I’m going to fall into the usual blogging cliche of churning out a 2016-in-review post or two! Starting with, of course, one of my favorite posting subjects of the year: the vintage-inspired, novelty-print-heavy, oft-thrifted outfits to which I subjected the general public throughout the past twelve months.
I first began dabbling in true outfit-of-the-day sharing at the very end of 2015, and I’m impressed by the sheer number of fashion-related posts I created in the time since! I had to be quite selective to narrow it down to these nine. Looking over these photographs, I think, gives you a sense of my evolving style, the many times I switched between straight bangs and side-bangs, and my growing confidence in front of the camera.
Read on for details about each of these ensembles, or click the links above to check out the original posts–if you so desire.
#1. Vintage map dress + lavender cardigan
Thanks to the angle, you can’t quite catch a glimpse of the cute cartography print that covers this dress: but I promise, it’s very well-designed! I ordered this dress in a size too big and am glad I finally managed to balance out its bagginess with a cropped cardigan.
#2. Seahorse dress
Yes, I know I just posted this a few weeks ago! It’s still among my favorites. I just wore this dress to a seaside dinner in Kona and couldn’t have asked for a better pastel, ocean-inspired look.
#3. 1940s-inspired blouse & skirt + victory rolls (sort of)
This outfit’s no-nonsense Peggy Carter charm has made it my top choice for days when I lead tours for adults or give academic gallery talks.
#4. Ridiculous lacy Peter Pan collar dress
How much do you want to bet that I’ll bust this out again for Valentine’s Day 2017?
#5. Little Mermaid dress + octopus pendant
I’ve worn this dress at least twenty times since I bought it from a blogger’s closet sale over the summer: including to an afternoon tea at the maritime museum in Liverpool.
#6. Secondhand Modcloth dress
In addition to choosing this dress as traveling clothes for a day-trip to Boston, I took it out on its maiden voyage in D.C. during cherry blossom season.
#7. SPACE DRESS + scallop necklace
Can you believe this dang dress usually retails for $80? Can you believe that I paid about a quarter of that to add it, finally, to my collection? And it has pockets!
#8. Pastel separates that carried me through the bleak midwinter
I selected this bizarrely cheerful ensemble and a strange braided crown as my battle armor while facing the cold on a day out in NoHo. Remind me to recreate that lovely day this January!
#9. Galaxy dress + teal cardigan
To add some international perspective to these outfits, I thought I would conclude with one taken on Bidston Hill in England! I figured I would feel really out of place, style-wise, in Liverpool no matter what I wore (so true!), and subsequently decided to pack my favorite dresses and hope for the best.
I’ve experienced such delight from my vintage/quirky/pastel fashion hobby over the past year, and I’m excited to see where my taste goes in 2017! You can bet there will still be plenty of colorful prints and ocean themes, though…