This year I’ve shared more outfits on here than any other year. I’ve really enjoyed embracing my own style so much. In many ways I feel like I’ve come out my shell a bit more. Today I looked back on all my outfit pictures from the last year and I can see a big change in myself.
Firstly I lost quite a bit of weight this year. I don’t really talk about things like body image and weight on the blog at all. Having been everything from a size 6 to a 16 in my adult life, it has never been something that has impacted on my happiness. But looking back on my pictures over the year I am proud that I worked hard to lose a stone and feel healthier and more comfortable and of course I’m happy to fit into some of my dresses that were too tight last year.
I also feel very happy and content and far more confident to go out wearing whatever the hell I like and not being afraid if people notice that my outfit wouldn’t look out-of-place 60 years ago. I used to like to fade into the background and didn’t like people commenting on my clothes. I think it has a lot to do with turning 30 last December, I just feel older wiser and more comfortable to always be me.
I also made a lot of friends with similar interests this year. I used to absolutely hate meeting new people and was far too shy to go to a meet up with people I didn’t know. Everytime I said yes to going to an event it got easier and by getting past that anxiety, I have met some wonderful people who love vintage clothes too. We definitely encourage each other not only to be ourselves, but also to spend way to much money on gorgeous dresses (you know who you are!)
I also started doing vintage styles on my hair a lot more this year. Before I’d always had the attitude that I was a modern person wearing vintage clothing. I wasn’t really trying to recreate a look from the past, I just really liked the clothes. This year I got a bit more geeky and started doing more vintage hair and make-up and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s also been easier now the kids are a bit older and I have a bit more me time to perfect my hair and make-up!
I’m definitely more of a summer person and I loved wearing lots of pretty dresses when the weather was warmer. I also really enjoying finding great locations to take outfit pictures. I always try to go somewhere interesting where I can have a look around and also stop for a slice of cake and a cup of tea.
I also discovered that the park 5 minutes from my house has some great spots for photos, who knew! I clearly really like this particular spot, as I used it in 3 outfits posts in a row!
In the Autumn and Winter, I usually move away from classic mid-century looks and embrace the 60s and 70s a lot more. I like going for comfy clothes and darker colours. I also really love Autumn walks and so flat shoes and warmer layers come out a bit more.
My favourite outfit of the year, would have to be the 20s inspired Lindy Bop dress I wore a couple of weeks ago. I’ve also read heaps of history books about the 20s this year and feel really inspired to visit the decade through my clothes a lot more. I have a suitcase of old family photos with a lot of pictures from the 20s and I’d love to use them as inspiration for creating more 20s day looks. Expect to see a lot more hopping between the eras next year.
Some of my favourite outfits of the year have never made it onto the blog. Mostly because I was busy doing something else and there was no time to get decent pictures. I’ve shared so many outfits on Instagram that aren’t here. So I thought I’d show you a few of those too in a post later this week.
Also I wanted to mention that I’m determined to complete Blogmas this year, however I have a lot going on at the moment with work and the kids and other things that have to come before blogging. You may notice that my posts are getting published all over the place and that’s because I am mostly writing in the middle of the night or finishing a day’s post the following day! As I’m doing this challenge for me to see if I can I’m just going to do my best!
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glutenfreenessDecember 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm
I love this post and I love the fact you’ve been on such a journey! I only found your blog a few months ago, but it’s very honest and real. It’s so great that blogging has enabled you to connect with other like-minded individuals. I would like to find more people to meet up with in real-life who are into vintage 🙂 I myself am trying to find more confidence to wear vintage clothing more often. I must make more time for trying out vintage hair and make-up. My biggest achievement of this year was embracing bright red lipstick which looks so fantastically vintage and makes some of my clothing containing red, really pop. I like that you share modern reproduction clothing, as so much vintage is really tiny. I’ve been every size between 8-16 in my adult life and I think I’m sticking somewhere around 12-14 for now. Trying out some LindyBop items is something I would like to do. I loved the Lana teal dress you wore recently. Merry Christmas!
PorcelinaDecember 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm
What an amazing selection of fabulous outfits, you really rock all kinds of looks, it just shows that you don’t have to stick to one decade. I really like seeing you in some of the 60s and 70s ones, as they’re quite practical for running around in, and I wear a lot of those eras myself when I’m at home doing errands or cleaning.
I’m looking forward to seeing you dabble with the 20s more in 2017! Hope to bump into you again at another event. I never would have guessed you sometimes find meeting people anxiety provoking, you ooze confidence. Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas xx