Style bloggers often close out the year with a recap of their favorite looks. I have especially enjoyed this practice because it can be very helpful to identify which combos served me well and others, not so much. Doing this for the past five years has helped me to fine-tune my style. Getting dressed with confidence is so much easier now!
Over the next few days, I will be showing you my favorite looks from 2016. The post would be much too long if I did just one, so I am categorizing the looks to talk about why I enjoy wearing those items. While a picture is worth a thousand words, I do enjoy reading a few words to help me grasp the subtle differences.
A great fitting pair of jeans with a jacket is my all time favorite casual look. Those jeans might be coated (which means they look a little like leather), reptile embossed, faded, dark-wash blue, black or even white but they are best when they are straight and narrow. Because my legs are muscular, I have never been able to put on a pair of skinny jeans, so straight leg jeans are my only option.
If I wear flares or trouser style pants or jeans, I look much heavier and dated. I have an inverted triangle shape body, so wearing slim fitting long pants that stop right at the ankle bone are my best choice. If I wear cropped pants with a short top, I look much shorter and wider, so my formula for success is a loose fitting top or a jacket with slim fitting ankle length pants.
The addition of a jacket elevates a pair of jeans to a look which can be appropriate in almost any situation. Add accessories such as a scarf or statement necklace, a structured handbag and an edgy pair of shoes and I am ready in minutes for almost any event.
A pair of great fitting jeans can be like wearing a comfortable girdle. They should hug in all the right places (but never too tight) and slim your thighs.
There will always be a few pairs of jeans in my closet, but my wardrobe is shrinking. I had more than eighty jackets earlier in the year, so an edit was necessary. In 2016, I added a shopping site to my blog where I stock new classics and scarves. The ninth shipment of scarves just arrived! There are also rarely worn (many never worn!) items from my wardrobe. During this recap, I am showing you some of the pieces I have kept and continue to wear again and again. When it comes time to replace these basics, you can be sure that I will invest in the best quality I can find.