end of year recap

remembering 2014 | favorite outfits

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my favorite things about blogging is being able to look back on the year. It’s all here! I love that I can look back on last month and see that outfit I really loved, or I can time travel back six months ago and read my own thoughts on something I was going through. It’s pretty surreal, but also really helpful around New Year’s when I’m reflecting on the last 365. 
Here are my favorite outfits from 2014:

the blanket scarf | tartan & toasty

I loved so many outfits I blogged this year, so it was tough to choose my favorites! In comparison to 2013, I blogged less outfits in 2014, but the looks I put together were definitely better. The main reason for this is because I started shopping smarter in 2014. I spent more time considering the pieces I purchased, both from a financial perspective and from a closet perspective. How does this fit in with my current clothing? How does this move my closet forward in the direction I envision for myself? 
At the beginning of the year, I set five style resolutions for myself. The second resolution on my list was to commit to the remix. I did three remix challenges this year: my 30×30, my 7×7 workwear challenge, and the fall favorites challenge I did with Adina of Blue Collar Red Lipstick. From these challenges, I got a lot of really great outfits that I definitely wouldn’t have come up with on my own (including 4-8 and 11 on this list of favorites from 2014).
Aside from the challenges, I really did commit to remixing as an idea in my whole closet. When I bought a new item, I was so careful about buying things I not only could but would re-wear a lot of ways. I think it’s that second part that really made the difference this year. I’ve always thought about wearing things more than one way, at least from a financial perspective, but I didn’t necessarily wait to find something I was excited about remixing. Now, when I buy a new skirt, blouse, or boots, I can’t wait to find new ways to wear it a lot because I really love wearing the item in general.
From the list above, I think it’s pretty easy to see this played out. Almost every outfit includes something that was worn in another outfit on this list (and this is just 16 outfits out of everything I wore this year!).
I may not have said yes to tulle, and it looks like I traded out my stripes goal for polka dots (not mad about that!), but I think having these resolutions in the back of my mind was really helpful in shopping smarter and therefore making better outfits this year. I haven’t decided if I’m going to make style resolutions for 2015 yet, but I think looking back on this was a pretty good argument to do so.
What were your favorite outfits you wore in 2014? Have you ever set style resolutions, or do you plan to next year?
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