Favorite outfits & wardrobe workhorses: F/W 2017

Even though we'll still get a mix of winter and spring weather for the next couple of weeks or so, I've officially wrapped up the winter outfits now that it's mid March! Since the fall/winter 2017 season is complete, here's a look at the standouts from the past six months.

Out of the 56 outfits I blogged, I chose 18 favorites based on these criteria: 1) Do I like how everything fits? 2) Do I like the color combination? 3) Do I like the silhouette? 4) Would I wear it again right now (weather aside)? 5) Does it feel like me? AND 6) Was I comfortable in this outfit? I try not to focus so much on the quality of the photos, especially because we were learning a new camera and my editing was kind of all over the place as I was learning Lightroom.

My favorites included outfits with layers (of course), skinny jeans (especially my blush pink jeans), and all the cozy sweaters, flannel shirts, and boots you could think of. Haha! Even though winter was rough for me outfit-wise, I still enjoyed a good number of the outfits that I ended up blogging. Phew!

In addition to evaluating the outfits I blogged, I took a look at which items were the biggest wardrobe workhorses in my regular day-to-day life. My favorite closet organization app, Stylebook, updated some of its stats a couple of months ago, and I'm even more obsessed than I was before! I loved the "most worn" and "best cost per wear" stats they included in the original launch, but the update added a feature where you can change the length of time within each stat. Now, I can see what I haven't worn in one month, in six months, in a year, in all time, etc. It's an amazing feature to use when evaluating my closet by season, and I also use it now to figure out what hasn't been worn in the past year and what might be a good candidate for rehoming via Poshmark.


My most worn items in the past six months (encompassing mid-September through mid-March) are shown above on the left, and my most worn outfits in the past six months are shown above on the right. Not surprisingly, boots, jeans, sweaters, and coats dominated my most worn items. I love seeing that five of the items I bought in the past six-ish months were included on the most worn list! Many of those items in the most worn list were also included in the outfits that I wore the most in the past six months. The majority of these outfits were ones that were easy to throw on in the morning for work, particularly on the days that we had rain or snow. My Bean boots had a lot of mileage, but it wasn't so snowy that I needed to wear my snow boots that often. It's also funny how often many colorful tops and sweaters made appearances in those outfits. Red was definitely a dominating color in all of its various shades, haha. :)

In the widget below are some of my exact (or very similar) wardrobe workhorses from this past fall and winter that would also work well into those chilly days of spring! I'm looking forward to seeing what my wardrobe workhorses are after this upcoming spring and summer. I won't be surprised if many of these items are also included in that list!

No coat needed

Late winter outfit with cable knit sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Ivory cable knit sweater outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell high rise skinny jeans tulip hem edition — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Amour Vert Kendra cable knit sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth Pineberry ankle boots in taupe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I think winter may finally be coming to an end soon! (Knock on wood.) I've heard some birds chirping while out and about, and that is one of my favorite sounds after the relative silence of winter. It's also been warm enough some days to wear my lighter coats and jackets instead of puffy coats OR my thicker sweaters without any kind of coat (as evidenced here). I was actually almost too warm in this getup. I'm also finally feeling a bit more inspired in nearly every aspect of my life, blog included, and I am excited to see what I can come up with content-wise in the weeks and months ahead.

I've worn variations of this outfit a few times in the past few months. After struggling somewhat to come up with an outfit the first time I featured these boots due to their color (since I have a tendency to default to matchy-matchy looks and don't own much in the way of taupe), I now feel more comfortable wearing them in outfits where they don't match anything else (such as here, here, and here). I've always admired looks like this—where everything goes together but doesn't necessarily match—on others, and it's been a longstanding goal of mind to wear more outfits like this and play with color combinations. I tend to find a new favorite combination when I do this!


Amour Vert sweater / similar by Vince Camuto
Madewell jeans / exact (also available from Nordstrom)
Earth boots c/o / exact (on sale in limited sizes) (last seen here)
Amour Vert earrings / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Classic camel and navy

Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel cardigan outfit with navy striped tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Cropped flare jeans winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with stripes and denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Can't go wrong with the classics on what ended up being a perfect spring-like day! This navy striped tee is one of the oldest items in my closet, and I'm impressed by how well it has held up all these years. The only thing I would change about it is the length. I don't like how it bunches around my hips! As I write this, I think I have convinced myself to see how much it would be to shorten the length a little bit. I'm new to the wonders of a good tailor, and now that I found one, I need to take advantage!

This outfit is a near-exact replica of an outfit I wore at the beginning of February (back when it felt like spring for the first time this year!). I promise it was unintentional! But wow, is it any more obvious that I had very little outfit inspiration this season? I struggled to come up with relatively new combinations and ended up repeating silhouettes basically nonstop. I'm beyond ready to say farewell to winter and welcome a new season, especially since I have some outfit ideas brewing for when we hit those perfect 70-degree temperatures!

I branched out of my usual skinny-jeans box and wore these cropped flare jeans. I'm surprised by how much I don't mind the look of them, even though I think they would look better if they were an inch or two longer. I recently bought Everlane's latest denim release: the kick crop jeans in bone. Those are just slightly too long for my taste, so I will probably end up cutting the hems. (Any tips? I'm nervous!) There are now two pairs of cropped flare jeans in my closet! Who am I? Haha. I hope to have some fun with these new styles in the coming months!


Grana cardigan c/o / similar by Lands' End (last seen here)
Gap tee / old; similar by J.Crew
LOFT jeans / similar by Gap (last seen here)
Charlotte Olympia flats c/o Shopbop / exact from Saks (last seen here)
Amour Vert earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact