This year was a little less exciting in terms of outfits than last year. A big part of it is that the clothing buying has gone way down - for example, the last thing item of clothing I bought was... uh... a $30 thrifted dress that needs repairing, two months ago?
The reason for buying less has been twofold: first, I'm starting to change aesthetics again. School has made me a lot more comfortable in my body and a lot more aware of what works for my figure, and as a result, I'm starting to gravitate towards more fitted silhouettes again. I still love slouchy, draped garments, but I've started to enjoy combining them with tailored pieces to maintain more of a balance of the two.
Second, I'm itching to make more of my own garments, because I love how much control I have over the fit. So, in preparation, I have been more interested in stashing away fabric like a squirrel stashing nuts for the winter.
(Like I needed another hobby where "stashing" is a thing.)
And well, I definitely know the other reasons my outfits have been less exciting this year: I wear a lot fewer interesting clothes on a daily basis. I'm hoping that this is just part of the natural ebb and flow of sartorial inspiration, and that the creativity I usually expend on dressing is instead focused on patternwork and seam treatments, because right now all I want to wear is skinny jeans and oversized cashmere sweaters.
So, in summary, my fashion brain is growing and changing, and I haven't figured out what to do with it yet. I'm both excited and terrified by what the next few months will bring. I doubt that I'll be able to post outfit photos again for a while, but it is really cool to look back and see what I wore this last year.
So onward: to uncharted territory. With any luck, my garments will be all over the photos in the Year in Outfits post this time next year.