2016 || My Favorite Looks

I won’t lie… I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to say good-bye to a year of my life.

2016 has been HARD.

It’s been filled with complications, family issues, the deaths of three close family members, interruptions, and plenty of “growing pains”. It’s been a year of constant change, constant upheaval, and constant struggle.

That said, 2016 is the year I’ve finally defined my personal style for myself, too. I’ve been blogging for a little over 2 years now, and if there’s one true reward in taking hundreds of photos of yourself in various outfits, it’s that you begin to really understand your own style.

For the first time in my life, I feel like my style is 100% my own. Not a rehash of the inspiration I find on Pinterest and through various celebrities and bloggers. It’s mine.

A bizarre mishmash of vintage coats, obsession-worthy designer bags, and plenty of midi dresses. With lots of inexpensive pieces mixed in.

My 20’s have been filled with dozens of style phases and mistakes. But as this decade comes to a close, I suddenly feel my style maturing rapidly. I’m finally getting into the swing of things.

I’ve started purging my wardrobe heavily, tossing trendy pieces for classic investments. I’ve stopped worrying so much about what people think of my style — it may be very different from most but that’s what I’m learning to love and embrace about it.

So without further ado, here are…

My Favorite Looks of 2016

Uniqlo Duffle Alexander McQueen Stuart Weitzman Cork 39 January
BCBGMaxAzria Alyza LK Bennett Sledge Avona 4January
Barbour Louis Vuitton Le Chameau Winter 1FebruaryStuart Weitzman Lowland Zara Dress Chloe Drew Forever 21 16FebruaryVintage Winter Style Chicago BloggerFebruary (later featured in People’s StyleWatch Magazine)Chloé Drew Mini Bag LK Bennet PumpsMarchTrench Coat Valentino SunglassesMarchZara Moto Jacket T&J Designs Polka Dot Midi SkirtMarchVintage Hermes Spring Look Red LipsMarchH&M Dune London Frame DenimMarchPleated Trench Coat Blush Khaki Spring Style BraidAprilApril Showers Outfit Stripes-43202AprilAnn Taylor Gingham Spring StyleAprilSuede Trench Coat Aquazzura MayfairAprilChloe Drew Choies Animal Print Midi SkirtAprilBurberry Trench Coat Spring StyleMayHammitt Lucas Bag Lace-Up Wedges Summer OutfitMayGreen Brocade Blazer Trench Vest Dress Pink OutfitMayPink Spring Look Inspiration Garden Miu Miu Kate SpadeMayKhaki Plum Street Style Trench Mulberry AquazzuraMayAsos Aquazzura Chloe Outfit--5MaySmythe Blazer Gingham Spring StyleMayGreen Jumpsuit SUNO Alexander McQueen OutfitJuneAquazzura Nude Booties Chloe Drew BagJuneDoughnut Vault Chicago River North Old FashionedJunePink White Summer Look Christian Louboutin SpachicaJuneOff the Shoulder Striped MIdi Dress SummerJune
What to Wear to a Baby Shower White Lace Dress June
H&M Victoria Beckham Aquazzura--27JulyChloe Drew Smythe Blazer Striped Summer Dress LookJuly
Tie Die Shirtdress Summer OutfitJuly
Ruffle Off the Shoulder Top White JeansJulyChic Chicago Summer Outfit Black and Gold Chloe ZaraAugustChanel Red Boy Bag Topshop Zara Red LipsAugust
Summer Date Night Outfit Book ClutchAugust
Summer to Fall Style TipsAugust
Green Nude Chloé Aquazzura Outfit InspirationAugust
Stripes Polka Dots Chic French Summer OutfitSeptemberAltuzarra Ikat Red Cobalt StyleSeptember
Burgundy Monochrome Fall OutfitSeptemberGucci Dionysus Nude Red OutfitSeptemberLondon Travel OutfitSeptember
London Style Inspiration Gold NavySeptember (worn to dinner at Bob Bob Ricard in London)
Serpentine Cafe Hyde Park LondonSeptember (at the Serpentine Lake in London)Green Burgundy Fall OutfitSeptember
Army Green Pink Outfit InspirationOctober
Burberry Prorsum Trench Gucci Dionysus Red OutfitOctoberNavy Office Fall Style Print MixingOctoberPink LK Bennett Madison Dress Fall StyleOctober
T & J Designs Fall 2016 Lookbook ShootOctober
Queen Mab Shakespeare Halloween CostumeOctober (my Halloween costume!)
Fall Plaid Stripe Sweater OutfitNovemberGreen Oxblood Fall Pleated Skirt OutfitNovemberAutumn Check Coat Burgundy Poppy Pin StyleNovemberBarbour Gucci Stuart Weitzman Lowland Fall StyleNovemberEasy Thanksgiving Sweater Dress Outfit IdeasNovemberAsos Sequin Floral Midi Dress Holiday StyleNovemberGray Tan Red Over the Knee Boot Fall Outfit RuanaDecember
Velvet Holiday Ruffle Style InspirationDecemberHow to Style An Ugly Christmas SweaterDecemberRed Leopard Winter Chic Cashmere OutfitDecember
Chic Winter Sightseeing Outfit Cobalt LeopardDecemberCasual Holiday Plaid Sorel Christmas Tree Farm OutfitDecember

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  • 2016 was a tough year but you’ve managed to look incredible every step of the way. I feel lucky to have been a part of some of these shoots 🙂 happy new year Ash.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Arsal Naqvi

    Happy new year 🙂 🙂
    Regards
    walkindiscount.com

  • Ellen DG

    You definitely looked incredible, even if times were hard. I might have gone a bit pin crazy with this post (sorry, not sorry).

  • ADA

    Your style is flawless. You have a great collection of heels, skirts and dresses girl – all things I love! Your mix of girly, classics, colors and beautiful silhouettes makes your style your own. On a personal note, I am sorry 2016 was a hard year for you and you experienced several losses. I hope 2017 brings you plenty of smiles, every day.

    Happy 2017 Ashley!

    Ada =)