2016 In Review: My 5 Favorite Outfits of the Year

2017 is nearly here - thank freaking god. 2016 has been a really weird one, and I won't be disappointed to see the back of it. That said, I feel like the blog has taken a good step forward this year. I purchased a new (and much better) camera earlier this year, I've gotten more adventurous about shooting in public, and I've finally figured out some key things about what I want to say with my style.

So, without further ado, my five favorite outfit posts from this past year.

1.   Master of My Domain

This one's from all the way back in April, and to be honest I'd largely forgotten about the shoot until I started looking back through my photos for this post. I really enjoy wearing menswear, and there's nothing quite as sharp as a well-knotted tie. That's something that I'd like to explore more in the next year, so hopefully you'll see a bit more of this in the months to come.

2. Starring Sarah Bernhardt As Herself

As I posted at the time, I got up at about 3am to get ready for this shoot, and the results were well worth the effort. It's definitely on the costume side of the things, but I still look at these photos as one of the best examples of what I want to do as a blogger. These photos set a benchmark for me that I'm still working to surpass.

3. Under A Paper Moon

If there's one thing that I know is true about vintage style, it's that you needn't actually wear vintage (or repro) to create a great vintage look. Sometimes a little bit of elbow grease is all you need to transform a $15 dress from H&M into the flapper frock of your dreams. Silhouette, not pedigree, is what really counts when you're trying to create a look.

4. Exeuent Alice, Through A Rabbit Hole

Alice In Wonderland was one of my favorite books as a child, and I still find it to be an excellent source of inspiration. My favorite thing about this post was how it became less about a dress - I've worn it a couple of times before on the blog - and more about the story that I wanted to tell through photography.

5. Elizabeth Rex

I feel like this shoot, from back in October, was the perfect marriage of outfit and location, and it was entirely serendipitious. When the outdoor spot that we'd been hoping to make use of was far too busy to work out, ducking into the Chicago Cultural Center - which we'd never been inside - worked out better than we could have planned. I sincerely hope that I get a chance to shoot there again sometime soon, because it's the sort of location that elevates any look.

At the risk of sounding like I'm fishing for compliments, what do you guys think of my top five shoots for the year? Is there a post that I didn't mention that has stood out in your memory?