My personal 10 favorite outfits of the year 2012

by Sylvia

black and white pattern mixing

It’s been a fantastic year at 40PlusStyle! Many, many more of you read and followed this site, left comments, added your outfits to the style forum, took part in my massive giveaway and even participated in my recently introduced style challenge. The growth of this site greatly exceeded my expectations and I thank you all for that. I will do my best to continue this growth and give you even more practical how-to-dress tips, inspiring outfits, the latest trend updates and articles on how to be and look even more stylish in 2013.

In fact I have planned a great start for 2013 and will tell you more about that tomorrow!

For now, as I promised earlier, let’s look back for a moment at the year that was and let’s look at some of my favorite outfits.

1. Pattern mixing in black and white

See image above.

Why I like it: I love the fun playing with patterns. It’s a comfortable, relaxed yet trendy outfit that I could wear all day and I can easily take the top layer off when needed to. I’m sure I will be able to wear this outfit again in the coming year as the graphical trend is still strong.

2. A-line denim skirt

A-line skirt

Why I like it: This is a good casual mom on the go outfit. Simple, comfortable and stylish. Everything you need when you are running around and doing errands.

3. Diagonal stripes

Why I like it: I love graphics, asymmetry, trendiness and comfort. I think this outfit has all of that.

4. Purple silk dress

Why I like it: this is an elegant, yet very comfortable and airy dress for Singapore. Good for occasions but also for visits into the city.

5. Black and white holiday beach outfit

black and white holiday casual

Why I like it: this is my favorite casual holiday outfit. Comfortable, airy, beachy yet still stylish.

6. Laced pants with mustard silk top

shorter haircut

Why I like it: I like this colour combination and my laced pants. I also think the animal print belt is a great accessory that completes the look.

7. Girly chic

Why I like it: flrty and girly, yet still chic and modern. I like the Japanese vibe of this top.

8. The red dress

red calvin klein dress

Why I like it: My most festive dress that incorporates many of the signature elements of my style: asymetry, red, drapes and silk.  This is the best picture of this dress, although I may like it even better with my open toe booties and Alldressedup necklace.

9. Pink dress

side aspect Calvin Klein dress

Why I like it: again a asymmetrical dress that is comfortable (and does not require any shape wear). It’s different and chic and I can have fun with accessorizing it.

10. Dandy chic

Why I like it: White pants are the basic I always turn to in this climate and I like it with this print. Black and white gives you lots of room to play with other colours that you can add to the outfit.

Well ladies, there you have it: my favorite outfits this year. I’m planning on being even more creative in the next year so watch this space.

What has been your favorite outfit you wore this year and why?

1 Stella

The top outfit is grand! Love the different patterns and the hat with the high heel shoes and red wristband for your watch. Awesome!

2 traceyliz65

I did a post with my favorite 12 looks in my first months as a blogger and really couldn’t narrow down one favorite. I took photos for the style challenge today, but am heading out of town for New Year’s. I will be posting them by the Jan 2nd deadline. Thank you for initiating the challenges as I look forward to them and can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

3 Sylvia

Thanks Tracey. I look forward to seeing them.

4 traceyliz65

I forgot to mention, that of your favorites, # #7 Girly Chic and # 10 Dandy Chic are my favorites. They are both figure flattering!

5 Suzanne

The thing that strikes me about these outfits is how “on trend” most of them will be for 2013! The black and white, graphics, animal print, and asymmetric cuts are all over the S/S runways. You are a fashion leader. 🙂 I know I have been influenced by you. Looking at your pictures reminded me that I now own a thin leopard belt, a wide zebra belt, a navy silk asymmetric top, and have just ordered a black and white Calvin Klein dress that I can accessorize in so many different ways – all because of what I have learned on this Blog.
2012 was not such a good year for America in general (so many tragedies) but it was an amazing year for my family – my daughter graduated college and got a job in a level one trauma unit; my son, who is already on scholarship at the best university in our state, was accepted into one of the top 5 business programs in the world; and my hubby and I enjoy good health, which is the greatest blessing of all. I have had many loved outfits to wear at many happy events. If I had to pick one – it would be the green, navy, and white Ralph Lauren dress that I wore to my daughter’s graduation with the green shoes Sylvia found for me and a big brimmed navy hat. It was a joyful outfit for a joyful day.
Happy New Year to all of my 40+Style friends. You add so much to my life and I sincerely appreciate you!

6 Sylvia

Perhaps Suzanne. Or maybe I got lucky, because graphical and black and white have always been a hit for me. It seems that ‘minimal’ is becoming a trend too in 2013, which is another good thing for me 🙂 Your favorite outfits sounds great. I can picture it and the colours since I know the shoes you are wearing. I had looked for those in Singapore as well, bu unfortunately they were never available here. Thanks for being such a huge part of the 40+Style family Suzanne! You are a true asset to this community.

7 Ofelia

So many chic, feminine and elegant looks!
My favorites are: the red dress, the silk purple dress and the Dandy look.
Wishing you and your love ones happiness and prosperity in 2013.

8 Sylvia

Thanks for the feedback Ofelia! What was your favorite outfit this year and why?

9 Annette

My favourite is your asymmetrical dress.
It is chic, trendy and shows your nicely shaped upper arms. I love the simple colour in combination with your bright accessories, especially the bag. Your sandals look comfortable yet stylish.
I think it is the outfit that exactly shows your style.

Glad I found your blog and I am looking forward to your future posts.
All the best and much love from Germany,

10 Sylvia

Hi Annette. Welcome to 40+Style! Glad you found me. It’s so great to have readers from all over the world!

11 Nanne

Great outfits, my favourite is the pink silk dress, it’s lovely! My favourite outfits that I wore this year would have to be the powder pink chiffon dress that I wore for my wedding anniversary, my white dress shorts worn with a charcoal top and silver jewellery, my white jeans worn with a breton stripe top and beige sneakers, my black skinny jeans worn with black riding style boots and my new Chanel style jacket and my bordeaux chiffon dress that I got for Christmas:)

12 Sylvia

That all sounds wonderful Nanne!

13 Marla

I love all your choices but I particularly love #7 “girly chic”. I would wear that in a heartbeat.

14 Sylvia

Thanks Marla. It’s amazing how popular that outfit is!

15 Greetje Kamminga

Girly chic is my first and most loved oufit. But your pink dress with the red accessories and the Dandy Look are close followers.
Thank you Sylvia for starting this site and doing such a good job in helping us. I am getting better and better. And yes, like Suzanne, you are influencing us and we like that.

16 Sylvia

Thanks Greetje and thank you for being such an active participant in this site. I truly appreciate it!

17 Suzanne

I think #7 is my fav but I do really like the red dress too. I’m glad you’re trying to dress with more colour now. It looks so nice and is a good contrast to your skin tone.

Happy New Year!


18 Sylvia

Yes, that is certainly one of my goals this year, although I will probably combine it often with trusted favorites like black and white.

19 Rita

All the outfits are so beautiful, and I have to say the purple dress is my favorite (I just love that color), as well as the red dress, and your “Girly Chic” look. Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to seeing your outfits for 2013!!

20 Sylvia

Thanks Rita and happy new year. Thanks for being such an active and supportive member of this site and great to see that you finally “succumbed” to the style forum as well!

21 Rita

🙂 Happy New Year!!

22 Silvergirl

i just love the first look
might have to copy cat it in the near future
hope you have a fun NYE planned

23 Sylvia

Thanks Brett. Yes it seems that the graphic look will be back in 2013! Happy new year to you!

24 Jennifer

Love the cropped pants in picture no. 3 for wearing under tunics. Where did you find them?

25 Sylvia

Hi Jennifer, this was bought in the sale at CK Calvin Klein a while ago already…

26 Wendy

Love all your looks. They are great for you. Love the skirt in #2, I could wear 2, 5 and 7 and feel fabulous.

27 Sylvia

Thanks Wendy. Wishing you a fabulous 2013!

28 Sue

My favorite outfit as far as what I would choose to wear is the one with the black and white top with the yellow belt and black skirt. I love that style for me. But the one I think is beautiful on you is the beige dress with the red purse and shoes. You look really cute in that outfit.

29 Sylvia

Thanks for the feedback Sue!

30 Tonix

Pink Dress and Dandy Chic are my two favourites yet I was drawn back to the first picture over and over. I love the mix of patterns but I think that the red hat and the very ‘French Attitude’ are what give the outfit that extra pop ! Very well chosen selection. Thankyou.

31 Renae

I like black and white but I really loved the red dress, very classy

32 Sylvia

Thanks for your feedback Renae!

33 Ann

Truly beautiful collection with a strong personal style. I love the light colored dress with red accessories! The asymmetrical design resonates wonderfully on you!

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