How Was it For You?

Where did that year go? Years never seem to drag anymore. I could do with a few really boring weeks that seem to go on forever with time to moan about there being nothing to watch on the telly, rather than wondering how I missed the first series of The Affair when the second is already imminent.

Off the shoulder dress £60 at ASOS

Off the shoulder dress £60 at ASOS

How was 2015 for you? I feel as if I didn’t do as much shopping as usual, except that my wardrobe is still bulging and I have a pile of H&M money off vouchers due to my regular deposits at their recycling bin so there must be new stuff somewhere. Sartorially speaking, I don’t think 2015 will go down as one of the best. Perhaps we can blame it on the peculiar weather, or maybe it’s the continued austerity. Either way it’ll be exciting to start afresh next year.

Here is what I will remember 2015 for:

  1. More celebrity fails than ever.

Call it attention seeking, call it running out of ideas but there were some very odd choices on the red carpet this year. I called Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna out on their gowns at the time but I think it’s worth another squizz. And then there’s Kim Kardashian who not only chose this dress as maternity wear but actually turned up to the Givenchy fashion show in it. Man Alive! Unflattering doesn’t even start to explain any of these frocks and it just goes to show that neither age nor money will protect you from looking like a loo roll holder or a giant lump of silly putty.

2. The trends that just didn’t take off…

Did you buy anything with tassels on? Are any of your clothes asymmetric or different lengths or a style hybrid? No, neither are mine. Designers and then the high street tried so hard to get us into these but it didn’t happen. The high street sales are now full of betwixt and between garments or those that feature fringing. Useful for costume parties at best, or perhaps for next year’s Strictly contestants. It’s probably too early to tell if capes didn’t make the grade this winter as we haven’t actually had this winter yet. And while Olivia Palermo looks great in her cape here, I can’t shake the worry that if you fall over in a cape with just your forearms stuck through the holes, you’ll be unable to get up, a bit like a weeble.

3. And those that did…

Shoulders were everywhere. Off the shoulder, one shoulder, cold shoulder; if you haven’t had at least one shoulder exposed in 2015, where has it been? The response to my blog on the subject confirmed that we all love our shoulders. More of the same in 2016 please. And if we’re revealing our shoulders then it seems we’re covering our knees. I agonised over these fabulous grey boots from & Other Stories because they were beyond my budget. And then ‘Stories’ introduced a recycling/money off scheme just like their sister brand H&M and I had those boots quicker than you can say Puss In.

4. Then this happened…

25 February 2015. Brit Awards 2015 with MasterCard at The O2 - Show Madonna Credit: JDavidson/ Ref: KGC-42 **No UK Sales**

Madonna and that cape

Madonna’s wardrobe malfunction at what should have been her triumphant return to the BRITS, resulted in a surge of support for the star on Twitter. #CapeFear pointed out that the Queen of Pop is 57 years old and despite her nasty backwards fall down steps, picked herself up and carried on with the show. You really can’t keep a good girl down. Perhaps this might prove to be the cape’s downfall. Although Please Note: Madonna looked nothing like a weeble during this performance.

It’s very nearly Christmas Eve and I still have wrapping to do, so all that remains for me to say is have a wonderful Christmas and thank you very much for following for another year.

Emily xx

About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing).
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