The impetus to overhaul my style is more a seasonal thing so my last style assessment was about 10 months ago when I worked through an Un-fancy work assignment found by Style Fan which required one to identify Lifestyle - hours spent on identified activities, Go-to items, Go-to outfits/silhouettes, Colours, Cravings, Word Associations. Then 3 months ago I did a F/W closet cull.

My goals for 2017 were to soften the edges of my Tomboy style, round out a dressy capsule, work on a high summer capsule, experiment with the colour blush, source some white (HEWI) items.

I had a certain amount of success with softening and refining my Tomboy style and that is reflected in the best of my 2017 outfits. The experiment with blush contributed to this. Summer I loved wearing whiteout outfits head to toe. The dressy capsule is sorted, and I am very happy with the results.

Weight loss, in part due to very intense physical training for a triathlon resulted in some purchasing errors as I struggled to figure out proper sizes. Bottoms purchased in the early part of the year were unappealingly baggy by mid summer and I put off developing a summer capsule completely.

The gift of a fun skirt with a bicycle print and the end of year (November) score of a fabulous pair of specs were probably my greatest moments of sartorial happiness in 2017. Trends I most enjoyed were cropped pants, tunics/dresses over pants, and neckerchiefs.

I am going into 2018 somewhat hesitantly due to more lifestyle changes. It will take a while to figure out what the reality of retirement will be (vs my fantasy!) and I anticipate assessment, false starts, successes and errors, adjustments, followed by more assessment - but always fun!

Below, 12 outfit pics in no specific order that I feel best represented my style in 2017 and #13 the new specs.

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