10 Best Pieces of 2016

What a year 2016 has been… Have you seen those memes of people looking worse and worse throughout the year? I can definitely relate with them. However, despite all the bad there have been some truly amazing highlights – and I’ll be touching on those in a post next week, so stay tuned 🙂

For now though, I wanted to share my 10 best pieces of 2016 — the purchases that I’ve worn over and over again (and you’ll probably see more of in 2017). I did this same post a couple years ago, and it’s been one of your favorites so I thought I’d bring it back. These are the pieces that I reach for every time I have a ‘I hate everything I own’ moment. Some of them  are classics that will probably never go out of style and some I’m sure I’ll be shaking my head at in just a few years. For each favorite I’ve also listed similar options at different price levels (save, spend, splurge). So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are my favorites!

NUMBER 1: SUEDE JACKET
This is one of those basic blogger pieces and I’m sure you’re all sick of seeing it, but my suede jacket is honestly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It’s really a 4 season type of jacket and works just as well thrown over a summer dress as it does layered under my winter coats. I’m sure there will be another ‘it’ jacket next year that I’ll try to get my hands on, but better believe this suede one will remain a staple in my wardrobe for years to come. 

NUMBER 2 & 3 : THE STRIPED TEE & WHITE SHORTS COMBO
tee: save | spend | splurge
shorts: save | spend | splurge
Ok, so striped tees have been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember, but this summer can be defined as the striped tee and white boyfriend shorts summer. For almost every weekend trip I went on I packed nothing but these tees and my favorite white shorts. It’s a classic New England combo and will make you feel pulled together no matter the event. 
NUMBER 4: CHUNKY CABLE KNIT
Sometimes you have to splurge to find a really amazing sweater, and other times it’s on sale for $30 at Urban Outfitters. This sweater has become my go-to weekend sweater, and I’ve worn it in so many blog posts and Instagram pictures that even my mom noticed. My advice – when you find the perfect sweater buy multiple in every color, it’s worth it. 
NUMBER 5: OVER THE KNEE BOOTS
Over the knee boots are one of those ‘new classics’ and while styles change a little year to year, they don’t seem to be going anywhere. Another style of OTK boots even made my list in 2014. While in 2015 the suede over the style was really only available at the luxury price range, 2016 was the year they became accessible to everyone. I bought two pairs this fall and my black pair is only $30 right now! As January approaches I’ll only be wearing them more than I already do since they’re the perfect way to combat cold legs!

NUMBER 6: ALL THE OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOPS
Off-the-shoulder seems to be a trend that isn’t headed anywhere (or at least that’s what I’m hoping!), and in 2016 it was definitely the trend I bought the most of. It’s a super flattering trend, both in summery tops and winter sweaters. If you’ve yet to dive into the trend I also suggest starting with a simple blouse like this one

NUMBER 7: OFF-THE-SHOULDER ROMPER
My most worn item of this summer was 100% this ots romper from LOFT. It was perfect thrown over a bathing suit or dressed up with wedges and a fun necklace for a humid night out in the city. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it online anywhere, but there are so many cute similar options available now. I’ll definitely be adding at least one more romper to my wardrobe before my spring break trip in March. 
NUMBER 8: PATTERNED SWING DRESSES
I always thought swing dresses would be super unflattering for my body type (bigger on bottom than on top), but boy was I wrong. After buying this striped dress this spring and then this plaid one this fall I’m all about the shift dresses. Instead of making me feel bulky like I thought the style would, it actually accentuates my wait and makes my legs look way skinnier than they actually are. 
NUMBER 9: J.CREW PEACOAT
I knew I needed a new peacoat this fall, so when J.Crew surprised us all with 40% off everything over cyber week I jumped at the opportunity to invest in a high quality coat. I’ve already gotten such great use out of it, especially since the longer length keeps me extra warm along the windy NYC streets. Unfortunately, my coat is no longer on sale, but this great option is still on sale!
NUMBER 10: MADEWELL SKINNY JEANS

Like my striped tees, skinny jeans are obviously a classic, but this year I discovered just how amazing Madewell jeans are. They’re that perfect combination of stretchy and suck you in fabric, so you know I’ve been wearing the life out of all my pairs. While not necessarily the best deal at full price, wait for a sale and stock up on your favorite pairs!

Instagram

  • About to go buy myself a personal fan to make it through this heat wave 😰 When it comes to NYCs humid summers a loose maxi or midi is the way to go! Linked similar ones under $70 via @liketoknow.it ✨ http://liketk.it/2Dsne #whenwearstyle
  • Ate & drank my way through this past weekend including the perfect afternoon at Grand Banks ⛵️ And of course I always have my favorite @mejuri pieces layered including my newest piece the ‘Honey Necklace’ ✨ Swipe 👉🏼 for more detail! #finecrew #gifted #whenwearnyc
  • 🏙🗽NYC life is going to the most obscure Trader Joe’s to avoid lines and then sweating all your makeup off waiting for the subway while trying to to bring said groceries home 😂🤦🏼‍♀️At least I got a pretty flowers out of it 💐 Who feels me?? #whenwearnyc
  • Love traveling on the weekends, but love coming home to this even more ✨🏠 #whenwearhome .
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Slowly but surely feeling like my room is coming together! This pom pom duvet & shams were the best find for under $35! Linked exact duvet, quilt, and rugs & similar items for the other pieces via @liketoknow.it and at the link in my bio || http://liketk.it/2DbY7
  • Couldn’t have asked for a better long weekend ☀️ The perfect amount of home cooking, ice cream, and ocean time and as always it’s a little hard to leave my favorite place ❤️🌊
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Linking my outfit via @liketoknow.it ✨ My tote is under $80 and perfect for all your summer vacations! http://liketk.it/2D8RC  #whenweartravels
  • Just gonna try to live out last weekend until this next one starts 😂 Who’s with me??
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There are still a few sizes left of my top & I’ve linked this year’s version of my shoes via @liketoknow.it ✨ http://liketk.it/2D1fZ

@carolinestfrancis

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