This Just In: Mia’s Best of 2015 Is Semi-Democratic Once More

Last year I cast aside my previous tradition of sharing my  top ten outfits for the year–five chosen by the internet (as judged by views), and five chosen by me–to just choose all ten my own dang self. In 2016, we’re returning to form because I didn’t have enough favorite outfits to fill out the ten on my own! Hooray! First, I offer the internet’s five, in order of popularity:


June 11


March 4


April 8


February 4


March 2

Some observations: 1) 80% of these are from my participation in Gracey’s Literary Stylings challenge, so evidently, either the internet gets a kick out of me dressing like books, or I need to trick Gracey into linking to this blog more often. Possibly both. 2) The internet seems fond of my more subdued color palettes! You mean not everyone digs it when I pair neon yellow, chocolate brown, and fuchsia?? 3) Button-front shirts are a Good Thing and I should do more of them.

Now, for my personal favorites, in chronological order:


March 6


June 9


October 9


December 4


December 14

Some observations: 1) I sure learned to use my teeth in 2015. (You should see the photos I had to cut. So, so toothy.) 2) Those pink floral pants remain extremely important to my way of life; also, the internet and I seem to agree that a certain purple ponte skirt is a surprisingly valuable part of my wardrobe. 3) It would appear that I do my best outfit work early in the month. Go figure.

Well, there we have it. Maybe when 2016’s over I’ll ask readers to vote for their favorites! Or maybe by then we’ll have experienced the technological singularity and this will be a blog run by my laptop about it’s daily outfits. We’ll just have to see, won’t we?


Outfit Post: 9/29/15


Top: Desigual — Skirt: Thrifted (Fossil) — Sandals: (Dansko) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Inky Violet) — Bangle: Gift, from Barcelona — Earrings: Labor Day Pow-Wow


At work I wasn’t sure if the purple socks worked with this outfit, but here I think they do. Sometimes you just have to take a chance on purple socks, am I right?


This bracelet, on the other hand, perfectly matches the blue on the shirt’s right shoulder–clearly the artisan who made the bracelet was colluding with the designers at Desigual, since they’re both based out of Barcelona and every artist in Barcelona knows one another.


Anyway. This shirt makes it easy to strike out in bold color directions since it’s made of so many bold color directions itself.


It probably wouldn’t go with burnt sienna, let’s say, but I’m okay with that.

Outfit Post: 5/27/15


Shirt: Thrifted (no label) — Pants and camisole: Old Navy — Shoes: (Dansko) — Bangle: Thrifted — Earrings: Gift from Katie!


Special Saturday edition of Reading in Skirts here because Friday night got away from me a little bit and I deprived everybody of a post. Promise I didn’t forget about you, duckies. (And non-duckies. I imagine there are very few duckies who make a habit of reading personal style blogs online.)


This outfit is a pretty standard variation of my favorite solid-color summer outfits. I recently thrifted this shirt, which might straddle the line between “fashionably loose” and “too darn big”–I choose to believe it falls into the former category.


And it’s made a superior replacement for my previous baggy orange t-shirt! It’s got better drape, and is about as orange as I could ever ask for. Since I was still in the mood to be enpinkened, what goes better with pink than orange? And maybe a little yellow, hmm?


Rarely one to settle for the old three-color outfit “rule,” I decided to go for at least five. Six, if you count white as a color, which I do. I expect this post will get some indignant comments from physicist readers, but that’s the risk you take when you write such controversial blog posts.

This Just In: Mia’s Top Outfits of 2014, As Chosen By Her Own Vain Self

Wellity, wellity, wellity. Yes, it’s that time again. This year, though, I’m forgoing a split between my top five and the internet’s top five because I’m a wild card and only the blogging gods can judge me many of this year’s most popular posts were written by guests to the blog! I like seeing faces besides mine around here too, so we’ll see if we can’t keep that up in 2015. So, here we are, my ten favorite outfits for 2014:


January 7


March 6


March 24


April 5


May 31


May 23


August 30


October 6


November 21


December 19

Some observations: 1) I frequently don’t know what to do with my arms in outfit photos. Or my feet. Or my face. 2) Those brown boots got a lot of good use. 3) I may have officially hit Peak Mia on May 23, but I’m not packing up just yet, and my love of bright colors and pattern-mixing will continue unabated until further notice.

Not a bad year, all in all. What will 2015 hold for Mia’s closet? Will I throw everything on the fire in an anti-materialist rage before winter’s end and spend the rest of the year taking pictures of the same sackcloth dress? Will I finally get that mechanical third arm I’ve been wanting for bracelet-display purposes? Will I finally come to terms with the color red? Stay tuned to find out!*

*You probably won’t find out. That’s okay, though; we’ll get through this together.

Outfit Post: 5/23/14


Shirt: Desigual — Pants and bangle: Thrifted — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch for Keds) — Earrings: Etsy


This may be one of my favorite outfits so far this year, guys. I dunno.


I mean, I’ve been excited to wear these ridiculous floral pants once the weather got warm enough since I thrifted them last winter.


Add in this equally-ridiculous shirt I got from Desigual in Ljubljana (the day that Mom and I got rained on), and it’s pretty much perfect Mia chaos.


Some brightly-colored accessories never hurt nobody, either. Well, maybe they have, but if that’s true I don’t want to hear about it.


I’ve really been into bright daffodil yellow lately, and lamenting my wardrobe’s relative lack of it. My love will have to be expressed largely through accessories!


Could yellow possibly be bumping orange aside as my favorite color? Hmm.


Then again, they play so nicely together. And with green too. Heck, every color is basically my favorite, especially when I wear them all at once.

This Just In: Mia’s Top Outfits of 2013

Lemme say something that you guys have probably heard a hundred times in the last week: what??? 2014 already??? My goodness, how the sands of time trickle through our fingers even as we desperately try to hold onto them so that we can build some sort of time sand castle where we’ll live as tiny immortal hermit crabs forever. 

…that metaphor got away from me there, but you get what I mean. 2013 was a mixed bag for me, but overall I’d call it positive. I didn’t do so well at sticking to most of my resolutions for the year, but I did start therapy (and brain pills) for my anxiety and depression, so good for me! My 2014 resolutions have been kind of nebulous and ever-changing so far, but I do have a few:

1. Be kinder to myself.

2. Ride my bike to work as often as possible.

3. Write letters to friends who have been waiting for them (sorry, Alex) and maintain the correspondence. 

4. No buying clothes or accessories for all of 2014 (exempting underthings and also exempting the two-week period in spring when I’ll be in Austria with my mom).

We’ll talk about some of these more later, but for now, gaze in fear and awe upon my top ten outfits for 2013–five chosen by the internet collective (aka my most-viewed outfit posts), and five chosen by me, because I do what I want.

The Internet’s Five:











Some observations: I explored my relationship with more overtly feminine-coded clothing (and even a little makeup) in 2013, and the internet was very receptive to it! You also like it when I dress up as bleu cheese.

Mia’s Five:











Some observations: I like pants. Also, I’m growing surprisingly fond of all-neutral outfits! Don’t let that fool you, though; there’ll be lots of color in the coming year, just you wait. 

How’s 2014 been for you so far?

Team Outfit Post: All the Colors


Look who is in town. And writing on the blog. It is me! And I am Tia. [Don’t be fooled by the posting info–Mia created the draft of this post for Tia to edit! Or maybe we’re secretly the same person. -Mia] And also I am still very much unbloggy in general. Curse you, inexplicably time consuming graduate program! As soon as I got to my parent’s house, practically, I got my hair cut and colored for the first time in forever, so you get to see that awesomeness up in this business.


Also, my totally sweet Goldie Blox sweatshirt, which I am grateful to note is literally all I need for being outside right now. California, your weather. It is wonderfuls.