Before I turn my focus to brand new content…and I do indeed have some in the work…let’s look back at what was popular here at Dressed for My Day in December, 2023. Here’s what was HOT at DFMD last month.
I know we’re three days into January, 2024, and you’re probably chomping at the bit for some new content. But I do have a couple more review posts that I want to knock out before we move on. So I hope you’ll indulge me on these. It’s really so helpful for me to look back, run the numbers, analyze and think through the previous year (or in this case, month) before moving forward. The plan right now is to share my favorite 23 outfits of 2023 tomorrow, and then we’ll move forward!
We’ll run through these in true countdown order, culminating in the number one most popular item at DFMD in December. But before we start, remember these are really just the items that were most frequently clicked through and then resulted in a purchase. Your privacy is secure; I have no way of knowing who made a purchase or even what exactly was bought.
These Dolce Vita Linny H2O Booties are definitely some of my favorites. I have them in the truffle suede, which is a color that works so nicely with most everything in my closet for an elevated casual look.
I noticed on the website that reviewers say these Dolce Vita Linny H2O Booties run slightly small. I’d say that’s true, but I do have them in my usual 9.5m and they feel really good to me. I probably have been wearing mostly thin socks with them. So just take that into consideration. They’re great mid intensity booties.
By the way, for all of our HOT items you can get more information about how I styled them through the original post or video in which they were shared. I’ve given you links to those posts and videos in the captions of the photos.
I’m so glad to see this cotton button-front shirt on our list. I’ve really enjoyed wearing it during the holidays. But when I put some holiday-ish things away the other day, I actually kept this shirt in my closet. I’ll certainly continue to wear it.
This shirt is super soft and not too heavy. It feels like a light flannel. It fits true to size and the sleeves are full enough to accommodate my larger upper arms. It’s been marked down and you get an extra 40% off.
I would be surprised to see the 180° Two-Way Tank in Belleville Stripe on our list, but I did feature it in our 23 Hottest Sellers at DFMD in 2023 post on December 27. At that time I think it was available at a lower price, but now it is full price again.
Not only was this 180° Two-Way Tank in Belleville Stripe a top seller at the blog in 2023, but it’s one that still hangs in my closet today. I definitely wore it more in the spring and summer (on repeat in fact!), but I do occasionally reach for my tanks in cold months, too. I have the navy and white strip, but it also comes in black and white and rattan and white. Oh, and you can wear it as a scoop neck or v-neck.
You know I love my Talbots Hampshire Ankle Pants. I have them in several colors, but I’ve shown them most recently in this beautiful red.
I wear a size 10 in the Talbots Hampshire Ankle Pants. And think they’re such a nice basic trouser for year round.
#12 – Talbots Tribeca Pants
But I also love the more modern elements of the Talbots Tribeca Pants. These favorite trousers feature a single pleat at the top, belt loops and an ankle length.
I wear a size 8 in this roomier trousers. They come in other colors, too.
#11 – Plaid Cashmere Scarf
I’m so pleased that this Plaid Cashmere Scarf is on our HOT at DFMD list for December. I love wearing my cashmere scarfs.
But in fact I gave this Plaid Cashmere Scarf to my daughter for Christmas. I have a similar one from a past season, so I thought I’d get her one, too.
#10 – Tish Chelsea Boots
Now I love MY Tish Chelsea boots, but these are actually a little different. The ones that trended at DFMD in December have a higher shaft than mine. I’ve not even tried them on. Please let me know if you purchased them and what you think.
I can tell you that my Chelsea boots shown above are my favorite and most worn boots. I have them in three colors. And I have to imagine that the HOT selling Tish Chelsea Boots are just as comfortable. But please let me know if you can provide some feedback.
#9 – Metallic Puffer Vest
It took me a while to figure out where some of these top sellers were initiating from on my blog. I was struggling to find pictures of me wearing them. That was the case with this Metallic Puffer Vest, which I did indeed wear on my trip to Georgia several times.
But I couldn’t figure out how people saw me in the vest in time for it to be such a big seller. Then I realized I’d shown it in a YouTube video. Along with several of our other top sellers. This vest runs a little large. You might want to size down. I’m wearing a small.
These Hampshire Ankle Pants in Apple Cider Plaid are actually from Talbots’ holiday line LAST YEAR. But I shared them in this recent video when I noticed that they were still available. I LOVE them. I was all set to wear them just like this for Christmas.
But we had a heat wave during Christmas in Georgia. So I had to ask my daughter if I could borrow from her a white button-up shirt. She loaned me this organic cotton big shirt, and I have to tell you, it’s a winner. It’s evidently VERY oversized because I was able to wear her x-small quite comfortably. I’d probably purchase a small for me.
So those Hampshire Ankle Pants in Apple Cider Plaid are VERY versatile. And they’re still available and marked down. So you can get another 40% off them today. Yay!
#7 – Ribbed Turtleneck
I also shared this Ribbed Turtleneck in that same trending video. I’ve loved wearing this cheerful lavender, but I think it’s sold out.
But during our Christmas holiday I wore the Ribbed Turtleneck in this pretty festive fuchsia, and I think it’s stunning.
The Ribbed Turtleneck runs true to size for a generous fit with nice stretch. It’s available in many great colors.
#6 – Floral Tie-Neck Top
I love having a pretty blouse in my closet. You can dress up a pair of jeans or pair it with nice slacks.
This pretty floral blouse is still available and marked down. It fits true to size.
I also showed this Link Pendant Necklace in a couple of videos. It’s such a nice length for wearing with turtlenecks or crewneck sweaters.
Of course it’s perfect with button-up shirts, too.
These St. John’s Bay Straight Leg Mid-Rise Jeans were my #1 top seller at DFMD in all of 2023. So of course they’re at the top of the board for December, too.
These Mid-Rise Jeans jeans are not my favorite because I prefer a high rise. But they are great jeans. They come in a number of rinses including black. They run true to size; I wear a 10 in these.
Now here’s a top seller that I don’t even have a photo for…because I haven’t purchased it yet. But it’s in my Talbots wish list! In fact I tried on the Knit Button-Front Shirt in Crocus Stripe at the store last week. It fits true to size and is SO flattering.
The Knit Button-Front Shirt in Crocus Stripe also comes in Vivid Pink, as shown above, and indigo blue. I do need to let you know that, like many button-up shirts, it does pull a little at the bosom. I think I can wear it without reservation, but if you are more blessed in that area you may want to skip this style. I don’t think that sizing up would be an option because then you’d lose the flattering silhouette. It’s such a great top!
Oh my! I love my Microfleece Funnel Neck Top in this vibrant orange. Unfortunately that color is sold out. It’s strange that I love this top so much because I tried one on in the store last year and literally could not get it to go on my head. The neck had absolutely no stretch in it and I wrote that top off as not good for me. Now I’m thinking that I was trying on a defective top because this neck has lots of stretch and slips on and off with no problem, even after laundering.
Since so many of our top sellers come from this recent YouTube Video, I’m providing a link to it below. By the way, that Microfleece Funnel Neck Top is still available in lots of other nice colors. It’s so fun to wear, very comfortable and so soft.
#1 – Boucle Cardigan
Okay, here’s a big surprise. Once again, I could not figure out how this Boucle Cardigan ended up at the very top of our HOT at DFMD in December list. Then I remembered that this video has been very popular on YouTube.
It’s a fun lady jacket and comes in several nice colors. You can wear it alone or with something underneath. I like it dressed down a little, as I did above. But you absolutely can dress it up more if that’s your thing. I’d say it runs a little large. And you can remove the shoulder pads if you’d prefer.
Those are our HOT at DFMD items for December, 2023. BIG QUESTION!!! Please give me your input on this. I’ve been doing this particular post monthly for the past year. And really I’ve done similar round ups most every year. It’s helpful for me. But is it helpful, enjoyable, useful for you? I’d love to hear if you want me to continue these or not. Thanks so much for chiming in!
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The truth is that God invites us into a relationship with Him through His grace. He has paid the price for our sins through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And after we accept that gift an amazing thing can begin to happen. With the work of the Holy Spirit and our obedient cooperation, He teaches us and enables us to live more self-control, godly lives. So don’t let that get in your way of beginning that amazing relationship. He’s got this.
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