Now that we’re into January I definitely want to provide you with new content, but I also have a few more “year in review” posts I want to squeeze in. Not only do I hope these are interesting to you, but they provide me with much needed perspective as I steer Dressed for My Day into a new year. Especially as I put together the 20 most popular Dressed for My Day posts in 2020 I gained valuable information about what brings readers to my blog and what women in my target audience are most interested in.
Maybe I should have just shared my top 10 blog posts of the year, but it felt like a waste of a good round number not to share the top 20 of ’20. Plus, the deeper I dig, the more valuable insights I gain. But I promise to keep the commentary short. Basically, I’m just sharing the title, the lead photo from the post and any insights I gained from discovering that the post was a top 20 post. Of course, there will be links to the original posts so you can check them out if you missed them.
One more thing before we start. These are not actually the posts that received the most traffic at Dressed for My Day in 2020. I have a lot of older posts from 2018 and 2019 that still garner an amazing amount of traffic. I’ll list the top 10 trafficked posts in 2020 (from all three years) at the bottom of this post. But the top 20 I’m sharing here are the blog posts I created this year that received the most pageviews. So these are all 2020 posts.
I’m listing the top 20 most popular Dressed for My Day blog posts of 2020 in typical countdown order, starting with number 20.
#20 – 6 Ways to Wear Joggers this Fall
Well, hello 2020! Is it any surprise that a post on how to wear joggers would make the top 20 list in this year of staying home, working from home and showing up for meetings on Zoom? Hahaha!
Of course, I’m wearing a pair of the joggers I featured in this post right now as I type today’s post. Ha! So yeah, with stay-home orders that most of us have endured this year, wearing joggers has become a common fashion choice. I expect to see this trend continue, but I also suspect that many of us are tiring of wearing them so frequently and crave the opportunity to dress up a little more. For that reason, I think we’ll continue to see joggers made in a wide variety of fabrics, and we’ll continue to wear them as daywear and not just leisurewear. I think we’re going to see joggers in more linen, cotton and other lightweight fabrics.
#19 – Spring 2020 Color Trends & The 40+ Woman
In this Spring Trends Week 2020 post I shared the popular colors we had to look forward to wearing in 2020 as well as how the 40+ woman could best adopt them into her wardrobe.
One of the trends that I introduced in this post was a surge in neutrals. And indeed we’ve definitely gravitated to neutrals as we’ve looked for clothing that was both comfortable and homey, but also chic and sophisticated.
#18 – Wear Now & Later: Leopard Print Blouse
I suspect that Wear Now & Later: Leopard Print Blouse saw a lot of traffic for three reasons.
First, it was a collaboration with Jo-Lynne Shane. Collaborations generally draw more pageviews, and Jo-Lynne especially throws a lot of readers my way. And I’m so grateful. Second, this post was during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and featured sale purchases. And finally it’s a leopard print blouse. I have no doubt that women search for information about how to style leopard print, and since my search engine optimization (SEO) was set up pretty well on this post, I undoubtedly drew some of that audience in.
#17 – 7 Style Formulas & How to Work Them Beautifully
This is one of my personal favorites. And while this is the only post of this mini-series that made the top 20 list, I have no doubt that if I kept digging I’d find more of them in the top 50 or so. I loved this mini series. It’s so practical.
Of course, I wrote posts for each of the 7 style formulas I presented in this piece. But this wrap-up post shares all seven.
#16 – Winter Wardrobe Essentials 2020-2021
When I find a post this recent in the list I know it’s got traction and is continuing to bring in readers. In fact, all of my wardrobe essentials posts made the top 20 list I believe.
#15 – Long Sleeve Leopard Tee & a Bold Splash of Red
There are only a few blog posts in the top 20 list that are outfit posts. And the others actually have information in the title that implies they offer style tips. So I think it’s that word “leopard” once again that draws readers to Long Sleeve Leopard Tee & a Bold Splash of Red.
#14 – Talbots Fall Try-On Session
Speaking of Talbots, right now they’re having their Red Hanger Sale. They’re offering an extra 60% off marked down dresses, jackets and skirts, and an extra 50% off all other markdowns. And they’ve added new wear-now styles to the sale just recently. Also Talbots credit cardholders get an extra 5% off if you use your credit card.
#13 – Let’s Talk Hair for Women Over 50
I had no idea when I wrote this post that readers would gravitate to it the way you did. Then again, many of us women have struggled with our hair throughout our lives only for the struggle to intensify when we hit 50.
#12 – 2 Fall Classics 4 Ways with Talbots
Again my readers proved to be devoted Talbots shoppers. Plus, I notice that readers appreciate seeing pieces styled in a variety of ways. I’ll be doing more posts offering multiple ways to style closet essentials this year.
What were the two classics I styled? The corduroy jeggings are basically sold out, but Talbots always has a denim or chambray shirt in their lineup.
#11 – The Modern Way to Wear Your Traditional Cardigans
I get negative comments almost daily about the traditional pink button up cardigan I wore in this viral video. But truly, you absolutely can still wear these classic toppers. They’re classic. Classic. No, they’re not THE most modern choice. But I contend they still look feminine, classy and timeless.
Anyhow in The Modern Way to Wear Your Traditional Cardigans I shared a simple style hack that can indeed make these old-school sweaters look a bit more on trend. If you haven’t read this post, check it out HERE.
#10 – Simple Spring Style
I have to wonder if the reason that Simple Spring Style landed at number 10 isn’t simply because readers were ready to see some spring styles. Ha! This popular post came out in early March as we were just thawing out from winter. Plus I did team up with some other bloggers for this post.
#9 – Video: My Early Fall Capsule Wardrobe
I teamed up with Robin of Faith and Flour for this video. She is just darling, and I hope to work with her again this spring. I have a feeling that’s when many of you met me. She certainly helped my YouTube Channel to start growing as she introduced her loyal viewers to it.
I also think there are a lot of women out there who enjoy working with capsule wardrobes. So maybe this post did well in the search engines as well. You can read the post and link to the video HERE.
#8 – How to Wear Wide Leg Crop Jeans this Spring & Summer
At this point, as we climb the chart to the most watched videos of 2020, you’ll notice that we begin to see the real draw to my blog (or any style blog, for that matter). The words how to wear.
I’m not even sure I got this right. Wearing wide leg crop jeans is still challenging for me. While I’m fairly certain that the straight leg jean silhouette is here to stay for a while, I’m not quite as certain that this jean cut will endure. And I know for a fact that many of my readers do not like it. But part of my job is to try new trends and research how to wear them well, so that if you do want to wear them, you can do so with confidence and a little know-how.
So yes, you can bet you’ll continue to see posts like How to Wear Wide Leg Crop Jeans this Spring & Summer this next year. Let me know if there are particular trends, silhouettes or styles that you’d like to see similar posts about.
#7 – What to Wear Instead of Jeans This Winter
I’ve actually produced two videos and three posts on this topic this year. But the What to Wear Instead of Jeans This Winter is my post from last February, so it’s had time to gain a little more traction than the other two.
#6 – Fall 2020 Color Trends and How to Wear Them
We’re all interested in color trends for the upcoming season. Right? Evidently! But I also think this blog post drew readers because it offered tips for how to wear the trending colors.
It might be fun to look back at Fall 2020 Color Trends and How to Wear Them to see if you’ve been wearing these colors.
#5 – How to Dress Like a Hallmark Christmas Movie Main Character
I honestly had no idea I’d find this post in the top 5 most viewed posts on Dressed for My Day. It only had a month and a half to rise to the top of the chart, so that alone is surprising. But I guess all those gals who Googled “Hallmark Christmas movie” in search of a light-hearted holiday movie found my post in the process. Ha!
But I know that How to Dress Like a Hallmark Christmas Movie Main Character was popular with my regular readers, too. If you missed it, you can catch it here.
#4 – How to Wear Mostly Black without Looking Boring
I love, love, love wearing black. So I enjoyed putting this popular post together. My bet is I’ll write an updated version for spring and summer this year. I think many women enjoy wearing black and want to know how to wear it.
Plus, black instantly elevates a look if worn correctly. Would you like to see a similar post for spring? Summer? Each season? Let me know. You can read How to Wear Mostly Black without Looking Boring HERE.
#3 – How to Wear Straight Leg Ankle Jeans in Winter
I guess as long as jean silhouettes keep changing on us, posts like this will be popular. About the time we all got comfortable in our skinny jeans, they started fading out and other less familiar styles became the modern go-to. That’s not to say that skinny jeans are out. You did not read that here. You absolutely can still wear your skinny jeans and look current (with a few styling tweaks). But the straight leg silhouette is here to stay for a while and looks much more now.
How to Wear Straight Leg Ankle Jeans in Winter was written last January, just less than one year ago to the day. So it was my first effort to style this newer denim trend. I’ve learned a lot about the silhouette and how to pull it off since then. Maybe it’s time to take another stab at it. Would that be helpful to you?
Read the post HERE.
#2 – Spring Wardrobe Essentials
I think my readers are predominantly women who want to build lasting wardrobes that are functional and versatile. That’s why wardrobe essentials posts are big draws here at Dressed for My Day. And I’m glad. If you’re trying to build a wardrobe that works for you – in your current life season, for your personal style aesthetic and with clothes that are modern but also classic – you’re my kinda gal!
That’s why posts like Spring Wardrobe Essentials and the 40+ Woman are big draws here. And you can count on me writing these posts every season. This post came out last February 18th and that’s about when you can expect to see this year’s version.
#1 – Fall 2020 Wardrobe Essentials
So it’s not surprise then that my Fall 2020 Wardrobe Essentials post was my most popular post of 2020. And it’s 2021 counterpart will probably be my most popular post next year. Honestly, I think it’s a sign that more and more women want to build workable wardrobes rather than just stuffing their closets with trendy pieces that don’t play well together.
Remember, wardrobe essentials are not the most glamorous pieces in your wardrobe. They’re the workhorses that you wear frequently because these basics show up in so many outfits. So it’s worth it to invest in quality pieces in most cases. If you’re currently trying to rebuild your wardrobe due to weight changes, retirement, a career change or other shifts in your life, I suggest you begin with the wardrobe essentials.
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The Top Ten Posts Visited in 2020
I mentioned at the top of the post that I’d shared the top 10 posts from all three years that have been visited this year. See if any of these posts are the ones that drew you here to begin with.
- #10 – 12 Ways to Wear a Pullover Sweater
- #9 – How to Wear Straight Leg Ankle Jeans in Winter
- #8 – Spring Wardrobe Essentials
- #7 – How to Discover Your Body Proportions
- #6 – How to Minimize Large Upper Arms with Fashion & Fitness
- #5 – Fall 2020 Wardrobe Essentials
- #4 – What to Wear so You Look Slimmer
- #3 – Mother of the Bride or Groom Dresses
- #2 – 9 Signs Your Clothes Don’t Fit…and how to fix that
- #1 – Instead of Shorts Wear These 11 Alternatives
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I enjoyed putting this list together for you. But it also provided me with valuable information about what resonates with you, my valued readers. If there are other types of posts that didn’t show up in the top 20 that you enjoy, let me know. And tell me what you like about them or how they serve you.
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Blessed for My Day
What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Do you think about that? I can get caught up thinking of all sorts of nuances about how I’d like to be remembered. Who doesn’t want to be remembered as kind, loving, gentle or friendly? But then again, some of us probably want to be remembered as powerful leaders, persuasive influencers, effective teachers, wise counselors or fun conversationalists.
There’s nothing wrong with those attributes at all. But I think the words spoken of Noah comprise one of the most poignant legacies I’ve ever read. He did all that God commanded him. Noah wasn’t perfect. He really blew it shortly after bringing his family to safety through the ark God commanded him to build. But this we know, Noah obeyed God. That, dear friends, will one day prove to be the most important legacy any of us could leave.
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. ~ Genesis 6:22