These days I'm not attracted to head to toe sparkle, or sky-high heels. Now-a-days I'm more interested in dressing down when I dress up, pairing something festive, with something more casual. Below are some of the looks that I added to Pinterest when I was looking for inspiration for holiday party wear this season.
I love this outfit from the J. McLaughlin Holiday Collection. I had never heard of this company until I read a post on the blog Habitually Chic. I love this outfit, and the mix of cozy casual sweater with the flashy gold pleated skirt. I'd wear this, but probably go for a slightly longer skirt. That is if I owned anything like this skirt, which I don't.
|J McLaughlin Holiday 2015|
As usual, blogger Silvia Cristescu, of The Stunning Look, gets it just right as far as I'm concerned. I really like this simple midnight blue sweater and cool, cropped pants with the big blingy earrings. But while I love this look, it really didn't help me solve my what to wear problem. Unless I wanted to go shopping, which I didn't.
|"Midnight Blue" on The Stunning Look|
Now, Kate Moss in leather pants, black blazer and sheer black top gave me pause. Not because I thought I could pull off this look in quite the same way. Ha. Excuse me while I stop to guffaw here. But because I do own black leather pants (my ubiquitous leather trousers) and a lovely black jacket. So I filed this image away.
Ditto this outfit worn by Pernille Teisbaek who writes the fashion blog Look de Pernille. I own a couple of cream ruffled blouses and a black vest. So I filed this one too.
|"Bows and Lace" on Look De Pernille|
And this one, also from Pernille Teisbaek's blog. I do love the look of a dressy top, and ladylike shoes, with faded jeans.
|"Trendsætterne" Look De Pernille|
Then I dug around in my closet and hauled out my few dressy bits, and my comfortable, more casual bits and tried to see what I felt like wearing with what.
For our annual hockey gang Christmas get together, I wanted to be a bit festive, but not fussy. So channeling Pernille Teisbaek, and her sparkly top and faded jeans, I paired my black Helmut Lang jacket and gauzy Rag and Bone silk tank, with my Citizens of Humanity cropped jeans, and these Stuart Weitzman kitten heel pumps. Of course the jacket and tank were summer staples; I bought them both for our trip to France. But because they're black, they can also work for a winter dressy-ish occasion. I added a brooch and matching earrings that Hubby bought me waaay back in the late 80's. And Grammy Sullivan's clutch. It's seventy-plus years since my Aunt Gwyneth brought this bag back from Montreal for my grandmother.
Then I had to decide what to wear to my Ladies Only Cocktail and Canapés Partay. I have a couple of LBDs that I tried to find enthusiasm for, unsuccessfully. Then I settled on my black leather pants. And the same black jacket and silk tank. I really love these three black pieces together. Partly because the very different textures, leather and silk with the viscose jacket, look so rich and lovely together. Partly because the stretchy jacket is so comfortable, the pants never, ever lose their shape or bag at the knees, and the tank which falls away from the mid-section allows for worry free... uh... buffet indulging... so to speak. Win, win, win.
I put together a third outfit, that I haven't actually worn yet. This cream ruffled blouse and black brocade vest are years old, but I still like them with my leather pants.
Add some silver and black earrings, a vintage brooch, and this bracelet that I was given by a former student... and I'm good to go to party number three. But we don't have a party number three to attend. Hmmm. Note to self: organize event requiring use of outfit #3.
This last shot is the only one I saved from the aborted "fashion shoot" that Hubby and I tried the night of my ladies party. I've been struggling lately, in the absence of sunny days, to get good light to take blog photos. And I've been experimenting with our digital camera, a dodgy tripod, the flash, and the delayed shutter setting. So not working. So labour intensive. On Saturday night Hubby volunteered to be my photographer. And, well, he never notices whether my hair is stuck up in the front. Delete that one. Or if one pant leg is caught on the back of my shoe, or if I'm looking down momentarily and thus turning one chin into three. Delete, delete.
He snapped this last shot when he was really getting into the act. Okay, Suz, ready? Okay, let's do another one. Yep. Yep. Cue the wind machine. Lookin' good, babe! And I erupted into giggles. You'd have to know my husband... but he is just about the last man on earth who would ever say something like "Lookin' good babe." He may be a grumpy so and so sometimes (not without reason) ... but he does make me laugh.
Christmas is fast approaching, and I'm not ready. Still not stressed about it, though. Come Christmas Eve everything will be done. Today was tree trimming and house decorating, tomorrow I'll be baking a few sweet things and preparing my Christmas Eve tourtière. Most years we try to go skiing on Christmas Eve day or Christmas Day, depending on our schedule and the weather. This year skiing is out of the question. So on Christmas Eve, after Hubby comes home from his physiotherapy session we're going... biking. Yep. His shoulder is in good enough shape that if we don't do any off-road, bumpy stuff he'll be fine... and the weather forecast predicts it will be +14 Celsius. Imagine!
This is a shot Hubby took from our front lawn, early on Sunday morning. We had a skiff of snow. And the usual multitude of geese on the river. I swear this picture looks like those shots in the Lord of the Rings movies where they used some computer generated thingy to create the hordes of marauding orcs, wave after wave of them. Don't you think? Still, they're a magnificent sight when they all take off. The geese, I mean, not the orcs.
So in closing, dear readers, from our family to yours, Hubby and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Linking up this week with:Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, All About You Link Party at Mama and More, and Christmas Fashion Party Link-Up at High Latitude Style.