In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was dreaming, and dreaming, of a white Christmas.
Of course, I had that famous song in my head, like every year.
And of course, I was hoping for lots of snow and great skiing and all. But that's not really the white I'm talking about. I just couldn't get white sweaters out of my head. Lovely, creamy, soft, white sweaters that go with everything. Vanilla ice-cream-y knits that look chic and still feel snuggly. And ... sigh... see what I mean?
This preoccupation was partly due to an outfit I saw on Net-a-porter.com when I was writing a post about festive party outfits in November. A beautiful, cream sweater worn with black leather pants similar to mine.
Then Adrienne and Jill announced that the theme for "How I Wear My" in January would be winter white. "How I Wear My" is an on-line outfit jamboree hosted each month by bloggers Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and Jill of Everything Just So. And thus I started thinking about white sweaters and blouses that I owned... and what might go with what.
And then.... a couple of weeks ago.... I was Christmas shopping.
I had only a couple of items left to buy and my shopping would be finished. But I had a 40% off e-mail coupon from Gap in my purse. I had printed it off the night before, just in case I happened to ( maybe, possibly) see something that I really liked. I wouldn't want to miss out on a 40% off opportunity. So I strolled into the store at Bayshore and ... well, this soft, white sweater called out to me. "Sue, Sue. Look at me. I'm soft and snuggly. Think about eggnog, and biscotti, and vanilla ice cream. Think about all the things I would go with in your closet." Really, I was doomed. I was no match for logic like that; I never stood a chance. I tried it on. Loved it. And plunked down my credit card.
And seriously... it was a steal at 40% off an already very reasonable price. I've paid more for mascara than I paid for this sweater.
And it IS soft and snuggly. It's long enough to hide what needs hiding, and falls loosely without looking sloppy, and has little slits in the sides. And it DOES go with everything.
Like my white cropped jeans, and these old Stuart Weitzman boots that I bought in New York in 2006.
And my Max Mara coat from a few years ago.
And my Anne-Marie Chagnon earrings and necklace. I love her stuff and you can get her whole line at Magpie Jewellry, in Ottawa.
In this outfit I felt like... well, not exactly eggnog with nutmeg... but, maybe cappuccino and... cinnamon?
And that's not all. This sweater goes with almost everything I own. My black leggings and grey wool scarf. My tan Tory Burch cords. My dark brown Yoga jeans with this funny little brown and grey scarf that I bought years ago in New Zealand.
And I can wear these white Kate Spade hoops and maybe even a toque with my new favourite sweater. Or recycle these old hoop earrings with the baubles on them. Or tuck a blouse underneath, like this Gap gingham shirt.
Yep, as far as wish fulfillment goes, this sweater ticks a lot of the boxes. At least for me, and my white sweater dreams. However, I had one problem left... since I did not, exactly, finish my Christmas shopping that day two weeks ago, getting sidetracked, as I did, by the siren call of a 40% off coupon, and one very insistent sweater.
I still had shopping to do. And since the weather looked like this, rain, fog and melting snow... a different sort of white on white...
And so, as much of our snow melted away... I was still dreaming of a white Christmas, snow white. Dreaming and hoping. And singing that old song in my head.
How about you? Any white Christmas dreams you'd like to share?