‘Tis the season, folks, for dressing up. But, you know, I find as I get older, I’m not as excited by the prospect of getting dressed up as I used to be when I was in my twenties. Maybe I’m jaded after the surfeit of party and dress-up outfits in the seventies and early eighties. I’m remembering sky-high heels with tight pants, a sparkling sweater with a black leather skirt, or, my favourite, a head to toe winter white outfit.
I still have a vivid picture in my head of that winter white outfit. A beautiful cream sweater with matching slim-cut wool pants that I wore with burgundy high heels. And I have an even more vivid picture in my head of the bottle of red wine that someone knocked over one night in a restaurant, and my unsuccessful attempt to scramble out of the way as the wine flooded across the table, dripped onto my sweater and pants and pooled on my chair. Oh… I was greatly distressed… so distressed, in fact, that I didn’t even notice that the stain matched my pumps perfectly. I could ill-afford that outfit to begin with, let alone having it ruined on its first outing.
It’s ironic that, over the years, my desire to “put on the Ritz” diminished, as my ability to afford to do so grew.
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|
|“Midnight Blue” on The Stunning Look|
|“Bows and Lace” on Look De Pernille|
|“Trendsætterne” Look De Pernille|
And when the laughter and animated conversation make the old internal furnace kick into overdrive, I can take off the jacket and still look good. In fact, I like the look of the tank with the pants alone, almost as much as with the jacket.
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.
So that’s me sorted for this festive party season. Not flashy, or terribly fashion forward, or particularly colourful. But black on black is always chic, in my opinion. And all the pieces fit me well, and look polished. And…. here is the important part… they don’t require me to stand in four-inch heels all night, or suck in my stomach, or swelter in layers of confining spandex “foundation” garments… or worry about red wine stains. Sigh. There’s something to be said after all for abandoning dressing up, for dressing down to dress up.
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.
I’ll be taking a blogging break for week or so. But I’ll be back by the New Year.
So in closing, dear readers, from our family to yours, Hubby and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.