Christmas 23 – easy outfit ideas – try-on
A Christmas edit with White Stuff helped me to get in the mood for writing this at the weekend. As one of the UK’s solid market town brands I’m really keen to keep on supporting them. They’re a great team of people and after the demise of Monsoon and now Fat Face being sadly been swallowed up by Next as well as Joules, those of us who live rurally really need to rally round the retailers that bring colour and joy to our local streets. So I picked out a few pieces to wear with the clothes I already have which is exactly how I’ll be updating my wardrobe this season.
I’m starting with wide leg velvet trousers and the thing that’s particularly good about these is that they’re an ecovero viscose velvet blend rather than polyester. This means that they feel similar to cotton velvet and yet they’re washable. They have a zip fastening rather than an elasticated waist so they don’t add any more volume than you already have at the middle and they have a standard rise, sitting across your tummy button.
I’ve paired them with one of my all time favourite Christmas shirts, I love the cut so much that I’ve been tracking different colours down on Vinted which seems like a good way to save sequins from landfill. You could happily wear these trousers with a jumper for a more casual day or a different style of party top for going out. They’re just the right length for wearing with flat shoes for me, I’m wearing a size 12 and they’re true to size, they’re also available in black. That isn’t really champagne I’m drinking by the way, it’s my new favourite Zoe aperitif – a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with sparkling water – yum!
Velvet wide leg trousers; Free People sequin shirt (past season); Boden jewelled shoes (AW 2014)
Moving on to outfit two, some of you will be thinking I had a skirt like this and I did but I sold it to one of you in a charity sale – and have always regretted it. However this one is nicer because it has a better cut at the top so the tulle frills don’t start as high which means your outline is sleeker where it needs to be. I really like the fact that the tulle is spotted too. I had to ask Mal with his creative’s eye why that was and he suggested that it was because it made the contrast less harsh – the polka dots emphasise the frothiness of the tulle texture. There’s a dress in the same fabric too. The reviews suggested that you need to size up on the skirt and they’re right.
I’ve paired it with a simple cashmere jumper that could take you to a lunch, a bar or just a festive day at work. You could, of course, dress the skirt up with a satin camisole or a fitted blouse too, or wear it with a jersey top if wool makes you feel too hot. In the end I felt so happy in this outfit that I ditched the ‘jeans and nice top’ I’d planed to wear for my evening with my siblings in a lovely country gastropub and kept this on instead.
Spotted tulle skirt (gifted AW23); M&S cashmere jumper (past season); Zara shoes (past season)
And last of all, a report in The Telegraph this week showed that there’s a growing trend for spending Christmas Day in a nice pair of pyjamas. I can’t see myself doing it but I can absolutely imagine the boys being very happy with the idea. Anyway, as I often say, you can’t beat White Stuff’s PJs. Why? Because of the organic cotton and ecovero viscose blend which means they feel like the silkiest soft cotton and they don’t crease too badly. They also continue to have beautiful details such as the piping, contrasting cuffs and the subtle embroidered ‘zzzz’ on the sleeves – little touches that you just don’t find on the high street very often these days.
I only have my favourite things in our Newcastle life so my White Stuff pyjamas live there and they’re always a treat to slip on when we arrive. This will be a second pair and the giraffe print is a nice tribute to the beautiful creatures we fed by hand in Kenya this year – it feels like a dream that we ever went there now, but a very happy one. There are four other prints and colourways to choose from – I’m wearing a medium and they’re true to size.
Pyjama top; pyjama bottoms; Boden slippers past season
Reader get together
I’m delighted to say that back in the summer, Rebecca, a reader, got in touch to offer help with organising a reader get together. She’s been very patient with me and I now have a date – Thursday 29th February 2024 at about 6pm. It feels like a nice way to mark Leap Day. We’re planning to hold it in London this time and we wondered if any of you have any ideas of where we could meet. Last time we had quite an impromptu gathering in the bar at the Royal Festival Hall but it would be good to have a room to ourselves somewhere. I try to keep prices as low as possible, all we need to do is cover the venue and any food/drink that’s involved. So, if you have any thoughts please could you email me using the contact form. And if you’re interested in coming, could you add your details below – there’s no commitment at this stage, it just gives us so an idea of numbers. It will be SO good to have an evening of chat and laughter – that’s all it’ll be, I’m not planning a speech or a talk or anything like that. Fingers crossed you can come.
And that’s it for today, I hope it’s helped you to start thinking about Christmas 23 – easy outfit ideas to get you in the mood felt like the best place to start. I have a lot on so I won’t have time to write a post for next Tuesday but I’ll be back on Friday. I know a few of you are enjoying hearing about my Zoe journey, this week has been all about blood sugar challenges and watching my glucose curve going up and down. Today’s task is to eat cake which I’m really looking forward to after a four day project that was based around plain white rice! I’m going to leave you with one thing that’s really made me think hard – I’ve been listening to the podcasts pretty solidly and they’re all informative but this one is particularly good. It’s about thinking ahead to the kind of old person you want to be in your last decade – and how to plan your life so that you can achieve it. It you have a spare 40 minutes you may just find that it changes everything – you can find out more here.
In the meantime happy bonfire night to everyone in the UK and thoughts to those of you who have been hit by Storm Ciaran – the autumn weather isn’t turning out too well so far is it?!
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