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Dressember Week 4 – Christmas time! - (archived)

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I’m almost at the end of Dressember, but I’m not giving up yet! It’s been really fun snapping each outfit, planning what to wear and knowing each morning when I get up that I’ve got yet another frock to wear. At the beginning of week 4, the last thing I wanted to do was snap photos of my flu-ridden self, but I managed to keep it up, and I’m so glad that I did! This week also saw me heading home to spend Christmas with my family in Worcestershire, and three guesses what I had in my suitcase…

20th December

This was the day I got up, went to work sick and was promptly sent home, so please forgive the fact I’m make-up free and looking a bit worse for wear. The dress is from Express in the USA, a sale find on a trip to Vegas. I find I wear wrap dresses a lot less now than I used to, but this one’s still an old faithful.

21st December

Another sick day, so ignore the awful hair! I did manage to drag myself to the supermarket, and did so in this printed number from Matalan. It hangs off me a bit now but I used to wear this all the time a couple of years ago.

22nd December

Finally feeling better, I decided to make a bit of an effort to make up for previous days! The dress is Ben de Lisi, found on eBay. I think it must be from the early 90s based on the style, but it’s got something a bit 1947 Dior New Look about it, with the nipped waist and full skirt. The top part is velvet with a big shawl collar, so it’s also my nod to this season’s velvet revival!

23rd December

Spending 3 hours on a train laden down with luggage, the 23rd was all about practicality, so I threw a tunic top/dress from New Look over skinny jeans and a long-sleeved top. I always wear long pendants with this tunic because they flatten down the dress a bit to avoid shelf boob! These are from H&M and Tesco.

24th December

Christmas Eve meant a trip to the pub with some old friends from school, so I pulled out my Closet tulip-skirted dress. It’s a strange print, but it’s one I love, and this dress fits like no other in my wardrobe. It also has pockets, and I LOVE dresses with pockets!

25th December

I have a confession to make. We are not a ‘dress for dinner’ family when it comes to Christmas. In fact, I walked down the stairs to find the rest of my family all dressed in Santa suits! I actually spent most of the day in a huge cardigan and pull-on blue jersey dress and really only put this one for half an hour, but I wanted to show it off. It’s from Debenhams, and I love the waterfall frill down the front.

26th December

Boxing Day is like a second Christmas for us, complete with silly hats and highly competitive games of pictionary! My parents house is freezing, so I layered my long-sleeved top under a Miss Selfridge shirt dress that my friend Kat gave me years ago. It fits perfectly and – unlike with many other modern shirtwaisters – the belt loops sit on my waist, not on my hips. I’m glad I rediscovered this for Dressember, as it’s ended up being one of my favourites!

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  • Reply Kat December 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    That Ben de Lisi is gorgeous. Love the velvet! Also, how great did you look on the 24th — that dress fits perfectly.

    I can only vaguely remember that shirtdress btw, that must’ve been some years ago that I bought it. Looks terrific on you though!

    • Reply Gemma December 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      I think you gave it to me in 2006, so don’t blame you for not remembering! I have all kinds of things hiding in the chasms of the wardrobe that have been revived this month xx

  • Reply Kendra January 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    So much to love, but my favorites are the green wrap dress, the black/red/white one (those flowers are fab!), and the Ben de Lisi — those stripes are outstanding!

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