Dressember Week 4 – Christmas time!
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!