“And so this is Christmas”. The season for festive fun, mulled wine and carol singers. Phew, this has felt like a long, challenging year. We are certainly living through turbulent times. I’m hoping 2020 will be calmer and less divided for us all.
At ‘Midlife and Beyond’ Towers, we’ll be having a quiet family Christmas. This will include lots of lolling around, probably watching films and box sets – some we’ve already seen but promised ourselves we need to watch, again – eg “Joker” (for the hubby). I don’t mind sitting through it a second time, as it is brilliant.
On Boxing Day, our tradition is to get wrapped up and watch our local football team. Lots of fresh air certainly blows the cobwebs away. The buzz is both hopeful and optimistic. Wonderful, if they win, of course.
When our boys were young, we were all regulars watching the football matches and knew every player. Nowadays, we don’t attend as much, so all of us going together is a lovely family thing to do, and great fun. Always followed by the pub, for a debrief session!
We’re not big party people, but for the few outings we have planned where a snazzier look is needed, I’ve opted for luxurious fabrics in keeping with Christmastime – which include cashmere, velvet, satin and lace with a little bit of shimmer.
As well as feeling stylish, comfort is a major factor – it gives me confidence. In the past, I have learnt from my mistakes, by wearing an outfit I haven’t really thought through and wasn’t me. I like to be chic without being loud. Without doubt, everyone seems to up their game, style-wise, at this time of year. I’m not glitzy – though I will add a touch of shimmer, in a subtle way.
This year, I’m mixing the old with a few new additions which I’m looking forward to taking into the spring -summer season, for sure. As you can see, I have included several outfit options which might inspire you, if you’re stuck for what to wear over the Christmas period.
Satin skirts have been a huge trend, this year. I picked up this cream one (below) from H&M. It’s such a surprisingly versatile update to my wardrobe. I was a little nervous about wearing satin, thinking it would show every lump and bump. But, it’s quite flattering. It isn’t lined but hangs well. The material is surprisingly thick though it does tend to crease easily but, for the price paid, I’m not complaining
This skirt can be dressed up or down. For a relaxed occasion, it can be worn with a sweatshirt and trainers. This is a look I’m yet to try. Or, alternatively, for a dressier affair, it can be worn with some strappy sandals and a silky camisole. Throw in a few accessories to give the outfit that unexpected twist.
I’m also wearing an old favourite “French Connection” cream sweater which gives this outfit the “winter white look”. I’ve added black lacy tights and ankle boots along with my animal print camera handbag to finish the outfit.
Below, I swapped with a festive red woollen sweater and a sequinned bag. And, further below, you can see I’ve added a black long-sleeved top to keep me snug.
Below, I’ve added my black shearing’s coat. This gave me my favourite relaxed glam look.
I have been searching for a pair of wide legged velvet pants for the past couple of weeks (see below). These look more expensive than they are. I did have to take them up as they were far too long for me.
I’m not impressed with the metal fastener at the front. It’s not very robust so I may have to buy another one as an alternative. One thing I do love about these are the elasticated panel in the waistband at the back. This gives these pants added comfort and are an absolute winner!
I have just passed the anniversary of my first year doing my blog. It’s growing slowly. Thank you so much for all the lovely feedback and for taking the time to check in and have a read. It is so appreciated.
Whatever you’re doing over Christmas and wherever you’re going, have a wonderful time and a peaceful 2020.
With love from Alison x
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