Plaid Dress & Moto Jacket: Twenty More Days…

Plaid dress, moto jacket and black ankle boots.

Believe it or not, when this post goes live there will only be 20 days left until Christmas…

THE STORY

…No pressure or anything, but how goes the Christmas shopping? As we speak, I have multiple windows open on the computer; shop a little, blog a little, shop a little more… I wish that I was one of those people who gets their shopping all done months ahead of time, but alas…I’m not. And if I’m not by this point in my life, it just ain’t happening.

I do usually pick up one or two things here and there during September and October. Then when it comes time for Christmas I’ve either forgotten that I bought the items or I’ve forgotten where I stashed them. Hey, I never claimed that organization was my strong suit! And besides, that’s how I justify in my mind not getting my shopping done ahead of time.

I try not to get too overly stressed about it though. Typically I try to pay attention throughout the year to things that my favorite humans either really want or maybe don’t know that they want, but need, and then give at least one gift that’s really special. Sometimes these special gifts might be slightly out of the ordinary, but they are typically the crowd favorites.

For example, I’ve mentioned before that watching Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a major tradition at our house. When my son was but a wee one, he was obsessed with the cowboy on an ostrich. His little heart felt so sad for the cowboy because no one wanted him, so one year Santa brought him that very cowboy. I will remember his excited little face for as long as I live. He kept it with him for years and years, but once he outgrew it I quietly tucked it away in the attic where I keep all of the special things from my babies’ childhoods.

Last year prior to Christmas he asked if it was still around. I knew full well exactly where it was, but I said, “I don’t know. I honestly haven’t seen it for years.” He was disappointed, but you all know where I’m going with this, right? Of course I wrapped that cowboy up for Christmas Round Two. And I’m pretty sure my boy was almost as excited as he was the first time around.

How do all of you do your shopping? Were you done last year by December 31st? Do you “gift graze” and shop throughout the year? Or are you like me…you have some idea the direction you’re headed, but cram shop in November and December?

THE OUTFIT

Speaking of the holidays, of course this month’s Ageless Style Link Up theme is “Holiday Style”as it should be. Since my beautiful friends/co-hosts and I are all different in regard to style and lifestyle we decided that each of us would interpret the theme to work for us; casual or dressy. Since I don’t live in a world that includes a lot of holiday parties or dressing up super fancy (why do you think I wear sequins to teach middle school?),  of course I went the more casual route.

While it’s true that I wear plaid all year ’round, this plaid dress is made for the holidays. As I said, I kept it super casual with a moto jacket and ankle boots (although the dotted tights provide a nod to fancy). But if you think about it, this dress could be magically transformed to dressy with the simple addition of some beautiful red suede ankle strap pumps or these sassy black glitter pumps. It could also be layered over a tulle skirt to give it some extra flounce and va-va-voom.

THE TIP

Holiday style, like every day style, is a very personal thing. Whether you’re the type who’s a no holds barred Christmas party beast who lives for weeks on end of sequins, tulle, feathers and all things fabulous, or you’re the girl who’s idea of holiday style is a cozy pair of flannel Christmas pj’s it doesn’t matter. Dress to make yourself happy. Dress to make yourself feel good. Dress to make holiday style your style.

THE LINK UPS

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Dress: Red Closet Shop (Similar);  Jacket: Blank NYC via Nordstrom (Similar);  Tights: Similar Boots: Similar

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16 Comments

  1. 12.5.2017 / 1:05 am

    This is a fabulous outfit and I think it was a stroke of brilliance to opt for dotted hose to up the festive feel. I guess I’m more of what you called a gift grazer and in fact, this year I got my earliest start by finding some items back in February (now I just need to find where I put them, LOL). I hope that your holiday season is merry and full of good cheer.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

  2. 12.5.2017 / 2:06 am

    I love your dress, it’s beautiful. And I love the complete look, with the beautiful fantasy stockings.
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  3. 12.5.2017 / 6:40 am

    Debbie, this dress is everything! I absolutely love the way you styled it with booties and moto jacket! It is perfect for the holidays and for all fall and winter long really. I have barely started Christmas shopping at this point because I have been too busy buying shoes for myself! hahaha. And now I want a dress like yours. Perfection, my friend.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • 12.11.2017 / 7:15 pm

      Debbie, just wanted to let you know that this post is a featured favorite on my newest blog post! Thanks for linking up!

  4. 12.5.2017 / 6:46 am

    Now this is getting crazy! You and I may have actually been separated at birth. Casual, red plaid for our holiday style?!?! Twins!

  5. 12.5.2017 / 9:08 am

    Love the festive dress!

    We don’t really exchange gifts. I make a photo calendar for my family every year and everyone gets a copy and I make homemade chocolates and cookies for my friends.

    Otherwise our winter vacation is normally our gift to each other. I’m so happy since I wouldn’t want to be shopping at this time of the year.

    Suzanne
    Suzanne recently posted…Statement Coat Style – Step Up Your Outerwear GameMy Profile

  6. Jennie
    12.6.2017 / 7:26 am

    Seriously loved the story of the cowboy for both round one and round two. 🙂

    You are lovely in this beautiful plaid dress and obviously, I think the choice of dotted tights was brilliant! Fabulous holiday look.

  7. 12.6.2017 / 10:25 am

    A lovely look you’ve put together. Just right for this time of the year. Suzi x (Alternative Ageing)

  8. 12.6.2017 / 6:25 pm

    How sweet that gave your son his childhood toy again, that brought a smile to my face 🙂 I love the plaid dress with the polka dot tights. I don’t dress up on Christmas Day because I’m usually just at home knee-deep in toys and wrapping paper. I’m looking for a sweater dress with a bit of embellishment for this year so I can be comfortable but still feel like I made the effort. Thank you for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com
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  9. 12.9.2017 / 11:07 am

    I do the same thing with presents and blogging at night! I am almost done with my christmas shopping and hoping to finish up this week! That dress is so cute and great for the colder months!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

  10. 12.9.2017 / 12:29 pm

    Debbie, love this whole look! i love the way the dress drapes and of course the red plaid on you. Fancy stockings are my favorite and its so fun with the moto! Loved hearing about your son and Rudolph! I love all of the old classics. i realize that if i buy too early, then you end up spending too much.. by picking up here and there. I just have to wrap!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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