Plaid Slip Dress & OTK Boots: The End Of The Magic

Plaid slip dress, black over the knee boots, black duster. How to mix plaids.

Well, I’m sad to say that this is the year. We knew it was inevitable just as all parents know that it’s inevitable…

THE STORY

…The Christmas magic has come to an end. Baby girl no longer believes. She is going to be thirteen in a few months so it wasn’t exactly unexpected. In all honesty we’re pretty sure that last year she pretended to believe just to humor us.

I still love Christmas, but at least for me, it was always so much more special when the kids believed. The magic reindeer food, the sleigh tracks and hoof prints my husband would make in the snow in the middle of the night, the note that Santa would leave…it just made it all so much more magical. It’s almost like as an adult I had the chance to believe again through the eyes of my kids.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. I have to admit though, I’m not going to miss that damn Elf On The Shelf. I swear to you, he was the bane of my existence. I can’t tell you how many times we had to come up with some witty fabrication because that freakin’ elf forgot to move over night. It was like the tooth fairy if the tooth fairy came every single night. And nobody needs that in their life.

THE OUTFIT

My favorite plaid slip dress; I’m not sure why I don’t wear it all year. It is after all, a slip dress. And I wear plaid regardless of season. Something about this particular dress though just says “Winter” to me. Honestly, I think it’s the color scheme. It is the perfect layering piece for colder weather. It looks good with a turtleneck underneath it or with layers over top like this outfit. I love all slip dresses for this reason; they truly are the perfect layering piece.

The plaid slip dress with the button down over top and layered chokers was a nod to the 90’s, minus the grunge. Instead of combat boots I added my favorite over the knee boot which keeps it current. I opted for my Berkshire textured tights because I liked the mix of the lace trim on the dress with the pattern in the tights. The varied length of the layers helps to keep things interesting.

THE TIP

Mixing plaids…this is a print mix not for the faint of heart. The key is really twofold in my opinion. Keep the plaids within the same color palette and also make sure to vary the scale of the plaids. The print on the dress is a little busier and there’s more going on with the multiple colors, whereas the black and white window pane print on the shirt is much simpler.

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Dress: Target (Similar);  Boots: ASOS (Similar);  Duster: JCPenney (Similar);  Shirt: Target (Similiar)

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11 Comments

  1. Lilly
    12.7.2016 / 10:14 pm

    As a fellow teacher, I’m curious if these are the outfits you wear to school. I think you look terrific! The clothing you wear would certainly be permissible at my school, but I’m sure they wouldn’t “fly” everywhere. Just wondering…

  2. 12.7.2016 / 10:21 pm

    Oh magic schmagic, Christmas will be so much EASIER now!!! Clearly I am a horrible mother, but I was so RELIEVED when Santa was discovered and we could stop all the high maintenance/anxiety charades!

    You might think you’re sad but I’m telling you…now the holiday will be a piece’a cake!

    Bettye (The Horrible Mother)

  3. 12.8.2016 / 1:03 am

    You make this outfit shine and I love it all. Happy Holidays!
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  4. 12.8.2016 / 6:19 am

    Such a cute plaid dress!

  5. 12.8.2016 / 7:34 am

    Debbie, I simply love how you layer clothing. My husband always makes fun of me, because I like to wear layers, but heck when a person has so many clothes they like, they have to be creative in finding ways to wear multiples at the same time. The pattern on this slip dress is so season appropriate, but I could see having fun with it in other seasons too. As much as I love layering, I would have never thought to add the plaid button up! What an awesome idea. Now I have more ideas about how to put pieces together. Thanks for the inspiration, lovely lady! Have a great weekend. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  6. 12.8.2016 / 8:09 am

    What?!! Santa isn’t real?!! How can you do this to me?!!
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  7. 12.8.2016 / 1:44 pm

    you rock the plaid! hope you and your cute fam have fun with all the changes this christmas 😉

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  8. 12.9.2016 / 6:58 am

    Yep, my daughter was 12 or 13 when she no longer believed. Now we try to find fun ways for her to find her big gift, like a scavenger hunt for clues of where it’s hidden. Love the layers and print mixing! Such a pretty holiday look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink