14 OUTFITS Part 3

In my last two posts, I gave you a glimpse of the outfits I plan to wear on our two- week tour of Scotland and Ireland. Let’s take a break from my “bus clothes” and look at what I am taking to wear if and when we go out in the evenings. I am only taking one dress, so don’t be expecting too much. LOL

Here is my basic black dress with several various accompaniments:

I decided I should take leggings since I saw recent pictures of friends on vacation in London all bundled up in coats.

Showing you this so you will know I will always have something attached to me that has my passport. 😉   Will probably forget the necklace. Just seems a bit much.

And just so you know, these shoes are BLACK and WHITE, but in photographs they look navy. After seeing these picture, I am going to call them my BLACK OR BLUE shoes and wear them with either color.

Don’t know that I will wear any of these, but if we have dinner in a great Irish castle, I will not have to wear my jeans. 😉

After I took these photos, I did decide to take another knit dress also. You will just have to wait to see my vacation photos to see what I actually wore.   😉

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PARTY TIME

Long ago, when I was growing up in a small town in Alabama, the week before Christmas and the week after Christmas were very social times. As a teen and young adult, I attended many functions during these two weeks. You have probably never heard of a “tea dance” or a “sherry party,” but they were very popular, as were afternoon teas, and cocktail parties. I remember attending at least 5 or 6 parties a year during these two weeks.

My, my, my, how times have changed! Maybe some of you still attend cocktail parties, but I can’t remember the last time we got an invitation to one. I know it has been at least ten years ago.

Something that I really miss is attending parties after Christmas. Nowadays, most people do something on New Year’s Eve, but it is rare to go to a holiday party after December 25. In the old days, the “Christmas season” began no earlier than 10 days before Christmas, and continued until New Year’s Day.

I am sure that there are many communities that have other traditions and customs for getting together during the holidays, but in my town, it seems that just getting together with friends for dinner or going out to dinner is the main holiday social activity. Once in awhile, we get invited to an actual party, but it is rare.

That is fine with me. The last thing I want to do is get all dressed up for an office party, or a stand around in high heels and make small talk at a cocktail party.

The outfit I am showing you today is what I wore to a small dinner party with friends. This is about as dressy as I will get this year!

I don’t usually like to show pictures of my rear, but just had to show you what the back of this cute top looks like (ignore the tag ;-):

Whatever your holiday plans are, make sure you dress in something that makes you feel beautiful! You will have a lot more fun if you look nice. Take time to try on a few things and snap some selfies in the mirror. I can promise you that you have something in your closet that will look great if you take time to figure it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear your comments about what kind of holiday activities you plan to attend this year, and what you plan to wear. I am very interested to see if other communities are more party-oriented.

LEGGINGS

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about wearing things as pants that are not actually pants–chiefly leggings. I showed you some photos of people who were wearing leggings in a most unflattering way! Here is a link if you missed that post and want to read it:

SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

I have one more picture to share with you, just to make sure you know what I am talking about:

No, no, no, no, no.  Do NOT wear items like this outside your home!

Several of you commented and told me that you like to wear leggings, as do I. But there is a right way to wear them. They really need to be worn with a dress or a long tunic. I showed you several examples of dresses in the last post, so today I am showing you some tunic outfits.  So great for winter! And for disguising your midsection!

If you have read any of my posts, you know that I am big on trial and error, and like to share my trials with you, so that you won’t make the same mistakes. Here is an outfit that I tried, but as you can see, the sweater is too short to wear with leggings.  I will try it with some jeans or with a pair of black pants, but I promise you that I will not wear this out in public!

So learn from me, and wear a nice long tunic or a dress with your leggings. The general public will thank you for it.

By the way, the cute red tunic is from Walgreen’s, and I paid $10 for it.  😉 Did you know you can buy clothing at the drug store??? And the blue tunic is from Belk–$13. I really try not to spend more than $20 on any one article of clothing, unless it is something really special.

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SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

Well, hello! I hope you have missed me. 🙂  I know I have missed you!  I really did not mean to take such a long hiatus, but blogging went to a lower priority for a couple of weeks. It started when I decided on the spur of the moment to join two of my adult children and their families on their trip to Disney World. I had not planned to go, but the thought of seeing all four grandchildren at Disney at the same time, was just too tempting. Best decision I ever made!

On to my topic for the day. It is what you might call a “rant.”  I often see people wearing things as pants that are not what I call pants. The main offenders are leggings or tights, but I have also seen people wearing pajama bottoms.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love stretchy pants and yoga pants as much as anyone, and have shown you before my ultimate-very-favorite-wear-with-everything-pair of pants:

Bettona

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I also wear leggings, especially in the winter; HOWEVER, I wear them with a dress or a long tunic:

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You KNOW what I am going to say….wait for it……

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!

I know you have heard this, but I am not sure it has actually penetrated into your consciousness. I see you everywhere.  You are wearing your oh-so-comfy and oh-so-warm leggings.  “Surely I can just wear them with my favorite top, even if it is a bit short,”  you tell yourself.   “Even though I am older than dirt, I know I look so youthful in these tight,brightly patterned leggings,” you think.

Oh my! Please ask for an honest opinion before you walk out that door. Remember — it is hard to get an accurate view of the back of your outfit, even in a full-length mirror.

I’m sure I am not actually seeing you 😉 but maybe I am seeing your friends and family. If so, do them a favor, and show them these photos. They are examples of how not to wear leggings. These are all outfits that I have personally seen. I have more, but this is probably enough for one day!

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And yes, people do wear pajama pants to the store (and not just WalMart):

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I will leave you with a picture of the only place you should ever wear pajama pants: (Really just an excuse to show you my adorable crew)

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Thanks for reading. Would love to hear your comments!