In the "about me" section on my blog I write that you can join me in my little corner of the web and we'll talk about quilting, our families, decorating, and gardening. I guess now I can add "fashion" to that list because afer all, we quilters like to look great, too!
Yesterday Kim posted that she was trying to find denim. She said "quilters denim", so I'm assuming she's talking about denim jumpers, denim dresses, and denim skirts. She also said that she is having a hard time finding Christmas sweaters. Commenters to her post said they were having a hard time, too, and hadn't seen many in the stores. One commenter suggested that maybe it's because Clinton and Stacy on TLC's "What Not To Wear" scream at people for having them in their wardrobes.
Let me just say that I love "What Not To Wear", and I have learned a lot from what clothes to wear for my body type, make-up ideas, and hair styles, although I can only have one style with my thick and naturally "full of body" hair. The stuff bounces like I don't know what! It's big, and gets bigger when it's wet or humid. Oops! I got off subject there for a minute; back to Christmas sweaters. I say if you want to wear a Christmas sweater, then wear a Christmas sweater! They're cute, they help us get in the spirit of things. It puts an extra little "spring" in your step especially when you're shopping and there's Christmas music playing loudly. I have enough Christmas sweaters I could wear one every day. (See how I have to tell you that I love the show before I blast them?)
So, what do you wear if:
A. You don't have a Christmas sweater
B. You can't find a Christmas sweater in the stores.
C. You are afraid that Clinton and Stacy are going to come up from behind you and scare you to death as they attack you for wearing a Christmas sweater.
D. Other people have seen the show and they snicker behind your back.
E. You're afraid the fashion police will come up to you and say, "Excuse me, mam...I'm the fashion police. Please put your hands behind your back. I'm arresting you for enjoying the Christmas season and allowing people to see the joy that you feel in your heart this time of year. Wearing that Christmas sweater made you have that extra little spring in your step which tripped a woman wearing jeans so low you could see her crack. We're going to have to take you down to the station and get this resolved."
Well, here's what I wore today when I went to my guild's 25th Anniversary Christmas party. No, I wasn't afraid of Clinton and Stacy, nor was I afraid of the fashion police. I felt the need to show my fellow bloggers that you can still look Christmasy without wearing a Christmas sweater.
Here's a cute red cardigan that I bought 50% off at Christopher and Banks, a basic long sleeved white t-shirt and a pair of Levi jeans that I bought at Walmart. It looks kind of patriotic here. Hmmm. What to do!
Okay. So I scrounge around in my closet. Hmm. There's a Santa purse I made three years ago that I forgot about, some cute little red shoes I bought on sale last year, and some Christmas jewelry that I bought at Sears when I was passing through that department a couple of weeks ago.
Cute, yet Christmasy, huh?
But, you know what? You could do this with a black, green, or white sweater. The pants could be jeans, white pants, khakis, or dressy/casual black pants. It's the accessories that add that little bit of Christmas spirit that makes us feel good inside. You don't have to spend a fortune, and you can use clothes you already have. If you don't have a Christmas purse, go make you one! Here's a free pattern! Leave it the size it is, or make it a little larger. Add some fringe, pom-pom fringe, or beads, and you're set to go!
The most important thing to remember though is to always be yourself. Each of us have little ways that help us to keep this season special to us. If wearing Christmas sweaters makes you happy, then by all means, go ahead.
I've got great photos of my guild's Christmas party. I didn't win any stocking blocks, but I'm so happy that you all are enjoying the tutorial!