Merry Christmas! We don’t have to wait until the actual day to say that, do we? I’m all for celebrating all month long. And as we move speedily toward the 25th, I thought it would be a good time to share one winter outfit and how I’ve styled it for daytime and for a festive occasion. This is one of my favorite winter outfit formulas worn two ways.
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That favorite outfit formula is just a pair of solid color trousers – whether they’re dress slacks or cords or even velveteen pants – with a turtleneck sweater in a contrasting color. So today I’m wearing my red Hampshire ankle pants with a black cashmere turtleneck, both from Talbots.
For daytime I’ve styled this simple winter outfit formula with loafers and socks. Generally, I wear ankle boots in the winter. But that’s because I’m usually wearing jeans or cords. But if I wear dress slacks and need a casual look, I still opt for loafers, and that, of course, means I need to wear socks…’cause it’s coooold here!
You do you, but here’s the thing about socks. They’re actually trending right now. So if they’re going to show, go ahead and show them off. Wear white socks, a classy print (like an animal print, plaid or stripe) or a color that shows up elsewhere in your outfit. For instance, if you’re wearing a blue sweater you could wear blue socks to bookend the look. I didn’t choose to wear black socks (to match my black sweater), however, because then they would just blend into my shoes. DO NOT wear socks the same color as your shoes or pants if they are going to show. But you certainly can wear socks the same color as your shoes if they are generally not going to show.
I’ve been wearing my Brighton jewelry a lot lately because this long necklace is perfect for crewneck or turtleneck sweaters. And I love that this jewelry is two-toned, so I can mix and match the earrings, bracelet and necklace with other pieces in my jewelry collection, too.
I apologize for the wonky way my necklace is hanging in these photos. It’s a victim of me dressing hastily in the car between photos. But I’ve made a note (and I’ve enlisted James’ help) so hopefully that won’t happen again in the future. I know it bugs me, so I apologize if it annoys you, too.
Next, I changed out a few accessories to elevate this winter style formula just a bit for a festive occasion.
In both looks I’m wearing my Sam Edelman wrap coat (and also here for less). I think it’s so smart to wear the same color coat as your top. Of course I don’t always do that. But I do make sure that I have a top in my wardrobe to match every coat I own. So if you were to purchase this similar coat in, say, the sky blue, I’d make sure I also have a sky blue turtleneck and/or sweater. That layering just creates such an elevated, cohesive look.
Another way to elevate your look a bit is to wear pumps or flats in the same color as your pants, as I did here. Unfortunately my bedazzled pumps are sold out, but I also have these red suede pumps and can highly recommend them.
I swapped out my everyday Brighton jewelry for some that glitters and shines a bit more. My bracelet is no longer available, but I’m thoroughly enjoying wearing these two-tone earrings and they’re over 50% off right now. They come in other color duos, too.
As much as I love wearing Christmas plaids and holiday tops, I really stick to outfits like this more often than not during the holidays. It’s such an easy outfit formula that you can take from daytime to holiday festive.
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Blessed for My Day
Yesterday my husband finished preaching through the book of Judges. The final verse of the book summarizes what what the rest of the book is all about: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” As you read the rest of the book you discover the results of that course of action. Basically, self-governance and disregard for their God led the tribes of Israel into self-destruction and misery.
It’s tempting to read an Old Testament book like that and assume it only addresses the ills of a nation that strayed from God. But I’ve noticed that the book is actually quite descriptive of individuals as we determine whether or not God will sit on the throne of our lives or not, too. When we allow God to rules our hearts, our course of action, our priorities and our relationships, He protects and provides, shields and sustains. But when we navigate life by “doing what is right in our own eyes,” we rarely get things right. And one misjudgment generally leads to another and another. Let’s determine today to worship the true King and to allow Him to rule and reign in our lives.
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. ~ Judges 21:25