With Thanksgiving only days away, I’m in full on planning mode for all things holiday! And, while I’ve begged my husband more times than he would like to remember to put up our tree, he’s sticking with tradition and waiting until we’re all stuffed with turkey and searching for our sidekick, the Elf on the Shelf to make his first appearance before decking our halls. I promise I’m not one of those crazed Black Friday shoppers who likes to start Christmas before Halloween but because we always travel over the holidays, I figure if we put the tree up earlier than normal we can enjoy it just as long as if we were staying home for the holidays.
When Thanksgiving and Christmas start coming around, I always start to feel somewhat nostalgic when it comes to dressing for special occasions. The beauty of the holidays, too, is that whether it be a formal party or a casual family gathering, everything becomes a special occasion when you’re able to make memories with the ones you love. That being said, when my sisters and I were growing up, my mother always made sure we were dressed the part and prepping three little girls for holiday festivities was definitely one of her shining moments. We all had smocked dresses, sweater tights, patent shoes, cable knit cardigans, and even cashmere and wool coats that weighed just as much as we did to polish the whole look off. I remember those parties just like they were yesterday and I hope we can make these same memories for Ava as she grows up.
I guess one of the reasons I love plaid so much in the fall and winter is because we pretty much always wore it when we were little girls. Slight variations each year always came back around and I’m fairly certain my mom was always making sure we looked like a million bucks until those lovely teenage years struck and we started to take control over anything and everything, starting with the our wardrobe choices. Of course, as time went on, I made my way back to the classics for the holidays and always look forward to finding that perfect buffalo plaid piece for best times of the year.
I absolutely adore this skirt because even though I’m wearing it somewhat casually here, it can so easily be made a a bit dressier by switching out the denim for a wool car coat and the booties for some classic black (or cognac!) heels. It’s so versatile and colors are just begging to be worn all winter long. When I was putting this look together, I envisioned myself wearing it out to lunch with my girlfriends or on a date to the movies one night with my husband. I could also see myself dressing this skirt up and wearing it to Christmas Eve service or even to the many celebrations we head off to on Christmas day. It’s just so perfect for this time of year and I know I’ll be able to wear it again for the many holiday seasons to come!