Holiday Frocks

This is a bit of a one-off for Red House West, but since Katie is so ably decking the halls I figured I could weigh in on the ‘don we now our gay apparel’ part of holiday preparations. While I can most often be found sporting an off-white fleece bathrobe that I bought from Costco eight years ago, and which my mother in law has affectionately dubbed Old Velour (the tie of which I can neither confirm nor deny was used as recently as this morning to wipe Wolsey’s copious eye boogers), I like to think that I have a knack for putting together fun and classy outfits.  So please indulge me as I share three holiday occasion outfits that I would happily swap for Old Velour (at least for a few hours).

Party With Friends Outfit

I’m crazy for buffalo plaid lately, and I especially love it here with the 50’s shape skirt.  The sweater is cropped (gasp!) but assuming the skirt is high waisted enough, there wouldn’t be any actual midriff baring going on.  The shoes and deco earrings give a playful edge.

1.  Buffalo Plaid Midi Skirt

2.  Earrings

3.  Cropped Sweater

4.  Heels


Work Party Outfit

I firmly believe that there are few outfits that aren’t improved by the addition of a blazer.  I’ve been eyeballing this sequin festooned beauty for a while now.  It’s a little bit Liberachi On A Cruise, but I’m good with that.  I think it would be so fetching with this navy blue jumpsuit (although Katie says that just looking at it gives her a phantom wedgie).  It’s a little sassy but also all covered up, which I like.  With a top-knot and short red nails you’d be the belle of the office ball.

1. Earrings

2. Jumpsuit

3. Sequin Blazer

4. Navy Suede Pumps


Casual dinner party


While I dream of sequined blazers, casual get togethers are really more my jam, and I would totally rock this outfit.  The red with the burgundy is unabashedly holiday, but also unexpected.  The blouse and jewelry are perfectly prim, but the silhouette of the pants and the shoes make sure the look stays firmly out of schoolmarm territory.  I’d sport a floppy hat like this one on the way to the party.

1. Earrings

2. Blouse

3. Pants

4. Bracelet

5.  Booties

Katie and I will be taking this Friday off from the blog to spend time with our friends and family, back next Monday.  In this season of gratitude out loud let me just say how thankful I am to you kind people who read, comment on, and support this little blog of ours.  It’s a privilege, and I am deeply grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

6 responses on “Holiday Frocks

  1. Carol Crump Bryner

    You definitely do have a knack for putting outfits together, Mera. And these would all look great on you. My favorite is that red and black skirt with those impossible shoes. I love this “one-off” feature, and hope you do it again sometime.

    1. meramatthews

      Thanks Carol, it was a fun to put together! Maybe it will become more of a feature, we’ll see. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. meramatthews

      Truth is my bunions ache a little just looking at those heels too. Knowing that there are slippers, sweats, and a robe at the other end of the fete makes me more willing to suffer for the art. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Katy Gilmore

    The burgundy and red are completely unexpected and totally festive. I think you could write about anything, Mera, I love the liveliness and wit and style you bring to any topic – and these clothes are great. I also know there is a huge supporting role for Old Velour, best holiday attire of all, happily donned

    when the slim pants and spike heels and midriff moments pass. Old Velour patiently waits, worn untied, jaunty bow at the waist, with sweats, wool slippers. Unbeatable. Thanks for a great pre-holiday post!

    1. meramatthews

      Thank you Katy! Old Velour is definitely a comfort to me, no matter how much I think about casting it off for more stylish shores. Want to know the real supporting role Old Velour plays? Dog blanket. Yes, that’s right, I tuck the dogs into Old Velour at night. Now I’ve said too much!

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