A (Not Charlie) Brown Christmas

Brown may be a little grim for a Christmas outfit, but I’m sticking with the brown hues of my fall/winter wardrobe. Besides, the snowflake pattern on my sweater and the embroidery on my skirt make the outfit quite Christmassy, don’t you think? (Sorry for the wrinkles. I just got these from the post and was excited to try them together so I didn’t get around to ironing/steaming them yet.)

This is also the last outfit post of 2021 – next week is going to be a week of round-up posts, so check back for my favorite SIA challenges, favorite books, favorite outfits and some outtakes of the year. Have a great weekend (whether you celebrate Christmas or not)!


Dapper Cats

I had previously titled a post “Dapper Dog” because I accessorized the outfit in that post with a brooch of a dog wearing a bow tie, so naturally, here, where I’m wearing my cat(s) brooch, the title is inevitable. This waistcoat is one of the velvet ones that I mentioned in last week’s post – initially, I didn’t intend to get a black waistcoat, thinking it is too waitress-y, but after looking around a bit, I realized it is an absolute classic. And it all depends on how you style it anyway, so I’m looking forward to wearing it more.


Galaxy Quest

I bought a bunch of these pleated velvet skirts last season but never got around to wearing them all. You may think that it’ll teach me not to buy multiples in different colors, but of course this year I made the same mistake again, with a different item (you’ll see.) Ah well. At least that means I will always have replacements handy.

Not much to say about the outfit itself – I just took the silver from the skirt and built the outfit around that. Since my sweater features the galaxy, I couldn’t help titling the post after one of my favorite movies of all time. I use it in my teaching at least once a year, and my friends from film school and I still constantly quote it at each other.


Tapestry Waistcoat

When I first started my hunt for vintage waistcoats, I had three specific ones on my wish list – a velvet one, a tweed/plaid one, and a tapestry one. The velvet and tweed are included because they are classic staples, and the tapestry, while it may be screaming late 1980s-early 1990s, appeals to my “grandma” heart for some reason. Out of those, I have managed to find two – velvet and tapestry (still keeping an eye out for that perfect tweed waistcoat so I can fulfill my dream of dressing like a British country squire.) The velvet waistcoat is going to make an appearance soon, but here’s the tapestry one. I was super happy to have found it – after searching several secondhand/vintage sellers, I see that when it comes to waistcoats, people tend to favorite minimalist designs that look more modern, so I wasn’t even sure if I could ever find one that fits my maximalist aesthetics. Luckily, there is always something for everybody in the secondhand market!


Snow Shadows

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Tom Thomson’s “Snow Shadows“. I knew I’d wear this striped button-up to reflect the blue shadows in the painting, and the rest of the outfit came together quite quickly. This is my first foray into styling sweater vests, which I’ve never worn before, having always thought of them as rather frumpy. But I quite like it styled in a menswear-inspired way like this, and it adds some much-needed pattern and texture (not to mention warmth) to the outfit, to reflect the texture of the painting.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this week’s inspiration. This is also the last SIA challenge of the year – we’re taking a break during the holidays – so see you after the New Year! (I’ll post a round-up of my favorite SIA challenges the week after next.)