Happy Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice was actually yesterday (December 22), but that’s OK. It still counts. And hey, it’s the last outfit post of 2022! Next week I’ll be back with the Yearly Review posts as usual, while for now, let’s close out 2022 with a festive, Christmassy outfit. I didn’t set out to put together a Christmas outfit; I guess it just happened that way with the velvet, the blue and the green, and the gold tie. Yes, the plaids of my waistcoat and my pants don’t match, but I’ve never let that stop me before.

Normal People

Earlier last year, like many people stuck in lockdown (which seems like a million years ago), I watched “Normal People”, the mini series based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name. I watched it simply because everybody raved about it, but I didn’t enjoy it much (I find the two leads exasperating to watch and their relationship rather toxic.) What I did enjoy, though, was the fashion, especially Marianne’s wardrobe. In fact, my obsession with velvet this fall/winter season comes from the many velvet blazers and dresses Marianne wore. So here’s my interpretation of one of her looks – the blue velvet dress with the maroon blazer. I chose to reverse the colors (maroon dress and blue blazer), plus my dress is not velvet, but it’s not bad, if I do say so myself.

Blue Velvet

Velvet is one of my new obsessions this season, but it took me a while to decide to buy this  blue velvet blazer. It’s funny that I didn’t hesitate to buy the whimsical printed velvet blazer, while I hesitated over this much more basic one, but then again, I’ve always been drawn to more whimsical/quirky pieces than basic pieces. Plus, the color is brighter than what I’m used to – I usually go for a darker, navy blue, rather than a royal blue like this. In the end, though, when I saw it on sale, I decided to take the plunge. My wardrobe could use a few more basic pieces.

It wasn’t until I looked at the photos again that I realized it looked like a low-rent version of a Hamilton costume, but hey, there are worse sources of inspiration 🙂