Looking the Part
This is what I wore this year for Christmas. While it's not a full-scale Tactical Christmas Jumper Assault, it's my version of a "festive sweater" look. Festive sweaters seem to be enjoying a second coming, which it fine with me, because I do like a well made fair isle sweater. I hasten to add however, that I do draw the line at things with Santa heads, actual bells (and whistles), pompons, tinsel, or for the love of God, anything that lights up. That said, all of the employees of Tesco this year wore tacky Christmas sweaters on the lead-up to Christmas, and it was hilarious. There is something quite droll about watching two guys having a super-serious discussion about the safest way to move a massive pallet of under-ripe mangoes while wearing Frosty the Snowman sweaters.
This is one of those looks that people tend to associate with life up here, as if we were living in one big L.L. Bean or Boden catalog or something. While there's no arguing the fact that woollens and tweed work well up here, this is not the gathering wood, walking the dog in the rain, picnicking on the moors, firewood gathering outfit of choice. The reality of that outfit is far less glamorous than the heritage tweed that is usually pictured in the catalogs.
See what I mean? Not nearly as camera-ready.
Really, this fair isle and tartan woollens look is one that I don't often wear all at once. I'll wear the sweater with jeans or the skirt with a black leather jacket; overall I usually like a bit more edge. But every once in a while, the occasion suits. This year, I not only went for the look, I also made pies. Hey, if you're gonna do it, do it right and fully commit.
Ralph Lauren sweater (old), similar / Ann Taylor Loft skirt (old), similar / Timberland boots (old), similar
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