December 16, 2013
For Christmas this year I was thinking of some new clothes - something to wear for Christmas with the family.  Something casual, elegant, classy, warm (it's been minus 30 Celsius these days) and something that preferably does not need to be adjusted constantly, won't adhere to every lump or bump and isn't something that makes me look like the paper bag princess.  I don't really want to piece the outfit together from thrift store finds (which is my usual method of getting dressed in the morning) but rather for once I'd like something "off the rack" from a real store that sells new clothing.  I wouldn't even know what that looks like these days.  And I work with young people. But I like clothes and I like staying current…at least as much as I can with fashions what they are.

So on my annual, one-day, all-day Christmas shopping trip I wandered around the mall to look for ideas.  What I was thinking was something like this:

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 Or this:

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Or this:

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Aren't these outfits cute?  They're a step above "jeans and a tee", and yet they're still casual enough for a family get together where there will be children and food and general crazy fun-ness.

Here's what I found at every store.

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Or this:

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 Or this:

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I was disappointed to say the least.  Is there anything out there besides leggings-that-look-like-panty hose and ugly, oversized bag-sweaters?  No, I'm afraid there isn't.

So I looked for something a bit more dressy, and I found things like this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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I can't imagine picking up one of my nephews in this "dress".  Or sitting on a couch.  Or standing.  Or leaving my room…wait…leaving the change room for that matter.  What can you do in a dress like this besides stand still?

I haven't lost hope - I'm going to try again, but I imagine I will go back to my favourite thrift shops and piece something classy, cute, warm and trendy together.  I've sifted my way through Pinterest.  I've got some good ideas, but I'm open to new ones.  Any thoughts, tips or ideas you want to share with me?  Did you find something pretty at a shop (that's available in Canada)?  Post a pic - or tell me about it.  Or even just tell me about your favourite store.  I'll let you know what I find.


7 comments:

  1. I am searching right there with you! I would not mind a skirt and blouse or a dress but when are designers going to realize that they should not be that short, especially for the winter! Oh yeah, and leggings are NOT jeans or slacks people they are like tights so cover your bums! I hope you find something soon, when you do post pics if I find something I will definitely post pics on my blog :)

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    1. You too Kat - good luck in braving the fashion world. I'll be watching your blog too.

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  2. I seriously thought that the first photo was you! Old navy actually has some really nice chiffon blouses for sale right now.

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    1. Awesome...I will check out Old Navy. Actually, I want to find a blouse like your polka dot on, Elena. I love it!

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  3. Love a jean skirt for casual get togethers...I will probably wear one on Christmas Day with a red sweater and a skinny belt which dresses it up just a little. ;)

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    1. LOVE it. I just threw my jean skirt in my suitcase this morning...so that's a definite contender.

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  4. I liked the top picture the best! Super cute outfit.

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