I have a confession to make… I used to be a big fan of holiday theme wear. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the ubiquitous Christmas sweaters that are worn by many women (and even some men!) during December each year. But did you know that theme wear also exists for other holidays?
In days past, if anyone could find a bright, loud, ugly garment for any given holiday, it was me! I prided myself on dressing in a festive manner for each and every holiday, and Thanksgiving was no exception. Of course, this was long before I became a wardrobe stylist and even quite a while before my style evolution began (read more about that on my “About Debbie” page).
Thanksgiving Theme Wear at its Finest…
One of my favorite pieces of “theme wear” was my turkey vest. I wore that vest with pride every Thanksgiving for at least five years. The photo at right was taken in 1997 (click on photo for a larger view). It’s difficult to see in the photo, but I was also wearing turkey earrings! At least I knew enough to keep the rest of my outfit basic – white button-down shirt, black trousers (albeit a not very flattering shape and a bit too short!), and black boots. Well, at least I looked happy and was in a good holiday spirit…
A More Modern Take
Fast forward fifteen years to 2012. I still like to show some holiday spirit, but I do it in a very different way these days. I now choose to reflect the holiday more through the use of color than through theme-based imagery. The outfit that I’m planning to wear tomorrow is an oldie but goodie which incorporates a fall color palette. Although I may opt to wear my tall black boots instead of the sling-back pumps, I know I’ll be wearing the faux-wrap print dress and the burnt orange knit blazer, as well as my orange and brown mixed media beaded necklace.
All of the pieces in my outfit are from last year or earlier and the dress is at least three years old. It isn’t necessary to buy new clothes for all holiday events. Part of what I do as a wardrobe stylist is help clients “shop their closets” to mix and match their clothes and create fresh new looks. I practice what I preach in my own closet and am continually exploring new ways to combine my garments. Of course, I still buy new pieces as well, but I’m working to do that less and use what I have more. It’s all part of the theme of the season, gratitude. I am grateful for the many blessings in my life, including my fun and diverse wardrobe.
What a Difference 15 Years Makes!
Here’s the before and after photos next to each other for the sake of contrast. Although I clearly had fun with my clothes back in 1997, I prefer the more understated and sophisticated Thanksgiving look of 2012!
Happy Thanksgiving – And Remember to Shop Wisely!
I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy a day of sharing (and eating) with friends and family and if you have a long weekend, I hope you will spend it doing many of the things you love most.
If you choose to brave the stores on “Black Friday” (I am a major shopper, but I stay away on that day!), stay safe and try to resist the allure of impulse buys. Shop with a list if at all possible and make sure you can return your purchases if you experience buyer’s remorse later on. Remember, it’s only a deal if you use what you buy!