And many apologies for not wishing you a Happy Christmas! Seasons’ Greetings to you all.
But I was so busy! I don’t know about you, but Christmas Day and the bits before and after are lovely. I’m not knocking it, but oh, the work. Zoe Williams, who is one of my favourite journalists, wrote an article on how Christmas is a prank on middle-aged women (which was somewhat negative yes, and I didn’t agree with it entirely) but seriously, in the midst of the festivities stands a tired woman (or man, not being overly gender specific here). This is a person who slaves over a hot stove producing two different meats, sausages wrapped in bacon (that’s called pigs wrapped in blankets) five different vegetables, gravy, bread sauce (don’t ask), cranberry sauce (and if you’re French, no, we don’t eat jam with our meat) plus, of course, the stuffing. And every single item to be produced piping hot at the same time. For all your family plus all your relatives. Because, for those of you over the pond, the UK Christmas is your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one day.
And I do wonder about the fashion articles that tell you how to look chic on Christmas Day – do they live on another planet? You see the thing is I’m not only a messy eater I’m a very messy cook. Mr Frugalfashionshopper on the other hand can cook with narry a splash on his pristine shirt, but me, I get food everywhere.
It’s the same when we go for a walk on a muddy path (there’s a lot of mud this winter I can tell you) his jeans will still look newly pressed, but I come back with mud splashes up to my bottom!
So, while I scrub up quite well for special occasions I wore my jeans to cook the Christmas dinner!
But what interests me is that in December there are hundreds of articles to be found instructing us on what to wear for the festivities. But, here’s the thing, why do we need encouraging to be overly chic on just one or two days a year? Should we not be aiming, at the very least, to be stylish all the time – apart that is from messy occupations like cooking, cleaning and gardening?
I had a near argument about this with a dear friend, that fashion is something we women can discard as we get older – we can free ourselves from its diktats. But, while she meant that older women can then wear what they like, and be comfortable in so doing, I argued that it is important to know what the ‘look of the day’ is and then adapt it in a stylish way. So, yes, I am guilty of saying We. Wear. What. We. Like, but kind of meaning, but be stylish! Yes, when I say that, I really mean:
‘Dare. To. Wear. What. Others. Might. Think. Is. Too. Young. For. You’
Because seriously we should wear what we like: sparkly silvery high heel shoes – just strut your stuff! Short skirts – go for it! Leopard skin print – lovely!
All the very best for 2016
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.P.S. Sharing with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike campaign – good for her for starting it!