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Outfit 9.12.10: Christmassy sick day with a festive colour scheme

9.12.10: christmassy sick day

9.12.10: christmassy sick day

handmade bracelet

This is from Thursday last week. That cold never went away and after dragging myself into work on Monday to Wednesday then having to go home exhausted halfway through the afternoon, I decided to just stay at home and get better. And it worked, thank goodness!

Obviously I wasn’t really planning on taking an outfit photo on a sick day, but this is how it came about: On Tuesday, Ashe of Dramatis Personae posted about about how some of her friends who wear maxi skirts, little make up and wear their hair in buns automatically classed as people from a hardline christian sect (Is this a fair enough description? I just don’t know what any of these specific types of Christianity mean, and am hoping not to offend anyone by misunderstanding what their religion is about). I highly recommend that you go and check out the post and the discussion in the comments.

But to get back to my outfit: this reminded me that my sister had given me this long denim skirt a while ago, but after stalking my flickr and realising I rarely wear it, she wants it back, and I am returning it at Christmas. So I though I would wear it one last time. And then after I had got dressed for warmth (still minus 12 degrees at this point), I realised I had accidentally gone for a festive colour scheme and my clothes actually looked quite nice. So I added the christmas bracelet and went and took photos. I couldn’t quite be bothered with make up, so puffy red eyes and slightly rudolphy nose it is!

skirt – hand me up from my sister
top – charity shop
scarf, slippers, braclet/beady thing – gift. Bracelet from Mjoca of Angels and Blossoms
headband – me made (a new one made with the blue leaf pattern off knitty)

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  • poet 14 December 2010, 4:40 pm

    Nachträglich gute Besserung! Toller Schal, tolles Armband, und auch ein schicker Rock – ich könnte den nicht tragen, weil ich immer Fahrrad fahre… Vor ganz langen Röcken schrecke ich in der Tat auch deswegen zurück, weil sie manchmal arg konservativ (i.e. "hardline-christlich") aussehen können (wie ich bei einem Trageversuch anhand zahlreicher Spiegelbilder in Fensterscheiben feststellen musste, als ich schon das Haus verlassen hatte)… deiner tut das aber nicht 🙂

    die Poetin

  • Helga! 14 December 2010, 5:07 pm

    The bracelet totally rocks.Bummer about being sick-it seems to be doing the rounds over there!I recommend lots of hot toddies!

  • Jessica 14 December 2010, 5:54 pm

    Wish you better! You do look lovely, and I am madly in love with your scarf.

  • sacramento 14 December 2010, 6:15 pm

    You look cute in whatever you decide to wear. That ensemble is lovely and very colourful.Love the Christmas bracelet.

  • Eli 14 December 2010, 7:22 pm

    ugh I've been dragging out a cold for a while too, it sucks! hope you feel better already.

    The skirt topic is very interesting. In Vegas we have a lot of mormons but also a lot of Jehovah's witness who dress super conservative. I never realized how dressing a certain way could make you seem like you were from a particular religion!

  • Style Eyes 14 December 2010, 9:51 pm

    I have had that awful cold too. Love that you can still put together a great outfit even when you are feeling ill.

  • Biba 14 December 2010, 10:22 pm

    Lovely to see you're wearing the bracelet / necklace thingy. Thanks!

    Gorgeous scarf!!!

  • She is Sara 15 December 2010, 1:26 am

    Sorry to hear that you are sick! But you look festive in this garb, you look like you are ready for anything!

  • Rad_in_Broolyn 15 December 2010, 3:35 am

    I hope that you feel better soon! You're looking pretty perky for sick. And you're rockin' the happy colors.
    You know, when I lived next to a huge orthodox Jewish center, in a 1/2 Jewish and 1/2 Caribbean neighborhood (so Brooklyn), I noticed that whenever I wore sleeves past my elbows and longer skirts, people who passed me from behind would turn and look at me to see if they knew me, because the longer hemlines was a marker of this religious group. Of course, my face isn't really traditionally Jewish looking, but since this group does allow for conversions, it wouldn't be unheard of. I stopped wearing longer hemlines for a while, but started up again when I moved to my current neighborhood. It's one of those things that is really dependent on contexts.

  • Sarah (Sister) 15 December 2010, 6:46 am

    Ja mein Rock kommt wieder! *freu*
    Und mir ist gerade aufgefallen dass du ja rote Hausschuhe bekommen hast. Ich hab mir dieses Jahr endlich wieder neue gekauf, die waren längst überfällig 😉
    Bei mir mussten es aber wieder blaue sein!
    Das dunkelgrüne da an deinem Bauch (zweit T-Shirt oder so) beist sich irgendwie mit dem restlichen Grün deines Outfits.

  • Franca 15 December 2010, 8:45 am

    Thank you all, I do feel much better now, though still not 100%. I just need complete Christmas relaxation!

    The skirt thing is really interesting. it would have never crossed my mind but does seem quite a common thing in certain places, and I do actually remember now that when I first got this skirt while doing my masters and was talking about it, on of the PHD students who is from Canada said that long denim skirts were very popular with the Menonite/Amish type groups where she grew up.

    Rad – That's the power of photography. I took at least 20 photos and these were the only two where I looked vaguely alive.

    Sarah – Dave hat blaue bekommen. Rot ist mir sowieso lieber, dann findet man sie leichter wenn sie mir mal wieder von den fuessen gefallen sind. Ich finde, das beisst sich gar nicht, mein motto ist dass jede farbe zu jeder farbe passt. Ausserdem war das eh alles zufall, hatte ja nicht geplant das zu fotografieren!

  • The Frog's Eyebrows 15 December 2010, 9:40 am

    Great outfit! I would never have guessed that you were sick. Love that bracelet too!

    I agree with what you said about the long skirt/little makeup thing. I keep getting invited to join that Offbeat Modest Dress group on Flickr, which had always confused me as I've never consciously dressed modestly, just how I want to. On the street, I'd always been told that my outfits are "awesome". The long skirt as modest thing definitely has to do with where you live. In Vancouver, anyone who wears a long skirt is either Muslim or a neo-hippie and no one really cares. Judging from what I've seen of American reality shows, it steams from the very Christian American South who put their ideas about what they think modesty is above fashion and don't wear any bright colours! I think they consider it a personal choice based on religion, but some of their daughters do look awfully bland.

  • Shallow Mallow 15 December 2010, 12:52 pm

    Love your scarf. Lovely outfit, I can't believe you managed to put this together when you weren't well!

  • chelsea 15 December 2010, 2:08 pm

    Well, I'm glad you feel better now! Sick days can be great, just sitting on the couch, watching movies drinking tons of tea. That is my way to get over a cold. That and sleeping.
    I used to wear maxi skirts all the time in junior high. They were in style then, though I liked to be a rebel and pair them with my sneakers instead of "nice" footwear.

  • Anonymous 16 December 2010, 3:27 pm

    Well, I think "hardline" is a bit harsh! I'm a conservative American evangelical Christian, but I did avoid long denim skirts while I was home-schooling because they seemed to be part of some kind of uniform, even though I like the look, and saw them worn so cutely on weekends by young mothers in Paris recently. Japanese websites also show this look quite frequently, but I have difficulty pulling it off, although I am not averse to looking like anyone else if it's what I want to wear.