If you're here, God bless you for checking in, especially when I haven't been keeping up my end of things lately. I've been on a bit of a blogging sabbatical, and I have so much I want to share with you: the grief of losing my beloved father, the beauty of his very peaceful and holy death, and the joy of having every single one of our kids and grandkids under our roof to spend Christmas with us just a month after his passing. It's a lot to write about, and I have a brain crammed full of thoughts and feelings to process and organize before I can do these events justice...but I thought it might be good to get back in the blogging groove today with a lighthearted "My Sunday Best" post. So I'm linking up with Rosie to show you what I wore to Mass this Sunday.
Anyhoo, time to talk fashion.
The fact that I'm an older gal undoubtedly shows in my clothing choices. I am drawn to longer hems and longer sleeves and loose, flowy tops. Actually, my fashion style might be summed up in the phrase "full coverage." I love layers with sweaters and vests; I love jackets and coats. Swimsuits? Not so much! I would say that this is because I'm in my late-50's; but I was always sort of like this, even when I was young and toned and wrinkle-free.
In recent years, I've enjoyed flipping through my mom's vast collection of women's apparel catalogs when visiting her and my dad at their house...because my mother is 81 and we have very similar taste in clothing! I've ordered some items from these catalogs from time to time, and now they show up my mailbox, too. If you're under 40, you've probably never heard of Blair, but I'm always finding things I want in that catalog. I recently fell in love with a Blair outfit and my husband ordered it for me for Christmas.
Here's the kicker, though: Blair sells clothing for us mature ladies, but the women who model it in their catalog are a couple of decades younger than most of their customers. So when I fell in love with this skirt and top, I forgot that I'm not 30, six feet tall, and willowy-thin like the girl in the picture. So...the Sunday Best outfit I wore today wasn't exactly a win on me.
It's possible that I should have ordered a size smaller, I don't know. But I decided to push through and add a belt. Surely that would help with the problem of looking extremely shapeless and dumpy.
My best accessory, however, was a silver Celtic Cross that my youngest son gave me for Christmas. Back in October, he traveled to Ireland. When he went to the Cliffs of Moher, he saw this necklace in the gift shop there and bought it for me. I just love it (and him)!
I'm not really comfortable with the leggings, because the top isn't long enough. I would most likely pair it with a black skirt, black pants, or jeans instead.
I have to tell you that half the fun of doing a "My Sunday Best" post is employing my husband as a fashion photographer. He makes me laugh (perhaps you can tell from the pictures) and he actually works really hard to get the best shot of the clothes. He would have more success if he didn't have such an awkward model to work with!
Okay, that's it for this not-very-fashion-forward grammy blogger. If you'd like to see more (and better!) Sunday Best outfits, go and visit a blog for my mom.