Every holiday I search out something new for festive dress. Which I still want to call dress-up, because I’m actually 8. However, these days most festivities happen with family – in houses, on sofas and floors with baby nephews . So I’m leaving behind the little black dresses and long velvet sheaths of decades past. This year, I wanted something comfortable, good for a decade, and unique to this year.
I have Jigsaw London, and the shopping event to which they invited me, to thank for the specific inspiration.
Jigsaw offered me one piece of my choice, along with champagne and sweets. I’m still not used to this style blogging bit where I get presents, as I feel that I’m simply blathering on about life and life involves clothes, but never mind. A Simple Thank You Will Suffice. I tried on a few things. This sweatshirt, in a wonderful fabric, and the collar was sweet, but the flared silhouette might have worked better on a short-waisted person.
This dress was lovely, and stretchy, and Artsy, but as I said, 2014 is not my year for LBDs. I came home instead with a lace-trimmed cardigan. Odd, because when I turned 50 I vowed I’d never again wear a cardigan, thinking the thickness of cashmere made me look like a sausage. Oh most foolish of women! This number is made of polyester and viscose, and, hence, clings.
Close up you can see the metallic lace in the trim, and the pointelle of the knit, both on the web,
And in my front hall.
You can wear this cardigan closed,
or open. That is my old front door, in need of paint, as I have said. I imagine my neighbors were mightily amused by these photo shenanigans, if they happened to be coming home last night around 4pm. To all those enamored with mid-century design, see that kitschy doorbell? Now that’s TRUE mid-century. But I digress.
The sweater required a few other pieces to make a non-pantsless outfit, so I took the opportunity to stock up on wardrobe basics – which generally leads me to J. Crew.
By the way, Jigsaw is a good accompaniment to the Crew – prices are a notch lower, and styling is a notch or two more fluid. Jigsaw occupies a niche right between Crew and Anthropologie, on the Sturdy to Artsy continuum. As a result, you’ll do best there with jersey and knits (check the fabrics), but they’re well worth adding to your roster of Where To Find Stuff You Need. More photos of the Jigsaw event, if you are interested, can be found on Facebook.
I have wanted rough silk dress pants for donkeys’ years, and I love these cropped trousers, half wool, half silk. I’ve wanted smoking slippers for about as long. I liked these enormously, (studs and all) but they were too gaudy for Significant Husband. We agreed on these in patent leather. They call them derby loafers. Whatever. Would have loved to have splurged on Charlotte Olympia kitty slippers, or Stubbs & Wooten, or the ever elusive Belgians. But in patent the loafers serve as black flats for daytime, as well as pseudo-smokings for night.
This strategy of dress pants, flats, and nifty cardigan, proves especially useful when you’re the cook. Come early to my house and this is what you’ll see.
The cardigan waits patiently, clean, for me to sit down and eat.
Now that we’ve addressed the clothing side of festivities, let’s spend a minute on the point of all this folderol. It’s people. It’s us. I have no doubt you all know that, but I hope you all have families, by birth, marriage, or the new family of community, to keep you safe and comforted. This is also the time for me to say that Kate, a reader, attended the Jigsaw event, and it was a pleasure to meet her. This blog never stops surprising me – how many lovely, talented, intelligent, and thoughtful women there are in this world.