This week I was part of our Village Voices Christmas Concert – the event of the year for our community choir! Our dress code was black bottoms and a brightly coloured top. The black bottom half was easy – I had several options, but not so many bright tops to choose from in my wardrobe; particularly smart ones. Then I remembered a jacket I have that just screams Christmas; so I went with that! I didn’t leave myself enough time to be photographed on the actual evening of the concert, so I re-created the look yesterday by the Bishop’s Palace in Wells.
The jacket is by Country Casuals and is silk velvet and cost me £15 from a vintage stall at Glastonbury Festival last year. I love everything about it – the colour is a stunning rich red (and red is my favourite colour), and the fabric is so soft to the touch. I like the 3/4 sleeves, which stop the jacket from feeling bulky, and the covered buttons at the cuffs give it a bit of a circus feel to it.
I wouldn’t usually pick out a jacket to buy, but this one (and actually two others at the same time!) couldn’t be left behind because the fabric was so gorgeous. I also don’t often have smart enough occasions to wear them at, but I’ve decided to overdress generally, so that sort of thing won’t matter any more!
I wore a simple black t-shirt underneath, and this one was from Next.
The skirt was bought from Joe Browns a few years ago and is one of those items in my wardrobe I can always rely on. It’s comfortable, and can be made tighter or looser with the corset lacing at the sides, which also give the skirt a bit of extra interest. It can be smart or casual fashion, depending on how you wear it, and I think the length, just under the knee, and the flippy floaty style suits me.
The straight-forward black leggings are from Tesco F&F.
I didn’t actually wear these boots at the concert. I wore stripy fabric Blowfish ankle boots, but as it rained non-stop the day before this little photo-shoot, I thought it wise to wear something a little more waterproof. These are a recent purchase from Amazon. I’d been looking for some like these that fold over for ages, so I was really happy to find them. I thought the fold-over bits looked better with this outfit tucked into the laces. (With a short skirt, I’d have left them sticking out a bit more for more of a grungy style.)
The necklace and matching earrings were a Christmas present from Chris last year.
If you’d like to see me wearing it all on video, then please look at the vlog on my You Tube channel from Vlogmas Day 7 towards the end.
Shop the look: (All apart from the leggings and jewellery are similar.)