This week’s question was posed by our Friday Fox: “Do you dress in any particular color or style for holidays or special days?”
Back when I taught elementary school students, I would try to wear holiday-associated colors at various times of the year. I had school spirit shirts, an orange pumpkin t-shirt for Halloween, fall colors to wear during November, and so on. I often made vests for specific holidays, because that was an economical way of adding to my wardrobe – especially if I purchased the fabric on clearance after the holiday and did my sewing in preparation for the following year.
Now that I’m semi-retired and work with college students, I pay far less attention to my wardrobe. I’ve never been particularly interested in shopping for clothes. I dress for comfort, the weather, and the requirements or expectations of the event I’m attending. I’ve found that my personal heating system seems to have changed, so I no longer wear sweatshirts or sweaters (except for one white and one black cardigan) because I just get too hot. I have two pairs of jeans, three dress slacks – khaki, navy, and black, and enough shirts to get me through a couple of weeks. I have black clothes to wear at concerts, and a few dresses for special occasions. And that’s pretty much it. After our awful experience clearing out my mom’s house and moving her three times in just over a year, my brothers and I have devoted ourselves to getting rid of things we don’t need, and my closets are finally starting to thank me for my efforts. Hopefully, things will be easier for our kids when we’re ready to move.
If I’m going to give a nod to the holidays through what I’m wearing, it’s going to be with accessories. I have a few necklaces and scarves with holiday prints, because those are easy to store. But I often forget to pull them out and use them unless I’m reminded. Since the usual attire for band and orchestra concerts is all black, we’ll often decide to add a splash of holiday color at some of our performances. I can manage that. But truthfully, I’ve never been one to put a lot of time into planning my wardrobe. I just have too many things to worry about, and clothing choice ranks far down on my list of priorities. Here are pictures from two of our recent concerts – one from Pumpkinfest, and one from our Christmas concert. I actually remembered to wear my scarves at both performances this year!
How about you? Do you plan your clothing choices around the holidays?