Well, Sort Of


Do you dress in any particular color or style for holidays or special days?

When I was a child my mother always dressed us up for Easter. That was the only time of year we wore gloves and a hat, but they were mandatory on Easter. So was a corsage and curled hair. As I grew older I kept up the tradition for my kids. My boys didn’t wear gloves or hats, but they did sometimes have to wear little ties and dress pants, sometimes even a sports jacket. I continued the tradition for myself too. I usually bought something new to wear for Easter. These days, not so much. My closet is packed tightly enough as it is.

I like autumn colors so I do have a tendency to buy things in the fall. They’re just pretty to me, but I love summer clothes. They truly celebrate the season with their gorgeous colors and light weight fabrics. This year I’ll have to buy a few things extra. I lost some weight recently, and my old clothes don’t fit very well.

As a teacher I always dressed for special occasions. I had big heart shaped earrings for Valentine’s Day, green earrings for St. Patrick’s Day, a tee shirt with pumpkins for the fall season, a Christmas sweater with lots of beading, and several Christmas tees with Christmas motifs on them. The kids always loved it when the teacher’s dressed for the holidays. On football days I always wore blue, which is our school’s colors.

Since I retired I don’t really spend much time planning my outfits for holidays or special occasions. I have a few dressy outfits for weddings, funerals, etc, and I have some red in my wardrobe for Christmas, but I have basic pants in several colors and blouses or tees that coordinate with them. If I want to dress them up I usually add a little jewelry or a nice jacket.

Now that I’ve thought about it, I believe I’ll buy something new for Easter this year. Maybe something in turquoise which I love. Or maybe coral. I like coral too. What about you? Do you dress in a special way for holidays or special days?

The picture shows my husband and I at an autumn picnic. Note the browns and dark greens in the blouse? Nice autumn colors.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Well, Sort Of

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Growing up, turquoise was pretty much my favorite color. I became enamored with it when we traveled through the southwest and I purchased some cheap souvenirs made of turquoise rock fragments.
    I think it’s cool that you — & other teachers — dress in the school colors on game days… and in the appropriate trappings for the primary holidays.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    You were right when you said we shopped the same! Other than the earrings, that is. I got my ears pierced while in college and they hadn’t healed a year later, so I gave up. I love to wear autumn colors, too, but mostly as accent pieces. I think blue and black take up most of the space in my closet.


  3. I’m with you on the Autumn colors, Elaine. And when The Husband taught, he wore a variety
    of Christmas ties, which are still hanging in the closet.I can usually get him into a green swearter for Christmas.
    Glad I spurred you ontyo new Easter clothes!


  4. I really enjoy the Autumn colors. My daughter always laughs at me when I walk into a store in August and they’re just starting to put out the new clothes for Autumn. I always go see what’s new. I love the colors!


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