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The 12 Days of Christmas Outfits: Day 8 – the Casual Christmas

tartan pencil skirt and cherry print cardigan

tartan pencil skirt

retro-inspired pencil skirt and cardigan

OK, so this outfit isn’t exactly “casual” in the true sense of the word – and I suspect some people might not consider it sufficiently “festive”, either. 

I don’t know, though – for me there’s something about tartan that just says “Christmas”, and while I wouldn’t wear it to a party, obviously, it’s totally the kind of thing I might wear on Christmas Eve, say. No, I mean that literally: I might wear this on Christmas Eve, to drink mulled wine and pretend I’m in a black and white movie or something. It’s basically what I wore on Christmas Eve LAST year, after all, and ya gotta love a completely random tradition, don’t you? Don’t answer that…

Actually, my newfound love of tartan pencil skirts has come as a surprise even to me, because up until the last couple of years or so, you wouldn’t have gotten me into ANYTHING tartan at all. Ever. I think when you live in Scotland you get so used to people assuming you wear a kilt all the time, and walk around with a haggis under one arm and a set of bagpipes under the other, that you really don’t want to do anything to encourage the stereotypes, do you?

Let the record show, then, that Scottish people don’t wear tartan all the time, but I HAVE worn it for the last two winters in a row, so I should probably just go and buy myself a set of bagpipes already. GOD.

The cardigan, meanwhile, is also from Collectif, and gets worn fairly often, given my love of anything with a cherry print on it. It’s sold out in cream now, but you can still buy it in black: no, I haven’t yet, but yes, there’s a good chance I probably will at some point, knowing me…

Collectif tartan pencil skirt and cherry print cardigan

Skirt c/o Collectif   Collectif cardigan    Christian Louboutin shoes

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  • Sophie
    December 21, 2015

    Amber, this is the first time I am commenting on your website, but I actually found this blog this past Summer (of 2015) and absolutely fell in love with it. I kept coming back to it here and there to see what you would post and wear next. I love the wit and humor in the voice you write with and I love the vibrant outfits you create. I even linked to one of your outfits in one of my own outfit inspiration posts.

    Well, this 12 days of Christmas series is such a creative idea! I don’t live in Scotland (ha) but I actually like this outfit a lot and could see myself wearing it to a Christmas brunch of sorts as the colors in the skirt really stand out. And, I must mention that cardigans are my weakness. This cherry one is super cute. Thanks for all your hard work in putting together these posts for us and thanks for your great blogging tips.
    – Sophie

  • Trudy
    December 21, 2015

    This is weird – but for some reason, I didn’t even connect the tartan with Scotland until you mentioned it. I think it looks super cute, and hey! why not do a little stereotyping every now and then 😉

  • TinaD
    December 21, 2015

    Still love that sweater…it’s the thing on Pinterest that got me hooked on your blog.

  • Moira
    December 21, 2015

    I just love a tartan pencil skirt & a fitted sweater or cardigan, in fact I wore that very combo at our family dinner yesterday. So festive!

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