Christmas is T minus 16. This means 2022 rolls into town in 22 days. The countdown is on! I’m definitely turning into my mother as I’m astonished at how quickly this year has flown by. It’s truly mind-boggling. But I thought we would have a little fun today and walk down memory lane. Blog memory lane, to be exact, as I’m sharing holiday outfits starting in 2014 when I had my Tumblr account before I started the blog. Does anyone remember Tumblr? Now Tik Tok is all the rage, but ten years ago, it was a different social channel that had everyone’s attention. Tumblr is still in business but its popularity has long since faded.
Facebook, make that Meta is still around. Instagram has gone from photos to short videos in head to head battle with Tik Tok. YouTube has incorporated #shorts into their channel. And it seems Pinterest loves short videos too. Let me tell you blogging is an ever-changing landscape. Some blogs don’t make the leap over to social media channels. And some social media influencers don’t have blogs. Me? I love the written word, so a blog is important to me, and I love photos. I’ve always been a magazine junkie, so I never tire of that format that blogs can more or less replicate. YouTube has been a good challenge for me. It’s not easy to step in front of a camera and start chattering. It’s challenging to articulate what I put down in words while the camera rolls but I have to admit I enjoy YouTube more and more. The latest social media fads, Reels or Tik Tok is an easy way to share lots of content in a fun and engaging way. Maybe that’s why 2021 flew by so quickly? I’ve had lots to learn!
The Christmas outfits started in 2014. At the time, Mr. Style and I lived in San Francisco. This photo was snapped somewhere in Cole Valley. I’m wearing a ruana made out of cashmere with a fur scarf thrown on top. A sweater, blue jeans, and boots are tucked underneath.
This photo was taken in 2015 at the University of San Francisco. The university was one of our favorite backdrops for photos. It was within walking distance of our apartment, and I would pack a tote with two or three outfits for quick changes then call it a day. The outfit is a style formula I use time and again. Marry one masculine item with one feminine thing. It’s the yin and yang of fashion. A black velvet skirt paired with a flannel shirt, black camisole, and pearls. This year I tweaked this exact look with a plaid flannel shirt, black camisole, and wool tuxedo pants. Some things never really change.
Christmas 2016 found Mr. Style and me living in Athens, GA. Another style formula I love to put together is a sweater and “fancy” pants, whether they’re silk, charmeuse, velvet, or jacquard . Add heels, a faux fur vest, and I’m ready to par-ty!
When Christmas 2017 arrived, I was feeling Ralph Laurenish. He will always be one of my favorite designers. Black pants, black military jacket, bow blouse, and pumps. I would wear this outfit today in a heartbeat.
Christmas of 2018 was my last with Mr. Style. Looks like we were headed out for date night as I glammed up a pair of trendy tuxedo blue jeans with a pair of suede pumps, turtleneck, and blazer.
It’s hard to believe this photo was snapped two years ago! It seems like yesterday. Again, I’m feeling the Ralph Lauren vibe with a red sweater and navy tuxedo pants. Anyone notice a trend? Yep, I love to wear sweaters all winter long, and I have a thing for a tuxedo stripe.
Christmas 2020, I decided to go all out with glitter and glam. This sequin duster is versatile as it can be dressed up or down. I dressed it up with a ruffle-neck blouse, wide-leg pants, and red shoes. Add a red lip, and I’m ready to play hostess with the mostess.
Fast forward to Christmas 2021. These outfits were recently featured on an Instagram Reel. Red velvet blazer, plaid blouse, red velvet pants, and pink pumps (old, similar here and here). I think I’m in heaven with this color combo certain to brighten your day.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t wear red plaid pants. This year I paired them with a black cashmere turtleneck, black blazer (back-ordered similar here and here), and black suede pumps (old, similar here and here). I like to tone it down with neutrals whenever I wear a bold pattern.
Let me know which outfit is your favorite?