I hope you all had a lovely festive season and are enjoying those strange, in-between days as we wait to see in the New Year! We can feel a little bit in limbo, out of routine, but I always savour these quiet few days to enjoy presents, pleasant company, potter and plan. There have been long walks, lots of baking, making, sorting, nesting and relaxing as we begin to wind back up ready for 2017. As such, I’ve mainly been wearing a more casual uniform of midi skirts, jumpers and coats, although it’s been unseasonably warm in Edinburgh of late. Pleated skirts are everywhere just now and I for one am enjoying this fact – I love their retro-inspired cut, movement and flattering midi length, especially when they come in a myriad of different colours and textures.
And my Hogmanay uniform isn’t much different, to be honest! I’ve never been a party-goer and don’t really rate New Year if I’m being honest… The last few years I’ve been all about a quiet Hogmanay at home, spent with loved ones and watching the fireworks from our front room window. That doesn’t mean I won’t dress up though, so I’ll be wearing a dressier version of my festive ensembles of late – namely this sparkly pleated skirt I first clapped eyes on at the Next Christmas Press Day. It’s the perfect shade of emerald green, made from lovely flowing fabric, and the colour seems to subtly change when the sparkles catch the light. Sold! (Sadly it’s now sold out but they have other lovely pleated skirts online too).
Alongside the sparkly skirt on the rail at the press day was this star print blouse; with its unusual print, high neck and ruffle details, it’s more than a little Studio 54. And when I saw the lovely Liv wearing it – on my favourite colourful island of Burano of all places – I couldn’t resist the pairing! Sadly it’s now also sold out, but I’ve got my eye on several blouses in Next’s new season collection already… My location may be a little (lot!) less exotic, but I just had to take advantage of Edinburgh’s lovely festive doors before those gorgeous wreaths disappear for another year. We went on a festive walk to the Botanics yesterday and our journey must have taken twice as long, stopping to admire all the beautiful wreaths – see my Instagram Stories for more!
What are you wearing for Hogmanay this year?