Now that even Epiphany has come and gone, I’m taking a look back at my favorite festive fashions of the 2021 Christmas season. I picked my favorite styling of each Christmas piece I have in my wardrobe (four skirts, a dress, and a dirndl apron), plus a photo of how I accessorized each:
Also, two bonus pictures that don’t really fit anywhere else…the dressing gown I wore on Christmas Eve, and a playful shot of one of my new Christmas brooches on my overalls against a candy cane-inspired background:
As much as I’m looking forward to mixing up my fashion a bit more in the coming weeks, I’m really going to miss my Christmas prints until it’s time to pull them out again!
2021 was a year where I explored new options for my wardrobe, found some new favorite retailers, and really discovered what I like and I want I don’t in my clothing and accessories. I added some special pieces to my collection, starting with this Erstwilder brooch inspired by Animal Crossing:
Speaking of Animal Crossing, I have never been as excited about a makeup collection as I was about the ColourPopxAnimal Crossing collaboration!
Miss Candyfloss quickly became my favorite vintage-inspired clothing brand in 2021, and I think the Myrtle-Sun dress was my favorite out of the ones I purchased (although, everything I have in my closet from their brand is simply amazing!):
I explored my heritage in a sartorial way this year by adding two dirndls from Rare Dirndl to my wardrobe. They’re both beautiful, but I’m sharing “Die Heimat” because the other was a gift, so not technically something I purchased myself.
I’m back with the a new styling for “Die Heimat” dirndl, just in time for Christmas!
As soon as Rare Dirndl shared photos of a special gnome apron for Christmas, I knew exactly how I would style it, and it turned out even better than I imagined!
I added an Austrian flag inspired necklace I picked up from a Rare Dirndl jewelry party through their Facebook group…it’s both a perfect representation of my heritage, and the perfect colors for Christmas! Edelweiss are also represented through my hair clip and new red wrap bracelet.
It seems that every year, I like the new Splendette Christmas collection even better than the last. This year’s is something special, with both candy cane striped bangles and bangles inset with Christmas baubles, and they look fantastic with some of my pieces from previous years!
Time for a look at something completely different!
I have always admired ladies in old TV shows and movies who wore beautiful, glamorous dressing gowns. Anyone can wear a robe, but a gorgeous gown made of satin and lace? That was always the dream!
This spring, Miss Candyfloss offered a beautiful dressing gown in a few lovely pastels. Since it was a new and special item, it was extremely limited, both in sizes and quantity, and I wasn’t able to purchase one. But then they surprised me with something that wasn’t in the autumn/winter lookbook, the lovely Chantilly-Violette and Chantilly-Pine, which is the same dressing gown, but in beautiful autumnal shades of purple and green. To be honest, the purple was my first choice…it is my favorite color after all! But it sold out in a flash, and I was happy to get the gown at all. In the end, this green is stunning, and especially nice around the holidays!
This gown isn’t just beautiful, it’s also extraordinarily well made. My parcel had a mishap somewhere between Sweden and my home, and when it was delivered, it was torn open, part of the gown was actually exposed to the elements, and the invoice inside was literally shredded. I was terrified to even look at the gown, because I was sure the lace had to be ruined based on the condition of the package and the paper invoice. But is flawless, which has got to be due to how well it was constructed!
I’m especially looking forward to wearing this over the Christmas season!
I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite so glamorous!
I would also wear this outside of the house if I had a fancy enough event to attend. While it’s marketed as a dressing gown, it can also be worn as simply a gown…it isn’t too revealing and certainly doesn’t look like something that can be worn only around the house. I love a piece that’s both versatile and elegant, and makes my vintage glamour dreams come true!
This year, Erstwilder surprised me with not just one, but two Christmas brooch launches!
The first, and biggest, collection highlights an Australian Christmas. There are familiar pieces, like the wreath I bought, and some that those of us in the Northern Hemisphere might consider a little more unusual, like koalas (my youngest purchased on of those).
I wasn’t even planning on getting two brooches from that collection, but Ryan went ahead and ordered the Volkswagen Kombi “Seasonal Delivery” piece that I couldn’t quite decide on so I wouldn’t miss out. And then Erstwilder announced a small, four-piece collection of Christmas Hello Kitty brooches to round out the three-part Hello Kitty collaboration they did this year. I tried to resist…really I did. But I had a coupon for one of their US stockists, so I added one more piece to my Christmas brooch collection.
I’m looking forward to wearing all of my Christmas brooches this season!
Even festive fashion in the time of COVID-19 is different! This year, we went to an outdoor Christmas Eve service, and it was pretty cold, so I got to break out my best winter wear to pair with my Pinup Girl Clothing Genevieve holiday harlequin dress…my cape, muff, and a new pair of embellished earmuffs!
Of course I added a Splendette Duchess bangles stack and Old Navy mask in red and green, plus my favorite Christmas tree brooch, to complete the look.
All things considered, this is probably one of the better things to come of COVID-19, because I really enjoyed putting this outfit together and wearing it out!
I love festive fashion in all forms, and that includes masks! I knew Old Navy would offer some cool holiday prints, and they did not disappoint…from dogs and cats to Nordic-inspired designs, there was something for everyone in our family (and I wore them all at least once). I loved coordinating all the fun and whimsical patterns with my festive outfits!
There have been many, many downsides to this year, but at least I got to make some fun and unexpected additions to my wardrobe!
And when it’s a parcel from Erstwilder, with pieces from the new Pete Cromer collaboration, it’s even more fun!
But first, let me back up. Last year, Erstwilder debuted their first collaboration with Pete Cromer, an Australian artist who was previously unknown to me. I was immediately drawn to his art style, and I couldn’t resist this adorable blue penguin.
Their newest collaboration launched last week, and it included Christmas pieces!
There were also non-Christmas pieces featuring Australian animals done in his distinct art style:
Even the boxes are cute!
These collaborations are especially fun for me because not only do they appeal to me, but also my three girls. In my most recent order, we each purchased at least one item each. I can’t wait to see what Erstwilder and Pete Cromer have planned for the future!
Every year, I think to myself, “I don’t need any more Christmas print skirts.” And every year, I come across another amazing Christmas print skirt to add to my wardrobe. Only this year, it wasn’t just a skirt, it was a skirt with a matching cardigan! The lovely wintry print on the skirt may be called “Christmas Town,” but I can see myself wearing it all winter, especially since the background of the skirt is a fairly neutral navy. And the embroidery on the cardigan isn’t specifically Christmas-y, either, although the red color certainly makes you think Christmas!
I accessorized with a basset hound brooch from Erstwilder, which fits right in with the embroidery on the cardigan, a bow belt which makes me think of Christmas presents, and a green doctor’s bag-style handbag from Collectif, plus a fun Christmas lights scarf (that looks more pink in pictures than it does in person).
This outfit, including the green and white striped top, is from Unique Vintage, although it’s not their store brand. The label says Royal Monk, and I think that’s somehow related to Banned Retro, which is a brand that has had Christmas prints in the past that I’ve regretted not adding to my wardrobe.
I love this festive look!
Have you added any new festive fashion to your wardrobe?