The Star of the Christmas Closet: A Red Dress (with a Plaid Blanket Scarf)

A pretty red dress with a plaid blanket scarf and gold jewelry celebrates the colors of the Christmas season. .

The other night my best friend – a woman I’ve known for 43 years – called me. She actually Facetimed me, so I was tickled pink when I saw her name come up on my phone and it was a bonus to see her. Because of the schedules of our two families as well as distance (she lives in another state), it has been many years since we last visited each other.

Hey there! 

Hey! Guess what’s on TV right now? 

“The Sound of Music!” I said without hesitation. It was indeed being broadcast and we both laughed after I said it.

A pretty red dress with a plaid blanket scarf and gold jewelry celebrates the colors of the Christmas season. .

This was our favorite musical when we were growing up. We knew the words to most of the songs and the storyline by heart. We even saw it on stage together. It’s one of the many happy memories I have of my friend. We celebrated birthdays together (we are a day apart), babysat the same family of kids, served as maids of honor in each other’s weddings, and stayed by each other’s sides as we went through the births of our kids, divorces, new relationships, the death of her dad, the health issues of our aging parents, and our own adjustments to middle age.

Although we are not able to see each other much, she is always there. Just like the stars in the heavens. I love you, Denise!

A pretty red dress with a plaid blanket scarf and gold jewelry celebrates the colors of the Christmas season. .

The Star Piece

A red dress is probably the star of many people’s Christmas closet. Today, I’m wearing a swing sweater dress that I picked up from Loft a few months ago. This dress has a mock turtle neck and long sleeves with a slit detail at the cuff.

The red dress doesn’t seem to be available on Loft’s website anymore, but I did find it in a pretty coral color. That link is below.

A red and black blanket scarf celebrates the colors of the Christmas season.

I added my black plaid scarf to give it a more festive look but instead of wrapping it around my neck, I’m wearing it more as a shawl. Blanket scarves tend to be too bulky if I wear them around my neck. For me, it’s too much material and can be overwhelming. But wearing it in this fashion helps to”spread” the material out and breaks up the expanse of red. Plus, I find the scarf keeps me warmer this way.

A pretty red dress with a plaid blanket scarf and gold jewelry celebrates the colors of the Christmas season.

The dress is a little shorter than I like, so I threw on black sweater leggings and my black sock booties. The black of the booties and the leggings helps  to give me a long line of color that elongates my legs.

A pendant necklace adds a little shimmer to a red dress for the holidays.

Gold jewelry adds some sparkle and makes this outfit ready for a casual holiday get together.

Gold earrings add a little shimmer to a red dress for the holidays.

A gold pearl bracelet adds a little shimmer to a red dress for the holidays.

A gold and black metal bracelet adds a little shimmer to a red dress for the holidays.

While today’s look is geared more toward the holiday season, the dress can be worn throughout the winter months with a few simple changes. I just picked up a cream colored faux fur vest that would be perfect. A black vest would also work but I think the cream will give the overall outfit a softer look. A long cardigan gray cardigan would also be a nice change.

Sadly, I won’t get to see Denise this holiday season. But we are trying to make plans for the fall of 2018 because we will both be turning 50! Yikes! In reality, that milestone really isn’t too daunting for me. Thanks to the “stars” in my life – my loving and supportive husband, my awesome kids, my sister, and my best friend, Denise, I’m pretty excited about this next chapter.

I’ll be taking some time off over the next week to enjoy time with my family so if you don’t hear from me, don’t worry. As Arnold says, I’ll be back!

What I Wore

Dress: Similar/ Black Sweater Leggings: Similar/ Plaid Scarf: Similar/ Black Booties: Similar/ Necklace: Here/ Pearl Bracelet: Here/ Gold and Black Bracelet: Here/ Earrings: Here

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