Holiday Styles for 4 Generations From Jodie’s Perspective
It’s that time again when Sherry, from Petite Over 40, is joining us in a Fab Collab. This time we’re going to take you back to our holiday memories and clothing we wore for the occasion. If you missed the earlier versions, you can see Sherry’s (the 40’s model) history here.
Jodie’s Story about her Christmas Picture Memories
Ahhhh…the Christmas time when the “ugly Christmas sweaters” were actually thought of as cute! Yes, I lived in the decade when we wore these sweaters around the holiday with pride and joy! The green one I am wearing here in this photo is actually a sweatshirt, but really, it’s no different. This was one of my favorites because I thought it was charming to be thought of as a “gift”.
And then my mom actually sewed on a sign in fabric for the back of the sweatshirt that said “Do not open until Christmas.” We thought we were so clever—-and of course, we were!
This photo was taken in 1989, on a winter break when we would all come back home from college and catch up with friends. It was always such a great feeling reconnecting with friends during this short break. It is amazing to me; how good friends can make you feel like there is nothing wrong in the world again! The three women in this picture are still close to my heart. Even if we don’t see each other regularly, when we do meet up, it’s as if things haven’t changed a bit. And that’s really the true meaning of friendship, right?
That and the fact that your friends let you wear silly clothes and didn’t make fun of you!! Ha ha—like I said, some things never change!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I’ve gotten away from the holiday sweaters now! So for my present day look I grabbed my gold, sequined skirt and styled around it!
Being a bit of a rebel, I love to think outside the lines of red & green for the holiday season, nowadays.
I knew I’d want to wear my OTK boots since they are the best at keeping me warm! They also have gold detailing on the back and on the inside of the heel (it’s hard to see in these pictures).
I’ve been trying hard to incorporate and wear all of the sweaters that I’ve knitted since I spent a ton of time knitting them! This one is one of my favorites (do I say that about all of them?—well, they are kinda like kids) due to the pattern on the front and the shawl collar.
The back of the sweater is just plain stockinette stitch (regular sweater for those who don’t speak knitting)! I pulled my hair back on the one side with a sparkly barrette!
I really wanted to wear these furry earrings because I think they add a bit of whimsy to the overall outfit. And since I grabbed them, I had to add in the fuzzy scarf too! No sense being too serious any more, right?
Back before I started knitting, my mom had taken it up along with her sewing. And she made me this scarf probably 20 years ago. There was a time, I thought I’d never wear it again, and I tried to rip it out so I could reuse the yarn. Needless to say it wouldn’t come undone (that’s good, quality knitting for you) and so I figure I should wear it with joy!
Skirt: INC-thrifted (similar here with pleats and here with sequins)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here with faux shearling or here with a shawl collar)~~Top: LOFT (similar here)~~Boots: Betseyville (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here in faux fur)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Feel free to share your ugly Christmas sweater memories—it makes my day to hear other people’s stories!
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Here’s some metallic gold items to bring in the holiday cheer!