The festive season is well and truly upon us, and I've worn my first Christmas party (more of a gathering) outfit.Though this outfit has a funny story to it - if you've ever ended up keeping something that you absolutely weren't going to keep because you either didn't like it or you thought it just didn't look right on you, then you may appreciate what happened with this outfit...!
THE PYJAMA SHIRT WAS AN ASOS BLACK FRIDAY PURCHASE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY IN THE "DEFINITELY NOT" PILE TO SEND BACK.
So here I am again, doing some full-on pattern mixing (because I just can't seem to stop at just one any more - one on its own seems wrong, like it needs a friend in the way that rabbits and guinea pigs need someone to keep them company. And yes, I am likening my dress sense to guinea pigs.)
You may have seen the trousers in my photo shoot for the Over40Collective that was featured on our Instagram account the other week, and I talked about the shoes last week, but the patterned pyjama shirt was an ASOS Black Friday purchase that was originally in the "definitely not" pile to send back.
SHOP THE LOOK:
To be totally honest I had actually ummed and ahhed over it a bit - even the husband wasn't sure - but in the end I decided it just didn't look as nice IRL as it did on the website. I was expecting more dazzle from the pattern, though I think I assumed it was going to be sparkly as the pattern was diamond shaped (not at all logical, I know).
But I needed an outfit for a Christmas gathering at a friend's house for the weekend, and I wanted something comfy but reasonably smart - I had the trousers and I had the shoes, but I couldn't find a top I liked with it.
And for whatever reason I got the pyjama shirt back out the ASOS bag (it was ready to be sent back) and tried it on... And loved it. The pyjama style is so easy to wear, it has cute pockets, and I liked the pattern when it was with another pattern and not the centre of attention. I simply added some funky accessories in the shape of a tiny black box bag and a layered choker necklace, and that was that.
So there you have it - sometimes you just change your mind entirely and go from "nope" to "love it" without a second thought. Fickle? Maybe, but I do love my crazy pattern-mixed combo so who cares?!
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ASOS pyjama shirt | ASOS trousers (try these if out of stock) | ASOS shoes (try these if out of stock) | Therapy bag via House of Fraser | ASOS multirow necklace | New Look embellished wrap ring | Lizzy O sparkly wrap bracelet c/o | Essie 'Petal Pushers' nail polish
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