What I Wore for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress #iwillwearwhatilike

What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Hope you had a lovely Christmas! As I always do straight after the big day, I’m featuring what I wore for Christmas – though I’m cheating a little here.

This is actually what I wore for Boxing Day – not what I wore for Christmas Day. I recently bought this fabulous snakeskin maxi dress [US link] with the intention of wearing it on Christmas Day (and beyond), but as you can see from the picture below the dress had beautiful, fluted sleeves. And as I found out when wearing this dress to an event when I was presented with a food buffet, fluted sleeves and food prep/food buffets do NOT mix. Cooking Christmas dinner with fluted sleeves? It suddenly occurred to me on Christmas Eve that wouldn’t be a good idea…!

So instead of a dress with gravy-dipped sleeves on Christmas Day, I bring you a non-gravy-dipped sleeved dress from Boxing Day. (I wore a very simple outfit on Christmas Day of gold pleated maxi skirt and fluffy reindeer sweater). Which, despite being worn to cook the obligatory bubble and squeak*, it managed to survive the day untouched by chocolate, wine or Branston Pickle. Call it a Christmas miracle, if you will!

What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

*Bubble and squeak is very British: It’s a dish made from the leftover veg and potatoes from a roast dinner that’s been shallow fried (it’s the best part of Boxing Day). Great with Branston pickle and cold meats…!



It was a great dress to throw on without thinking about it too much. All it needed was some statement earrings and white boots. I love the fact that it’s a PROPER maxi, going right down to the ankle rather than hovering somewhere round the calf.

I’m keeping this week’s outfit post short and sweet – I hope you continue to have a wonderful Christmas, and don’t forget to come back on Tuesday 1st January for my annual bloopers and outtakes post!

Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured in my monthly Women Who Wear What They Like post!



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– Christmas Day outfit 2017: Red lace dress
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What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Dress: JD Williams (sizes 10-32!) US link
Boots: Kurt Geiger (similar – ON SALE)
Earrings: Marks & Spencer (50% OFF)
Sunglasses: Mango (love these)


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What to Wear for Christmas: A Snakeskin Maxi Dress With White Boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog


  1. 7 January 2019 / 2:28 pm

    This is an absolute perfect dress. Soooo elegant. And I am a very big white boots lover, so this outfit really ticks all my boxes. Because of your long beautiful red hair and small waist this dress will look a hell of a lot better on you than on me though.
    PS I did know what bubble and squeak is.

    • catherine
      8 January 2019 / 8:47 pm

      You DID?!! Wow who knew it’s known in Holland…?!! hehe 😉

      Thank you Greetje – I kinda thought you’d probably like this outfit for the boots alone! x

  2. 1 January 2019 / 11:07 pm

    Catherine you look fabulous as always. Loving the dress and the boots too.

    • catherine
      2 January 2019 / 11:50 am

      Oh Hilda thank you so much xx

  3. 29 December 2018 / 11:09 pm

    Gorgeous dress Catherine! I love it with the white boots. My mum had to explain what bubble and squeak is to my daughter today…she didn’t seem bowled over with the idea!

    Emma xxx

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:22 pm

      They kinda made all the difference, didn’t they Emma…?! And your daughter NEEDS B&S in her life, pronto – she doesn’t know what she’s missing 😉 lol

  4. 28 December 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Wow, look at you, Glamorous Lady! That dress, your fabulous hair, those glasses – you’re looking very Old Hollywood – in the very best way!

    Those Sleeves! They’re beautiful, but you’re right, they’re often a pain in the butt!

    Happy New Year!


    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:22 pm

      Oh wow that’s a great compliment, thanks Bettye! x

  5. Kareema Hamdy
    28 December 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Hi Catherine, hope you had a good Christmas. Love your dress, I love a proper maxi too. I did the same thing and chose a dress with sleeves that just came to the elbow for Christmas day….wise decision! Looking forward to your out takes post, it’s always funny xxx

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you Kareema – elbow length is very, very wise…!!!! x

  6. 28 December 2018 / 5:13 pm

    You look wonderful Catherine… your hair is on F-eye-yah!!
    I am yearning to go roasty toasty again myself but the upkeep is hell… why is red such a fader?? sigh.

    I think you of all people could have rocked a gravy dip…tie dye is going to be big for 2019, so they say.

    Thank you for sharing your festive linky!!

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:23 pm

      I’ll remember to rock a gravy dip next Christmas Sam, LOL!! Thank you my lovely x

  7. 28 December 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Such a lovely outfit Catherine and combining two major fashion trends in one look. Good job (and wise decision to wear something else on Xmas day). Love, Lieske

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:24 pm

      Lieske thank you!! HNY to you x

  8. 28 December 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Such a fantastic dress, Catherine! And I adore the white boots with it! I hope your Christmas was filled with blessings. Wishing you the very best in 2019. Happy New Year!


    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:24 pm

      We had a lovely one, thank you Shelbee…! x

  9. 28 December 2018 / 7:34 am

    A wonderful dress which you wear on Christmas. This year I spended my Holidays in Austria. Therefore I wear a DIRNDL which I will show in on my blog next week.
    XO Martina from Germany

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:24 pm

      Oh wow I bet that looked amazing for Christmas, Martina! thank you x

  10. 28 December 2018 / 1:33 am

    Nothing says Christmas in this case better than you in a snake-skin print maxi dress, Catherine. This is awesome! Now I must try bubble and squeak. It sounds delicious. Thanks for the linkup.

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:25 pm

      Thanks Melanie – and yes you MUST try B&S!! Everyone in the family says it’s almost better than Xmas dinner 😉

  11. 27 December 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Glad to hear of another bubble & squeak fan! Just way better than Christmas day dinner in my book. The dress is gorgeous Catherine xx

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 8:53 pm

      UGHHHH it’s sooooooooooo delicious, isn’t it Laurie?!! Hehe thanks my lovely x

  12. 27 December 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Oh wow, that is a gorgeous dress! I let Gerben do the cooking, so I could wear what I wanted!

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 7:42 pm

      OOh lucky you Nancy! Thank you sweetie x

  13. 27 December 2018 / 5:50 pm

    what a fun dress and I love the fact you kept your white boots out. Reading Jodies comments I am totally an apron gal, instilled in me all growing up, I use it as a statement piece now lol

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Linda! I’ve been wanting a snake print dress for ages… xo

  14. 27 December 2018 / 5:07 pm

    Good call re the sleeves and cooking Catherine I love big sleeves and frills even but Gordon Ramsey’s kitchen nightmares has nothing on the potential disasters darling Love the print dress though babe…I love all things non traditional. Very best seasons greetings to you and your family hugs Sarah aka badassbabyboomer

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Hehe I dragged that other dress’s sleeves through so many dishes at the buffet I mentioned, Sarah 😀

      Much love back atcha, thank you my lovely! x

  15. 27 December 2018 / 4:34 pm

    That is a beautiful dress…especially minus the gravy…lol! I’m especially digging the white boots paired with it. xo

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Thanks Debbie… thank god the sleeves problem occurred to me in time!! x

  16. 27 December 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Love it! Very glam for Boxing Day. Hair is a divine colour too.

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Aww thanks Gail – I’ve just switched up the hair colour to a different red so I appreciate that!!

  17. jodie filogomo
    27 December 2018 / 3:06 pm

    That is truly a miracle not to spill on your clothes when cooking. My mom always gives me a hard time that I don’t wear an apron, but I’ve never gotten in the habit.
    This dress is spectacular for any day that doesn’t involve cooking…LOL!!

    • catherine
      27 December 2018 / 6:58 pm

      LOL right in the middle of cooking the dinner and sorting out the turkey my mum turned to me and said “Catherine you don’t have a pinny on!!” – as I was about to sheepishly defend myself she just giggled and said, “haha I don’t either” 😀

      (if you don’t say pinny in the US it’s what we often a call an apron… short for pinafore!)

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