I am not generally one that likes to participate in “spirit days” like wear a hat to work, support your favorite team or other themed days. This often leads to me being labeled a no-fun-wet-blanket kind of guy which is not true. I am just shy. This year my work had a Christmas party with a tackily festive dress code which included ugly Xmas sweaters. I thought that it was time for me to push my nerves aside and participate.
I immediately started to think about what I would wear. If you have ready my blog before I think it is apparent that I am anything, but over the top. This meant that I was going to need to purchase something for my party. My first thought was a sweater, because well, I really like sweaters. The internet determined my search for an “ugly” sweater that I would actually like (I was looking for something with reindeer?) to be fruitless. It looked like trousers would have to be how I put the fun into my holiday rig.
The trouser options were clear to me. It was either festive cords or wool tartan trousers. I will be honest. I would like to own both, but spending money on something that I would rarely get to wear has proved to be enough to keep me away this long. After thinking it over I decided to go with cords. They would be cheaper, but more importantly I thought that they would fit in better at the party and after all that was the whole purpose of this purchase.
Castaway Clothing Santa Emroidered Beachcomer Cords -$158O’Connell’s Snowmen Embroidered Wide Wale Cords – $175
The next question was embroidered or plain? I was leaning towards Christmas embroidered cords as I was sure that these would do the trick. I was going back and forth in between a pair or red cords from Castaway Clothing with red Santas or a pair red wide wale cords with snowmen from O’Connell’s (Check our there awesome “Grinch” twills!). I was leaning towards the O’Connell’s cords because of the width of the wale until I saw a pair of red cords at Lands’ End on sale for $15. This made the decision very easy.
I pulled the trigger on the red cords from Lands’ End. I knew that I could pair them would pair my green Rugby sweater and planned to buy some Christmas socks to create a look that should be tacky enough to pass muster. On the day of the party felt a little self-conscious when I left my house about wearing what to me felt like a very flamboyant outfit. To my surprise my red cords flew under the radar during my morning errands and received a few kind words at the party. This was $15 well spent and as it would turn out the socks were the biggest hit.