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The Ghost of Christmas Outfits Past

Happy Friday Ladies!
We know the story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. a favorite Christmas story with a lesson. “It was first published in London in 1843 A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas PastPresent, and Yet to Come. After their visits Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past, such as carols, as well as new customs such as Christmas Trees.” **Credit-Wikipedia.   Just as Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Jacob Marley, you,  dear readers will be visited today, by the Fashion ghost of Christmas Past, present.. and will have to formulate, based on these photos and descriptions, what I might wear in Christmas yet to come…..

i thought it would be a fun post to share, with almost 4 years of blogging, some of my Holiday outfits. My hope is that this may give you some inspiration or idea of looks you may want to put together for the Holiday Season. At this time of year, I too think about some of the Holiday traditions i had when I was younger. One of my favorite activities for the season when i was around 10 or so, was to go door to door with my best friend, Mara, and her brother singing Christmas Carols while collecting for Children’s Hospital. My Christmas Ziggy Coffee Jar in hand ( remember the comic strip character Ziggy?) Mara, Adam and I would sing, and ask for donations. We would be quite proud of ourselves and couldn’t wait to go to Downtown Pittsburgh, give the donation on KDKA Radio and sing on the air. Our biggest hit was Rudolph, and we would leave happy and with hot cocoa and  “Farkleberry ding-dong” in hand. ( Yes, that is the name of a cranberry cookie). It is a memory I will cherish.

Now.. The Ghost of Christmas Past….. Dec 2014 …See post HERE

You have seen the seperates in this outfit. The cream chiffon cardi and lace skirt by Ann Taylor. I added pattern with a pair of leopard flats. The skirt is a favorite! 

Dec ’14.  A post inspired by Downton Abbey. Vintage wrap, Gold mustard skirt, Banana Republic, LV bag. POST HERE

Dec ’15- Holiday look with my pine green midi lace skirt ( i need to style that soon!), paisley cardi, and faux fur stole, vintage brooch, shoes. Read post HERE. 

Dec ’15- Dressing up Brocade for the Holiday. Brocade dress-Ann Taylor ( older), White jeweled top-Ann Taylor, vintage earrings. Read post HERE

Dec ’16- Little Red Dress.  Dress Zara, necklace Zara, shoes. Read post HERE

Dec ’16 Little Black Dress. .. ( White House Black Market chiffon dress), Ann Taylor necklace, Rockport shoes, Read HERE.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT. 2017 Joseph Ribkoff red lace top, JR black trousers, Jambu Anita boots, Charming charlie bag

Read post HERE. One thing i have realized it that I really liked that Ann Taylor necklace in black!! This year I bought a new gold necklace to wear for the Holidays!

December 2017 . Jewel tones. Wearing a rich purple Karina Dress. Rockport shoes, vintage brooch. Read post HERE. 

Now based upon what I have worn in the past, and present, what might you see me wearing in Christmas future? I will be sharing a Holiday look on Monday on the blog, just a week before Christmas!  

How do you dress for the Holiday? Do you enjoy dressing up in fancy attire, or prefer a more causal dress for the day with the family?

Have a great weekend!

Jess xo

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  • Reply
    Mariann Yip
    December 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Love these looks! You look so timeless and chic! http://mariannyc.com/2017/12/20/favorite-winter-activities-in-nyc/

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    December 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    It’s hard to pick a favorite because all of your looks are so classic and timeless. You wore each outfit beautifully. I like to dress up a bit more than my family but it still errs on the side of casual. My family is also small and very casual that during the holidays we almost always dress like a normal day.


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      Jess Jannenga
      December 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Thank you Maureen! I appreciate it. I will get more casual as the day goes on to relax, sounds like you have a lovely Holiday. xx

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    Samantha Blair
    December 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    How lovely so see all of these looks Jess!
    Everything you touch turns to gold… beautiful lady.

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Aw, thank you Sam! I have been having some rough health days lately, but i do appreciate your comment. i have always enjoyed dressing up for the holidays.
      Thank you my friend.
      jess xo

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    Caitlin Mitchell
    December 17, 2017 at 11:33 am

    You look great! Love your style. 🙂

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    Sheela Goh
    December 17, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Absolutely love that wrap with gold mustard skirt combo, Jess. Who would’ve thought it was a Downtown Abbey inspired outfit?? But, after looking at it again, I can see your muse in that plush, baroque feel of those textures and colours 🙂 very nice xo

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you Sheela, i am glad you enjoyed the outfit. yes, i do think the textures and the vintage style of the wrap iwere influenced. xx

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    December 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Well, whatever it is we see in your fashion future, it will be drop dead gorgeous ! Fabulous collection of holiday looks here Jess– all very detail oriented, original and fine. . My favorites were the LBD and the green lace with the, printed sweater, fur and brooch. STUNNING! December 15 was an excellent day!
    xoxo, Elle

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Aww, thank you Elle. i enjoy dressing up for the Holidays, always have. after Mass, i will get into some comfy clothes. Thank you, we leave to go to my inlaws soon. ;-)xx

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    December 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    All of these looks are so pretty. I love the mixture of all the colors and textures, Gorgeous!

    xx, Elise

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you Elise! I need to get out some more of my skirts after the New year. glad you enjoyed these looks! Happy holidays. xx

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    Joseph N.
    December 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Hello, Jess.

    I like how you compare it to a Christmas carol. Those dresses really look good with you! It compliments your body very well making it so elegant and classy.

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    December 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I enjoyed this photo journey through some of your holiday outfits. You have such a unique and lovely sense of style. It is different from mine (I generally wear more tailored jackets, slim jeans and pieces of bold silver jewelry) but I really love it!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you Rebecca, and you have seen some of this year’s holiday looks too. i will be sharing on Monday one of my favorite outfits to wear, and colors for the Holodays. i do wear a fair amount of blazers and have a collection of velvet, tweed etc in my closet i will have to take out after the Holidays. your style of dressing sounds lovely too! Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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    December 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So many festive outfits! I love all the fur and lace!
    Jeans and a Teacup

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you Jess! i need to take out some of my midi lace skirts after the holiday. xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you Jess, it was fun looking at the blog from ’14. xx

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    December 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I love all of these outfits! So much fun to look at all of these, Dec ’15 is my favorite!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! It was fun to go through the outfits, especially from almost 4 yrs ago.. time flys! I am going to have to take that pine green lace skirt out soon to style again! Happy holiday! xx

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    Jess Jannenga
    December 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks so much Nancy! I will be posting one more Holiday look on Monday or Tuesday this week. Have a great weekend! xx

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    Debbie Hull
    December 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Hi Jess ! I like how you compared this to a xmas carol. You look simply lovely in all of your photos . You’re just a lovely lady dressed so beautiful with great style. I always look forward to what’s next from you.🙋🎁🎄⛄❄🎅👠👢👜👗

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      hello Debbie, thanks so much. yes, i wanted to have a bit of fun with it past present and future outfits. I appreciate your feedback and comments. I always love dressing for the Holidays and will share a look on Monday or Tuesday of a Holiday look before Christmas. Have a great weekend. xx

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    December 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    How fun to see all of these Jess!!!
    You always are so lovely!!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you Jodie! I always enjoy looking back on the blog, seeing different styles and such. i always enjoyed dressing up for the Holidays as you can see. xx

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    December 15, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Wow, every year looks great, I couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried! You wear all these elegant looks so well Jess. Smokin’ hot in that LBD! Wowza!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      hi kellyann, thanks so much. i do seem to wear this chiffon lbd either out to a show or at some time at Christmas. so glad you liked the retrospective of my Holiday outfits. You too! xx

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    December 15, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Jess, I adore the velvet jacket with the grey accessories – and the paisley jacket/lace skirt combo is to die for! Velvet, and lace and paisley are three of my favorite things!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      thank you Heather, i love sweater dresses and the velvet jacket is over one of my grey lace sweater dresses. I will have to style the green lace skirt soon! so glad you enjoyed this look back. xx

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    December 15, 2017 at 3:14 am

    December 15 is defenitely my favorite! But you never fail me with your elegant outfits!

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