We all want to look our best at least once during December, don't we?
I've always liked to plan wearing a gorgeous Christmas day outfit, you know, the fabulous one to go with the perfect day? Yet for the last 3 years I've dealt with pregnancy, a baby and a toddler while darting around visiting family, or fiddling with a turkey and executing a running order for potatoes and vegetables that reminds me why I love one-pot pasta meals.
So my special outfit eventually slid down the priority list and it's been a while since I twirled from my Christmas dress; I bought every one Big Bang Theory t-shirts one year, and temporarily forgot that I really don't suit t-shirts, regardless of the fabulous logo. I just don't have that body. Still, I pulled on the reindeer antlers and cracked on with feeding 10 people and a cat.
But, this year, even with a fully-fledged child in tow (we're with my family for brunch and the in-laws for the afternoon), I've nailed my Christmas Day outfit, thanks to the beauty of scuba fabric.
No, this isn't some fantastical tummy-squishing device (urgh!) but rather an amazing man-made delight that simply makes a woman look and feel her best, providing you invest a little time in purchasing your scuba.
This gorgeous dress (from Primark; £13. Really.) has that slight iconic 50s design that makes me feel I should be brandishing a martini glass, or champagne saucer...although for a recent Afternoon Tea in Manchester, I settled for the flute. And I twirl each time I smooth the full skirt over my hips.
In a minute, pop along to your nearest online retailer and see what a search for scuba draws forward; House of Fraser apparently have 95 such items (including a, frankly, flipping-yummy Millie Mackintosh black cocktail dress).
1. Touch it.
Before you invest online, try to get touchy-feely in the stores; scuba is soft and feels like a much more flexible neoprene. When you touch it you'll know, but there are other imitations out there. Nothing wrong with them, but scuba has a great structure to it that might not be available in other styles. Your receipt will tell you if it's scuba, which is how I discovered the fabric in the first place, as I wondered what on earth it was appearing on my receipt.
2. Pattern Vs plain print.
You may want to wear a pattern as plain will show every underwear line. I'm almost tempted to order that Millie dress just to double-check my theory, but as I don't believe in thongs I think there'd still be a spot of VPL on my Size15 derrière.
For extra warmth you wear a cami-top underneath your scuba dress (if there's a pattern). Equally, if you find yourself getting a little flushed once or eight times a day, the fabric shouldn't be too overbearing (providing you don't buy a polo-neck).
No. Wear once and wash; some dresses, with the right fabric, and a first-layer t-shirt, can be worn twice before a wash, with a little Febreeze and airing. Scuba IS man-made. But it dries very quickly!
Go glam with nude legs and heels or dress comfy with leggings and your favourite booty slippers, depending on dinner location. Champagne saucer/flute optional.