|Sonali does the holidays with witchy goodness.|
As I said in the past nowadays there's a trend to the Holiday sets: The Fancy Dress and Accessory set every year, and then the Second Kid of Holiday outfits--the one that comes complete and doesn't cost as much, but also doesn't get as much of the cover spotlight as Fancy Set. A lot of times it ends up with a blue, gold, and/or silver component, because this way it's suitable for Generic Non-Red Holiday Festival.1 It also goes on sale at a clearance at some point and only makes it through one holiday before being thrown onto the retired truck. I've got a couple of these, because if they come in blue I adore blue; it's my absolute favorite color. And a good simple outfit that doesn't require the coat and bits to be "complete" is always a plus when one is AG collecting like I do.
One of these many, many Winter Generic Holiday Fancy Sets is the Frosty Party Outfit, which was released in 2011 and officially retired in 2012. The complete set has an ice blue knit sweater with embroidery and sequins, a silver crepe skirt, silver Mary Janes, and a silver headband with a bow. The original retail cost was $36 dollars, and on eBay it generally doesn't go for more than about $25-$35 even two years out of retirement. This is because it went on sale on Cyber Monday 2012 for only $18 complete--and that is when this bitch picked it up. Less than $20 for AG clothes? Hell yeah, boy.
Sonali Patil-Matthews is rolling through in this set for you, because it's simple and blue is one of her favorite colors. And while it's not Blue and Bronze like her mother's Hogwarts House,2 alas, it's nice enough.
|Headbands are nice. When they sit right.|
Headband: The headband is a silver satin ribbon fabric covered generic curved headband with an attached silver satin bow on the right side. Or the left. It can switch either way, if you'd like. Here I've got it displaying to Sonali's right side. And don't get me wrong, headbands are nice--when they sit right, of course. This current trend of generic plastic bands don't seem to sit right unless they're super tight, and this one is not super tight so there's a gap in how it sits.
|This tag is ri-cock-culous.|
|Knit Sweater - finally, something good.|
|I can only make so many sleeve jokes before they're irritating.|
|Silver Skirt Swirls.|
|Swirly crumple crush ribbons.|
|Silver Shoes, like Dorothy in Oz.3|
|Elastic and Flower Sparkle.|
Overall Feel: I like this outfit in parts, but overall it's a little fussy. The sweater's sparkle could have been toned back some, so that the skirt could have focus, and the headband is ill fitting and initially comes with an annoying long ribbon that looks wholly out of place before it's clipped off. Sonali's only wearing it because of completeness. Meanwhile, the shoes are adorable and stand alone well with no tights. I'm glad this set doesn't have them, actually. Tights feel like they would add too much to the outfit, and the outfit already has too much.
Cost Value: $36 dollars was way, way too high, and there was no way I was doing this set for that much. $18 was a value, and the only reason I was willing to buy it. If it had gotten too much higher, such as the $25 range, I wouldn't have done it at all. I wouldn't do more than $20 cause I don't think it's worth much more than that, but if you gotta have it then try not to go much above $25. It's not worth unless you just have to have it and didn't get it when cheaper. But seeing as it sold so cheap, you should be fine.
Timeliness/Datedness: More than a little. The headband is really trendy in a very bad way, and I don't think the skirt would carry too well despite its niceness. The sweater is the least dated except for the embroidery, which will probably date itself a touch. With that it can do an 80s thing over stirrup pants, but I'm already doing something like that with another gang member. Ooo, yes, I am and you will see it~
Mix and Match Levels: Possible--but really only with the sweater and the shoes. The sweater would work over white or dark jeans--white would probably be better--and the shoes could go with it, but probably not much else. The skirt could probably work with something dark, such as a navy top or the like. The headband, not really.
Final Grade: C+. It's okay, but it really is a side set to 2011 year's fussy set, and so didn't get the love it could have.
1 Also, it tends to get stuck near the Hanukkah Gift Set when on display because that gets billed as the Jewish Christmas. Remember that when US/Western Christians complain about being oppressed. Their holiday shit gets top billing over everyone else's.
2 Book Padma Patil is Ravenclaw, and Ravenclaw's colors are Blue and Bronze. Book supremacy.
3 When I say Book Supremacy, I mean it. There are very few movies I find better than the original books.