People have very different ideas about what a Christmas Day outfit should look like. I have a friend who stays in her PJs all day… Personally, I have a hard time, comprehending this! I mean, if you don’t get dressed-up on Christmas Day, when do you get dressed up??? If your tree is decorated in twinkly lights, the presents are neatly wrapped with metallic bows, and your table is dressed in festive adornments – why would you not want to get similarly sparkly???
I am a firm believer in dopamine dressing, so wearing an outfit that adds an extra spark of joy and makes us feel our most fabulous at the most wonderful time of the year is a no-brainer!
The current fashion landscape is a tale of two halves; on the one side we are still very much attached to our loungewear and safe, neutral colours; and yet we are also yearning for high impact clothing, bright colours and frivolity. In whichever camp you reside, and whether you are lounging, lunching or hosting – my festive edit offers all the glam and all the comfort.
Comfort is non-negotiable. You have to feel comfortable in your clothing otherwise you just won’t feel happy. Tight waistbands, stretchy fabrics and too much fuss are a no-no, and never more so at Christmas time. Outfits that can accommodate the consumption of a weekend’s calories in just one day are a must. Plus if you are cooking, your clothes need to be able to move and breathe with you – there’s nothing worse than serving up turkey and all the trimmings looking more flushed than the cranberry sauce!!
I’ve curated sequins; luxe, velvety textures; and metallics but not at the expense of stretchy waistbands and floaty fabrics. Comfort and glamour is indeed a reality…
1) A festive frock
A floaty frock with a bit of sparkle will allow you to feel ultra feminine whilst you indulge. Wear with chunky boots and/or trainers into the new year to get maximum mileage.
2) Something velvet
Christmas time is when velvet holds centre stage. The plush material, often stretchy and definitely caress-worthy is just as comfortable as it is luxurious.
3) Sequins to spark joy
Sequins reflect the light and cannot fail to make you feel good. But a sequin is for life, not just for Christmas – so adopt a high-low look and wear your sequins any place, any time.
4) Christmassy colours
Festive frocks don’t always have to sparkle – red, gold & green give seasonal impact but can be worn all year round.
5) Time to shine
Stretchy lurex and floaty metallics were made to party, delivering the wow factor with maximum movability and ease. Bring on the post-Turkey kitchen disco!
5) A luxe co-ord
Relaxing never looked so good! And rest assured, you’ll be able to re-spin the co-ord separates and make them work hard in your wardrobe.
I hope I’ve offered some inspiration for what to wear on the big day this year. Do let me know…
Have a very merry Christmas!
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