When we think of dressing for the Christmas season, what immediately comes to mind? The ubiquitous Christmas Jumper with a cheeky slogan – ‘Sleigh My Name, Sleigh My Name’ being a personal fave – the sequin dress for the office party you wish you could skip out on, or the themed family PJs that your little ones will live in until January? Then think of the millions of articles you’ve read on the best looks for Christmas day, and you may just find yourself wishing that there was an alternative list of go-to outfits that catered for the myriad of events that will need styling. Not forgetting that there are members of your clan that could also use inspiration on what to wear, whether it’s your niece who will be meeting her in-laws for the first time, or your Aunt who’s expecting her first child but doesn’t want to spend the whole month in her husband’s old jumpers. So, if you’re in need of a fresh perspective, read on for our selection of looks for the festive season:
For the Expectant Mum
Social medias most celebrated influencers – from Pandora Sykes to Eva Chen - have shown us that getting ready to be a mother can be the perfect time to up the style stakes, and if you are expecting too, be inspired by said bloggers through pairing textured midi dresses and chubby furs, with the trending platform sandal.
1. Cream Teddy Bear Coat, Warehouse, £115.00 / 2. Liv Golden Velvet Dress, Stine Goya, £330.00 / 3. Velvet Platform Sandals, Prada, £640.00 / 4. Gold Tone Clip Earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane, £40.00 / 5. Sicily Herringbone Necklace, Child of Wild, £75.00 / 6. Mock Croc Bucket Bag, Zara, £19.99
For the Meeting the In-Laws
Meeting your partner’s parents for the first time can be daunting, causing you to weigh up whether you go for the bodycon dress that gives you a confidence boost or play it safe and cover-up from head-to-toe. We say why not do both, and play with layering and fits through styling a fitted pencil skirt with a statement sleeve sweater and stiletto heeled slouch boots.
1. Quinn Wrap Necklace, Gorjana, £59.00 / 2. Lizard Ball Bag, By Far, £400 / 3. Ovoid Sleeve Knitted Jumper, H&M, £24.99 / 4. Orange Check Pencil Skirt, Zara, £49.99 / 5. Long Sleeve Ribbed Turtle Neck, Topshop, £16.00 / 6. Daisy Hoops, Vanessa Mooney, £20.00 / 7. The Suzan Slouch Boot, Gianvito Rossi, £1,085
For the Fly Aunt
She’s that forward thinking relative who knows the difference between a Mulberry and a McQueen and can update her nephews on the latest designer Nike collaboration. Her outfits will always feature key trends from the season and she uses the holidays to ramp up her winter wardrobe. Styling her rainbow metallic accessories back with embellished separates is her go-to and is a talking point of every family get-together.
1. Sonique Sequin Jacket, Monsoon, £79.00 / 2. High Neck Neon Bodysuit, Bershka, £12.99 / 3. Crinkle Velvet Jacket, Topshop, £49.00 / 4. Crinkle Velvet Trousers, Topshop, £39.00 / 5. Shooting Star Rainbow Necklace, Tatty Devine, £35.00 / 6. Leather Kensington Bag, Kurt Geiger, £159.20 / 7. Away High Vamp Mules, Steve Madden, £125.00
For When Your Just Loungin’
Taking a little time out from holiday hosting, gift wrapping or preparing for another round of guests is key during this period. Whether its 30 minutes of meditation, taking a walk in your local park or just lounging in front of a movie, choose to wrap up in those winter essentials of cosy cashmere or jersey layers in a neutral palette of camel and grey.
1. Elyce Lace-up Jersey Top, Skin, £95.00 / 2. McKenzie Ribbed Knit Trousers, House of CB, £59.00 / 3. Kalani Grey Loungewear Jumpsuit, House of CB, £49.00 / 4. Fringed Cashmere Woven Shawl, Ryan Roche, £881.52 / 5. Leather and mink mules, Max Mara, £363.00