Before I get 26 comments from people saying WELL I WILL BE IN MY PYJAMAS ALL DAY let me say, yes, I know some of you will and that’s great and I applaud you.
But not everyone gets to stay in the PJs all day and are required to, I don’t know, go to church? Or out for lunch or cook (something) and have people over and need and want to get out of their pyjamas and into something acceptable.
Personally, I will be wearing jeans and a Christmas sweater. I once turned up for Christmas Day lunch at my sister’s house wearing a preposterous Gucci rip-off big red skirt and a black jumper and high heeled boots and everyone else was in jeans, fair isle sweaters and stout walking shoes. I won’t be making that mistake again.
I’ve got below some inspiration for you for Christmas Day things to wear, some of which you may already own, ranging from super-smart, to smart to reasonably casual.
If you can be reasonably casual, you absolutely cannot go wrong with a Fairisle pattern sweater. I am linking to this one from Boden because all my digital tracking tells me that you love Boden, like, inordinately much.
Wear this with your favourite jeans and either a smart white sneaker or boots.
A current classic outfit combination if you have/want to be slightly smarter is a sweater and a skirt. You probably already have this outfit but if not, you might want to investigate.
I don’t really suit big midi-skirts and am pleased to see straighter skirts and slip skirts around. You could get one of these satin slip dresses and wear a sweater over the top, which is a thing I occasionally do and works really well. Then you wear tights underneath and the white trainers (I think white trainers and black tights look perfectly okay tbh but you could also wear smart black ankle boots and that would also be fine.)
Or, look, I don’t know who Fabienne Chapot is, but she’s made this sort of brilliant skirt called “Paris by Night” which is hilarious and you could wear with a chunky sweater for Christmas Day or with a black rollneck for NYE supper.
Or there’s this super rich red velour thing from Hush, which you ALSO buy things from with a fizzing enthusiasm when you are not buying things from Boden.
At the moment I am very into the Sezane slutty French girl look of a cardigan worn over just bra like Denise Van Outen circa 1998 on the Big Breakfast. This sweater this chick is wearing is sold out so FUCK HER and also I would not wear this with white jeans as that’s just showing off.
But I have been wearing a white cashmere v neck cardigan from the Pure Collection (I know!), I got the last one in a size 14 and it’s perfect but they’re all bloody sold out even the ones in really weird colours.
Anyway I’ve been having a poke about the internet and found some good alternatives, such as this good one (on sale! It’s a sign!) from J Crew via Net
Or this sort of open-knit fluffy thing from Stories is great.
The idea is you wear it loose, not fitted – either over a camisole if the v-neck is too deep or if you can get away with it, just over skin. Then you wear with it every piece of slim gold jewellery you own; bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces – the lot. Casual hair. Paint your nails (if you can be arsed, I certainly never can.)
Now: smart Christmas Day dresses – for those of you with church obligations, or maybe you are staying in a Schloss or perhaps you are marrying into a very smart, rich family and this is your first Christmas there or something.
I rather love this jaunty thing from Boden, again, because you love BODEN – I think the frilled collar thingy is very festive.
This, from Bash, is very pretty, will get the job done and you can wear it again.
This thing from Other Stories, literally printed with leopards, is sort of fun and amazing. Or have I lost my mind.
This one, also Stories, is very beautiful. Nicola Formby used to wear something similar from McQueen and looked amazing, but Nicola looks amazing in *everything*.
And then there is this from Kitri Studios, via Selfridges. I have tried this dress on and it is very good. Everything from Kitri is good – not cheap but well made with good seams and quality fabric with a good weight to it. (My grandmother was a seamstress. She had a mania about seams that I have inherited. Sometimes I like to freak people out by saying that certain dresses – e.g. Ghost – look okay but they have “cheap seams”. It’s just so damning, but nobody really knows what it means.)
A side-note – a way to quickly modernise any existing skirts or dresses you have is to wear them with a black pointed boot, like these from Kurt Geiger, or these from Steve Madden. I’ve got these from Topshop – pictured below – and I lurve them – they make everything you wear them with feel brand new.
Okay, last and final outfit option I would like you to consider is a jaunty blouse with smart jeans or trousers. Blouses are just bloody everywhere at the moment so you are spoilt for choice.
This is a beauty from The White Company – very simple and pretty with some sparkly jewellery and your best teeth in. But if you are doing any cooking in it you must of course be fastidious about wearing your pinny.
Or look at this lovely thing from M&S (if Holly says I must have it, I’d better have it).
Here’s another one from M&S which I think is very festive in a kind of handmade folksy way. Or am I wrong.
An surprising heart-stopper from Brora via JLP
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