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What To Wear On Christmas Day

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The aim is to look festive, but not like Mrs Claus...

If you thought sourc­ing sen­ti­men­tal pre­sents was this sea­son’s trick­i­est task, then you’ve yet to con­sider what to wear on Christ­mas day. As hype and ex­pec­ta­tions reach fever pitch, so does the pres­sure to pick an out­fit that will make your mum happy but lets you gorge and lounge in equal mea­sure.

Pick­ing the per­fect out­fit comes with some tac­ti­cal ques­tions. Who are you try­ing to im­press? Those long dis­tant cousins you see once-a-year or your new-in-laws? How will the day pan out? Will there be danc­ing or will there be naps in-front of the Queen’s speach? Could you, per­haps, make space for some out­fit changes, or is that overkill?

The aim is to look fes­tive, but not like Mrs Claus. Kitschy is good, but chic is bet­ter. Walk­ing that line means con­sid­er­ing whether a Christ­mas jumper is too cheesy and if py­ja­mas at a lunch your mother spent all-day cook­ing is ac­cept­able. Per­son­ally, we favour a midday change. We be­gin with silk pjs and slip­pers but by mid-day we’ve up­graded to a party dress and mag­pie ac­ces­sories. If you’re ex­pect­ing a mid-af­ter­noon lull, this is your mo­ment to em­brace the hygge side of the hol­i­day with cash­mere leg­gings and sheep­skin slip­pers. How­ever, if post-lunch your fam­ily turns the party and mu­sic and up a notch now is the time to give your news year’s eve dress its first test drive, per­haps with barefeet and less make-up though as you’re still at home.

Here is our guide to full-proof out­fits for every De­cem­ber 25th even­tu­al­ity. What­ever your fes­tive plans, just make sure you have your­self a very merry Christ­mas.

If You Forgot To Buy Something New, Here are 5 Christmas Day Outfit Ideas You Can Put Together With Everything You Took To Your Parents House:

1. Add A Secret Agent

When all you’ve got is a natty jumper, which while warm isn’t necessarily enough to maketh an outfit, copy Laura Jackson and play the clash card. She slyly added a bold pink shirt to her festive knit and a pair of earrings that look like something you might be able to ‘borrow’ from your mum to dress up her sweater. Easy as.

2. Layer Up

A sheer top needn’t be over revealing to make an impact. Make an evening top instantly wearable with a smart shirt. Take style cues from model Yana Bovenistier and dress up a crumpled blouse with your NYE outfit.

3. Block It Out

When in doubt dress head-to-toe in a single shade to make it look like you’ve put thought and effort into your ensemble.

4. Tie It In

When all seems lost follow Gok Wan’s styling rules and add a belt. Not only will an unexpected accessory, like a scarf cinching your waist, seem purposeful and pre-meditated it will add oomph to double denim.

5. Or Just Put On Pyjamas

Good for a night in, better for a night out, silk pyjamas are a secret sartorial weapon this Christmas season. Discerning fashion followers already know their versatility, but if you’re yet to embrace their powers then test drive them this festive break. Just make sure you wear accessories and heels so that people don’t think you’re sleep-walking your way through the 25th.