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HOW TO: CHRISTMAS DAY STYLE

11.12.15

December is well and truly in its midst, and with a calendar undoubtedly crammed with festivities, it’s easy to forget how soon the holiday will all come around. Think of this as a gentle reminder. It’s time to cast your thoughts ahead to the ultimate winter red letter date, the 25th and more specifically, your outfit choice. This year, we suggest eschewing the (dare we say somewhat overdone) Christmas jumper in favour of something a little more special. If there’s ever a time to make the effort, it’s now. Whatever your plans, there’s a directive to suit, so take your cue from our edit to ensure you have an elegant Christmas.

CHRISTMAS AT HOME

Black and gold is a tried and tested combination when it comes to December dressing, hinting at festive without being too over the top. Our suggestion for a Christmas at home – whether you’re playing host to a small army or spending it with a select few – is a metallic knife-pleat midi skirt. Arguably one of the season’s most coveted pieces, it’s both trend-focused and seasonally appropriate…perfect! The Kaeya midi is a strong choice and will look great teamed with anything from a slinky camisole to a slouchy knit. Why not keep things wintery with an oversized roll-neck? This combination is effortlessly chic and feels special without being too dressy for a day at home. Added bonus, it will hide a multitude of Christmas dinner sins.

Rembi roll-neck jumperKaeya midi skirt, Alexander bracelet, Starr shoes

CHRISTMAS DINNER OUT

If your Christmas day celebrations involve heading out for lunch, then this may be the perfect excuse to pull out all the stops. This season, faux-fur coats steal the outerwear spotlight, bringing endless glamour to any look with minimal effort required. Drape the green Terri coat over your ensemble to brave the chill in style; its warming nature will allow you to wear something that reveals a little skin underneath. In the game of conceal and reveal, subtlety is key. To play by the rules, choose lace pieces with a touch of sheer detailing, and keep leg-length long. The Amorie jumpsuit ticks all the boxes, with its burgundy lace top and smart tailored trousers. A touch of metallic detailing secures its place in our Christmas line-up and leaves little need for accessories – a simple black court shoe will make the perfect match.

Terri faux-fur coat, Amorie jumpsuit, Blake shoes

CHRISTMAS WALK

No longer just for layering but a statement in itself, the roll-neck jumper is having a well-deserved moment. If your Christmas traditions (old or new) feature getting out and about, this is a winning option. The Dara knit’s oatmeal hue and relaxed silhouette offer refreshing simplicity that will lend your look a textural presence and captures a city-meets-country aesthetic. Layer it over skinny jeans – coated styles in a non-traditional hue add that little something extra – and add a statement pair of boots for a considered look that will also keep you cosy. Whether this is your outfit for the full day or a quick change from heels and a high-shine top is in order, we suggest having it on hand for any outdoor pursuits that may arise.

Dara roll-neck jumper, Stevie coated jeans, Chinook shearling gloves, Newton boots

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY

If a city break is on the cards this festive period and you’re a little out of your comfort zone in terms of location, it could be the perfect opportunity to experiment with your personal style. Don’t shy away from statement separates even if your outfit requires a coat – the velvet Flora top has a high neckline that will peek over a shawl collar, bringing festive flair in the most understated way. Coordinating accessories travel seamlessly from day into the evening and nude hues will keep things crisp and fresh whatever the weather.

April coat, Flora velvet top, Eniko trousers, Blake shoes

CHRISTMAS WITH THE IN-LAWS

When it comes to spending time with the in-laws, whatever the occasion and whatever the time of year, it’s outfits that tread the line of dressed up and effortless that will go the distance. For Christmas Day, a silk blouse like the Sera is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Designed with a chic high neckline and considered details, it will give your go-to skinny jeans an instantly dressed-up edge. Contradict the soft femininity with a structured double-breasted blazer – a piece whose commanding figure is suddenly softened in this pairing. An oversized knitted scarf is the final touch that will see you through the journey there and double-up as a blanket in the evening.

Vale longline blazer, Helvin jeans, Sera blouse, Alice boots