Comfort and style are the key to getting through the festive season with your sartorial reputation intact.
Christmas is the season of good things – good food, good fun, goodwill to all men. But good taste? Nah. String up as many tooth-white faux-Nordic decorations as you want! Turn your elegantly jazzy Christmas covers compilation up to 11! Weigh the table down with a lusty Christmas lunch cooked to Nigella’s exact specifications, served on carefree earthenware that whispers – deafeningly – about its owner’s good taste! You can’t make Christmas chic, nor should you try. Christmas is about surfeit and celebration, satiety, snoozing, lunchtime boozing, loafing, laughing, crackers, wrapping, group singing, inaccurately named pies,Top of the Pops being back on TV for a brief but glorious moment and yeah possibly but only if you’re really into that type of thing to be honest, the Queen and God.
What to wear on such a day? Perhaps the above declaration renders me unqualified to opine. I hope not. I hope 25 December is the one day of the year when even Victoria Beckham can mutter: “Fuck it!” as she reaches for an extra roast potato with one hand and undoes the top button of her Rag & Bones with the other (that’s a jeans brand, by the way, rather than a comment on her frame or aesthetic). The problem is, people do tend to take rather a lot of photographs and there is nothing more mellow-harshing than appraising those festive snaps in the cold light of January (when you’re the poorest, coldest and fattest you will be all year) and discovering you spent the happy day looking an absolute minger.
To help avoid this scenario, here are some cracking Christmas clothes that will keep you looking appropriately merry and bright, even when you’re preparing lunch for 15 while simultaneously assembling a Playmobil pirate galleon and searching for those AAs you forgot to buy (again).
First up: PJs. If you’re opening your presents in them, make sure they’re decent. Or treat yourself to a new robe. Go for comfort as well as style (with an accent on the former). Think about what you’re going to be doing…
Cooking? Keep cool in this red Boden top.
Eating a lot? These frocks have a forgiving cut.
For Christmas glamour that won’t leave you feeling trussed up like a turkey, try this twinkly tee over easy-cut strides and flats.
A few baubles and something for when you finally unwrap for the night and you’re done! Merry Christmas.