Christmas Dressing – 2020 style by stylist, Maggie McMillan

Usually by now most of us are up to our eyes not only in Christmas shopping and decorating but also in planning our outfits for the various parties and celebrations which have usually started already and go on until after the New Year. Christmas dressing is not so easy this year as some of us are still unsure quite where, with whom and how that might be. So many of the traditional events, which have become so integral and meaningful in our Christmas calendars, will just not be happening this year. It’s not just about Christmas Day, Boxing and New Year’s Eve is it ? What about the carol services, family trips to the pantomime, festive get togethers in the pub, office parties, drinks dos etc etc?

That said, no matter how we are celebrating this year most of us are still looking forward to “dressing up” for the festivities both “in real life “ and on virtual calls, but given the current climate probably we may not want to spend a fortune on items we may never wear again.

The market is flooded with Christmas jumpers, but why not choose one which you can wear throughout the winter when Christmas is over? Fair isle is a perfect choice and readily available across a variety of price points.

If you really can’t live without sparkle and sequins there are lots more options for your Christmas dressing dilemmas.

A silver or gold polo top or tee is really versatile . It can be worn on its own with all kinds of trousers from jeans to velvet palazzo pants. It is also perfect for layering under a black dress.

You may opt for a sweater which has partial embellishment rather than all over sequins. This will work for more occasions.

If you really want to sparkle then sequins are definitely the answer. Of course we traditionally pair sequins with silk, velvet or organza. However a sequined skirt or trousers looks fabulous for an “at home “ Christmas worn with a fine or chunky knit (depending on your central heating!)

Sequins now come in so many colours. I personally find the dark ones more flattering on my lower half. I wear my dark green sequinned skirt with a sweater and chunky boots throughout Autumn/ Winter. My daughter has a loose silver sequinned jacket which she will no doubt wear with jeans and a tee shirt.

A really cost effective way of adding glitz and glamour is with accessories. Whether you are “zooming “ or not sparkly statement earrings are game changers. For me Christmas is a time when you can throw all the rule books out of the window and the bigger the better.

Christmas Dressing - 2020 style by stylist, Maggie McMillan
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Not so useful for Zoom calls but equally transformational are jewelled shoes ( they don’t have to be heels!) or sparkly tights

If glitz is not for you (and for those of you who saw the film “The Holiday”!) winter white is such a stylish option. A tulle skirt is another non sequinned option. And a red sweater will certainly see you through Christmas dressing and the winter season.

However you spend the holidays I wish you all a happy time and a healthy 2021.

For more fashion tips from Maggie McMillan read some of her previous posts HERE.