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The Christmas Day Outfit Edit (yes—even for at home) 

We’ll help you navigate this year’s style, even though we're all staying in-in.

Written by High Life North
Published 19.12.2020

By Jenny Brownlees

We know this Christmas will be a little, ahem—different than usual. While you might have typically headed out for Christmas lunch, we realise this year’s difficulties may mean you’re staying put. So, what should you wear for a day spent at home with family, or even, to your own front room? If you’re pondering how to nail a slightly dressy but not OTT look, we’ve got you. 

We’ve hunted down the best wear-again dresses (no tight waistbands here, promise.) The trending subtle yet sparkly separates, the ideal pieces for those who still want to go all-out and even stylish loungewear options for the comfort-loving Christmas gal. Granted, you may only be meandering between the kitchen and the front room in your festive ‘fit, but we still think this year warrants a sartorial celebration. Plus, your obligatory Xmas Instagram selfie still deserves some sparkle. These are the 19 buys that will look great this holiday season and beyond. Pairing them with a paper cracker hat—optional.

If you could happily stay in your PJs all day at Christmas, may we suggest the next level up in the fashion stakes? Enter, Sleepers iconic silk and feathered co-ord. Loved by influencers and celebs alike, this two-piece is often worn as daywear, (as beautifully demonstrated by Katherine Ryan in her Netflix hit The Duchess) in tune with the nightwear-as-outerwear trend. Consider this set an ideal glow-up from your regular pyjamas.

While we’d usually always say the jeans-and-a-nice-top combo works every time, no one wants to be feeling uncomfortable in their own front room over the festive period—especially when eating and drinking is at its max. Instead, opt for comfort with no compromise on style by pairing Kitri’s star print blouse with Whistles relaxed knitted trousers. A looser waistline will be a godsend, trust us. 

Though you may not be going to the office Christmas party IRL, this jumpsuit is perfect if for you, the 25th December isn’t the same without wearing something that’s at least slightly dressy. This velvet number is ideal for swanning around the house, drink in hand. Plus, you’ll definitely re-wear as soon as it’s safe to party.

If you are going to go casual on Christmas, the best way is to up-the-ante with premium loungewear. This cashmere set from Arket is just the ticket—classic and chic, with lasting quality and a neutral colour that’ll never go out of style. Plus, it’s essentially the sartorial equivalent of a lovely warm hug. If that wasn’t enough, rest assured it’s sustainable too, made using the finest recycled wool.

This H&M number looks far beyond its price point, and will slot perfectly into your wardrobe post-Christmas. 

Nothing says Christmas like a touch of velvet, and this & Other Stories number makes an impact with its voluminous sleeves and subtle-but-stylish print.

If you want to incorporate some sequins into your festive lewk (and frankly, why not?) A metallic tee is a great way to add a touch of sparkle.

Want to rival the Christmas tree in terms of sparkle? Try Monki’s festive trousers with a simple black roll neck. So chic.

Haven’t you heard? Cardigans are cool again. If it’s Fair Isle, chunky or patterned—add it to basket ASAP. We can see you wearing this as you snuggle up post-dinner to watch a Christmas classic on TV. 

Rixo has become a cult fave for a reason, we love this new take on the little black skirt.

If you don’t care whether you’re attending a Christmas party or not, and still want to get dressed up this year, (FYI we salute and support you) nothing will be able to dull your sparkle when you’re clad in this black H&M number. Double it up as a Boxing Day outfit by layering an oversized knit over the top, for a faux skirt-and-jumper look.

It’s not Christmas without a hint of red, is it?

Sometimes the classics are the best, and never more than with a Nordic-inspired festive knit. You’ll feel super-cosy in the soft cream number—pair it with a leather skirt for a truly trend-led look.

A true hero piece, this feminine one-shoulder style offers a new take on a sweater and skirt look. What’s more, fuchsia beautifully compliments all skin tones.

Jewel tones are huge this season. Work the look with Boden’s gorgeous two-piece for a sophisticated take on the trend.

If you like your knitwear with a side of fashion-forward print, look no further than this stylish set. There’s a reason it’s been all over Instagram. We predict a sell-out.

If you want to incorporate some sparkle without going OTT, Zara’s headband is the answer.

It’s not the holidays without a new, luxe pair of slippers, is it? 

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