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Cosy Or Glam? The Great Christmas Day Dressing Debate

Christmas Day dressing has always been up for debate. There are those who believe the day is an opportunity to don their finest jewels and those who see it as an excuse to chill out in something cosy. Of course, there are valid arguments on both sides, and given that this conversation has been going on for centuries (okay, maybe not that long), most people know which camp they fall into.

However, 2020 has turned everything on its head, including our views on festive fashion. In the year that loungewear became king, many people will be sticking to their comfies come Christmas Day, making use of their wardrobe’s new tie-dye joggers and hoodies. Still, there is a strong argument for dressing up to the nines, with 2020 giving us little opportunity to wear sequins, sparkles or even shoes. Of course, the government’s weekend announcement will have left many stuck in Tier 4, unable to see family and friends, so staying in your PJs and sleeping through ’til Boxing Day is also a valid option.

If you are still umming and ahhing about which way to go this festive season – whether to amp up the glamour in the face of such gloomy news, or to ride it out in comfies until it’s all over, let us provide you with some much-needed inspiration. Ahead, team R29 make their cases for Christmas Day dressing – and it turns out there’s one clear winner. From cosy knits and stretchy trousers to silky separates and strappy heels, click through to find out everything we’re wearing this anything-but-ordinary Christmas.

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Georgia Murray, Fashion EditorDo you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

Every year I try and wear something that makes me feel as fancy as it does comfortable, which usually results in a nice dress that’s roomy enough for eating copious amounts but also feels luxurious while drinking bubbles. I normally celebrate with my family in the Midlands but this year I’ll be in London. I’ll try and muster Christmas spirit by adding some more jewellery and a red lip to make up for the lack of parties.

Why have you chosen this outfit?

I’m going for the closest thing I can find to actual pyjamas. This feather and emerald silk co-ord from London label Kitri is heavenly! Part wealthy lady of leisure, part Gatsby-esque party look, it ticks all the boxes to make me look dressed up but feel dressed down – they’re practically PJs! Add some gold jewellery, a pair of slick mules and a coupe of champers and, rather than my South London flat, I’m basically at a 1920s cocktail party…

Astrid & Miyu Rope Dome Ring in Gold, $, available at Astrid & Miyu

Lucy Williams x Missoma Gold Tiny Orb Hinged Hoop Earrings, $, available at Missoma

& Other Stories Heeled Leather Square Toe Sandal, $, available at & Other Stories

Kitri Apollo Emerald Satin Feather Trousers, $, available at Kitri

Kitri Nina Emerald Satin PJ Top, $, available at Kitri

Anna Jay, Art DirectorDo you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

Traditionally Christmas day for me has always been a time to wear something a bit special, there’s a ritual of PJs with a cup of tea, but getting dressed properly for bucks fizz at breakfast time. We usually go to the beach on Christmas Day in Cornwall where I grew up, but this year I’ll be staying in London. We’re going to cycle into central London to admire the sights with quiet streets, so I’ll be layering up cosy for the ride.

Why have you chosen this outfit?

This Ganni knit is just a bit fancy with the lace-up detail, paired with a simple gold chain and my non-negotiable Weekday Voyage jeans. I’ll wear practical boots, a beanie and a huge coat, then probably lose the jeans and swap for something roomier when the feasting commences – always behind schedule!

Arket Flat Leather Belt, $, available at Arket

Ganni Light Merino Knit Fitted Blouse, $, available at Ganni

Weekday Cloud Beanie, $, available at Weekday

Mejuri Bold Link Chain Necklace, $, available at Mejuri

Hunter Refined Stitch Detail Chelsea Boots, $, available at Hunter

The North Face Triple C Parka, $, available at The North Face

Weekday Voyage High Straight Jeans, $, available at Weekday

Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty EditorDo you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

I’ve never spent Christmas Day anywhere but my family home so I have to wear something I feel comfortable to lounge around in, and always dress down. That said, I’m a beauty editor so my makeup does all the talking!

Why have you chosen this outfit?

My family is Greek Cypriot so alongside turkey and all the trimmings, we have countless Cypriot dishes (and sometimes even do a BBQ). For that reason, anything I wear needs to be roomy and ultra comfortable. We love an ’80s-inspired Christmas jumper in our house and all wear one (sometimes they can be very in your face) on the day. This Fair Isle knit isn’t as lairy as some I own but the detail kind of looks like snow so it fits the bill perfectly, and I can wear it again. I’ll team it with stretchy black flared trousers to make room for the Quality Street and the cosiest slipper socks, of course. While my outfit might be chilled, my makeup is a different story. It’s always shimmery eyes and a bold red lip, namely Glossier Lidstar and MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Chili.

Vero Moda Jersey Flares With High Waist, $, available at ASOS

Glossier Lidstar, $, available at Glossier

MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili, $, available at MAC

Eberjey The Scout Knitted Slipper Socks, $, available at Net-A-Porter

COS Wool-mix Fair Isle Knit Jumper, $, available at COS

Vicky Spratt, Features Editor Do you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

I don’t usually dress up at Christmas. In fact, my special Christmas outfit requirements are usually simply: elasticated waistband. This year, however, I have missed dressing up more than I ever thought possible so I’m planning to wear something which makes me feel fancy while also accommodating what, inevitably, will be three helpings of roast potatoes.

Why have you chosen this outfit?

I love the idea of sitting on the sofa, sipping champagne (prosecco) in heels. I’ve been searching for these chunky ’90s sandals since I was about 13 years old so, obviously, when I saw them I had to buy them. I’ll be combining them with my just-stretchy-enough Levi’s Wedgie jeans, this unbelievably cute Shrimps cardigan and my favourite gold hoops. Actually, I think I owned versions of this cardigan and these hoops when I was 13! I guess you could say I’m feeling nostalgic for a simpler time…

Sadhbh O’Sullivan, Health and Living WriterDo you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

I tend to straddle the glam/cosy divide: stretchy trousers or loose dresses and an attempt at more makeup than my day-to-day. This year I’m going to keep with tradition so it feels as normal as possible.

Why have you chosen this outfit?

I bought these trousers midway through 2020 as a way to feel put together as I work from home. They are as comfortable as they are chic IMO. I’m going to pair them with a polo shirt I recently finished knitting that I’m dying to show off, my trusty Dr Martens and a red lip. It’s enough effort to feel special and nice enough that I’ll definitely need a napkin tucked in to avoid gravy stains but still comfortable and not too far from the ordinary.

Dr Martens 1461 Double Stitch Leather Shoes, $, available at DR MARTENS

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick, $, available at John Lewis

LOULOU STUDIO Forana Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Monki Straight Leg Trousers, $, available at Monki

Alicia Lansom, Editorial AssistantDo you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

Every single year I plan to get dressed up on Christmas Day and every single year I fail. While I love the idea of wearing a fancy outfit to dinner, by the time I actually get round to it, I normally stick on jeans and a jumper before switching into joggers the minute the plates are cleared. This year, however, I’m forcing myself to make an effort because I can’t bear the thought of spending one more day in a hoodie.

Why have you chosen this outfit?

I actually planned this outfit around an eyeshadow. Despite owning this dreamy plum glitter for the best part of a year, I’ve never had a chance to wear it, so I’m using Christmas as my excuse to crack it open. Given that I’m not one for clashing hues, I’m committing fully to the colour scheme with this chic but comfortable purple ensemble. This oversized patterned shirt feels retro and fun and the stretchy velvet trousers mean I have plenty of room for my roasties. I’ll finish off the look with a pair of glittery socks, because who really needs outside shoes this Christmas?

Zara Velvet Trousers, $, available at Zara

Zara Geometric Print Shirt, $, available at Zara

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $, available at Stila

Topshop Ribbed Glitter Socks, $, available at Topshop

Jess Commons, Lifestyle DirectorDo you go dressed up or dressed down for Christmas Day?

Will this year be any different? We normally get, like, a bit dressed up but this year it’s absolutely not happening. I have lived my year in loungewear, I can’t remember what jeans are, let alone a pair of tights, and Christmas isn’t going to change that – especially as we’re not having any guests this year. I might do some fun nail art or wear some good hoops to show that this is slightly more important than other days.

Why have you chosen this outfit?

Over the course of this year I’ve become a lot more discerning about the quality of product that gets to call itself ‘cosy’ on my watch. I will wear my favourite Les Girls Les Boys hoodie (I’ve actually bought this hoodie twice, it’s just that good) which has a really great cut and stops your loungewear outfit looking like PJs. Underneath I’ll wear a turtleneck (festive forest green, don’t mind if I do) which is perfect for the post-lunch walk and on the bottom I’m going to wear my Sunday ‘best’ leggings, which are actually so comfy they’re made out of something called ‘cosytech’. They still manage to look luxe, however. Finally, I’ll go full mum with a pair of sustainable felt slippers.

Nimble Studio High Rise Legging, $, available at Nimble

Egos Copenhagen Natural Felted Fair Traded Slippers, $, available at Trouva

Uniqlo Heattech Jersey Turtleneck Thermal Top, $, available at Uniqlo

Les Girls Les Boys Oversized Hoodie, $, available at Les Girls Les Boys


Credit: Original article published here.

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