Christmas Day Style Guide 2018
From endless parties to coming up with the perfect presents for your loved ones, the holiday season is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year. It’s definitely a mad rush to get all the things from your to-do list to be ticked off while maintaining a very busy social schedule! By the time Christmas Day rolls around, you’re probably going to be exhausted from all the holiday drinks and last-minute shopping, and the last thing you’d want to do is muster up the energy to come up with stylish Christmas Day outfits. Because let’s face it, deciding what to wear on any given day can already be hard enough, but it becomes plain difficult when you’re expected to look festive as well!
Christmas Day is also a full day of festivities and activities from morning to night, and chances are that you won’t be able to wear the same sundress you wear to brunch for that night’s formal dinner. So not only do you have to dress appropriately for the holidays, but it’s also likely that you’ll need a few outfits for different parties and venues. There’s no need to panic though, as we’ve put together this handy style guide so that you’ll look and feel your best come Christmas Day!
Setting: Picnic at the beach
We’re so fortunate to have the option of spending the holidays at the beach, and a daytime picnic by the ocean is definitely a great way to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. While beach attire is pretty simple, it is a special occasion after all so your outfit should acknowledge that. Looking stylish under the sweltering sun can be tricky, so opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen. Breezy floral print mini dresses and colourful kaftans are easy to throw on over your swimsuit and their relaxed silhouettes will allow for that second or third helping, since what is Christmas without too much eating? Make sure you also pack a chic straw hat in your beach bag; not only will it protect you from the sun, but it will also be the perfect finishing touch to your beach look.
Setting: Leisurely lunch at a restaurant
There’s truly nothing better than a Christmas lunch filled with long conversations, delicious wine and mouthwatering food! While there’s no need to dress up to the nines for a relaxed and leisurely lunch, you’ll still want to dress nicely and elegantly for the occasion. A chic wrap dress is a great choice as it’s not only one of the hottest trends of the year, but it has an adjustable waist tie that will definitely come in handy when the inevitable overindulging happens! Another good option would be a feminine mini dress with a fit and flare silhouette. Not only is this style classic and sophisticated, but fit and flare dresses are also known for their amazing ability to look extremely flattering on all body types.
Setting: Afternoon backyard BBQ
The summer season won’t be complete without attending a few BBQs here and there, and having one on Christmas Day is a great treat for everyone. While BBQs tend to be more casual and low-key, showing up to a Christmas BBQ in an old t-shirt and frayed shorts just won’t cut it. So what should you wear? A fun playsuit in a playful print or a bold hue is your best bet! Not only is a playsuit so effortlessly chic, but it’s also easy to move around in for those last-minute family games. If the weather is a little chillier than expected, opt for a cropped wide-leg jumpsuit in a pretty floral print. The wide-leg silhouette is not only perfect for summer as your legs are able to breathe, but it’s also so comfortable to wear! Because you’ll likely be on your feet for most of the afternoon, it’s ideal to keep all your essentials in a crossbody bag so that you can go hands-free while mingling around.
Setting: Evening dinner at a hotel
This is the time to dress to impress with outfits that are all about elegance and glam! There are plenty of options for a more formal Christmas dinner, and ultimately you should choose something that is both dressy and comfortable. A bold red lace dress or an elegant green midi dress are perfect because they both incorporate jolly Christmas colours while being appropriate for the venue. If you’re not a fan of dressing according to festive colours, why don’t you consider a one-shoulder dress with an asymmetric hem or an off-shoulder jumpsuit? The necklines are perfect for the warm weather and are understatedly sexy without showing too much skin. Whatever you do end up wearing, remember to always leave some room for a little sparkle in the form of a diamond tennis bracelet or crystal bead earrings.
Now that we’ve gone over some ideas and tips on how to dress for different Christmas Day events, here are some handy rules to remember when picking out what to wear:
- While dressing properly for the venue is important, what’s even more crucial is to look appropriate for your family members! That means avoiding plunging necklines and anything that makes you second guess if the length is too short.
- Thin fabrics are perfect for summer weather, but make sure that what you’re wearing isn’t too sheer and see-through. That being said, proper undergarments are crucial and should be planned ahead carefully.
- When you’re in doubt and you seriously can’t decide what to wear, don’t panic as you can always wear your go-to little black dress! You can always dress it up and easily add some colour with statement earrings and a metallic clutch bag.
Since we’ve gone over what to wear, check out our blog for some makeup looks to try for Christmas Day!